Some time ago, Killer Websites owner Chad Moreno launched KLLR Radio as a streaming station that gives independent and unsigned artists a worldwide online platform for their music. It’s a free service that enables musicians to get exposure. The station also enables listeners to discover music they might not hear anywhere else. As of April, KLLR Radio had more than 50 musicians and 350 tracks.
KLLR Radio is always looking for fresh, new musicians and bands that want their tracks added to the station’s playlist. Any independent or unsigned bands are welcome to send KLLR Radio music to be added to the stream.
Users can tune in via the website kllr.fm, an iOS app and an Android app. Folks can also hear KLLR Radio by means of the new Alexa Skill that lets people listen via any Alexa-enabled speaker. You can also go to facebook.com/kllrradio/.
Another remote way to listen to musicians who are outside the mainstream is PushVenue.com. The idea behind the venture was to help musicians stream their content to an online audience during the COVID-19 period.
Musicians are able to raise funds through “tips” they get via the live stream sessions.
“As things return to ‘normal,’ we will transition to providing produced live stream events from various venues,” said Moreno. “This will extend the reach and possibilities for the venue and the artists.” Learn more at pushvenue.com or facebook.com/pushvenue/.
The Future Of GOTO
Local Adam Walker Manuel has organized a Go Fund Me fundraiser to help him create a system that will enable those in the community to exchange their plants for plants grown and contributed by others. This system will operate like the tiny libraries in wooden boxes you see here and there around town. You bring a book for the library and take away one of the books that’s there.
Manuel said the idea came to him when he was organizing his greenhouse, trimming his plants and “putting everything where it goes for the summer.” He noticed that this year he had accumulated a huge pile of cuttings. He potted some for his grandmother, mother and aunt, but still had a lot left over. And he already had quite a few plants on hand.
Manuel noticed a pile of books he’d set aside to bring to the give-a-book-take-a-book station at his local coffee shop.
It was at that moment that the idea hit him — build a Give One Take One Plant Stand.
Manuel says, “This idea has really taken off and has started to get new locations. But alas, we are in need. We need dirt and pots mostly. We also need a few big ticket items, like a tow hitch ball receiver for my old car and trailer, a two-wheeled wheel barrel, sheds, and a hoop style greenhouse.”
Manuel uses most of his present budget to support animal rescues. His rescues include four tortoises, 11 koi, two cats and two dogs. “Any funds above and beyond our goal will go to rescuing more torts and [paying for] enclosures … as well as donating to other rescues, such as the central Mississippi tortoise rescue and 4paw.”
Manuel hopes to raise $6,620 for the Give One Take One Plant Stand project. If you’d like to make a financial donation, go to gofundme.com and search for “Help me grow the future of G.O.T.O.”
PediaTrust Helps Fragile Kids
Lake Charles’ PediaTrust provides daycare for mentally fragile children who cannot attend a typical daycare. Fragile children experience a very wide range of special conditions: tube feedings, IV administration, a need for medication management, respiratory support and tendencies to seizures and neuromuscular disorders.
Among the services provided to the children are personalized care, progress assessments, transportation, physical therapy and speech therapy. Members of the PediaTrust team include RNs, LPNs, special educators and those who are experienced in a variety of therapies.
As of this writing, PediaTrust plans to continue its services in spite of coronavirus. PediaTrust accepts all payers, including Medicaid and private pay. Hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. To learn more, call 562-7818.
Coloring Pages From Guidry
Southwest Louisiana’s premier surrealist painter, Amy Guidry, who is based in Lafayette, thought it might be a good idea to make some coloring pages of some of her paintings for children, parents or other adults who might be stuck at home because of COVID-19. If you’d like to do some coloring, you can download and print out all the coloring pages free of charge. Just go to amyguidry.com/downloads/ColoringPages.pdf.
Because of the new realities, galleries are hosting online exhibits. Guidry’s work is presently featured in online exhibits of NYC’s Krause Gallery and Gristle Art Gallery and New Orleans’ LeMieux Galleries’ Petite LeMieux. Her work is also featured in the present issue of the Atlanta art magazine Gumbo Pop! This, too, has been obliged to go online for the present. You can find it, and the two Guidry paintings it features, at Gumbo+Pop+Vol+3.pdf.
LPB On YouTube
LPB is coming to the aid of those who are staying at home by streaming live on YouTube TV. Dedicated live channels for LPB and LPB KIDS, as well as on-demand programming, are now available to YouTube TV subscribers.
To access the full line-up available in Louisiana, you can visit the YouTube TV live guide or the schedule at the LPB website.
YouTube TV is LPB’s first effort at a local livestreaming partnership. The streaming programming will include regular episodes and on-demand content from both locally produced shows and old network favorites, including American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Great Performances, Masterpiece, Nature and others.
Included with the streaming YouTube programming will be the PBS Kids 24/7 channel. The channel is designed to help prepare children for success in school and life through trusted educational media that is available anytime and anywhere. Viewers can access such favorite kids’ series as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Molly Of Denali, Odd Squad, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, Wild Kratts and Sesame Street.
YouTube TV subscribers can access select PBS and PBS Kids content through YouTube TV’s VOD service.
In addition to YouTube TV, LPB content is available on all LPB-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBSKIDS.org, as well as the PBS Video app and PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV and Chromecast. LPB members are also able to view an extended library of high quality public television programming by means of LPB Passport.
“We are committed to providing viewers with the opportunity to watch LPB on as many platforms as possible,” says Beth Courtney, LPB president and CEO.
Video Leaders In The Fight Against COVID
In honor of PBS icon Fred Rogers, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is recognizing Louisianans who have made a difference during the COVID-19 health crisis with the new digital series, “The Helpers.” Mister Rogers always encouraged young people to “look for the helpers” in uncertain times. This idea inspired the new LPB project.
Here’s how you can participate: if you know someone who is helping others, share their story with LPB. Film a one-minute or less horizontal video interview with them about what they are doing and what inspired them to do it. Take photos or video clips of their efforts and share their story at lpb.org/helpers.
Your video may be used on any of Louisiana’s four statewide broadcast channels or on online or social media pages.
LPB suggests this sample script:
“Hi! I’m _______ from _____, I saw that _____ needed _____, so I decided to help by ______.”
LBP is offering these tips for making an exceptional video:
— Make it less than one-minute in length.
— Shoot the video horizontally.
— Have the person being filmed stand six feet from the camera.
— Use natural outdoor lighting; even on a cloudy day, it’s best.
— Make sure the subject speaks clearly.
To submit your video, submit a Helper story at lpb.org/helpers and follow the prompts.