For 50 years, KBOO Community Radio has been 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.
We’ve been teaching radio since we started. Now we want to build a city of media makers.
Portland is undergoing drastic changes. We need to grow to meet the challenge of maintaining the vital creativity and engagement at the heart of life here, as well as through the Pacific Northwest. We believe that access and education are central to maintaining this energy.
KBOO supports a healthier, more resilient city, deeply rooted in a community that has the power to speak for ourselves. Communication is key, and we believe learning how to communicate through broadcast media can benefit everyone. Organizing around community concerns is easier. Hearing neglected perspectives keeps us critical and creative. Sharing our stories builds connection.
Our goal is to increase free points of access to broadcast through regular trainings and workshops. You don’t need a degree in communication or journalism to be on the air here; we'll teach you all you need to know. Everyone can be a part of the media.
And as local radio outlets disappear on the commercial band, community control over our airwaves is more important now than ever.
How do we continue to reach the communities that we’ve been serving for 50 years? How can we make sure that we’re empowering the folks who need their voices heard the most?
We are building a city of media makers - launching new trainings and creating opportunities in digital spaces.
We currently offer classes for broadcasters of all skill levels. We will expand these programs to include producer intensives (you will learn all you need in a day) and deeper advanced courses. With your help, KBOO will bring these classes into communities, training people outside of the studio and providing support in getting their material on the air.
Beyond our FM signal, KBOO will create another 24 hours of original content, streaming online. We will cultivate new producers of podcasts, hosting and promoting their content for free.
But to expand, we need your help.
Our philosophy of radical inclusion means there is a show for everyone. KBOO challenges you by introducing you to ideas, music you’ve never heard or been introduced to. When you support KBOO, you support all the people making it happen. You support a strong infrastructure for the next generation of media makers.
If you believe in this mission, become a media maker with KBOO and spread the word!
We're excited to offer some unique rewards in return for your support!
KBOO is proud to host people who work hard to improve our city. Together, we cover stories not heard elsewhere. The KBOO Evening News is an important place for local news. Your support helps break news that impacts you and your neighbors.
Join us as a media maker, and we'll send you a KBOO Challenge Coin. KBOO challenges corporate media everyday, and now you can join us as a KBOO member - with this token of achievement. It will also get you into the Oregon Historical Society until July 29th to see '50 Years of KBOO.')
This Kickstarter exclusive enamel pin features one of the classic KBOO logo designs, refreshed for our 50th anniversary!
Everyone is going to want your KBOO beanie and it will keep you warm!
This Kickstarter exclusive special edition shirt embodies the spirit of our campaign. We build a city of media makers to keep Portland radical!
Hey media maker! With this kit, you can choose the KBOO you need for every occasion.
For a thousand dollar contribution, local Portland artist and legend Matt Fu will paint original KBOO inspired art on a leather jacket just for you!
Are you podcast-curious? Looking for an experience to share with your friends? KBOO Station Manager and multimedia producer Delphine Criscenzo will teach you and up to five of your friends how to tell your story at the KBOO studios in SE Portland.
KBOO is a community resource and a conduit… this is the people’s station. We want to thank the thousands of KBOO members who make KBOO happen every day. And to the hundreds of thousands of listeners, locally and worldwide - thank you for tuning in!
And to all you media makers of Portland - past, present, & future - thank you for helping us fill the static of the world with real, lived perspective.
We want to give special thanks to Samantha Feld for all the great graphic direction. Thank you to AM News Director Derric Crooks for our project video, and to all the KBOO volunteers who starred in it: Paul Roland, James Sneed, Denise Morris, Patricia Kullberg, Sam Parrish, Jenna Yokoyama, O.B. Hill, Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch, Ray Bodwell, Dmae Roberts, Ivy Keller, Kyra Orr, Alonzo Chadwick, Leidi Monte, Nicholas Schoen, Wayne Johnson, Cecil Prescod, Justice Rajee, Tania Gomezdaza, Theresa Mitchell, Abe Proctor, Joe Uris, Barbara Bernstein, David Naimon, Mic Crenshaw, Kip Kruger, Canaan Schlesinger, Tom Hood, Kee Nelson, Gregory Mckelvey, Ruban Lawrence, Anne Krajnak, & music by Moon Hooch.
To our incredible project advisors: we owe you a debt of gratitude! Thank you Jena Nesbitt, Mark Grimes, Alison Hallett and Kristy Conrad at the Hollywood Theater.
"In a time of corporate media mergers and consolidation, independent progressive voices are at a premium. But here in Portland you are fortunate to have KBOO. Listener supported radio. How powerful is that? Very. Don’t take it for granted."
- David Barsamian, Founder/Director of Alternative Radio
“We keep building, understanding that our community is changing rapidly and we have to be able to change rapidly with it. We become better because we’re able to communicate with people where they are. That's the wonderful thing about KBOO.”
- Jo Ann Hardesty, President NAACP Portland Branch 1120, Portland City Council Candidate, Oregon House of Representatives 1995-2000
"Best radio station I’ve ever known, hands down! It has saved my life in so many words. Our community’s ears, minds, and hearts are extremely blessed to have you all. Thank you forever!"
- Heather, KBOO Member
"I am a new member of KBOO! I truly discovered Democracy Now this year, and had an opportunity a few months ago to share my experiences as a DNC National Convention delegate. I appreciate that KBOO’s mission amplifies the voices of populations that desperately need it: keep on doing the work that you do!"
- Peter Lee, KBOO Member
"Love you, KBOO! Being a part of the station has had a hugely positive impact on my life in many ways. Thank you!"
- Ruban Laurence, KBOO Board of Directors
Risks and challenges
The Portland Metro Area is home to 2,560,000 people; even one percent of that would be 25,600 people. That's a lot of people to train! It might take a lot more money to even do that. Do we get credit for a lifetime average?
That question might be a bad joke, but we're not just being hyperbolic when we say we want to "build a city of media makers."
We think media can be made in many ways, and on many platforms. If something on KBOO inspires you to write a letter to the editor - you've made media. If you can interrupt hate speech confidently on social media because of something you heard on KBOO - you've made media.
Our goal is to democratize media making and to change how people connect with the radio. With tools like KBOO, people do have power. And if we can inspire our communities here and beyond to take back the media, we will have met our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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