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KGNU BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barry Gilbert, Chair Judy Trompeter, Vice-Chair Chris Oâ€™Riley, Secretary Basit Mustafa, Treasurer Sam Fuqua, Station Manager [ex-officio, non-voting] Marge Tanawaki Meredith Carson Ken Fricklas David Wilson Steve Strenge Lucila Contreras Publication Title: KGNU Radio Magazine Issue Date: 2011 Frequency of Publication: Annual Authorized Publisher: Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc. dba KGNU Volume 34, Issue 1
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N E WS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
CPB is the federal agency that provides annual grants to public radio and television stations. These funds amount to about 15% of KGNU’s annual budget. For some smaller, rural stations in Colorado and across the country, CPB funds account for 40% or more of their revenue. Cuts to federal funds will hurt small stations the most. “What will happen to these stations if federal funding is cut?” asked Ginny Berson,Vice-President of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB). “People will lose their jobs. When emergencies strike—whether blizzards, floods, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, toxic spills—there will be no local media to alert community members, and to cover the disaster and the recovery. There will be no place to hear up and coming musicians and storytellers. There will be nobody to cover the school board, or the high school basketball team, or the zoning committee. Stations that keep alive the languages of the Indigenous people of the United States will stop broadcasting, and more of those languages and the cultures they reflect will die. Stations that keep alive the music of Appalachia and teach it in the schools will go dark. Stations will stop broadcasting and streaming music, because without federal funding, stations will have to pay all the music licensing agencies.” CPB funding will also be targeted for elimination by some Republicans during the 2012 and 2013 federal budget debates. Anyone who is concerned about the future of community radio and public media in the US needs to make their voice heard. Many KGNU listeners have joined the 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting campaign (170millionamericans.org) and have also shared their views with Colorado’s congressional delegation. Thanks to all who are speaking out for KGNU and for investment in public media!
In March, KGNU welcomed Nikki Kayser to our staff as Membership Director. Regular listeners will recognize her name—and her voice—as host of Metro Arts, our Friday 3 PM arts magazine. Nikki also founded our “dot org” series of interviews with local non-profits (airing just before our 7 AM broadcasts of Democracy Now). In addition to her volunteer experience at KGNU, Nikki also brings many years of experience working with other non-profits. With Nikki taking over the membership department, Shawna Sprowls moves one office over as our new Community Development Director. After four years as membership director at KGNU—and many more years of experience working in Colorado community radio—Shawna is looking forward to coordinating a variety of fundraising and outreach projects of KGNU. Shawna’s new job as Community Development Coordinator combines many of the responsibilities of two positions that opened up at KGNU in 2010. Our Denver Fundraising Coordinator, Annie Sugar, moved on from KGNU last July after two years of great work raising funds and raising awareness of KGNU in Denver. Thanks Annie! Joanne Cole left the staff of KGNU in December, 2010, after 17 years as our Community Relations Coordinator. She organized countless fundraising and outreach events for the station and built strong relationships with many KGNU members, local non-profits and small businesses. Joanne will also be forever remembered as the mastermind of one of the station’s most successful fundraising events ever: our 2003 Prairie Dog Art Project.
College in Durango. When he’s not out signing up business supporters for KGNU, he performs original music and sometimes hosts Sleepless Nights on KGNU. If your local business is interested in supporting KGNU, contact Wally via firstname.lastname@example.org. p h oto : m at t s c h a e f e r
A House Republican plan to eliminate funding for public broadcasting failed in the Spring 2011 budget battle in the US Congress. Thanks to advocacy from over 360,000 supporters including many KGNU listeners, Congress maintained funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). But the fight is not over.
Gregory Alan Isakov serenades the crowd at the secret show
SECRET SHOW SUCCESS
250 music fans who like to be surprised packed the Boulder Odd Fellows Lodge on December 9, 2010 for KGNU’s first ever “Secret Show”. The brainchild of KGNU Music Director John Schaefer, the idea for the show was simple but unorthodox: the performers were not announced in advance—you buy a ticket and take a chance. Those who did were rewarded with fantastic sets by opener Porlolo and featured artist Gregory Alan Isakov. Big thanks to these performers for sharing their time and talents on behalf of KGNU. Thanks also to Boulder Beer and Mountain Sun for donating excellent local beers, to KGNU volunteers Tom Roberts, Peter Glenn and George Figgs for sound & lighting and to the members of Boulder Odd Fellows Lodge No. 9 for the use of their beautiful historic building. And thanks to everyone who attended—we’ll see you at another secret show later this year!
Joanne continues to volunteer with KGNU. You can hear her on Blues Legacy (Fridays 6 PM) and other programs, sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of music, arts and community radio. Thank you Joanne!
AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS
Wally Wallace is KGNU’s new Underwriting Sales Coordinator, working with local businesses and non-profits who want to contribute their support to KGNU. Wally got his start in radio at KDUR, the community radio station at Ft. Lewis
Terrance Roberts, Tuesday Metro host (currently on hiatus) was named one of the 2011 “100 African-American History Makers in the Making” by TheGrio.com. Donnie Betts, Tuesday Metro host and Destination Freedom producer, won the
KGNU is fortunate to have so many active community members volunteering at the station. Congratulations to these KGNU volunteers:
N E WS Metro State 2011 Rachel S. Noel Distinguished Professor Community Service Award for his work film and video production. Cecelia Kluding-Rodriguez, 17, won the 2011 Youth Pacesetter Award from the Boulder Daily Camera for her reporting work at KGNU and her activism on behalf of immigrant rights. Read more about Cecelia on pg. 23.
KGNU MEMBERSHIP DRIVES
P h oto : K r i s t i n M o r i n , Y o u r H u b . c o m
Thanks to everyone who contributes to KGNU during our membership drives. Most of the money it takes to operate your community radio station is raised through individual contributions during these on-air fundraising drives. If you didn’t get around to supporting KGNU during the membership drive, we still need you! Please become a member today, either through our secure website www.kgnu. org or by calling during business hours (9:30-5:30 M-F) at 303-449-4885. We still have many books, CDs and t-shirts to give you as thank you gifts. Thanks to everyone who makes KGNU possible! BOARD CHANGES
Bishop in the mix at the East ColfaxScratch Academy Fall graduation.
EAST COLFAX SCRATCH ACADEMY
Students from Denver’s East High School are learning the “chirp”, the “scribble”, the “flare” and other techniques of turntablism at KGNU’s East Colfax Scratch Academy. Turntablism is the art of using one or more phonograph turntables, combined with music mixing boards, to create an original musical piece. Turntablism is NOT just a DJ playing records, It uses the tools of the DJ as musical instruments. Participating students studied turntablism in two eightweek workshops, one during Fall 2010 semester and the other during Spring 2011. Both workshops concluded with in-store graduation performances at Twist & Shout, just across East Colfax from the school.
