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KBOO's news & public affairs programming airs approx. 37 hours a week

KBOO's news & public affairs programming airs approx. 37 hours a week -- under 25% of the air time
The music-entertainment programming at KBOO is on over 130 hours a week -- (75%)
KBOO's got the best stuff in town but even NPR-affiliate KOPB 91.5fm airs more news & P.A. material (true, not the same quality or local content).
Come on KBOO, you have volunteers who are eager to create additional shows involving discussion, news, panels and interviews that concern the community!
also, KBOO needs to air public affairs shows beyond the morning hours that working folks can tune into.
It's cool to hear pre-recorded CDs, but the demand for heavier content has been around long before Bush-43 and the fall of the Trade Center buildings.
constructive suggestion 15.Nov.2003 15:18

avid KBOO listener

I actually love the music shows as well..

I'd like to hear Amy Goodman on the air though...

Looks like there is 4 hours or jazz late at night, maybe Amy's show could air around 11 pm?

All thing to all people 15.Nov.2003 16:05

KBOO member

Well if you feel stongly and you are a member, you can come to comittee meetings and push for change. I occasionaly host one of the weeknight public affair programs, and I'm pretty biased towards public affairs. I could easily see adding another hour of public affairs in the evenings, but there are a lot of folks putting time and effort into the music shows who feel differently, and I respect their work too.

One problem is that there are only 24 hours in the day, and it's a zero sum game. You can't create public affairs slot without taking a music slot way from someone who has put in a whole bunch of their free time to create a show. By the way, I agree with anybody who sees KBOO as playing too much jazz and reggae, but if I really cared I would attend proramming committee meetings.

The other problem is resources. The 25% of KBOO's programming that goes to public affairs probably takes up 50% ot the resources. Go down to the station some time and look at who has all the programming studios checked out. It's the public affairs folks.

Still it might be nice to see some late night publci affairs spots Though I would hate to do all the work that goes into public affairs and then go on later in the evening when there are far fewer listeners.

from the kboo news room...right now 15.Nov.2003 16:49

moonflower and myst

It's quite interesting happenstance that this message came in when it did. We are/were in the KBOO Newsdepartment meeting about this very issue.

> KBOO's got the best stuff in town but even NPR-affiliate KOPB 91.5fm airs more news & P.A. material (true, not the same quality or local content).


> Come on KBOO, you have volunteers who are eager to create additional shows involving discussion, news, panels and interviews that concern the community!

Yes, there are volunteers who are eager to create additional creations. But then there is the issue of providing time for them to air. If you've attended the orientation and are a KBOO volunteer then you could get in contact with folks that are looking for help with reporting and many other news production jobs..
You could be a news volunteer. the news department is definitely in need of more volunteers.
KBOO is of, by, and for the people.
It is an assumption that KBOO is a separate entity that can be criticized for perceived shortcomings. Each volunteer/member/listener *is* KBOO.
If you enjoy KBOO as is... wonderful. If you'd like KBOO better if things were the way you want them to be... It would then be in your interest to get involved and volunteer, go to meetings, and do the work.


> also, KBOO needs to air public affairs shows beyond the morning hours that working folks can tune into.

dialogue is ongoing about airing more public affairs programs nightly
There *are* public affairs shows that are on at 6pm after the KBOO Evening News (5-6pm), such as Labor Radio (Mon.), This Way Out, Out Loud, Prison Pipeline (Tue.), Hole in the Bucket, Circle A Radio, The Underground (Wed.), Voices of the Middle East, Proverbial Perspectives (Thur.), Feminista Factor and Counterspin (Fri.).

Here is the link for the KBOO Program Schedule:

Thank you kindly.

Programs with 'News & Public Affairs' Genre 15.Nov.2003 19:18

moonflower and myst

Programs with 'News & Public Affairs' Genre

Old Mole Variety Hour
Alternate Mondays 9:00 - 10:00 am
Bill Resnick, Chirs Nielson
KBOO Volunteer or Staff

Mondays 10:00 - 10:30 am
David Naimon

Mondays 10:30 - 11:00 am
KBOO Volunteer or Staff

Labor Radio
Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 pm
KBOO Volunteer or Staff

KBOO Morning News
Monday - Friday 7:00 - 7:30 am
News Department
Kathleen Stephenson, Morning News & Public Affairs Director  amnews@kboo.org

KBOO Evening News
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm
News Department
Robert Jefferson, Evening News & Public Affairs Director  pmnews@kboo.org

Out Loud
Alternate Tuesdays 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Prison Pipeline
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Anne Rose-Pierce

