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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Who We Are

We recently hit a financial bump in the road. We were having a lot of great programs but not able to pay our bills. So, as of February 2019, we had to lay off our two wonderful full-time staff members and our custodian. For now, we are back to volunteers running things. But we have been here before. We built everything we have out of an old post office!

People powered

Our IMC is a people-powered organization. With over 1000 volunteers across all programs, our volunteer hours contribute the work of approximately 24 full time staff members.

Here are some photos from our "Barn Raising" of the radio tower. Yay WRFU (radio free Urbana). 

painting the entrance

putting together the radio tower working together
radio tower piecing together petridish doing his radio tower cabling! Creating the radio station room out of nothing at all.
Soldering together, building community Barn Raising the radio tower -- artists are vital for getting the idea to the people Committee meeting in the family room.

Small stuff makes the big stuff work

How it all works together. Somehow, there is always a floor that needs cleaning.
Chris Evans gives the thumbs up.


Look what it looked like before it was a radio station! Makerspace making it.