We welcome Lucila Contreras as the newest member of the KGNU Board of Directors. She’s been volunteering for KGNU for several years, helping with station IT projects and hosting a wide variety of music programs, including Corriente and Musica Mundi. Lucila has been listening to KGNU since she first came to Boulder as a CU student in the late 1980’s. “I hope that through KGNU,” Lucila says, “Boulder can continue to be a place that not just preaches cultural diversity, but lives diversity, in the people, community, and shared oral traditions and connections brought through music.” Welcome Lucila!
Marge continues as a KGNU volunteer, producing our biweekly Latin American news program La Luche Sigue (alternate Mondays at 6 PM) with her partner Leo Griep-Ruiz. Thank you, Marge!
P h oto : B r i a n E ys t e r
KGNU won a 2010 Community Service Award from the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) for our Eat Your Radio project. The three KGNU folks most responsible for the success of this project— Shelley Schlender, Maeve Conran and Nikki Kayser—accepted the award at the CBA banquet on March 12th. Eat Your Radio works with fifth graders in Denver elementary schools, teaching kids to be radio journalists while reporting on healthy eating. The Colorado Health Foundation provides funding for the project as part of their efforts to promote health living.
Gary Romero (aka DJ Notch) is lead instructor for the workshops. Notch won the 2010 DMX Regional competition and competed in the DMX nationals—the premiere competition for turntablists in the US. His talent is also heard many Sundays at 7 PM as part of Eclipse, KGNU’s weekly Hip Hop music program. Major funding for the East Colfax Scratch Academy comes from Colorado Creative Industries, the state arts agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. KGNU thanks them for their support. Thanks also to the L2 Cultural Center (on Colfax just across from East High) for hosting the workshops, to Twist & Shout for hosting the performances and to East High music teacher Keith Oxman for helping spread the word to students.
Fergus broadcasting back stage at RockyGrass 2008
LIVE REMOTE BROADCASTS
KGNU continues to bring independent radio out of the studio and into the community with live broadcast events. We’ll be live backstage at RockyGrass on Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We’ll present Friday night highlights and live performances from the Planet Bluegrass stage. KGNU will also be live on the scene at The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with highlights, live performances, and interviews on Saturday evening, July 23rd. As always, tune to KGNU and check our website for more details, www.kgnu.org. Schedule Changes
KGNU has made some changes to our schedule. We have added Al Jazeera Radio weekdays 5:30-6:00am. Al Jazeera Radio is the English version of the Arabic-language Al Jazeera news network. The program is an international news magazine with breaking stories and features. KGNU has also added Smash It Back! - a special mix of “Classic Punk & Other Junk” to the airwaves on Friday evenings from 11:00pm-Midnight.
Marge Tanawaki will leave the board this June, after serving two three-year terms, including several years as board secretary. 6
MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE! After over 30 years of broadcasting at 1300 watts, KGNU has tripled the power of our 88.5 FM signal to 4000 watts. Our FM signal now reaches thousands more listeners in Denver, Aurora and many other metro area communities. If you've never been able to receive KGNU on 88.5 FM, we encourage you to check us out at our new higher power. This map shows the approximate reach of 88.5 FM. Actual reception may vary depending on your radio, your antenna and your specific location. Listeners in the greater than 100 dBu and 80-100 dBu reception areas are likely to recieve KGNU's FM signal very well. Listeners in the 70-80 dBu area should be able to pull in KGNU's FM signal with relatively few drop outs. Listeners in the 60-70 dBu and 50-60 dBu reception areas may have some trouble pulling in a consistent signal. KGNU needs your feedback on the new signal. Please tune us in at 88.5 FM at your home or office and in your car, then let us know about the quality of the FM signal by sending an email to email@example.com
KGNU EXp ANDS OUR FM COVER AGE AREA
Please note that, even with our new higher power, 88.5 FM still does not reach the entire metro area. If you're on the edge of the signal, you may want to take steps to improve your FM reception by checking out the information at www.kgnu.org/signal. KGNU is also available online at kgnu.org and on 1390 AM. To our listeners in Longmont, Lyons and Loveland areas: in order to carry out our FM power increase, KGNU installed a new directional antenna. This new antenna has caused reception problems for some listeners in the northern part of our signal area. We have tried our best over the past several months to solve the problem, but it persists in some neighborhoods. We are continuing to explore options for improving 88.5 FM reception in your area. In the meantime, we encourage you to listen online at kgnu.org and/or review our tips for improving FM reception on our website. Thank you very much for your patience and support.
P RO GRAM SC H EDU L E
5 Al Jazeera Radio 6 BBC Newshour 7 Democracy now 8 KGNU Morning Magazine How on Earth 9 COUNTERSPIN Alan Watts 10 Morning Sound Alternative 11 12
12 1 2 3 4 5 6
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
12 1 2 3 4 5
Afternoon Sound Alternative Metro Democracy Now
BBC Newshour Free Speech Radio News Labor Exchange /La Luche Sigue
Kabaret A Classic Monday The Present Edge
Seolta Gael Musica Mundi
Jazz & Beyond
Highway 322 Ragtime America/Dixieland Marmalade
Sound Lab Jazz & Beyond
Smash it Back
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6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 1 2 3 4 5
It's the Economy
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Saturday Honky Tonk Heroes
Old Grass GNU grass
SUNDAY Gospel Chime Roots & Branches E-Town Tributaries
TerraSonic Reggae Bloodlines
Living Dialogues New Dimensions Bioneers W.I.N.G.S. Indian Voices Latino USA
Making Contact Sprouts HMONG Radio Colorado
BBC Newshour The Grateful Dead Hour Jam Sandwich
Electronic Air Under The Floorboards / The Lounge Hour
N EWS PR OGRAMMING *All locally produc ed s hows ar e archived and acces s ib le on kgnu. org
Whether it’s local, national, or international, KGNU covers the entire news spectrum and showcases communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media. R ad io Nibble s
WEEKDAYS A l Ja z e era Ra d i o mon-fri
5:30-6:00am International news magazine with breaking news and features. The English version of the Arabiclanguage news network BBC Ne w s h o ur weekdays
4:30 -5:30pm News from the premier international Radio Service D e m ocracy N ow
7am-8am & rebroadcast at 3:30 pm 4:30pm Award winning news program hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez weekdays
Morning M aga z in e
8am Following the BBC headlines at the top of the hour, you’ll hear state and local news headlines, daily reports from the Capitol, when in session, and widecoverage of local andregional public affairs weekdays at
kgnu.org/morningmag C oun te r s pin
mondays 5:30-6am and 9-9:30am A critique and analysis of recent newscoverage from F.A.I.R. (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting)
3-3:30pm metro arts fri 3-3:30 pm Locally produced news and public affairs call-in show that looks at issues affecting the community kgnu.org/metro kgnu.org/metroarts D ot Org mon-fri
8:25 am Local food and drink feature with John Lehndorff thursdays
am (just before
Interviews with local non-profits kgnu.org/dotorg
F re e Sp e e ch R ad io News mon-fri
5:30pm-6pm Progressive daily news
Labo r Exch ange every other monday
6pm-7pm Talks by and interviews with dissident writers, academics, and activists such as Noam Chomsky,Vandana Shiva, and Michael Parenti It’ s The Ec onomy
6:30pm (alternating with la lucha sigue) Locally produced interviews with local and national labor activists and workers kgnu.org/laborexchange La Luch a Sigue
every other monday
6:30pm (alternating labor exchange)
Labo r Exch ange
Locally produced news about Latin America and the Caribbean kgnu.org/laluchasigue Ou tso urce s
6:30pm-7pm Locally produced Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender news and interviews mondays
6pm-7pm Call-in show featuring discussions on various aspects of the economy thursdays
kgnu.org/itstheeconomy Conn ections
8:30am-9:30am Call-in program covering a wide range of topics fridays
WEEKENDS BBC N ews hour
6pm-7pm News from the premier international radio service sat and sun
Interviews focused on healthy living kgnu.org/tributaries
How On Earth
8:35am-9:00am Locally produced science show featuring long-form interviews, features, and news about science Alan Watts
9am-9:30am Presentations from the late philosopher and author who specialized in presenting Eastern spirituality to Western audiences tuesdays
He mi sp h e re s
6pm-7pm Interviews and occasional call-in focused on international and national issues tuesdays
12:30-1pm View of the New Consciousness kgnu.org/livingdialouges N ew Dimens ions
