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The Sad State Of KBOO

August 6th, 2013

 (I had planned to release this earlier but the collapse of the kboo.fm website dela

KBOO at a Crossroads

When I first came to KBOO five years ago to become a music programmer, I was given a stack of materials to read including Programmer’s Rights and Responsibilities, and told that before I went on-air I would have to sign a programmer’s contract.

Does This Sound Familiar?


KBOO isn't the only community radio station with dwindling listenership, declining revenues, and a board in denial.  Read about a flagship Pacifica station here.


Regarding the June 24th Board Meeting

There's recently been an unprecedented amount of time set aside for public (member) input regarding the staff policy issues, beginning with multiple hours of a special meeting May 4th, and the replacement of an entire regular board meeting agenda on June 3rd with public comments.   It's crucial to the existence of KBOO as a non-profit that the board meets and takes care of it's business, otherwise the radio station everyone cares about will suffer.


Islamic Center and Mosque at Ground Zero

About a decade ago, a friend and I visited the infamous Dachau concentration camp, just outside Munich Germany.   As a Jew the experience was intense and overwhelming.  We visited the barracks, gas chambers, crematorium, and later the cemetery where untold remains of hundreds of thousands of our people are buried. 

The last place we visited was a small chapel.  It was tastefully built in a way that you would not know it was not original to the site. Although it was clearly a church, perhaps run by a local monastic order, it was appropriate and welcoming to all.

PLO executive committee approves new peace talks with Israel - Haaretz May 8 2010

In his prepared remarks last month,Akiva Tor refered to a cabinet meeting taking place the same day.  The next day there were press reports of Israeli concessions on building in East Jerusalem ...

Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor - Excerpts from Talk April 25 2010 and Interview on Shalom Portland

Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor
Excerpts from a talk in Portland April 25th and interview on Shalom Portland
Tune in to KBOO Wednesday April 28th at 9 am
           ****  LISTEN HERE 

Mystical Music of the Middle East – Concert for Unity with The Yuval Ron Ensemble

The Yuval Ron Ensemble performing

Mystical Music of the Middle East – Concert for Unity

I’m thrilled to help bring the Yuval Ron Ensemble back to Portland next week. The Yuval Ron Ensemble uses sacred music from the three Abrahamic faiths to make musical bridges between people of different cultures, to help prepare hearts to hear a message of tolerance and peace. The music is electrifying, and the multi-ethnic and multi-religious ensemble makes an artistic statement for Peace and Unity.

An interview of Yuval from last spring is on the KBOO website at www.kboo.fm/portlandyiddishhour  ...

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