After over five years of grass-roots effort, KMUZ has been live now since Dec. 17, 2011, on the airwaves at 88.5 FM and also available streaming via their web site. That kind of perseverence is admirable and the hard work, trust and faith has paid off and definitely garners a Venti’s Live Salem feature.
I feel like I know those involved w/ getting KMUZ off the ground because I’ve watched the efforts via social media — as well as seeing them at the State Fair, Clockworks and other events. It’s cool how that works. The progress has been fun to watch. And because it is a grass-roots effort, they have been creative and inspiring throughout the process. I cheered and “Liked” posts when KMUZ did a logo contest in 2009, when they got the call letters, when they got their antenna. I cheer KMUZ at the interesting programming they offer and even had fun being interviewed for the Sydney Show. Now we celebrate KMUZ and their new location in downtown Salem.
As a community-run, public radio station, KMUZ’s programming includes all-request shows, local news, reggae, country, talk and more. I got the scoop from Karen Holman, KMUZ founder:
We are KMUZ 88.5 FM, the non-commercial educational community FM radio station in the mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon. KMUZ is committed to providing a media outlet for those who are not given a voice in mainstream media—namely, locals (that’s you!) who are itching to create engaging public affairs or cultural arts programming. We also welcome DJs who would like to share their music. Virtually any genre goes, where the only limitation is that it can’t be heard on commercial radio. KMUZ is a brand-new station (first broadcast on Dec. 17, 2011) and so we are still evolving as people from the Mid-Willamette Valley join us to create exciting new programming. Have an idea but no experience? We provide free training and encourage our volunteers to be creative so that KMUZ can provide our community a wide array of interesting and unique shows. Check out the “Be a DJ” link.
Our city of license is Turner, OR and the general broadcast area reaches north into Salem, south to Albany, west to Monmouth, and east to Stayton. We also stream over the internet. The sponsoring non-profit organization for this radio station and FCC licensee is WINES (Willamette Information News & Entertainment Service), a new nonprofit that focuses on broadcasting local music, news & events in the mid-Valley. Since we have 501(c)(3) status, donations are tax-deductible. Please consider becoming a sustaining member (click the “Subscribe” PayPal link on the right), but a one-time donation also helps (via the “Donate” PayPal link). Check donations made out to KMUZ-FM can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 12038, Salem, OR 97309. If you are business, consider becoming an underwriter! Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Visit KMUZ.org for more information about volunteering and to make a financial contribution to our only community radio station!
Contact KMUZ 88.5 FM:
phone: 503.967.KMUZ (5689)
KMUZ 88.5 FM
P.O. Box 12038
Salem OR 97309
The station announced big news this week:
KMUZ is moving to downtown Salem! The new permanent location of the KMUZ studios will be at 245 Division Street NE, Suite 300 (former location of Allied Video Productions).
Now that they’re moving they are in need of underwriters, to help with costs. Underwriting – on-air mentions, compared to what you’dnormally pay on radio, this is a great deal and is tax-deductable. Businesses, organizations or individuals! Need to pay rent. The move will happen the next few days. Anyone who would like to offer help of any kind that would be related to our move, please contact Dave Hammock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking furnishings, office supplies. A ream of paper. Check the wish list or ask about donations.