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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – Chris Bay is about to check out the roof top that he was supposedly strapped to.

'We did get a few people thinking that I was up here and I was also out of town at the time so people thought they hadn't seen me in a while that that's where I was,' says Chris Bay, host of Gold Soundz heard Friday evening 7 to 9pm on KDHX.  'So yeah, it was a bit of a surprise.'

And a bit of a publicity stunt for the little radio station that can.

They're trying to raise awareness and funds to replace their current home in Tower Grove East.

'It's a 100 year old bakery building that a little over 20 years ago was converted into radio studios and we're sort of busting at the seams now,' says KDHX Development Director Caron House.  'We have over 300 volunteers coming in each week to produce our on-air and online content.'

Come August, community radio station KDHX is moving into Midtown, into this building next to Jazz at the Bistro.

It's to meet the expanding role the radio station is playing in the region.

'It's kind of like listening to a mix tape from one of your friends who has this really great taste in music and wants to share that with you,' says Bay.  'That's what listening to KDHX is like.'

Work is underway to complete the new studios for the move this August.

You may have seen the billboards promoting the first ever capital campaign for the station which has already raised two million towards their 3.75 million dollar goal.

'We have people in Europe and South America and there`s someone in the Australian outback who shows up every membership drive never fails,' says House.  'So it's really exciting to hear from them every membership drive.  So we really represent St. Louis and strive to be a community voice here but it's got international reach.'

And soon, a new building to reflect its roots in the community.

'It feels like the building we've always deserved but haven't been able to get to yet but now we're there, we're almost there,' says a smiling Bay.

Hopefully, Bay won't have to strap himself to any billboards to make that happen.

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