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Help KBOO Build a City of Media Makers!

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:53:24 +0000

KBOO's first-ever Kickstarter campaign runs from February 8th to March 9th, 2018, with the goal of Building a City of media Makers.

KBOO has been teaching radio since we started in 1968 - 50 years ago! Now we want to build a city of Media Makers. KBOO provides a platform for communities who’ve been shut out. We have given people a chance to learn to produce, engineer, host, write, interview, and create the media that matters to them. When you support KBOO, you support all the people making it happen. You support a strong infrastructure for the next generation of media makers.

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Please join and share our crowdfunding campaign before March 9th!

Ursula K. Le Guin on censorship, creativity, and pornography

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:52:30 +0000

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Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pm


Renowned author Ursula K. Le Guin was known for more than just her books in fantasy and science fiction, she was also a critical voice of the literary world. Her insights into the publishing industry and censorship are shared here in a 1988 talk recorded at the Northwest Women's Studies Conference at Portland State University. 

Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88. 

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: LIVE at KBOO!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:22:31 +0000

Hosted by: aniProduced by: KBOOProgram:: Positively RevoltingAir date: Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:00am to 9:00amMore Images: Join Ani as she welcomes Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to KBOO to discuss her new book LOADED.  Call in and join the conversation. Loaded...A Disarming History of the Second Amendment America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many books, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. She is the recipient of the Cultural Freedom Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the Lannan Foundation, and she lives in San Francisco, CA. Topic tags: Activism, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights/Human Rights, Community Building, Government/Politics, History, Indigenous, Law/Court/Crime, Women[...]

Cowboy Singers Featured

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:22:51 +0000

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Sat, 02/24/2018 - 6:00am to 9:00am
The female duo Notable Exceptions will join us live.

Cowboy music from artists who belong to the Western Music Association will take center stage in the second half of this Saturday's Swing 'n' Country Program. Joining us live in the studio will be the Notable Exceptions to share some songs from their latest CD Souvenir and cowboy poet Tom Swearingen will join in and share some music that's hit his radar recently. Tom Swearingen and the Notable Exceptions will be appearing together at Cafe Artichoke on Sunday evening February 25th, information at Tom Swearingen and The Hanson Family will be the featured artists at The Portland FolkMusic Society's March 16th Concert. Tckets and information at

Guest Host Linda Leavitt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:38:42 +0000

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Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Linda Leavitt will guest host Music from the True Vine to do an International Womens Day special. 
Women are some of the finest and most popular musicians in bluegrass today and this is a great opportunity to feature historic, influential, and new recordings.
Linda is a local musician, music teacher, bluegrass activist and she will share her favorite women of bluegrass.
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Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:54:25 +0000

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:45pmHELP WANTED: ARCHIVE CONTRACTOR          The Archive Contractor will steward the KBOO Archival Assets in all forms. You will work with many formats of audio content of public affairs and music, as well as the documents of KBOO history, and more. This contract position is for 20 hours a week at $20/hour. Current funding for this position ends December 31, 2018. We are attempting to keep this position funded, which may result in another contract. There are no guarantees about this funding. Deadline for the position is THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28th at 5pm KBOO Priorities Manage Resource Space Archival Database, in particular the data entry of metadata Manage Drupal Contractor (along with Jenka Soderberg) who will be hired to merge Resource Space with the KBOO website archive Support staff in 50th anniversary celebration year Required Qualifications Prior experience with audiovisual analog materials required Prior experience with digital preservation required Prior experience with setting-up and managing audiovisual digitization workstations preferred. Ability to work independently and follow instructions Excellent communication skills and ability to coordinate with staff High attention to detail Experience with library and archives metadata standards such as PBCore, EAD, DACS and an understanding of the hierarchical relationship of audiovisual assets 1-2 years experience of managing archives projects Preferred Qualifications Experience with ResourceSpace, MySQL, and php Proven track record of learning and using current technologies for archiving and digital preservation of audiovisual materials, such as ffmpeg, BWF Metaedit Editing experience Experience handling audiovisual materials, playback machines, and digital transfer an editing hardware/software Basic understanding of sound engineering as it relates to archival audio items Responsibilities Manage a ResourceSpace archival database Oversee data entry of metadata into ResourceSpace Support venues for promotion and use of the materials by the community Support staff in their need for archival material for 50th anniversary celebration Work closely with staff on planning and budgeting for the KBOO archive project Recruit and oversee volunteers to inventory, assess and process KBOO archival materials Coordinate media prioritization and preparation with Program Director Manage digitization and qc of digital files and their preservation metadata from analog audio content. Includes contacting vendor for open reel, following in-house procedures for other formats. Oversee the shipping and receiving of original materials and their digital versions Track materials as they go through the digitization workflow process Researching and correcting record with information from old program guides Manage permanent storage of materials (physical and digital) Set up, manage and oversee in-house digitization set-up and procedures for DAT, cassette, minidisc, and CDs. Outreach and education about archives and digital preservation to staff and KBOO community including but not limited to contributing newsletter articles, speaking on News from the Boo, attending committee meetings as requested. Possible Responsibilities Possible community archiving activity Create archives working group (and their objectives). Manage and purchase supplies for archives work Uploading items to Internet Archive as needed Manage the transfer of digital audio files and metadata to AAPB Working Conditions KBOO is a community radio station with over 500 volunteers, and 24 hours a day of broadcasting. The atmosphere is hectic and stimulating.  The ability to work in this kind of environment is essential. Workplace expectations at KBOO radio include: effective verbal and written communications; conflict de-escalation; skillful volunteer relations and utilization; capable proje[...]

Volunteer Spotlight on Wayne Johnson

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 02:09:51 +0000

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 6:00pm
Volunteers put in an amazing amount of work at KBOO to create the radio you love. This month, get to know a little more about Wayne.


Wayne came to KBOO with his wife Kathy about eight years ago to help bring great music to the airwaves.

1. Please introduce yourself to the KBOO Community-- who are you, and what are you passionate about?

I am currently retired from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 16. I have been a programmer with the Swing ’n’ Country collective for the      past eight years. My top two passions currently are music and gardening. I enjoy listening to and trying to play music and I am attempting to grow as much edible fruit as will fit in my front and back yards.

2. What's your favorite thing to do on a day with no commitments?  

On days to myself I enjoy listening to or playing music, working in the garden and maybe going out to eat with family or friends.

3. What brought you to KBOO?  

Music programming.

4. What have you done at KBOO?

My wife Kathy and I have hosted the third Saturday of Swing ’n’ Country for the past eight years. I sub for folk DJ’s when needed, work on sound engineering of live music at KBOO,  supervise phone shifts during membership drives and I created and coordinated “Once In A Boo Moon” which was a live music fundraising event for KBOO in 2013.

5. What have you learned?  

How to be a programmer, sound engineering and that it takes a lot of work to raise money for a non-profit organization. 

6. Are there other things you'd like to do at KBOO in the future?  

Maybe help coordinate another live music event for KBOO.

7. What's your favorite moment at KBOO? Any highlights?

Seeing an event I helped plan be successful was exciting; as well as seeing some higher profile artists play music in the KBOO Studios. 

8. How does KBOO help your family/community/etc/?

KBOO has given us an outlet to express our passions. Also, we have connected with a lot of great people.

9. Why is KBOO important? 

KBOO affords people the opportunity to create a format to express what they’re passionate about and to meet others who share their passions.

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