KBOO is a unique and vital resource, relying on the community for support. We are thankful to so many people this giving season: to those who donated to the Willamette Week Give!Guide, to our major donors who built a new/increasing donor match, to the attendees at Silent Nights. 

You still have an opportunity to contribute to KBOO Community Radio, if you've waited. Donate online today!

The KBOO Mobile App is here!

Download our app today from the iTunes Store and Google Play! This app is nearly as magic as magic itself (and has the following features):
  • DVR-like controls (pause, rewind, and fast forward). You can pause the live stream to have a conversation and pick up right where you left off, or rewind to catch something you just missed.
  • Listen to the live stream from KBOO even while traveling.
  • Integrated program schedule for the KBOO stream.
  • Listen to KBOO in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails.
  • Check out the Community Calendar and browse the KBOO newsletter.
  • Access Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the KBOO website without needing an account.

Businesses Can Support KBOO Too!

We're looking for your help in building an exciting sweepstakes offering. Supporting the KBOO sweepstakes by making an in-kind donation not only helps KBOO, it helps to get your name out to our listeners and members.

Do you issue gift certificates? They make amazing KBOO sweepstakes prizes! 
Do you have a vacation rental, hotel, or guest house? Donate 3 or more days to our sweepstakes as part of a vacation package!
Do you make and sell cool stuff? Featured items are very popular!

Want to help? Email Becky Meiers at development@kboo.org or call (503) 231-8032, extension 204.
Volunteer Appreciation Party!!!

Join your KBOO family for an evening of conviviality and gratitude
 at Mother Foucault's 523 SE Morrison Street, 6 - 9 pm, Friday, January 29th.

Love Bomb Go Go flash mob appearance at Silent Disco, photo by Angela Holm Photography

Silent Nights 2015
Thank you to everyone who participated in, danced at, and helped with our Silent Nights 2015: A Silent Disco/Silent Auction Benefit this December 19th! If you loved what you heard in your headphones, be sure to check out all the KBOO DJ profiles here.

 We'd also like to thank our sponsors: Heartbeat Silent Sound Systems, Manifestation PDX, Thrive Sauce and Bowls, Traipsing Town with Tracia, Angela Holm Photography, Cider Riot, Ninkasi Brewing, Base Camp Brewing Company, Clearly Kombucha, and B12 Happy Hour PDX.

We would like to give a special thanks to Love Bomb GoGo. They came to our party, played the party, then brought the party. This intergalactic glam marching band rules; keep up with their shows on their website and their Facebook page.
Live Broadcast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute - 31st Anniversary

KBOO has partnered with the World Arts Foundation for 31 years to broadcast this incredible community gathering and tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This year, we will be broadcasting from 11am to 6pm on Monday, January 18th, online and on-air. This broadcast will be produced by Sekoynia Wright, and hosting this event on-air will be Jo Ann Hardesty, Reggae Bob, Don Merrill, Armando Gonzales, Jared Dancler, and Liz Perry.

MLK Poetry and Film: Freedom On My Mind/John Slaughter and Poetic Justice

Catch this groundbreaking film about the crucial 1961 Mississippi Voter Registration Project, then stay after the film for a Poetic Justice open-mic poetry event featuring distinguished poets John Slaughter and Renee Mitchell. 

This incredible event is on Thursday, January 14th, starting at 7pm at the Clinton Street TheaterSuggested donation: $7-10 with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Journey of the Beautiful Strangers: Latcho Drom

The Djangophiles swinging gypsy caberet ensemble opens for a free showing of Latcho Drom: a first-class introduction to the story of Gypsy music and culture. Many well-respected acts like Taraf de Haidouks and Hasam Yarim are featured as well as many unknown but extremely talented Gypsy artists. Join us for a mind-expanding exploration of Gypsy culture in the context of their music.

Join us on Thursday, January 21st, at the Clinton Street TheaterThe band starts at 7pm, so come early.

New Podcast on Criminalization

Morpheus Youth Project and KBOO, with support from Oregon Humanities, have launched a new podcast series that explores the topic of criminalization: the process by which behaviors and individuals are transformed into crime and criminals. Recently, the podcast cohort group, which includes students at MacLaren Youth Corrections Facility, met to listen to the first episode and discuss their experiences with criminalization.

Keep an eye out for details on our first public listening party, which will be scheduled for February 29th at 6:30pm.
Another Great Year for the KBOO Youth Collective!

We wrapped up our 13th year of existence with a great live performance with Aventine Circus and a special podcast from Caldera Youth. Another 50 youth were trained in making radio! Listen to past shows here, and if you or the young people in your life want to get involved, contact Erin Yanke, KBOO Youth Advocate, at youth@kboo.org.

KBOO Says Goodbye to David Lifton

It's a very sad day at KBOO Community Radio as we unexpectedly say goodbye to one of the pillars of our community, David Lifton.
David has been a member of KBOO since the 1970's, having served as the Volunteer Coordinator, then the Program Director. He also curated the incomparable A Jazz World for many years. We love you, David, and our thoughts are with your family and friends.

Celebrating the Life of John Trudell 

"John Trudell and his family ask for people to celebrate love and celebrate life. He asked that people pray and celebrate in their own way in their own communities."

