New Show!! – StoryCorps Salem

StoryCorps Salem … Where Listening is an Act of Love


Brian Hart with his grandfather whom he recently interviewed.

Have you often thought you wanted to record your grandmother’s story, but then it was too late because she died? Would you like to have a deep connection with a loved one by asking them to share their most important life moments with you? Do you enjoy listening to authentic stories, stories of real people who live ordinary lives but have extraordinary tales to share? You have stumbled onto the right place.

StoryCorps Salem, hosted by Brian Hart, gives KMUZ listeners all of these opportunities every first and third Sundays at 9am. With Hart’s guidance, you can record stories of someone you care about by asking big life questions, pouring yourself into the interview and being an active participant in the conversation. To sign up to do an interview on KMUZ, email

StoryCorps Salem is part of the beta app; however, this show is independent of To learn more about this KMUZ program, see The next episode is Sunday September 6th at 9 am.

Past episodes of StoryCorps Salem can be found on the KMUZ Program Archives.


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Community Radio Station Boosts Coverage

kmuztranslator001KMUZ to launch repeater service for Salem & Keizer

Starting at 10am, Saturday, January 24th, the music and programs featured on KMUZ will be beaming into Salem and Keizer on a new, stronger frequency, 100.7 FM. KMUZ will still broadcast at 88.5 FM for East Marion County and parts of Polk and Linn counties, but 100.7 will reach Salem and Keizer listeners.

According to KMUZ Board President Melanie Zermer, “We were given a huge boost in building this new translator by a grant from the Marion County Community Project Fund. We’re grateful for both the financial support and the County’s recognition of the public service nature of our programming.”

Programmed by volunteer hosts and DJs, KMUZ is a non-commercial and independent community radio station. Funded primarily by listeners, KMUZ’s mission is to celebrate the people, culture and civic life of the mid-Willamette Valley. “Our vision is to be a local resource to assist service organizations and non-profits, as well as our municipalities, to communicate with their constituencies.” said Zermer, “Our volunteer DJs present music from all genres. Everything from Zydeco to Celtic to Indie Rock can be heard on KMUZ, most with a local flavor.”

“The existing transmitter at 88.5 FM delivers a good signal to some 34,000 mid-valley residents, none of whom live in Salem,” said Dave Hammock, Project Manager. “Our new translator will send a stronger signal to better than 200,000 additional people, including almost everyone in Salem and Keizer.”

KMUZ is a non-commercial, independent community radio service owned and operated by a local non-profit organization, Willamette Information, News & Entertainment Service (WINES). The operations of this 501(c)(3) corporation are funded almost exclusively by donations from listeners and underwriting from area businesses.


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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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