About

The personal website of Stephen Volan, created March 2006.

About the proprietor

Stephen Volan has lived in Bloomington, Indiana USA since 1986.

Since 2004 he has held the sixth of six district seats on the Bloomington city council, representing approximately 12,000 constituents. In 2007 he served as the council’s vice-president; in 2008 and 2009, he was the council parliamentarian, as he is again this year. He also has, as the city council’s representative, sat on the board of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District since he took office, where he served as president 2012-14, and as secretary since 2015. (Bloomington was one of the first cities in the world to webcast all its public meetings. Meetings of both bodies, and many other local government institutions going back to 2005 and earlier, are available for immediate viewing.)

He teaches a course at Indiana University. He founded The Cinemat, an independent video-rental store, movie screening room and performance venue in 2002. It closed in 2009 and was replaced by a bar and performance venue called The Bishop, which programs music shows similar to what The Cinemat hosted. In 1995 he founded BlueMarble Information Services, the first company in Bloomington to provide Internet access to the general public. The company, now known simply as BlueMarble.net, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Smithville Telephone Company, the largest independent telecommunications company in the state.

He has been involved with volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station WFHB since 1992. Since its first year on the air in 1993, he has programmed a weekly two-hour show called the “Siren Songs Music Mix: Music by People Who Sing.” It airs as the first half of every Thursday’s “Afternoon Music Mix” from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern Time (1800-2000 UTC).

He is originally from the corner of Indiana affectionately known as “Da Region.” He graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Indiana University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts from the IU Department of Geography. He also attended Carnegie-Mellon University and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana.

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August 2007; updated January 2016

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