Krystle Couch is this month's honored volunteer. She works with Radio Free Nashville (RFN), a non-profit that enables people in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to hear news and up-and-coming musicians. RFN works tirelessly to bring free radio coverage to local communities, operating under the mission statement: "Believing that democracy cannot function if only a few have access to the media, Radio Free Nashville, Inc. (RFN) intends to be a community forum for the music, voices, and viewpoints generally ignored or misrepresented by the corporate media."
The vision for RFN grew from a blog to a podcast to a radio show that broadcasts from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday afternoons. RFN is an outlet to tell peoples' stories, and Couch does this by bringing in independent artists to the show and utilizing the talent and creativity in Nashville. Everyone on Couch's team calls Nashville home, and she loves experiencing the inspirational atmosphere and original talent in her hometown. On the show, Couch gives back to this creative community through her own skills, entertainment and uplifting personality. She described her work by saying, "I don't see it as work. I see it as friends coming together and hanging out and talking about common interests."
Couch found a way to volunteer, use her passions and have fun all at the same time. Throughout the week, she researches news stories and helps compile a playlist for the show. RFN supports the community by giving a voice to people from all different walks of life. Couch is a part of bringing these peoples' new perspectives to the show and the community. She said, "I have learned to be resourceful, to work with people from all different walks of life and to make things work with what you have, even when it seems you have hit an end."
Couch encourages others to volunteer because they may never know the impact they have on people. For two hours every week, she impacts her listeners at no cost to them. RFN reaches out to the community to make a difference in the lives of those in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Nashville's Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which educates and inspires more people to volunteer by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer in the community. For additional information about Couch, Doing Good or other volunteers, visit www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.