The Waterfront Blues Festival will play LIVE on KMUZ!

Thdsc_1000---2014-07-04-at-11-38-48.600x0-is-pid15183e Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon is an exciting weekend of blues music in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just beneath the Hawthorne Bridge, and has been going strong for almost 30 years.  While it is always a great time to go and see these performances on site – and the Festival itself is a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank – getting to the festival is not always possible.  And it happens July 1st – 4th, from noon to 10 PM, time usually spent with the family.  It’s not always possible to do both.

That is why KMUZ is working with Oregon Community Media to bring you the entire Waterfront Blues Festival, live on our airwaves.  KBOO has been bringing the festival to listeners for years, but in 2013, over 20 Oregon Radio Stations formed the OCM, where programming like this – and other shows – are available to member stations to play.  You can listen to all these incredible blue artists, from the comfort of your own home, here in the mid-valley, while people all over Oregon are hearing the same thing you are.  And, why not drop off some of those canned goods to the Oregon Food Bank, and BBQ to the sounds of The Waterfront Blues Festival.  With programming like this, you can just leave KMUZ on the entire weekend, and you are guaranteed to hear summertime blues that will work fantastically for those family get-togethers.

Listen to KMUZ Friday July 1 through Monday July 4, from Noon to 10 PM, and hear the Blues Festival as it happens.  It’s just another one of the great ways KMUZ gives back to our listeners for being dedicated to both blues music, and Community Radio.

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The Salem Type-In 2016


KMUZ and the Willamette Heritage Center are proud joint sponsors of:

The second annual Salem Type-In on Saturday June  25th!

Get analogue from 11am to 3pm at the Willamette Heritage Center’s Dye Room at 1313 Mill St. in Salem.

Family friendly. Kids encouraged!  Bring your typewriter or use ours.

Meet writers, poets, retro geeks and luddites.  Partake in fun activities:  a speed typing contest, a raffle to win a real type writer, or a joint composition of an original blues tune!  The Salem

Type- In is a free event, but donations and proceeds from the typewriter raffle benefit KMUZ!  And while you’re there, enjoy the grounds and exhibits at the Willamette Heritage Center.

More information can be found here on Facebook.

KMUZ thanks Max Marbles, the curator of this event.

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Thank You, Everyone

13230194_1050973494980841_5824626565896648810_nOur Spring Pledge Drive was a success, and we want to thank everyone who was a part of it, and who donated to KMUZ.  Your support makes everything worth it.  With your help, KMUZ raised $8,000 so we can continue bringing you hand made and home grown radio!  If you meant to pledge and just forgot, it’s never too late.  Just Make A Donation today.

Don’t forget that KMUZ will be at The Salem Art Fair & Festival in July.  Please, check out our table, and see us there, then.

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KMUZ: The Fabric of Our Community

Untitled2016 Spring Pledge Drive – May 14 ~ May 20

Over the last four years, KMUZ-FM has been serving the Mid-Willamette Valley, and has become a part of the daily life of those who depend on community radio for their local news, music and cultural affairs. Much like the family blanket that keeps everyone warm, KMUZ is part of the fabric of this community, and is a valuable resource that depends on the support of the community it fosters.

Always working to produce the best radio possible, we’ve also been winning awards: both the Oregon Education Association News Media Award 2016 for our programs that increase public understanding of education achievements, and the Best Radio Station in The Valley in 2012 and 2013 by Statesman Journal readers.  And recently, KMUZ was awarded two different grants by The Autzen Foundation & Marion County respectively, both for the purchase of a generator at our transmitter to improve our ability to broadcast during a natural disaster.  KMUZ is in a unique position of producing incredible programs and fulfilling vital services by pairing with local emergency preparedness agencies, to keep the mid-Valley informed during any emergency.

unnamed-1With this in mind, we are urging our listeners to keep their dials tuned to 88.5 FM or 100.7 FM in the Mid-Valley, and when our Pledge Drive begins on May 14th, Call 503-990-6101 and make a donation to support KMUZ, so we can keep bringing you the incredible programming we offer every single day.  You can also donate online.

Those who pledge their support to KMUZ not only help reinforce the seams that make us the fabric of this fine community, but also receive an excellent premium for their donation.  In addition to allowing us to keep great shows on the air throughout the year, KMUZ will offer T-Shirts, Local Roots Compilation unnamedCDs, a
KMUZ Mug to people who donate $50, and all of our donors receive one of our “Thank You” art post cards that have become a tradition during our Pledge Drives.  And all you have to do is make a donation to KMUZ, and make our radio station thrive.

KMUZ strives to be the voice that you curl up with on a rainy day, when you need something that is comforting, informative, entertaining, and a source for news that is singular to our station.  Why not help keep the fa
bric of your community sewn up with enough funds to keep us cozy all year long?

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unnamedIn the May 17th election, you get to decide who makes the local government decisions that will define the quality of life in your community for the next few years.

This election season, tune in to KMUZ’s Willamette Wake Up – 8 to 9 am, Monday through Friday – and find out who’s running for office and why, and what the ballot measures mean.

KMUZ wants you to be informed. And Willamette Wake Up’s special local election coverage will include interviews with candidates that focus on the challenges and opportunities facing your community. Listen, Think and Vote.

For a schedule of Willamette Wake Up election-related interviews and podcasts go to:

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KMUZ Presents: The 3rd Annual Local Roots Festival, April 16th

Local Roots PosterJoin us for the 3rd Annual Local Roots Music Festival at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem on Saturday, April 16th.

This event runs from 9 AM to 10 PM, and is a fundraiser for KMUZ-FM Community Radio serving the mid-Willamette Valley. Show up for local music, food, beer, wine, and so much more, all right here in your community.

