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KBOO Community Radio is volunteer-powered and listener-supported. KBOO creates and broadcasts programming unique to the Portland Metro Area that represents and reflects the realities and diversity of the community. News and music you won’t hear anywhere else. Learn more and become a member.


KBOO in the News

KBOO doesn't just broadcast the news -- KBOO gets in the news too.

Here are a few things that have surfaced in the last month.

And you can check out past news as well.


KBOO in the News, July 2012

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July 2012 KBOO in the News

  • Best of Portland 2012: Best Sounds
    Best Broadcast Media Program of Any Type, Ever
    The delivery comes a few minutes into the show: green plant matter, stuffed into an old bread baggie. Finally, it seems, KBOO’s weekly Grateful Dead and Friends show is about to get truckin’.
    Except the baggie contains garlic scapes, tender stalks trimmed so the pungent plants can put their power into building bigger bulbs. “They won’t turn you on,” jokes the woman who hands them to host Andrew Geller. Geller doesn’t seem to mind—he’s got his hands full, reading from a meticulously researched and liberally highlighted script as he explains the context of each track from a little-known Bay Area band called the Great Society.

    This was part of Willamette Week's 2012 Best of Portland. Andrew Geller is part of the Grateful Dead & Friends collective. The show broadcasts each Saturday from noon-2pm. The episode on the Great Society aired 6/16/2012.
  • Portlandart.net: Discussion on KBOO
    Today I appeared on KBOO's Art Focus with host Eva Lake, Jane Kate Wood and Stephen Slappe. It's a continuation of the Hot Haus discussion and my developing Priming the Cultural Pump essay. It was interesting, similar yet different and a lot shorter... with some new talking points that developed in the wake of the first discussion. I'll be working on the essay for another few days then I plan to put the heuristic discussion to bed... so I can get back to the nitty gritty that is criticism. Overall, a good Summer discussion to have before the second half of the year begins in earnest like it does every year in August.

    This was written by Jeff Jahn, a guest on Art Focus on July 24, 2012
  • Writ in Water: KBOO radio - Discussion of Portland Arts Community
    I was a guest on Eva Lake’s radio show on this morning. We talked about Portland’s strengths and weaknesses as an art community in light of the national and international attention the city has received in recent years. The conversation is less about aesthetics (esp. from my mic) and more concerned with fostering a supportive ecosystem— grants for alternative venues such as Appendix, Recess, and 12128, affordable close-in live/work spaces, group HEALTHCARE plan for freelancers of all stripes.

    This was written by Stephen Slappe, a guest on Art Focus on July 24, 2012
  • Once a fan, always a fan: Portland's comic book elite pick their most beloved (and bemoaned) comics movies
    S. W. Conser, animator and illustrator who produces the KBOO-FM interview programs “Words & Pictures” and “The Film Show" offered comments on superheroes in comics and films to Shawn Levy of the Oregonian.
    Words and Pictures airs on the 2nd Thursday of the month, and The Film Show on the 4th Thursday, from 11:30am - noon.
  • ‘North Portland Polaroids’ by Bobby Abrahamson
    Photographer, Bobby Abrahamson, bought a house in St. Johns just over a year ago, but his making of portraits using 5×7 Polaroid film preceded his move into the neighbourhood. North Portland Polaroids is a gentle homage to the photographer’s immediate surroundings and supports the theory that one needn’t travel the earth to make interesting photography.

    Bobby Abrahamson was a guest on Art Focus July 10, 2012
  • Bikes and emergencies: PBEM director touts bicycles on KBOO radio
    Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director Carmen Merlo and Neighborhood Emergency Team leader Ethan Jewett recently appeared on the KBOO Bike Show to discuss the role bicycles play in emergency preparedness and response.

    The Bike Show aired on July 4, 2012.
  • KBOO Community Radio Interviews Elson on Detoxifcation(sic) Diets
    Elson was recently interviewed on KBOO Community Radio based in Portland, OR on the program “Healthwatch” to discuss the benefits of fasting, juice-cleansing, and other detoxifcation diets mentioned in The Detox Diet.

