Voice of Vashon seeks input as it works to shape its future

Voice of Vashon, a community-based radio and emergency information organization launched more than a decade ago, is seeking residents’ input as it plans for its next phase of growth and development.

The volunteer-staffed organization has crafted an online survey in an effort to determine what kinds of programming Islanders would like and how they would like to receive it.

The survey explores Islanders’ desires and needs for broadcast and webcast music, informational television, entertainment shows and emergency alert information and how Voice of Vashon can improve its service as it moves into the future.

VoV will also submit respondents’ names into a free drawing for prizes “to make this more fun and in a total effort to bribe people to participate,” VoV president Jeanne Dougherty said in a news release.

Those who want to be entered into the free drawing can leave their email at the end of the survey so the station can reach them if they win. Dozens of prizes include gift certificates for Island dining and services, tickets to local shows, CDs, VOV memorabilia, and even emergency-preparedness supplies.

The organization provides a cable public access television station, VoV-TV on Comcast cable channel 21; an Internet-based radio station at and a community bulletin board and emergency alert radio station, VoV Standing By at 1650 AM.

Dougherty said VoV is taking a fresh look at its future because so much has changed since its inception more than 10 years ago. The organization, she said, has “become a fundamental part of the Island community.”

“At the same time, technology has really changed. TVs, radios, phones, the way people use the Web — these things have all moved on,” she said. “The survey will help us do a better job of continuing our long tradition of community service.”

Voice of Vashon’s brief survey takes about five minutes. Visit Voice of Vashon's website to take the survey.




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