I am a lapsed KBOO member and volunteer (1979 -1993), and have just learned that KBOO is seeking listener input while re-examining a previous decision to not air the program Democracy Now! (DN!) with Juan Gonzales and Amy Goodman.
This is the best news I've heard about KBOO in a long time. As one of the fortunate few in Portland to have access to DN! via cable television (ch 23, 9:00 am and 4:00 pm M-F), I wondered why the program was not being aired daily on the perfect venue of KBOO where it would have a much wider audience. So I did a little research and found that apparently some of the powerful "old guard" programmers at KBOO are unwilling to give up any of "their" air time to make room for DN!. Having listened for many many MANY years to the views and opinions of the Old Mole Variety Hour folks, as well as to those of Joe, Barbara, Marlene, Alan, Joanne, Ani, etc., I have heard everything they could possibly have to say at least a quadrillion times. Although theirs are important and valuable voices and may still be relevant to a few KBOO listeners, it is well past the moment for at least some of them to either step aside or shorten their programs to accommodate new and fresh ideas. KBOO belongs to the listeners, not to a few programmers whose exaggerated self-importance won't allow them to recognize when it is time to let go.
My understanding is that KBOO is considering two possible options for carrying DN!: 1) giving it a regular daily time slot; or 2) giving it a trial run of 2-3 days a week for the rest of this year. Option 1 is the only sensible choice since news does not usually conveniently happen on anybody's particular schedule. Thus, if 'shit happens' on Thursday but DN! only airs on Monday and Wednesday, KBOO listeners would be frustratingly deprived in terms of getting the DN! perspective on events, which almost always includes reaction, analysis, and debate from guests who are never allowed a hearing on CNN or any other of the big hair cartoon news networks.
From a purely business perspective, carrying DN! can only serve to significantly increase the KBOO listener and donor base. Yes, DN! is that good.
Please give me a reason to once again become a paying member of KBOO. Make Democracy Now! a regular daily program, ideally during the morning 8:00-11:00 am block or with the afternoon news.