    Dr. Elson Haas was guest on Healthwatch July 2, 2012.

New and Old KBOO Audio posted elsewhere

New and Old KBOO Video posted elsewhere

  • Neon Piss - KBOO
    Californian melodic punks NEON PISS play KBOO in Portland, OR!
    They were guests on Life During Wartime, July 6, 2011 and we have audio.
  • Bellicose Minds - KBOO - 3/16/11
    Dark punk kings BELLICOSE MINDS gloom everyone out at KBOO in Portland. TURN THIS UP! Members of Dove Asylum and Bog People (RIP)
    They were guests on Life During Wartime, March 16, 2011, and we have audio.
  • Winona LaDuke - Sean Cruz on KBOO 90.7 FM About Jim Pepper, pt 1
    Winona LaDuke and Sean Cruz had a lengthy impromptu conversation in Portland at KBOO 90.7 FM that was captured by KBOO engineer Liam Delta in May, 2010. The subjects ranged from the new White Earth radio station that Winona is building (they are looking for engineering help right now--call them if you can help), to the Heavy Haul tar sands project she is opposing, to the great Native American musician Jim Pepper. The entire conversation will be posted in segments, and will be continued....

KBOO in the News, June 2012

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KBOO in the News, 2012
Charles Robinson
Troutdale Library's Teen Council
Jennifer Kemp and Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Talking Earth
  • Charles RobinsonGreen Ladies on KBOO Radio
    "Wanda & Intisar of The Green Lady on KBOO Radio's The Motif with Charles Robinson of The PDX Food Policy Council, Hannah Kullberg of Better Beans Company & PDX Food Policy Council, & The Motif host Yugen Rashad."
    This episode of The Motif aired May 19, 2012
  • KBOO Radio on the Angola 3: Interviewing law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell and Everett R. H. Thompson of Amnesty Intl. (caution: frameset!)
    On Tuesday May 29th, Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 began a three day hearing before the US District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding discrimination in the selection of the grand jury foreman in Woodfox's 1998 retrial. Prof. Angela Allen-Bell wrote an article in the Spring 2012 issue of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, entitled 'Perception Profiling & Prolonged Solitary Confinement Viewed Through the Lens of the Angola 3 Case: When Prison Officials Become Judges, Judges Become Visually Challenged and Justice Become Legally Blind.' On April 17, 2012 Amnesty International delivered a 67,000 signature petition to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office, demanding Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace's immediate release from solitary confinement. Governor Jindal refused to meet with the delegation. A new AI petition has been launched in response.
    Linda Olson-Osterlund interviewed them on A Deeper Look May 30th.
  • 2012 Studio MFAs interviewed on KBOO
    About PSU MFA students Evan La Londe and Jessica Hickey, joined by Fourteen30 Contemporary's Jeanine Jablonski and Kristan Kennedy, PICA’s Visual Arts Curator and PSU adjunct faculty. This was on the PSU School of Fine & Performing Arts Studio Practice tumblr, June 6, 2012.
    Eva Lake interviewed them on Art Focus on June 5, 2012
  • One World, One Wave: KBOO’s Sunday shows go around the world in 390 minutes
    "The charter for KBOO, Portland’s left-of-the-dial community radio station, vows to use its frequency to fill needs that other media doesn’t, bringing content to underserved groups. Tune in to KBOO anytime and you’ll hear that mission in action, but the signal is strongest on Sundays, when DJs from all over the world bring their records to the station.
    "Niche music genres—klezmer, Persian pop and Tejano among them—are broadcast to sometimes isolated communities, creating a connection between their homeland and their adopted home. WW wanted to meet the people behind the voices to learn about their shows and get recommendations for what every Portlander should be hearing."
    Jennifer Kemp and Ruth Tenzer FeldmanBy Robert Ham, Willamette Week, June 6, 2012.
  • Thanks, KBOO Community Radio!
    "Kudos to Jennifer Kemp, a volunteer at KBOO Community Radio and the relaxed, smiling person on the left in this picture. Jennifer recently interviewed me about Blue Thread. She escorted me into an intimidating techno-studio (can you detect anxiety here?), put me at my ease (no small task), asked thought-provoking questions, and edited the tape for KBOO’s half-hour show about books, “Between the Covers.”
    Jennifer Kemp interviewed her on May 24. Blue Thread Blog, June 13, 2012

