Local Roots CD Release Party FinalGreat music from some of the region’s most talented artists!  Great Food!  Great Location! Great Company!  Great Organization!

What’s not to like about the KMUZ Local Roots Music Festival?  Please come out and bring your friends!

WHEN: Saturday, April 11th  from 3pm to 10pm.  Doors open at 2:30.

WHAT:  Twenty one northwest artists will perform short sets to showcase the new Local Roots Vol II Compilation CD and celebrate KMUZ’s new translator serving Salem and Keizer at 100.7FM.

WHERE:  In Salem at the Willamette Heritage Center located at 1313 Mill St. SE

HOW MUCH:  Admission to the festival is $10 and the first 100 attendees will receive a free copy of the Volume II CD containing nearly 80 minutes of music from some of the region’s most talented artists.

TICKETS: Advanced tickets to the “Local Roots Music Festival” can be purchased online. Or in person at Max Marbles Book Binders located in the Willamette Heritage Center.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.

FOOD AND DRINKS will be available for sale:  Food carts Island Girl Lunchbox  and Laughing Lunchbox will be serving food and drinks out of their great red trucks!  Willametta’s will offer up gluten free and vegan sweet treats. Santiam Brewing ( will be offering several craft beers and cider.


Check out our awesome festival lineup. All of these artists appear on our Vol II Local Roots Compilation CD.  KMUZ thanks these artists for donating their heart and soul for this great event.

The Get AheadAra LeeNestler and HoughtonThe Tara NovellasRobert RichterButterfly BreakdownWilliam Scott BrowningSweet HomePretty GrittyAvery D. HillTrue North BandAmanda RichardsKelly BosworthMelissa RuthLonesome Highway BandChristie Ann Josef - Carlos Severe MarlinAnchors of AscensionMichele AriDavid StephensonBrothers, Bror

Listen to “Local Roots“, Music From NW Artists hosted by Robert Richter every Sunday night from 7 pm to 9 pm streaming live online at, at 88.5 FM or 100.7 FM or on your smart phone or tablet with the free tunein radio application.

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Thanks to YOU, our future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!

DJs with ShadesThanks to the generous support of the BEST LISTENERS IN THE WORLD, KMUZ successfully concluded our Winter Pledge Drive by exceeding our goal of $10,070.  Right now (Monday, 2/16/2015 @ 12 noon) our final pledge tally shows $10,270.63.  The Board and volunteers who are KMUZ wish to extend a heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support of our Community Radio enterprise.  Listeners and contributors just like you are as important to the station’s success as the volunteer program hosts, DJs and office staff in the photo above.  Together we are the Community Radio movement in the mid-Willamette Valley.

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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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