1pm-2pm Uncommon wisdom for unconventional times sundays
2-2:30pm Environmental/spiritual news sundays
W. I. N. G. S.
4pm-4:30pm Latin American music & culture from NPR M aking Contac t
4:30pm-5pm News on grassroots efforts for change sundays
5pm-5:30pm Magazine of alternative news sundays
Hm ong Radio Colorad o
5:30pm-6pm Hmong music and news sundays
WEEKDAY SPECIALT Y SHOWS Kabaret
7-8pm Local and national bands play live in KGNU’s performance studio mondays
kgnu.org/kabaret A Clas s ic M onday
8-10pm Classical Music mondays
kgnu.org/clasical The Pr es ent Edge
10pm-midnight Exploring the leading edge of contemporary Classical Music, Avant Garde, and experimental sounds mondays
kgnu.org/presentedge ¡ Corriente!
7-9pm This show presents the music of Latin America, from traditional to modern. tuesdays
2:30pm-3pm Women’s International News Gathering Service. News by and about women
Jazz & Beyond
Indian Voic es
3pm-4pm Explores Native American issues, music, and culture sundays
9pm-midnight / 10pm-midnight Explorations in traditional and modern Jazz. tuesdays
MUSIC PRO GRAMMING *All locally produc ed s hows are archived and acces s ib le on kgnu.org
KGNU’s eclectic music format satisfies every musical desire. Explore our airwaves and archives to find your niche within our programming. S e olta G a el
Te rraso nic
11am-noon Musical variety show, taped before a live audience
Mu sica M und i
R e gga e Bloodlines
Ec lips e
1-4pm Reggae and its roots: Ska, Rock Steady, Dub, Dance Hall and more. The second longest running Reggae show in the U.S
Dub Palac e
7-8pm A weekly exploration of Celtic music
8-10pm “Music of the world,” traditional international music wednesdays
kgnu.org/musica Hig hway 3 2 2
7-8pm Folk Music and Americana thursdays
kgnu.org/highway322 R ag tim e Am erica
1st, 3rd and 4th Ragtime Music
Noon-1pm New traditions in international sound
4-6pm Afrobeat, Jitjive, Rai, Soukous, African Jazz, Mbnaqanga and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The only Colorado radio show focused on the sounds of Africa kgnu.org/africanroots Th e Grateful Dead Hour
7-10pm Colorado’s longest running Hip Hop show. Old school sounds scratched with modern flavor
10pm-Midnight An exploration into the past, present and future of Dub kgnu.org/dub
FREEFORM M orning Sound Alternat ive
7-8pm The only show on KGNU dedicated to a single artist, this show presents recordings of the band’s live concerts
S w ing S h ift
Jam Sandwic h
Dix i e l an d M arma l ad e
2nd thursdays 8-9pm Traditional Jazz
9-10pm Music from the Big Band and Swing Era thursdays
kgnu.org/swingshift Blu e s L egac y
6-9pm Blues from vintage and contemporary recordings fridays
kgnu.org/blues Dusty G ro ov es
9-11pm Classic Funk & Soul fridays
kgnu.org/dustygrooves Smash It Back !
Fridays 11pm-Midnight Classic Punk and other junk kgnu.org/smashitback
WEEKEND SPECIALT Y SHOWS H onk y To nk H ero es
6-9am Classic Country and new music steeped in that tradition saturdays
kgnu.org/country O ld G ra s s G nu G ra ss
9am-noon Bluegrass music from the traditional to the contemporary saturdays
8-9pm A dose of serious jams saturdays
kgnu.org/jamsandwich Ele ctro nic Air
9-11pm House, IDM, Breakbeat, and more. saturdays
9:30am-noon Diverse and eclectic sounds, on the mellow side. You’ll hear everything from Ambient Electronics to Reggae to Folk weekdays
Afternoon Sound Alternat ive weekdays noon-3pm
Diverse and eclectic sounds on the more adventurous side. Tune in for everything from Free Jazz to Hip Hop to Cumbia kgnu.org/afternoonsound
Th e Lo unge Hour
1st and 3rd saturdays 11pm-midnight Forgotten classics and remixes from the Lounge era
10pm-midnight Adventures in freeform from the late night lab kgnu.org/soundlab
Sleeples s N ights
U nd e r the Floorb oar ds
2nd and 4th saturdays 11pm-midnight Obscure personally produced music and audio art kgnu.org/floorboards Go sp e l Chime
7-9am A weekly journey through the roots of Gospel music and its contemporary forms sundays
kgnu.org/gospel Ro ots & Branches
12-3am Combines the aesthetics of the Morning and Afternoon Sound Alternatives while leaving the door open for more extreme audio excursions. kgnu.org/sleeplessnights Res tles s M ornings
3-5:30am Anything can happen as new DJs get their chops behind the mixing board. daily
9am-11am Highlighting the traditions of American Folk music and the new permutations of this genre as interpreted by modern artists sundays
Noam Chomsky is the internationally renowned Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT. He practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. He is in huge demand as a speaker all over world. “The New Statesman” calls him, “The conscience of the American people.” Howard Zinn described him as “the nation’s most distinguished intellectual rebel.” He’s the author of scores of books including “Failed States,” “What We Say Goes,” and “Hopes and Prospects.” Chomsky made a rare visit to Colorado in April, 2011. He spoke to an enthusiastic group of students at the University of Denver and to an appreciative crowd at Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. The Boulder event was a benefit for KGNU and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of David Barsamian’s “Alternative Radio” program, which began at KGNU in 1986. Shortly before his Colorado visit, Chomsky was interviewed by Barsamian on KGNU. They discussed events that occured in early-2011 in North Africa and the Middle East:
IN T ERV I E W NOAM CHOMSKY
ON REVOLUTION IN THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST
David Baramian: Mohammed Bouazizi, a young street vendor in a small town in Tunisia, in despair burned himself to death. That led to what seemed to be a spontaneous uprising there in Tunisia and then later in Egypt and in other parts of the Arab Middle East.Your observations about the situation in the Arab Middle East and all of the upheavals.
so unusual. Let’s take our own history. Take the civil rights movement. There had been plenty of concern and activism about violent repression of blacks in the South, and it took a couple of students sitting in at a lunch counter to really set it off. Small acts can make a big difference when there is a background of concern, understanding, and preliminary activism.