New and Old KBOO Audio posted elsewhere


  • The Noisettes, live at KBOO
    "Live from the studios of community radio KBOO-FM Portland OR. The Noisettes joined the lovely Jennifer Robin for an evening of soundscuplture. The actual interview was not recorded, due to technical difficulties, but the performance remains."
  • 6.15.2012 KBOO Box Set Interview
    "Interview with Box Set's Jeff Pehrson and Jim Brunberg by Jeff Rosenberg on Portland's KBOO Community Radio (SongCircle segment) on Friday, June 15, 2012, featuring live, on air acoustic versions of "LeClaire" and "Love Express" as well as "All Is Forgiven" from the Lemonade CD. The interview spotlighted a seven night reunion run of Box Set "Duo" at McMenanins(sp) - Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel in Portland, OR."
  • Talking Earth


The Bike Show

  • KBOO Bike Show: Cycle Touring
    "This month the bike show hosts Ellee Thalheimer, author of Cycling Sojourner, the first cycle-tour guide to the state of Oregon, as well as Matt Picio, co-founder of Cycle Wild, a group that's mission is "to connect people with nature via the bicycle" and who organize free cycle trips in the Portland "rideshed." We'll be talking with them about how you can start your own bike adventures this summer, and possibly be getting some reports in from tourists on the road right now!"
    The Bike Show aired on June 6, 2012.

Youth Radio

  • Troutdale Library Teen CouncilThe Scariest Book You Ever Read
    Troutdale Library's Teen Council* interviews people of all ages about the scariest book they ever read. From October 2011
  • The Letter C
    Troutdale Library's Teen Council* interviews youth librarian Deborah Gitlitz about the letter C's appearance in her favorite storytime books. They find plenty of other "C's" in the library, too: in the Collection, the Catalog, the events Calendar, book Chapters... From December 2011

* (of the Multnomah County Library)

Check out our May KBOO in the News

KBOO in the News, May 2012

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KBOO in the News: John Talley Obit, Decemberist Nate Query loves KBOO, KBOO at Occupy PDX
John Talley
John Talley
Mohawk World to Honor John Houston Talley, Radio Host, Veteran and Mentor to ManyIndian Country Today Media Network. May 24, 2012.

John TalleyIn a tribute (Patricia Lenzi) wrote about her uncle and shared with Indian Country Today Media Network, Lenzi said that Talley volunteered at KBOO. When asked why he refused to get paid, he replied, “People say, ‘Well, why do you do that for no money?’ And I say, ‘Because people need the communications. They need the service.’ And that’s my gift to the community.”

Talley used his show to tell news from Indian Country and to promote Native American musicians, authors, artists and causes, according to the obituary. He mentored other American Indians, who learned from him how to host a radio show.

At the time of his 25th anniversary on the radio, Talley was interviewed by Indian Country Today, the predecessor of ICTMN. Talley talked during the show about realizing what his show had meant in Indian country, how “through a different kind of activism,” he had helped Native people get involved in political campaigns, education and economics, the story said, as well as “helped Native artists sell their work, Native writers sell their books and Native musicians promote their music.”

The Late, Great John Talley of KBOO-FM, by Arigon Starr, Diva News. March 27, 2012.