The Local Roots festival is also a CD Release party for The Local Roots Compilation CD Vol III, featuring some of the finest Indie music artists in the Northwest, many of which will be performing at the Local Roots Festival.

Admissionunnamed to the all day event is $15. At the event, The Local Roots Compilation CD Vol III will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds will go to KMUZ. For a complete line-up of artists at the festival, please visit the Local Root Music Festival Facebook Event, and find detailed information about who is playing, and when.

Event sponsors: imgresMichael Angelo Exteriors, Bike Peddler, Willamette Heritage Center, LifeSource Natural Foods, and Mill Creek Station Cafe.

Food cart vendors: Fusion & Island Girl Lunchbox

Beer & Wine vendors: Vagabond Brewery & Willamette Valley Vineyards

See you at the festival!  And listen to Local Roots,” Music From NW Artists hosted by Robert Richter every Sunday night at 88.5 or 100.7 FM from 7 PM to 9 PM, or streaming live online at


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Cherry City Music Festival (March 31st – April 2nd)


Join KMUZ & CCTV for a joint LIVE BROADCAST of the Cherry City Music Festival, 2016.

From March 31st – April 2nd, the CCTV Studios will be featuring live, televised performances by a number of incredible acts, to complement the other events happening throughout the city at other venues, all a part of the annual Cherry City Music Fest.  You can be a part of the audience, by dropping by 575 Trade St. SE Salem – the CCTV studios – and saying, “I want to be a part of the Cherry City Music Fest Audience.”

KMUZ will Simulcast these studio performances, giving our listeners a chance to hear what’s cookin’ as part of this incredible event.  Tune in Thursday & Friday from 6 – 9 PM and Saturday, from noon-6 PM, and hear some of the greatest live music from right here in The Cherry City.

For a full schedule of the live performances, check  Cherry City Music Fest is an event organized by Salem Creative Network.  For more information about the full festival with music schedule at other venues, check

unnamedThe Cherry City Music Fest live broadcast is in part sponsored by Michael Angelo Exteriors.

20160_266135247729_1236596_nThe Cherry City Music Fest is sponsored by Salem Creative Network and a City of Salem Transient Occupancy Tax fund.


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Venti’s “Live Salem” fundraiser for KMUZ in March

LIVESALEM_greenVenti’s “Live Salem” campaign has been working hard in the community to raise money for worthy causes like The Salem Hospital Foundation and Second Chance Salem.  So it is no surprise that KMUZ is on the Venti’s shortlist of worthy causes in the community.

With that in mind, Venti’s has created a special drink and entrée that is not only a great way to enjoy Venti’s, but a perfect way to support KMUZ.  Throughout the entire month of March, when you order a Pork Ragout (Slow braised pork with carrot, onion, celery, tomatoes, herbs, spices and Hoppy Cock IPA) or a Fresh Frequency Cocktail (Monopolowa vodka, Sprite and raspberry purée), a percentage of the sales directly support KMUZ. You can do this at either Venti’s location.


As if that were not enough, on Tuesday March 29th, from 6 – 9 PM at both Venti’s locations, a percentage of all sales will be donated to KMUZ.  That will not only be a fun night to visit either Venti’s locations, but an easy way to show your support for the station, and meet up with your favorite KMUZ DJs who will be out and about that night.

Venti’s “Live Salem” campaign is making efforts to draw attention to some of the most important aspects of the Salem Community.  KMUZ thanks Venti’s for their support of community radio, and making us a part of their nightlife.  Come, join them, and lend a hand to us at the same time.

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12697196_10208684548727954_6347897205558100678_oThe KMUZ board, program hosts and general volunteers THANK YOU for keeping hand made & home grown radio alive in the Mid-Valley.

Thanks to your calls and on-line donations, KMUZ met and surpassed its Winter Pledge Drive Goal.

You sent over $13,000 our way!


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The KMUZ Governing Board Gets Ready For Changes

The only thing we can count on in this life is change. At KMUZ this is almost a daily occurrence. For a young organization, change usually means growth and development. After this year’s half day retreat, combined with its regular November meeting, the board itself is changing and preparing for change.

The big news is that KMUZ’s Prime mover and founding board president, Karen Holman, is leaving the governing board. At the board retreat she said, “My passion for KMUZ is as strong as ever before, and as I step down from the board I plan to continue contributing to the station in ways that match my skills and interests with what we need.” Karen will still be an influential figure at KMUZ—hosting two shows and sitting on the Program Review Committee—but we will no longer see her and Griffin the corgi at our monthly Monday meetings. The board will soon be looking for a new member that meets the needs we recently identified as important for board governance.



The focus of this year’s annual retreat was succession planning. A succession plan gives the board guidelines and procedures that allow us to function if a key member of the organization leaves. One thing we decided…our general manager and chief engineer should not be allowed to ride in the same car together!
Humor aside, being prepared for these kinds of changes is a critical piece of board governance. We identified the tasks of key volunteers and we will spend the first half of 2016 developing succession planning. KMUZ volunteers may be hearing from us to step up and help as we match skill sets to tasks which will help us continue to cultivate our community radio station.

happy_birthday_text_208012Early Birthday Gift!

KMUZ will be four years old on December 17th! And thanks to Walton Charitable Trust, KMUZ recently received an early birthday gift – a grant that allowed us to purchase microphones and other equipment to capture better sound during live remote broadcasts!

If YOU would like to wish KMUZ a happy birthday with a contribution to keep KMUZ alive and growing, donate on line or send a check to KMUZ-FM / P.O. Box 12038 / Salem OR / 97309. Thanks in advance for your tax deductible donation!

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