Noam Chomsky: First of all, let’s remember that there had been plenty going on for years. It just hadn’t broken through. Take Egypt, the most important country. The demonstrations in Egypt, the January 25 movement, was led by a fairly young, techsavvy group who called themselves the April 6th Movement. Why April 6? The reason is that a couple years earlier the Egyptian labor movement, which has been quite militant and active, though crushed, had planned to organize on April 6 major strike actions at the most important industrial center in Egypt, and also solidarity actions, and was crushed by force by Mubarak’s security forces. So that’s April 6. Early this year they named themselves the April 6 Movement. That’s a reflection of the significant tradition of worker struggles. Though there isn’t much reporting of that—in fact, almost nothing—it does seem that the Egyptian labor movement is continuing to take some pretty interesting steps, even as far as to take over factories, so it’s reported.
DB: Echoing a comment by Howard Zinn about small acts making a difference.
In the case of Tunisia, it was indeed this single act that sparked what had been long-standing active protest movements and moved them forward. But that’s not 11
NC: Right. DB: Obama spoke of the U.S.’s “unique capabilities” when it comes to enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. Tariq Ali, in a recent article, calls Libya another case of “selective vigilantism by the West.” NC: First of all, we should be clear that there was no no-fly zone. The U.N. Resolution 1973 did call for a no-fly zone, but the three traditional imperial countries—Britain, France, and the United States—who are carrying this out immediately disregarded the resolution and instantly turned to participation on the side of the rebels. That’s not a no-fly zone. So they’re not imposing a no-fly zone over the rebel advances. In fact, they’re encouraging them and supporting them. So we should, first of all, recognize what it is. The U.S., Britain, and France determined at once to disregard the UN resolution and to proceed to try to help the rebels overthrow the government. It’s kind of like nuclear energy: you can say it’s right or wrong, but at least face the fact of what’s happening. Is it selective? Sure. But
it’s pretty predictable and very familiar. If there is a dictator who has a lot of oil and is obedient and submissive and reliable, then he’s given free reign. The most important is Saudi Arabia. There, there were supposed to be demonstrations, a day of rage, but the government crushed it with overwhelming force. In fact, apparently not even a single person was willing to appear in Riyadh. They were terrified. That’s okay. In Kuwait, the same thing. Bahrain is particularly important. It hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is the major military force in the region by far, and it’s also right off the coast of eastern Saudi Arabia. Eastern Saudi Arabia is where most of the oil is and, like Bahrain, it’s mostly Shi’ite, and the Saudi Arabian government is Sunni. Furthermore, just by some weird accident of history and geography, the concentration of the world’s energy resources is right up there in the northern Gulf region, which is mostly Shi’ite, in a largely Sunni world. It’s been a nightmare for Western planners for a long time, to consider the possibility that there might be some kind of tacit Shi’ite alliance out of Western control that would possess most of the core of the world’s energy supplies. So there was barely a tap on the wrist when Saudi Arabia led a military force into Bahrain to crush the protesters pretty violently. They drove them out of the Pearl Square, where they had been encamping, and even went so far as to destroy the Bahraini symbol of the country, the pearl in the middle of Pearl Square, which had
been appropriated by the demonstrators, so the army forces smashed it. They went into a hospital and drove everyone out. That was okay. Practically no comment here. On the other hand, when you have a dictator like Qaddafi, who has plenty of oil but is unreliable, it makes sense from an imperial point of view to try to see if you can find a way to replace him with someone more pliable who would be more trustworthy to do the things you want him to do. Therefore, you react differently there. In cases of like, say, Egypt or Tunisia, what comes along is just the traditional game plan. It’s as old as the hills. If there is a dictator whom you support but he’s losing control— DB: Like the Shah, Suharto, Marcos, and many others. NC: There’s a dozen cases. But it’s always the same. Support him until the end. If he becomes impossible because maybe the army turns against him or whatever, the business community, if he becomes impossible, shelve him, send him off somewhere, issue dramatic proclamations about your love of democracy, and then try to restore
the old regime as much as possible. That’s exactly what’s happening. So you can call it selective if you want—that’s what it’s called—but it seems to me pretty rational imperialism. And all pretty familiar. DB: In terms of these multiple uprisings throughout the Middle East, there is an embedded assumption in all the commentary that somehow the U.S. must control what is going on. NC: Oh, yes. That’s sometimes said very frankly. The Wall Street Journal, which tends to be franker about such things, its main political commentator, Gerald Seib, said straight out, “The problem is, we haven’t yet learned how to control these new forces.” The implication, we’d better find out a way to control them. That goes way back. That goes back 60 years to Roosevelt’s planners and advisers. Adolf Berle, one of the leading liberal advisers for many presidents, wrote in it must have been the late 1940s that— DB: Wasn’t he part of FDR’s brain trust? NC: Yes, and then went on to remain kind of a major figure in the liberal political system. He said straight out, “If we can control
Middle East energy, that will provide us with substantial control of the world.” That’s no small thing. DB: The World Social Forum, declared “Another World is Possible,” might these uprisings in some of the most repressive and tyrannical states in the Middle East indicate that in fact another world is possible? NC: Yes. Whatever the outcome in the Arab world, it’s really of historic importance. I can’t really think of a series of events like this. There are major efforts to try to control and restrain them. Even if they work, there’s going to be a legacy of success and dedication which is going to be a basis for going on. I think they’re extremely important, and we don’t know where they’re going to go. We shouldn’t just kind of watch. We should be doing what we can to help them. Noam Chomksy was interviewed on March 31, 2011, by David Barsamin on KGNU. KGNU thanks Noam Chomsky for coming to Colorado in support of KGNU and Alternative Radio. Alternative Radio can be heard on KGNU Wednesdays at 6pm. Thanks also to Ellen Willis, the Lannan Foundation and the Hotel Boulderado for their support of our April 22, 2011, Noam Chomsky benefit event.
