KMUZ and Community Partnerships

KMUZ’s Governing Board understands the value of partnering with other nonprofits … a rising tide floats all boats.  So we are proud to announce our newest partner, The Pentacle Theatre.  The Pentacle Theatre is a nonprofit community theater which recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary.

Early next year, Pentacle will do a benefit performance for KMUZ.  The show, “Lend Me a Tenor,” is a hilarious madcap comedy set  in 1934 about an opera star and a series of mishaps that will keep you laughing all evening.

Please support our new partnership by joining us in support of KMUZ and Pentacle Theatre by attending “Lend Me a Tenor” on Wednesday, January 28.
For tickets, visit the Pentacle ticket office at 145 Liberty NE in downtown Salem (503.485.4300), or call KMUZ at 503.990.6091
To see Pentacle’s 2015 season go HERE.

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AND, for the second year, KMUZ is a sponsor of the 2015 Mid-Valley Green Awards.  The Green Awards, a joint project of Straub Environmental Center and Marion County Public Works, recognize people, businesses or organizations that act, think and do “green” by establishing practices that are sustainable.

The Green Awards is Straub’s largest fundraiser and includes dinner, a silent auction, music and a “trashion” show. Michelle Cordova, Executive Director of Straub Environmental Center, says the partnership with KMUZ “is a perfect example of how community partnerships help us continue to provide top-notch environmental education programs that teach and motivate people to become active stewards of our environment.”

If you know of a person, business or organization who should be nominated,   you can do so by visiting the Straub web site’s “Green Awards” page.


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KMUZ Presents “The Dual Kens” Week-Day Mornings!


Ken Cartwright

Ken Cartwright is back! Bringing you music and featuring news from the Santiam Canyon, the mid-Valley and beyond Monday through Friday from 6am to 8am. KMUZ will carry Cartwright from his new studio in Mill City.

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Ken Adams

Then at 8 o’clock, Ken Adams hosts Willamette Wake-up, serving up a menu of interviews, discussions and news with regular co-host Bill Harper…all along with a dash of music. Start your morning right with “The Dual Kens” on KMUZ 88.5 FM.

votelargeAnd now until the November 4th election, you can get the election information you need with out the sound bites, half truths and hyperbole. Tune in on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9am and The Forum on Fridays at 1pm and Sundays at 8am. In conjunction with CCTV, The League of Women Voters, Salem City Club and our own KMUZ team, we will air interviews with candidates, forums about ballot measures & other election issues. See our facebook page for details.

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 Fall Pledge Drive 2014


Our fall pledge drive brought $8,850 to KMUZ to help us continue bringing you home grown and hand crafted radio to the mid-Willamette Valley.  On behalf of the governing board, we would like to thank Salem Electric, our fall challenge grant sponsor; LifeSource for providing snacks; all the hard working volunteers answering phones, hosting special programs & pitching; and YOU for stepping up once again to help us pay the bills. If you forgot to make your pledge of support, no worries!  You can still donate here by clicking “Make a Donation”.

With your support we continue to grow and mature.
Look for these new and special programs:

  • Willamette Wake Up – Monday through Thursday 8-9am – get a flavor of what is happening in our home towns and in the world.
  • Special Election Coverage – Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10am – interviews and forums on candidates and ballot measures.
  • Ken Cartwright – Monday through Friday 6-8am – streaming live from KYAC in Mill City (coming very soon).
  • Thom Hartmann – Monday through Friday 11-noon – streaming live.
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Help KMUZ earn donations by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to KMUZ Community Radio at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (91314).
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping KMUZ earn a donation!
  • You still earn your own Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit

KMUZ thanks Fred Meyer for approving our application to receive community awards!

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KMUZ Public Affairs Programming

KMUZ recently unveiled a public affairs program block in which M-F from noon to  2pm KMUZ listeners can hear public affairs programming: from syndicated shows like Alternative Radio to local shows on politics and public affairs, interviews, history, special populations, gardening, health, technology and recycling and more.

165878_297382600365273_1199500517_nThe Forum is a show dedicated to letting you hear lectures, interviews, and forums of public interest to the mid-Willamette Valley. The topics of these recorded events include the environment, public policy, science, and general public affairs.  The Forum: When you can’t be there in person.  Fridays at 1pm. Repeats Sundays at 8am.

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Hand-crafted Artisan Radio

Local, independent and non-commercial
Serving the mid-Willamette Valley
88.5 FM and

Voted “Best Radio Station”2012 and 2013!

KMUZ-SummerBrochureInsideWhat is KMUZ?
KMUZ 88.5 FM is a listener-supported, all-volunteer community radio station licensed in Turner, Oregon.  Our signal reaches throughout the mid-Willamette Valley, from Salem to Albany, from Stayton to Monmouth and even includes the Santiam Canyon.  Our mission is to celebrate and connect communities through locally-produced talk shows, information, music, and events.

Who runs this radio station?
KMUZ is 100% local!  Residents of the mid-Willamette Valley are our DJs, program hosts, fundraisers, technicians, and office staff.  This is a grassroots operation that was created to provide a voice for our community. We have a Board of Directors who makes executive decisions that are in the best interest of strengthening our home-grown community station.

What you’ll hear…
KMUZ is a collective of passionate individuals who share their knowledge of music, public affairs, cultural arts and local events.  The diverse program schedule has something for everyone and continues to expand. To discover more about our programs, you can find our schedule on  Tune in to find out why we were voted “Best Radio Station” in a Statesman Journal reader’s poll in 2012 and 2013, our first two years of being on the air!

How you can get involved with KMUZ
Stream online at or tune in to 88.5 FM and you’ll discover your community through radio.  If you’d like to delve in even further and become a KMUZ volunteer, contact us at There is always plenty to do!  Help us with fund raising activities.  Take our training and become a DJ yourself.  Assist with carpentry, maintenance or projects at the station or transmitter site.  Join our tech team and work on our computers and audio equipment.  Help us in the office with administrative tasks. And you can make a tax-deductible donation to support KMUZ on-line or by mail.

We want YOU as part of our radio community!

Sponsoring radio programs
Businesses and organizations can support KMUZ by becoming an underwriter.  Underwriting (sponsoring) is giving a tax-deductible donation in exchange for on-air mentions and a listing on our website.  Show your support for your community station by becoming a KMUZ sponsor!  For more information, email

What services does KMUZ provide?

  • Entertainment through a wide variety of music, with a local focus and music you don’t hear on commercial stations
  • Local event calendar aired twice daily
  • Information through talk shows that cover mid-Valley public affairs and culture
  • Public Service Announcements from area nonprofits and government agencies
  • Business/Organization recognition through sponsorships and underwriting
  • Training to area residents to become engineers, DJs and Program Hosts
  • Promotion of local events via “roving reporters”
  • An opportunity to be a part of this exciting venture with many volunteer opportunities!

For more information contact us:
Twitter:  @KMUZ885
Physical address:  245 Division St NE, Suite 300,  Salem, OR
Mailing address: P.O. Box 12038, Salem OR 97309
Office: 503-990-6091
DJ Line: 503-990-6101

For volunteer opportunities:
Find out about sponsoring:
Submit a public service announcement:
Submit an event for our on-air calendar:  Go to “Submit Your Event
General information:

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