David Klann, Community Media Conference 2019 Speaker Bio

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David Klann

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Operations Coordinator, WDRT

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David Klann got involved in radio when commercial broadcasting still provided the opportunity for employment and broadcast stations operated in the “public interest”. Klann’s career took a left turn when he was bitten by the personal computer bug. While pursuing his career in information technolog he volunteered at Community Radio station WORT in Madison, WI where he helped with the production crew and with the tech crew. Klann moved “back to the land” in rural Western Wisconsin in the mid 2000’s where he built the on-line streaming station RadioDriftless.org. From there he and a small cadre of others submitted an application for a full-power NCE station in the 2007 FCC filing window. Driftless Community Radio received its construction permit in March 2009 and WDRT went on the air on September 17, 2010. WDRT, 91.9fm has been on the air and on line ever since.

Klann has since started a small consulting operation, Broadcast Tool & Die LLC, helping noncommercial Community Radio stations with their technical infrastructure, especially automation.

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