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The 30 most played albums on KGNU (January-April 2011)
ARTIST ALBUM LABEL 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 13
The Books The Way Out Temporary Residence The Black Keys Brothers Nonesuch Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore Saints & Sinners Remington Road Records Nathaniel Rateliff In Memory of Loss Rounder Records Tony Allen Secret Agent World Circuit Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way Daptone Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto Mambo Loco Analog Africa Bonobo Black Sands Ninja Tune Balkan Beat Box Blue Eyed Black Boy Nat Geo Music Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone Anti Typhoon Hunger and Thirst Tender Loving Empire Seu Jorge and Almaz Seu Jorge and Almaz Now Again The Fall Your Future Our Clutter Domino The Budos Band The Budos Band III Daptone Laurie Anderson Homeland Nonesuch Hamid Drake & Bindu Reggaeology Rogue Art The Chieftains feat. Ry Cooder San Patricio Blackrock Records Various Artists Afro-Beat Airways Analog Africa Various Artists The Roots of Chicha 2 Barbes Various Artists Nigeria Afrobeat Special: 1970s Nigeria Sound Way Arcade Fire The Suburbs Merge Paper Bird When the River Took Flight Self Produced Ratatat LP4 XL Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz Asthmatic Kitty Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band Legacy Compass Breathe Owl Breathe Magic Central Hometapes Various Artists Beginner’s Guide to Cumbia Nascente DeVotchKa 100 Lovers Anti Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise RCA The Black Angels Phosphene Dream Blue Horizon
alison krauss & union station paper airplane
josh williams down home
steve martin and the steep canyon rangers rare bird alert
larry sparks almost home
charlie sizemore heartache looking for a home
sierra hull daybreak
michael cleveland & flamekeeper fired up
the steeldrivers reckless 14
RE V I EWS
A deeper look at a few of the amazing albums heard daily on kgnu Various Artists - Thai? Dai! The Heavier Side of the Lukthung Underground (Finders K eepers)
A mind-boggling collection from Finders Keepers Records, Thai? Dai! exposes a nearly permanently lost needle in the ethnomusicological haystack. This magical fourteen track compilation transports listeners to a mesmerizing sliver of time in Thailand’s mid-70s musical counterculture. At that time, Western influences from radio and record stores collided in experimental recordings by South East Asian musicians to produce a stunning collection of sounds. Even within Thailand the majority of these recordings remain unissued, the muted shockwaves of a minor phenomenon, relevant to a small cross-section of society.
Cornershop feat. Bubbley Kaur Cornershop & The Double-O Groove Of (Ample Play Recordings)
I peruse music blogs, much the way I would the bins in a record store, furiously flipping through the racks, stopping only when something catches my eye. Why I recently paused on an entry about Cornershop, a band I stopped paying attention to over a decade ago, I don’t know. I wasn’t much of a fan to begin with. Thankfully, I did linger long enough to notice Cornershop and The Double “o” Groove of, because it’s probably the best record I’ve heard thus far in 2011. The band still wields that strong pop sensibility, but with the addition of never-before-recorded Bhangra singer Bubbley Kaur (by day, a housewife in Lancashire), they take their sound to an entirely new and incredibly infectious level. It’s like they’ve returned to their Indian roots – even though Cornershop aren’t actually from the subcontinent. From the opening “United Provinces of India” to the concluding “Don’t Shake It”, this album simply does not quit. “The 911 Curry” serves up a critical helping of 70s horn stabs over urgent tabla. Sing-song “Supercomputed” rocks the boat in just the right way. Throughout, the east/ west instrumental mix, pop-danceable rhythms and subtle studio tricks all blend perfectly, serving to spotlight Bubbley’s magnificently charming voice. I listen. I love it. I listen again. Get this. – Joel Davis
The styles featured on this compilation fall somewhere between Luk Thung (‘song of the countryside’) and Luk Krung (‘song of the city’). Bangkok was a melting pot for the evolution of these two genres, the former alluding to musical themes and lyrics aimed at the wider national population, the latter looking westward with a more urban audience in mind. Clear echoes of Surf, Soul, and Psychedelic Rock reverberate throughout this document of obscurity. The Western musical nods are deepest perhaps in the opening selection, Sroeng Santi’s “Kuen Kuen Lueng Lueng”, a ripping studio session that could easily be mistaken for a lo-fi demo of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” Let it be the first flavor of the Luk Thung feast that awaits.
Willie Wright Telling The Truth ( N umero )
Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined by Boston’s counterculture scene, Willie Wright arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn by two decades of street corner and club performing, eager to make the easy money only a private yacht clientele could guarantee. Trapped on the island over winter, a set of original songs poured into his cover-heavy set. Tales of Wright’s native roots, his abandoned four children, and the many women he had known flooded his loose leaf notebook before finally being set to tape in New York the following spring. Recorded in one day with minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was, and would remain, Willie Wright’s brightest and most inspired moment. Sold from the trunk of a car and from a handful of resort stages, the humble album disappeared into the collections and garages of Nantucket tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-year career along with it. Available for the first time since 1977, this expanded edition of Telling The Truth gathers Wright’s lone 45 and only original composition from his first LP to tell the definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe LP edition includes a replica 7” of his cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Right On For The Darkness” (with his original “Africa” on the flip), while the CD edition takes that same single and shrinks it to a portable 4.72” vinyl record that actually plays.
Various Artists – The World is a Monster: Columbia Hillbilly 1948-1958
Thao & Mirah – Thao & Mirah (Kill Rock Stars)
(Omni Recording Corporation)
This compilation collects 32 tracks of “hillbilly misery and mayhem” from the post-World War II output of the Columbia Records imprint. The selections are remastered from the original Columbia tapes by the clearly careful hands of dedicated archivists at Omni and are wrapped up in a collection of rare photos and commentary with historical reference points. More common selections such as “Beer Bottle Mama” from Andy Reynolds & His 101 Ranch Boys are lost in the avalanche of rare gems that populate this exceptional collection. Outstanding compositions and performances have been retrieved from the dirt nap of honky tonk history, including “I’m Playing It Cool” from Neil Jones – a yard sale of misfortune that covers the spectrum from relationship implosions to gambling disasters. The opening selection, and compilation namesake, Rocky Porter’s “The World Is A Monster” is another choice cut – a rambling wreck of caution for wayward lovers willing to toss true sweethearts to the curb in search of greater conquests. All in all, The World is a Monster is an excellent collection from a golden decade of Classic Country. Fans of KGNU’s Honky Tonk Heroes program will delight in the glow of this dusty jukebox of lost memories.
Two of the most notable voices to surface from the bottomless maledominated sea of the Indie Rock genre are Thao Nguyen (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (Mirah). These two young frontwomen have dazzled crowds with their individual talents over the years, developing discographies of sonic depth with their distinctly different musical projects. So, the announcement that they would be collaborating in a San Francisco studio on a new recording was met with much anticipation by music nerdlings lucky enough to have enjoyed their brief and blossoming careers. As time would tell, that anticipation was not without warrant. The resulting recording from those sessions is an epic album of carefully crafted songs covered in perfect coats of studio gloss produced by Merrill Garbus. The album moves from sparse moments of acoustics to lush multi-instrumental landscapes where Thao and Mirah’s perfectly paired voices are allowed to mingle and linger like perfect company in the listeners ear. This unique document may be just a blip in the careers of two emerging talents. But it might also be the first of many glimpses into a beautiful musical friendship, only time will tell.