[In 1998] I made sure to contact KBOO and let them know I was in town. John Talley told me to come on down and they would put me on the airwaves. Boy, did they! I brought my guitar and performed acoustic versions of songs like “Navajo Radio” and “Indian Bones.” John had a young co-host with him at the time, Spider Moccasin aka Marcus Moseley. We all got on like a house on fire. There was much laughter, heartfelt stories and great music every time we got together.

The last time I saw John, he was definitely slowing down. He told me that he was okay with that…and that he had lived a full life. I had to marvel at his journey. He was a great storyteller and always had lots of plans and ambitions to remind folks that Native people are still here.

Life of John Talley, host of 'Indian World' radio program, will be celebrated Friday, by Mike Francis, The Oregonian. May 23, 2012.

Friends of John Talley, longtime host of the "Indian World" program on KBOO-FM, will gather Friday in Portland to remember his life. Members of his family, who found him late in his life, will be there, too.

"I'm honored that we got to know him," said Patricia Lenzi, a niece who lives in Nevada. A single man living in Portland, he was thrilled to be found by his far-flung family, she said. "We were just as thrilled to find him." ...

Lenzi said family members learned of his existence in 2006, when he was about 75. With the help of Google, Lenzi said they tracked him to KBOO, where he had worked since the 1970s. They called him at the radio station and asked him his mother's name. It matched.

The Decemberists' Nate Query on Public Radio, Willamette Week, April 30, 2012

Since I was kid, Saturdays in my house have been accompanied by bluegrass in the morning and the Grateful Dead in the afternoon, courtesy of KBOO, one of Portland's great community radio stations.

In a city that makes the New York Times' travel section every two months for its food and bike scenes, it's comforting to me as an old-school Portlander that this sort of "uncool" programming still dominates KBOO on Saturdays. Of course, I like both bluegrass and Dead music—but what I especially value is the feeling of connectedness I get from listening to our local stations, which have programs dedicated to just about every kind of music and talk.

Revolution on the Radio, by Zoë Carpenter, The Nation. March 12, 2012

Nearly two months after Occupy Wall Street set up camp in Lower Manhattan, the New York Times public editor wrote about the challenge presented by the movement’s “difficult, sprawling story.” To journalists, editors and readers he asked, “How should the New York Times cover this movement that resembles no other in memory?”

While the Times was scratching its head, KBOO Radio in Portland, Oregon was several weeks into a reporting experiment. When activists established Portland’s occupation in early October, producers at the volunteer-driven community station decided that the best way to cover the movement was from the inside—to occupy Occupy.

Check out February's KBOO makes the news

KBOO makes the news, February 2012

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DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid; Guerilla Theatre Youth internship

Hi all -

KBOO's community got a couple nice pieces of press lately.

Calo utho aura nrtya! (Let's get up and dance!), January 26, 2012 in the Portland Tribune -- a story about DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, who air Tuesday nights from 10 to midnight.


In case you missed it: Outside In's films from Portland homeless youth available online, February 1, 2012 in the Oregonian - with this mention:

This month, Guerilla Theatre will collaborate with KBOO Community Radio to host an internship where youth will produce radio shows about important topics to educate their peers.

Check out KBOO in the news in 2011

2011 KBOO in the News

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Portland's KBOO Veterans' Voice show bonds two vets of different eras, same politics


April 15, 2011, 8:05PM

Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires are radical elders of Portland radio. Every month for 20 years, they bring listeners a war experience that argues for peace.  Full story »

Their show is Veterans' Voice, 3rd Fridays, 9–10 AM


'Words & Pictures' on KBOO visits Sam Adams to prepare for Stumptown Comics Fest

By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian

April 13, 2011, 5:32PM

The community radio show features a visit to Mayor Sam Adams' office to help promote the Stumptown Comics Fest. Full story »

Words & Pictures broadcasts 2nd Thursdays, 11:30–noon.


What if the Arizona shooter had been a Muslim?


By George Rede, The Oregonian

January 12, 2011, 11:05AM

Listen to a KBOO community radio interview with social futurist Sara Robinson that delves into Saturday's shootings in Tucson, Ariz.  Full story »

Wednesday Talk Radio broadcasts on Wednesdays from 8–9 AM.

