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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November brings new programs and schedule shifts to KMUZ


Monday, November 2nd, unveils the first of a handful of changes to the scheduled programming on the mid-Willamette Valley’s Community Radio Station. Arlene McKenna’s African & World music review, Mundo Mojo, will no longer be heard Monday afternoon at 2pm. The popular show is not coming to an end; it’s just moving to Wednesday afternoon. No replacement program has been scheduled as yet, but stay tuned for updates. Radio Exotica will continue to report in from the Island starting at 4pm.

Our new Wednesday line-up ought to make your radio tap its foot & smile. Mundo Mojo will now be heard between 3 to 5pm, following Tara Hathaway’s More Accordion. Bob Howell, host of The Real Thing, slides into the commute /cocktail hour between 5 and 7pm. But don’t worry, he’ll be keepin’ it real! The remainder of our existing Wednesday evening schedule stays the same starting with Rick’s Sonic Quarry at 7pm.

Friday morning Theatre Talk and Talking About Art move from 8:30am to 9:05, right after the Community Calendar at 9am. On the first and third Friday each month, CCTV’s Reel Film Snobs shifts from 8:00am to 9:30, following Theatre Talk. A new program on KMUZ, Music and Movies with Michael Beard, rounds out our new Film Friday feature slot on the 2nd & 4th Fridays each moth, running from 9:30 to 11:00am.



OPBMUSIC002ORIGWell known as Oregon’s flagship NPR and news-oriented public radio service, Oregon Public Broadcasting also offers an edgy, northwest-focused indie rock music stream on KOPB’s HD2 digital audio channel called opbmusic. This music service can’t be received in Salem, not until midnight on November 15th, that is. Working in partnership, the mid-Valley’s KMUZ and OPB will bring opbmusic to the airwaves at 88.5 & 100.7 FM every night between midnight and 6am.

Nighthawks in Salem, Keizer and environs will have a great reason to stay up late to tune in to this au currant music stream.

KMUZ has always prioritized the airplay of local and Northwest musicians on many of our programs. The addition of opbmusic to our overnight schedule tightens that focus on regional musicians and artists.

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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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