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INTERVIEW QUANTIC KGNU: Looking at your musical releases over the years there seems to be a common thread of you as a crate digger, and that the things that resonate with you from that research tend to draw you a great deal deeper. For example, uncovering Northern Soul records at Mr. T’s One Stop Record Shop or the Diskery in your youth somehow leads to your World’s Rarest Funk 45 collections or the formation of your band The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Likewise, donning a dust mask and uncovering lost recordings above a hardware store in Puerto Rico somehow leads to you relocating to Cali, Colombia, discovering a wealth of musical talent and forming another band with Quantic and his Combo Barbaro. Do you see that as a pattern for yourself? Qunatic: I guess I am a listener first and foremost, I like sound in all its shades and tones. Early on I discovered that there was so much music in my neighbourhood that was sitting dormant in piles of vinyl. The experience and sensation of wading through all these discs and peering into each one’s sonic cache was ear opening. The experience was somewhat addictive for me, so no matter if I had piles of unlistened to records at home, I’d go out to find more. I guess as you listen more, your tastes deepen, and what started with Soul and Rock soon lead to Jazz and then eventually to West African and Latin American sounds. Collecting records was first a direct source from which to sample and chop up beats and loops, then as I progressed as a musician, it became an educative aid from which to learn through observation: horn arrangements, microphone placements, mixing and panning. KGNU: Do you have a sense of where the Quantic journey may lead next? Quantic: Mmmm... well the Quantic journey has been interesting alright... But not too sure, I’ve been using Cali as a base to explore music in Brasil, Venezuela and 19
Panama. I’d like to get to Angola this year. I travel a lot out of the necessity of needing to make a living and that usually lands me in less-left field locations, so most of my more ‘exotic’ destinations are usually out of personal curiosity. What I will say is that I’m very happy in Latin America, from the outset it might look like one thing, but the art & music close up is a whole other experience. KGNU: Can you tell us how your experience in Cali, Colombia has changed since you first arrived there with the intent to record Tradition in Transition? Quantic: Well, I’m over the holiday period! It’s now about really getting into the music here, as a recorder and as a producer. I came to Colombia to look for Cumbia records, but I found something far more interesting in Cali, Pacifico or Pacific coast music. Pacifico refers to Curulao & Chirimia amongst other styles, all that originate from the small Afro-Colombian villages of the coast. In Cali this music has become urbanised, orchestrated, sampled and reinvented. But the essence of the music still carries the message of the people from this region, their customs and lifestyle. My singer Nidia Gongora (who recorded ‘Un Canto a Mi Tierra’ on the Combo record) is from Timbiqui and I find working with her a joy. KGNU: Was your interest in vintage recordings seen as strange by people in Cali when you first arrived? Were people at all surprised that you were interested in the recordings you were into? Quantic: Cali has a long-standing appreciation of vintage recordings, especially Salsa and Pachanga from the 60s and 70s on LP format. Old music is still heard a lot around the city and most of the popular songs played in the Salsa clubs are probably 30 or 40 years old. Catholicism may be first as a religion but ‘La Fania’ is not far behind
and I see more pictures of Hector Lavoe in this city than Jesus! That said, there is a whole spectrum of music that is very alien to people here, Afrobeat, Spiritual Jazz, Soul, that sort of thing, but I think Cali people are pretty open to anything in the end, but it should always be remembered that they are truly Salsa lovers to the death. KGNU: You’ve mentioned that at first you spent a lot of time focusing on the “original” classic artists and tracking them down and that your focus on that in some ways had you overlooking the youth of Colombian music and what’s happening there now. Can you give us a glimpse as to what that young pulse is? Sometimes when you have a record in your hands from a recording artist that you love, you start to think ‘Where the hell are they now?’A lot of my recordings here started with that curiosity, people like Markittos Micolta, Alfredito Linares, Wilson Viveros. But then you start to think about all the young people who are coming up, who are just as talented... I think the best recordings are usually made with some super solid experienced players alongside younger fresher blood. After all, it’s about putting energy into the recording and trying to capture a certain energetic feel. At the end of the day, it’s about making a good record and the interesting thing about music is that you cannot see who made it. I mean, essentially to the listener, you could be black, white, old, young, its not important... its just the music that is judged. I’m working with a really great young clarinet player at the moment, who unfortunately just cut half of his finger with a circular saw... I recorded him again the other day, he’s recovering, he’s having a little trouble playing but essentially is as badass as ever! KGNU: What can you say about the seemingly unstoppable rising force of Cumbia? Do you recall the first time you were exposed to Cumbia?
Quantic: The first Cumbia record I heard was ‘Cumbia en Do Menor’ by Lito Barrientos, an El-Salvadorian band recorded in Colombia. I bought that record in Puerto Rico, after that I bought some records by Anibal Velasquez, who is now teaching me accordion... funny how things turn out. I always tell people that Cumbia is like the Reggae of Latin America, it really is universal and is one of the easiest things to dance to Reggae and Cumbia for me go hand in hand. It seems like it’s the second or third
wave of Cumbia, Colombia… Panama… Mexico… Peru and now the United States! We’re all a little late to the party, but glad to be here!
Carnival in Barranquilla, Cali’s Petronio Alvarez Festival, Recife’s Carnival, Panama’s Carnival... there is so much going on! KGNU: Finally… How’s the accordion playing coming?
KGNU: What would you say to someone who is thinking of visiting Colombia?
Quantic: Good, in the process of recording an accordion record at the moment. I think my neighbours might sue for repeated accordion exposure...but all is good (laughs). Thanks for the interview!
Quantic: I’d recommend Latin America as a whole, there is more to it than Rough Guides and backpacks. If you’re a music lover I’d recommend visiting a city when there is a music festival on, for instance the
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IN T ERV I EW L ORETTA LYNN Lorretta Lynn on country music and being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, & family. LL: Wasn’t that something? That was the big one. We went to New York to get that award. I didn’t really believe that it was such a big deal ‘til we got up there.They had this orchestra and I got up to sing Coal Miner’s Daughter and actually, they had that all ready for me and they’d practiced it and had it down. And the people wouldn’t sit down when I’d done Coal Miner’s Daughter so I turned around after 3 or 4 minutes, they just kept clapping and looked at the orchestra and I said “hit me a D” and I took off on You Ain’t Woman Enough. SF:You’ve written over 160 songs. Do you have a favorite?