With heavy hearts and an appreciation for all he has given us, many KBOO DJs hosted memorial programs for John Trudell, who died December 8th from cancer. The links to these programs are all collected here. Rest in Power.
KBOO is Accepting Applications for Our 2016 Artist in Residence

The KBOO Community Radio Artist In Residence Program assists artists working creatively with sound. Every year, one artist or one collaborative group of artists will be awarded 20 hours of studio recording & production time with a KBOO Mixologist in order to create a piece of sound art that will be be publicly presented at the end of the Residency. Deadline for this year is February 12th at 5pm. Apply here!
KBOO Programmers list their top 10's for this year

As the month of January progresses, KBOO DJs and other programmers will keep this page updated with Top 10 lists to help you remember what was released this year, and take another opportunity to emphasize the best of 2015.

On-air host, writer, producer, Bread and Roses Collective member and powerful community organizer Pamela Santos has joined KBOO as our Membership Director. 

Pamela served for two years as the Membership Committee Co-Chair of the UN Women Metropolitan Chapter and helped to plan an annual fundraising walk, a gala benefit and national campaigns to end violence against women with other chapters of the organization.

This year is Lisa Loving's 25th anniversary of volunteering at KBOO Community Radio. Lisa takes over as Evening News and Public Affairs Director, as Jenka Soderberg becomes KBOO's Web and New Media Coordinator in January. 

She has produced and hosted a weekly morning show since 2008. Lisa also served in the position of News Editor for KBOO partner The Skanner News Group from 2008 to 2015, and returns to KBOO after having served in the same position from 2005 to 2007. 

Read more about Lisa on this blog post; welcome back to KBOO staff, Lisa!
Sun Lee will continue as Promotions Manager and as a Grateful Dead and Friends Collective member. Thank you so very much for your years of service as the Membership Director!

Volunteer Spotlight

Every month, we'll focus on one of KBOO's amazing volunteers. This month, we had a chance to speak with Diablo, host of The Sacred Circle "TEMENOS" with his daughter DJ Ellie D. Read all about them here.
Here are some of this month's audio highlights
Outside World

Mike Lastra, of Dr. Amazon, Smegma, Bohemia After Dark and Satyricon, guest DJed on The Outside World

African Music

Welcome back present to us from DJ Golden Wilson with this fantastic episode of Africa Oye!
Oregon Community Media

 KBOO teamed up with KWSO Warm Springs, KPOV Bend, and KSKQ Ashland, on the housing crisis taking place all over the state of Oregon. 

Check it out!
Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events
Music, Nature, and Storytelling

Friday, January 8, 12am - Mon, January 11, 12am, Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, 18062 Keasey Rd, Vernonia

Sign up here!
Eviction Free 2016

Join us for this crucial Housing Justice Rally and March Fri, January 15, 4:30pm - 6:30pm downtown at Portland City Hall
'Victory Beyond the Dream'

A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. broadcast live on KBOO, Monday, January 18, 11am - 6pm 

More events can be found on our Community Events calendar!
Find  out more about our Facebook events!
Read what we're saying on Twitter!
See cool KBOO photos with Instagram!
Additional Ways To Get Involved
When making your plans for the future, consider KBOO. There are a number of ways to create an enduring legacy of support for our community radio station, whether as a bequest in your will or living trust, as a retirement plan gift, or as ownership of a life insurance policy.

Mention "The KBOO Foundation," tax ID 23-7232987, in your estate plans and contact Becky Meiers, Development Director, at development@kboo.org or at (503) 231-8032, extension 204.
Hi Folks,

If your annual giving to KBOO Community Radio was more than $250 in 2015 then we will automatically send you a tax letter in January. If your donations for 2015 are under $250 and you would like a tax letter please email me at membership@kboo.org or give me a call at 503.231.8032, ext 207, to request one and I'll be happy to email or mail it you in January.

Thanks for a great 2015!

Pamela Santos
KBOO Membership Director
From Justin Miller, KBOO's Director of Underwriting

Meet Justin, KBOO's esteemed underwriting expert. In this first in a series of monthly blogs, Justin writes about what underwriting means for local organizations:

"I don't deal in jingles or hyperbole, and neither do our listeners. I don't deal with giant corporations looking to 'greenwash' their images at our listeners' expense. I deal with people just like you: members of the community committed to supporting the access, training, and programming that KBOO provides every hour of every day."

Donate your car!

We accept cars with clean titles in any condition. Click on the link below for more information.


Contact Ani Haines, Volunteer Coordinator, to find out how you can help. The next orientation is Monday, January 11th, 6pm - 8pm.

Host a poster!

To all the folks who requested posters: we're still working on their distribution. If you'd like to be added to the hosting list, email us!

PS: I don't know if I can thank every one of you enough for your support of KBOO throughout 2015, most recently in November and December, but here's my small attempt. The KBOO community of volunteers, members, listeners, and staff is amazing, and its an honor to know that KBOO is as important to you, and indeed to Cascadia, as it is to me.

Yours in love and gratitude,

Becky Meiers, Development Director
(503) 231-8032, extension 204

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