People Rise Up
Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:30 am
Andrew Geller kboo [at] riseup.net

Making Contact
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:00 am
KBOO Volunteer or Staff

Weekly Lecture Series
Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00 pm
KBOO Volunteer or Staff

Circle -A- Radio
Alternate Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursdays 9:00 - 9:30 am
Theresa Mitchell

Thursday Radiozine
Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 am
Lisa Loving
KBOO Volunteers

Art Focus
Alternate Thursdays 10:30 - 11:00 am
Julie Bernard
KBOO Volunteers

Marlene's Electronic Salon
Fridays 9:00 - 10:30 am

Sounds of Awareness
Alternate Fridays 10:30 - 11:00 am
Paul Van Dyck

Boneheads & Bigots
Alternate Fridays 10:30 - 11:00 am
Pat McGuire

Free Speech Radio News
Fridays 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Feminista Factor
Fridays 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Bread & Roses
Sundays 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Fridays 6:30 - 7:00 pm

crazy idea? 15.Nov.2003 22:54


this is probably crazy, but would it be possible for KBOO to have a second frequency with more programming? Perhaps an AM station for public affairs type shows. Heck, during the expansion, how about adding a KBOO TV station as well? A joint KBOO/Indymedia station would be neat, although I have no clue what that would look like or how it'd work.

I suppose the answer to this is "yes it is *possible*, we'd just need lots more resources to get it done". In this case, I better start volunteering. ;)

KBOO Weekend News 16.Nov.2003 01:32


I really like those ideas!
. . .
Volunteers are producing a pilot for the KBOO Weekend News.
It is tentatively arranged to air today at 8:30am.
The Weekend News Pilot will air tonight at 10:00pm.

can you send me more info 16.Nov.2003 13:18


I want to know how to contact circle A radio and/or other programs in the northwest that would be interested in covering issues of dissent being targeted by the war on terrorism? The link you posted for circlearadio does not work. Thanks.

Specifically I want to do a piece about Jeff "Free" Luers who recieved a 23 year sentence for torching an SUV. He filed his appeal, and the state has finally responded with an absurd anti-terrorist mandate, seeking to paint Jeff as a terrorist threat. Its looking bad and Jeff needs a lot of legal support and media help at this time. Thanks.

Jeff's website is  http://www.freefreenow.org

My e-mail is:

Thanks again

Friends of Free

Community Radio 16.Nov.2003 21:37


by the way...

i think the "75% 'music and entertainment' air time 25% 'news and public affairs' air time" figures are actually inaccurate

that list of news and public affairs shows on kboo is not even a complete list.

There are many more shows such as:

Islamic Point of View
Sunday 8:00 - 8:30

La Voz De La Comunidad
Sunday 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Noticero Latino
Sunday 5:00pm - 7pm

as i thought about it more, i remembered that many of the music shows in fact have considerable news and public affairs content.
for example...

Home Cooking with Gene
Saturday 4:00pm - 7pm

No Soap Radio
Alternating Fridays 3:00am - 6:00am (early Sat. morn.)

From the Grassroots
Alternating Fridays 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Celtic Hour
Monday 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Mitakuye Oyasin
Wednesday 1:30pm - 3:00pm

...and on and on...

those shows and others devote large portions of showtime to editorials, discussions, interviews, news, and when music is played it is decidedly political and of community importance and cultural significance.

the link to Circle A Radio is www.circlearadio.org
The Mailbox # at KBOO for the show is:
Box 81
20 SE 8th
Portland, OR 97214
Circle A Radio Box 81

The KBOO Weekend News pilot will be aired next weekend.

I hope I've been of help to you.

tired of the news 17.Nov.2003 14:32

paying my share

i dont like to listen to people talking in the morning, i would much rather hear music. even bad music, just something to let me focus on the work I am doing or about to do rather than starting out the day hearing about the latest war or corporate screwover. I hate getting put in a bad mood by the radio before my day even gets going.
yet another great reason to ride my bike to work.

Poor quality prevents my news support 17.Nov.2003 21:15


Ilike KBOO, Really, and some of the news programming is great....however a lot of the interviews and some of the shows arent well done. I get the feeling that the interviewers are more interested in hearing their own opinions then those of the person they are interviewing. I have been out of town for almost two months so I am having a hard time thinking of a good example. Some of the "news shows" where the two commentators just banter back and forth are annoying too. A lot of the shows have an insular preaching-to-the-quior feel to them. It annoys me.

I wish that KBOO was more like KAOS in Olympia WA. Then Id even become a member.