No one can accuse Country music legend Loretta Lynn of not having lived the life she writes and sings about in her songs. Like her best known song, Lynn was born a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a company town in then the coal mining region of Kentucky. She married at age 13 and had six children with her volatile husband of almost 50 years, Doolittle Lynn. He gave her a guitar when she was 24. She taught herself to play and began a career of singing and song writing success that continues today.
LL: One of my favorites is one I wrote and started singing during the Vietnam War--Dear Uncle Sam. We still get a lot of requests for that song today. So today I do sing it a lot because of the way times are right now. They’ve always hollered for me to do that song, whether we’re fighting or not, you know. SF: One of your latest project is new versions of some of your classics, and some new material?
SF: I know you’re very familyoriented, how many kids do you have? LL: I had six. SF: How many grandkids? LL: Twenty-one. SF: Any great grandkids yet? LL: Two… hey, when you’re 29 years old and you’re a grandmother, you know, you’re asking for it, ain’t you? When they first said I was a grandmother, I couldn’t believe it, I, I heard it on the radio and I looked at my husband and I said, “I’m not a grandmother,” and he said, “Yes you are” SF: A grandma at 29. LL: 29. It just didn’t feel right. That’s why I was a saying I’m not a grandmother. (But) I don’t pay any attention to it anymore. They were losing country music. “Gotta polish it up, make it so everybody will love it.” But they was forgetting about the real country folks, you know?
LL: Yes. John Carter, June and John’s son, he’s been the producer.
SF: Are you a spiritual person?
In the 1960’s and early-70’s, a number of Loretta Lynn’s original songs were banned from Country radio, including “The Pill”— about a wife and mother becoming liberated due to the birth control pill, “Rated X”—about the double standards faced by divorced women, and “Wings Upon Your Horns”—about the loss of teenage virginity. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam”—about a Vietnam War widow’s anguish at the loss of her husband to war—is still part of her live concerts, in response to the Iraq War.
SF: Are you working with musicians you’ve worked with before, or new folks?
SF: A religious woman?
KGNU’s Sam Fuqua spoke with Loretta Lynn.
LL: Well because it was. Listen to it and listen to the one that come out just before it. It’s really Country. And I was telling Jack, this is the most countriest record I’ve ever done. But that’s the way he liked it, you know?
Sam FUqUA: Of all the things that music has meant in your life, what is it you love most about music?
Loretta LYNN: Well I think what I like most is writing. I like to write songs. And I think I enjoy writing better than I do singing. People think it’s kinda crazy, but that’s it. SF: What is it about writing that really gets you?
LL: I think you put your thoughts and everything on paper. You know when you write, the way you’re feeling right then is how your songs turns out. Or that’s how I am. I don’t know about anybody else, but that’s me. SF: Last year you were inducted into the songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
LL: New folks.Younger, younger musicians.Well, Jack White, you know, me and him did an album together. SF: That album was quite popular at KGNU (2005’s Van Lear Rose). LL: It was the most countriest album I’ve ever done. SF: Really? What makes you say that?
SF: There was a period there where a lot of what was coming out of Nashville was slicker and kind of moving away from the roots. LL: Yeah, it moved away from country music all together. And I think that hurt country music for a long time. It had to go back to being country or else they’d lost it all. You know? They were losing country music. “Gotta polish it up, make it so everybody will love it.” But they was forgetting about the real country folks, you know?
LL: Yes. LL: I don’t want to call it religious, I think I believe in God, and I think if you believe, and you do the right thing, you don’t have to be quoted as a religious person. I just think, you either believe or you don’t. I write a lot of, religious stuff. SF: My son who’s 11 was asking me some religious questions, including, what happens when we die, Dad? And I didn’t really have a good answer, I had to say, you know I don’t honestly know. LL: What would you say? I’d be about the same way.You know, we honestly don’t know. We know what the book says. But… you know, I honestly couldn’t tell you… And I think people that say well they know for sure what they’re gonna be doing, I think they’re lying. They need to straighten their own life out a little. SF: Do you think of yourself as a certain age? LL: It’s where I am in my mind and I think, if you feel younger, you’re gonna look younger. You’re gonna be younger.You Know? You can act like an old woman if you want to, but I’m not gonna be with them. I’m not gonna be one of them old women.
I am deeply thankful for your WONDERFUL coverage of the 4-mile fire, my husband was on a fire crew and I stayed up all night listening to KGNU wondering if Ward would have to evacuate. You all are better than any “reverse-911” call or TV station! Your reporting was accurate, concise and updated at regular intervals. Thank you for caring and sharing information.Sincerely, christina zahn ward, co Dear Doc Martin, I love KGNU and have been listening for years. The only thing I don’t like about your program are the chickens (sorry but true) and I grew up on a farm in Connecticut. I moved here in 1993. I love it here and wish Honky Tonk Heroes was on every day all day long. Keep up the good work, Virginia Morey To whom it may concern: I am incarcerated at the time in the Boulder County Jail. I listen to your radio station day & night. I heard a program the other week hosted by the Lady of Loudness! I loved her show and would like to know when she is on again. I love it all and have followed your station for years. Thank you very much, L.C.
LETTERS To me, the sign of a really good radio station is when you hear something that makes you snap to attention and say “Whoa! I’ve got to get the CD of this!” which helps support the artist that put the music out there and helps support music stores… while they last. I used to love KCUV for that reason, until they disappeared. Then I found KGNU and the Morning Sound Alternative and I have been turned on to some great music I hadn’t heard before. You are the only station that plays John Hartford. Your Ragtime America show “caused” me to buy a David Thomas Roberts CD of modern ragtime. Then I heard a guitar version of his song “Roberto Clemente” on the air one morning- spectacular! Also “I Still Miss Someone” done by Robert Earl Keen. Thanks for being there, ken la porte
Good day Lamar & KGNU folks, Thank you extremely much for the Erykah Badu concert tickets! Even the audience members were just as beautiful, creative, and enchanting as Ms. Badu herself! Thank you folks of KGNU for all that you provide and do!! Democracy Now! Free Speech
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Radio News,Counterspin, Jim Hightower Commentary, La Luche Sigue, Corriente, Indian Voices, Ragtime America, Wings, The Labor Exchange, Hemispheres, How on Earth, Jazz & Beyond, Outsurces, etc, etc, etc!! Respectfully, eulalia theodore
Thank you so much for being there— Life would be so generic without you. Imagine a challenged neighborhood in St. Louis or Baltimore, crap blowing down the streets, you’re kicking it up in the gutter ‘cause there’s nothing else going on… so much bleakness here and elsewhere…The oft used term, “beacon in the crud”…that you surely are. Some kind soul sent me a double Van Morrison CD from some past fund drive that I probably forgot to stop by and pick up as my premium. Thank you, whomever you are…they are most fantastic takes on my old favorites. Thanks again, owen, longmont
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VOLUN TEER PR OFI LES
Real and Good People Make Great Radio Happen V O L U N T E E R P RO F I L E :
At 18 years of age, Cecelia Kluding Rodriguez is one of KGNUs youngest news producers. She has filed reports from around the world, around the country and right here in Boulder and Denver. She was recently arrested while covering protests at the former School of the Americas in Georgia. Her work in independent media along with her activism in other areas like human and civil rights, GLBT equality and immigration reform, led Cecelia to be recognized as the 2011 Boulder Youth Pace Setter. In her acceptance speech, Cecelia criticized corporate media’s coverage of immigration:
“If dominant media would report on the realities of migration, the current immigration debate would be drastically different. There has been a process of systematic dehumanisation of this population to a point where atrocities can be committed upon these people without public outcry.” Cecelia says that the human story of immigration is rarely reported. The pain people feel leaving their family and homes, or the fear they experience when they attempt the dangerous and often deadly journey through the Arizona desert. “Nor do we hear about the dumping of US corn into the Mexican market,” she said. “That has left farmers with few or no options and forces them to find another way to feed their families.”