Press Releases



12/5 KBOO Happy Hour Listening Tour

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Please come and see what we do, while listening to Democracy Now! and our evening news

I'd like to invite you and all KPOJ supporters to a "Happy Hour Listening Tour" at the KBOO studios, next Wednesday, December 5th, between 4:00 - 6:00 pm. KBOO is located at 20 SE 8th Ave.

Please join us and listen to Democracy Now!, watch our all-volunteer news team create the evening news, meet other volunteers who produce the M-F morning Public Affairs programming, staff who keep the doors open and provide public radio production training, and our board who oversee the KBOO Foundation. I'm sure some of our diverse, music show hosts will be on hand as well.

Enjoy refreshments and the chance to meet your community radio station - up close and personal. If we can't convince you to throw your support for progressive radio in our direction, then perhaps there is a way for KBOO to support your efforts to keep a diversity of voices and choices on the airwaves.

KBOO is a "community supporting" radio station, and here to serve the under-served, which progressive talk radio now could now be considered to be. It would be great to meet you, and other KPOJ listeners and supporters. Feel free to send this out to your mailing list, we look forward to welcoming all of you with open arms.

Call with any questions you may have, Lynn


Map of East Portland, and KBOO

Articulate and Passionate Voices! Internationally Acclaimed Activists Inspire Portland


Contact: Lynn Fitch, Development Director
Phone: 503.231.8032 x222
Email: development@kboo.org

Portland, Oregon—May 10, 2012—On Friday May 11, 2012, 7:00am – 8:00pm, KBOO Community Radio will air a special News & Public Affairs Day. Thirteen hours of insightful and thought provoking programming will include live interviews, special reports and recently recorded cutting edge speeches.

John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation magazine and celebrated political author will discuss his latest book "Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street” at 8:00am.

Talks recorded last month in Portland, given by four prominent activists – David Barsamian, Helen Caldicott, Ralph Nader and Winona Laduke – that cover the political, economic and environmental challenges of our time will air between 10:30am – 4:00pm.

For details and to review the entire programming schedule, visit http://kboo.fm/2012smd/news


KBOO Community Radio is volunteer-powered and listener-supported. KBOO creates and broadcasts programming unique to the Portland Metro Area that represents and reflects the realities and diversity of the community. News and music you won’t hear anywhere else. Learn more and become a member at kboo.fm.


KBOO’s Youth Collective Turns 10

For immediate RELEASE

Portland, Oregon—April 27, 2012—KBOO’s Youth Collective has been teaching youth skills in radio production for 10 years. Open to all youth under 21 years of age, we’ve trained over 100 individuals, and have worked with community groups such as: Outside In, Native American Youth Association, David Douglas Alternative Program, Roosevelt High School, Centennial Learning Center, and many others.

In this innovative model of participatory youth programs, the collective members are responsible for creating two radio programs aired on KBOO each month.

The public is invited to join the celebration of their 10th Anniversary at the KBOO studio, 20 SE 8th Ave. in Portland, for an evening of radio production, community engagement, and refreshments.

For more information about KBOO’s Youth Collective, or the Birthday Party, contact Erin Yanke at 503-231-8032 ext 221, or youth@kboo.org

Who: KBOO Community Radio
What: KBOO’s Youth Collective Turns 10
Where: KBOO Radio Studios, 20 SE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
When: Wednesday, May 23rd, 6 – 8 PM


KBOO Community Radio broadcasts to Portland at 90.7 FM, Corvallis at 100.7 FM, and Hood River 91.9 FM, and streams its signal worldwide via the internet at http://live.kboo.fm:8000/high.m3u. The KBOO Foundation supports KBOO’s mission of working together to transmit culture, news and music that matters. For more information, visit http://kboo.fm.


Ani Haines
The KBOO Foundation, KBOO Community Radio
(503) 231-8032 x 213


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