Fall Pledge Drive – Oct 1st Through Oct 7th –



Fall Pledge Drive – Oct 1st Through Oct 7th

(503) 990-6101 or Donate On-Line


Tell us why YOU are thankful for KMUZ during our fall pledge drive. Share your reasons why KMUZ is an important resource for our community. Post messages, photos, and videos on social media using the hashtag #thankful4KMUZ. Send a strong, unified message to the community that KMUZ is an asset that needs to be supported. Search for the hashtag #thankful4KMUZ to see all the great posts from other KMUZ supporters. Spread the thanks and encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to post and donate today!

Community Leaders Are Thankful

KMUZ has been on the air almost five years and is getting traction in the community. Community leaders express their support of KMUZ during this drive. Here are just some of the leaders who realize the importance of local, independent radio. Tune in to hear them yourself!

Alan Bushong (CCTV), Allan Pollock (Cherriots General Manager & Salem City Club President), Benny Williams (Salem/Keizer NAACP), Bob Reinhardt (Willamette Heritage Center), Chuck Bennett (Mayor-Elect of Salem), David Fox (Small business owner, Salem Planning Commission, musician), Janet Carlson (Marion County Commissioner), Jean Love (Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce), Jo Dodge (Pentacle Theatre), John Olbrantz (Hallie Ford Art Museum), John Vandreal (school counselor, artist, musician), Kai Blevin (Social Justice Collective), Karen Holman (KMUZ “mothership”), Katy Ohsiek (Willamette Student), Mike Daniels (Night Sky 45, local astronomy club), Sally Cook (Salem City Council-elect, Ward 7), Sandra Hernandez & Alex Buron (Latinos Unidos Siempre)

Special programming

  • The Cure – Sunday 3-4pm: Northwest Notes’ Mick Hickman and Terre Fermata’s Danielle Meyer team up to bring KMUZ listeners a special one time show about the legendary band, The Cure.
  • Middle Aged Rocker – Sunday 11am-1pm: Rick Brown is back for a one-time revival of classic rock.
  • Dylan Covers – Monday 2-3: Marc Nassar shares covers of Bob Dylan from other artists, with an emphasis on Dylan’s lesser known music.

Thank You Gifts

For a $50 contribution, we will thank you with our classy black mug that will brighten your day as you listen to the power of radio.

The Power of Radio

Here is one example of the power of one local radio station. A station that reflects the community you live in.


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KMUZ Powers Up

unnamedCommunity Radio Station KMUZ has completed installation of an emergency back-up generator at its transmitter site on a hilltop near Turner.  “This is an important step in a multi-stage plan to equip KMUZ to serve listeners and local governments in times of crisis or emergencies,” said Station Manager Dave Hammock.  This generator will keep KMUZ’s primary transmitter, operating at 88.5 MHz, on the air when power goes down in rural Marion County.

unnamed-1The project was funded by a grant from the Autzen Foundation and a Community Project Fund Grant from Marion County, as well as listeners and supports of the station.  “We are grateful to Marion County for this support,” said KMUZ President Melanie Zermer. “We have been working since we first began operating to assist the Counties and Cities in our coverage area to communicate with their citizens.  This step allows us to offer that communications channel when it may be most important.”

KMUZ operates a second frequency, 100.7 MHz, which broadcasts from a communications site closer to Salem.  This translator/repeater is provided emergency power by the firm that owns and operates the site.  “Now both frequencies will be able to keep broadcasting in a power outage,” said Hammock.

The mid-Valley’s community broadcaster will seek funding over the next year to complete the remaining steps in its long range plan to assist EMS and Public Safety entities in emergencies.  As provided in the governing Board’s Strategic Plan, KMUZ will work to install a generator at the studio location in north Salem and to install base stations and license portable transmitters for a broadcast RPU (Remote Pick Up) system.  The RPU transmitter can be used to connect the Studio with locations such as a command center in an emergency or a briefing at a communications briefing by EMS personnel.

“Such an RPU link also allows us to broadcast from a temporary location or serve as a temporary link between our studio and the transmitter” said Hammock.

KMUZ began serving Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley in December of 2011.  Operating entirely with community volunteers, KMUZ is on the air 24/7 and produces nearly 100 hours per week of local, hand-crafted radio.  The station is owned by Willamette Information, News & Entertainment Service, a locally charted non-profit corporation.

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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 www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. 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 www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

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

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Hand-crafted Artisan Radio

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

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 www.kmuz.org.  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 kmuz.org 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 volunteer@kmuz.org. 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 underwriting@kmuz.org.

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:
Website:  kmuz.org
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/kmuz.885.fm
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:  volunteer@kmuz.org
Find out about sponsoring:  underwriting@kmuz.org
Submit a public service announcement:  psa@kmuz.org
Submit an event for our on-air calendar:  Go to “Submit Your Event
General information:  info@kmuz.org

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