Despite receiving the Youth Pace Setter award from the publishers of the Daily Camera, Cecelia took the newspaper to task for their denial of collective bargaining rights for their newspaper carriers as well as their reporting on immigration. “I find it offensive and unacceptable to continue to see words like illegal used in our Daily Camera,” she said. That’s why Cecelia believes independent media and KGNU play such a crucial role. “I want to remind the public that these people are human beings. I want to hold dominant media responsible for telling all sides of the story.”
V O L U N T E E R P RO F I L E :
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Lorraine Filmeno heard about KGNU through a friend who, to her great amusement, affectionately labeled the station “Tofu Radio.” Though originally from New Jersey, Lorraine has spent most of her life in Texas (with detours to Arizona and California). Lorraine began volunteering at KGNU in 2005. When she lived in Houston, she volunteered at KPFT, assisting the music director. Lorraine hoped she could transfer her skills and enjoyment from her work there to KGNU, and she now helps John Schaefer process incoming CDs for KGNU’s music library. She also helps preview new CDs for profanity. Asked about her experiences at KPFT, Lorraine explained that KPFT’s music library had gone uncataloged since they went on air in 1970. “They didn’t begin cataloging their music library until about 2000,” she says, and Lorraine did a lot of that work— 23
including cataloging all the Christmas music. (She really hasn’t been able to listen to Christmas music since.)
Additionally, Lorraine serves on KGNU’s Bylaws Committee and does outreach. She also compiles and tallies the volunteer hour tracking sheets, which KGNU uses to demonstrate volunteer participation for grant proposals.
menting a program that has been set up by the Lafayette Police Department. This program helps enforce penalties for those illegally parking in handicapped parking spots. Lorraine had noticed that this was becoming a problem in Lafayette, and she wanted to do something about it. She talked to the Lafayette Police Department and they welcomed her ideas. Now she and three other volunteers are authorized by the Lafayette Police Department to issue tickets to cars that are illegally parked in handicapped parking spaces. Houston had a similar volunteer handicapped parking enforcement program, which is where Lorraine got her idea for Lafayette.
Lorraine came to Boulder to get away from Houston’s hot weather. She likes to read and loves the movies. She’s a big Netflix and Sundance Channel watcher, and is a fan of indie films.
Needless to say, KGNU is happy to have on board an engaged, industrious volunteer like Lorraine, who enhances both our KGNU and our wider communities with her initiative and enthusiasm.
One of the things Lorraine most enjoys is opening up new CDs, determining their genre, and putting them on the proper shelf for KGNU’s music program reviewers to find. Her own favorite music genres are folk and country.
Lorraine has also been engaged with the wider Boulder County community in other ways, being instrumental in imple-
V O L U N T E E R P RO F I L E :
As host of “Up Dog” on KGNU’s Metro program at 3 PM every Wednesday afternoon, Denver native Christian Martinez is aiming to open dialogue. Covering a range of topics from juvenile justice to features on Chicano cultural figures, the Wednesday Metro program has become an important part of the conversations on KGNU. During Denver’s 2011 mayoral campaign, Martinez hosted all of the major candidates for in-depth interviews. A product of a strong education culminating in a BS in marketing from Regis University, Christian says he has gained perspective beyond a narrow city view. He balances his interest in business with participation in the arts, jumping on stage at the Comedy Works to tell jokes at age 17. Whether working as executive director of a youth arts program, or writing and performing in Denver Public School’s “The Cancer Monologues", he is dedicated to “living a leaving legacy.” Christian will tell you the mission of Up Dog is “to provide the space and place for the voices and issues that need to be heard, for the purpose of a more just society.” Asked what brought him to KGNU, he put it bluntly: “The struggle.” Claiming the music and life of John Lennon as one of many inspirations, he believes in the power of dialogue and communication.
What Christian says he likes most about the arts are “uplifting stories of courage and nourishment.” Providing this open space on a weekly, volunteer basis, Christian himself is one such story of uplift. V O L U N T E E R P RO F I L E :
Anyone who’s called or visited KGNU on a Monday afternoon knows Melody Brinkley. She’s been a volunteer receptionist at the station for over five years. “It’s delightful,” she said. “Being on the front desk, I get to know our members. And I love working with all the volunteers. It’s such a diversity of people you see every day.” A job change brought Melody and her husband to Colorado’s Front Range from Texas in 2005. Melody worked for KRLD, news radio in Dallas, for several years doing sales and promotions. She was excited to get back into radio when she heard about volunteer opportunities at KGNU. Our former Membership Director Mouse Bradshaw convinced her to take a weekly shift at the front desk.”Who could say no to Mouse?” she asks. Melody also helps the station with graphic design, call-in show phone screening and whatever else needs doing at the station. Photography, gardening, sewing and being in Colorado’s great outdoors round out her busy life. When she can make a little more time for KGNU, Melody plans to get into the on-air side of KGNU by helping with news and public affairs. “Government transparency is so important,” Melody said. “Stations like KGNU are critical to that—otherwise, all we get is corporate news. KGNU is so important to our community and to our world.”
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KGNU could not continue without the labor and love generously donated by over 300 volunteers. We thank each and every one listed here, and all others who dedicate their time to participate in independent radio. Gregory AbdurRasheed Puahau Aki Peju Alawusa Shareef Aleem Sadiq Alam Hussein Amery Christine Andresen Madame Andrews Arleigh Ty Arthur Ewket Assefa Renee Athay Dan Atkinson Vimonsiri “Dear” Aunaetitrakul Ashish B John Baker Jim Banks Victoria Bard Joe Barger Scott Barnes Joy Barrett David Barsamian John Baxter Kim Baxter Mike Bell Elijah Bent Donnie Betts Mike Bieszad Mike Bilos Andre Blackman Reggie Blanding Nathan Bloodsworth Stephen Brackett Michael Bradshaw Melody Brinkley Kate Brooks Daniel Brown Dave Brown Roz Brown Stephanie Brown Michael Buck Ted Burnham Ewen Callaway Kellie Cannon
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