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KBOO is Community Supporting Radio


Lynn Fitch

KBOO is Community Supporting Radio, plain and simple. We are here to build, strengthen and enhance community – not exploit its citizens. Our programming is based on the needs of the community, not financial gain or commercial viability.

Community Supporting Radio provides airtime for local artists, musicians, and cultural activities. It promotes awareness of community-based organizations, services and issues and educates listeners about how to get involved. It trains individuals with vital skills in radio broadcasting; giving voice to the many diverse communities that KBOO serves.

It takes courage to remain independent, commercial-free and Community Supporting Radio - it also takes donations from listeners, underwriting from local businesses and organizations, and grants from regional foundations. Airtime is not free, it requires thousands of dollars each month just to keep the radio station operating – but KBOO must do more than just “stay on the air”.

To fulfill our charter and our promise to you, KBOO has embraced a mandate to grow, stabilize and have the resources necessary to meet the demands of these uncertain and chaotic times. Help KBOO evolve, so we can better respond to and meet the needs of the community. Please, let us hear from you now!

Keep KBOO thriving and growing as we enter our 45th year. Support our renewed efforts to increase our outreach, expand our presence in the community with new programming and more on-location broadcasts, and lastly empower Portland’s citizens by providing a forum for a diversity of viewpoints and ideas.

Please, give what you can – every dollar helps. Your contribution is greatly valued and appreciated. Donate now!

As always, in solidarity – The Station Navigator, Lynn Fitch

Audio is a problem


I am hating writing these blog posts of late.

Automagic archiving is still not happening.

Worse yet, we're having some trouble around audio.

"Old" archived audio is corrupted. "New" archived audio is also, often, ending up corrupted. Essentially, Audio pages are failing overwhelmingly.

I recommend that if you have audio to upload, upload it to the Schedule Episode file for that show, and do not create an Audio file. While Schedule Episode's audio is still sometimes failing, it works more often than not (66%).

If you didn't create the Schedule Episode, contact me (web@kboo.org) and I can reset the author.

Thanks much, vj

An independent voice for 45 years


KBOO, SW Third & Salmon, Portland OR

December 2012

2013 marks the 45th anniversary of KBOO Community Radio going on the air. Since 1968, KBOO has brought you news, information and music you won’t hear anywhere else on the radio dial. Thanks to you, KBOO is still broadcasting and continues to be commercial-free and listener-supported.

From a humble beginning in a roach-infested basement closet, with a ten-watt transmitter, and a few stalwart volunteers, KBOO survived. Today, KBOO has 25,500 watts of power, hundreds of volunteers, and we own our station/office building. KBOO has flourished and ingrained itself as a true Portland icon—and we remain, and ever will be, an independent radio voice for Portland.

To commemorate this achievement, KBOO is going to intensify efforts to expand our reach, engage more people and offer exciting new programming. We are stepping into larger shoes, to become the radio station that Portland—and the entire Cascadia region—deserves in these uncertain, turbulent and changing times.

Now, more than ever, WE need KBOO—a courageous, progressive, people-powered radio station that corporate media can’t turn off. KBOO is independent and will never be silenced. Can you help fuel our revolutionary growth and expansion?

As always, we turn to you our listeners, for support. With you by our side, KBOO can, and will, become the radio station our founders envisioned long ago. With a meaningful gift today, you will fuel the flames of true community radio—independent voices creating radio for the people.

Please give generously. Every dollar is deeply valued and will be put to good use.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

In Solidarity,

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Station Navigator, Lynn Fitch

12/16 Gus Van Sant hosts screening of his new film Promised Land as a fundraiser for Outside In


You are invited to a special benefit screening of Gus Van Sant's newest film, Promised Land!

When: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
Cost: Private Reception A private reception with Gus Van Sant will be held prior to the screening for sponsors. If you are interested in the reception please contact bradb@outsidein.org.

12/11 An Inter-Community Dialogue With Evangelical Leader Kevin Palau at the Q Center


Q Center’s InQuisitive Program Presents An Inter-Community Dialogue With Evangelical Leader Kevin Palau, President of Luis Palau Association

Q Center continues its greater community bridge building efforts with another round of inter-community dialogues on Tuesday, December 11th. This month's speaker is Kevin Palau, President of the Luis Palau Association - an Oregon-based Evangelical ministry. Kevin joined the Palau Association in 1985 and began directing the day-today operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged.

12/15 Portland Masquerade Ball


KBOO is a proud sponsor of the Portland Masquerade Ball, December 15 at the Refuge

When: December 15th, 9pm-4am
Doors open at 8:30
Where: The Refuge, 116 Southeast Yamhill Street 

12/6: The Wall Street Conspiracy at the Clinton Street Theater


Join us for the Portland Premiere Screening of

The Wall Street Conspiracy

Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012; 7 PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St.; Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Admission: $6.00 General; $4.00 student/senior

The collapse of the U.S. banking system in 2008 had been forecast years before it happened......But no one wanted to listen!

Tuesday's (web) work is lost


 Hello dear comrades -

As you know, the website crashed in a big way on Tuesday night.... and it didn't come back up until Thursday morning.

The crash corrupted the website databases -- which contained all of the content on the website. According to Wikipedia, "The word corrupt (Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to abuse or destroy : com-, intensive pref. and rumpere, to break) when used as an adjective literally means utterly broken."

The website, when it came back up, was restored with a backup. The backup appears to have been done at some point soon after midnight on Tuesday morning.

12/5-6: Restore Our Rights. A two-day Civil Liberties Workshop and Event.

KBOO is a proud sponsor of Restore Our Rights. A two-day Civil Liberties Workshop and Event, December 5 & 6.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5th & Thursday, Dec. 6th
Where: Velo-Cult, 1969 NE 42nd St., Portland, OR
  Free - Open to the Public
All Ages Welcome

Public Statement from the KBOO Foundation Board of Directors


November 27, 2012

Regrettably, at the Board of Directors meeting, Monday, November 26, 2012, Director John Mackey was removed from the Board, for conduct harmful to the corporation.

Specifically, Mr. Mackey was removed for disclosing information during a public session of the Board, October 22, 2012 ─ information that he had previously acknowledged was not appropriate for public disclosure, but should only be discussed in a closed session of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Mackey knew that the information was not appropriate for public disclosure. On at least two occasions, Mr. Mackey stated that the information should be discussed in closed session. Mr. Mackey publicly disclosed information he knew should not be, disregarding his own advice.

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