KMUZ News – April 2017

Program Changes – Special Elections
KMUZ Fundraiser


Election Coverage

May 16th is the special election. Last day to register to vote: April 25th. This election includes School board and other special districts as well as local bond measures and operating levies.

Listen for coverage of key races and issues on Willamette Wake Up, 8-9am. After the broadcast, find the podcast on the website under “Program Archives – Willamette Wake-Up

Tentative KMUZ Election Topics Schedule:

  • Fri Mar 30:     Salem Police Bond (opposition – We Can Do Better Committee)
  • Fri Apr 7:        Polk County Bond Measure
  • Thur Apr 13:   Kathleen Harder & Mark Bateman (S/K School Board)
  • Fri Apr 14:      Ross Schartzendruber & Sheronne Blasi (S/K School Board)
  • Thur Apr 20:   Jessie Lippold & Levi Herarra-Lopez (S/K School Board)
  • Fri Apr 21:      Salvador Diaz, Peggy Cline, Kristina Mann, Steve Milligan (Central Sch Brd)
  • Thur Apr 27:   Kathy Goss & Jonathan Baker (S/K School Board)
  • Fri Apr 28:      Salem Police Bond (proponents – Friends of Salem Police Campaign)
  • Thur May 4:    Patrick Schwab & Doug Rodgers (Cherriots Transit Dist.)
  • Fri May 5:       Ivan W. Barnes & Dave Hunt (Dallas Sch Brd)
  • Thur May 11    Stayton Gas Tax Measure and Jefferson School Bond Measure


KMUZ Fundraiser – Save the Date!

Support KMUZ when the Pentacle Theatre runs “Leading Ladies” on the evening of Wednesday, May 31st. Save the date and stay tuned for details. To learn more about Pentacle Theatre and this show, see



Program Changes

 Theatre Talk expands to a full hour. Hear it on first and third Fridays, 9 to 10 am. Reel Film Snobs is moving to second and fourth Fridays (9:30-10am) to accommodate this change.

Mid Valley Mutations – experimental music and more for the adventurous radio listener – expands to two hours. Hear it Friday nights, 10 pm to midnight.

Music and Movies (alternate Fridays) is leaving, but program host Mike Beard is not. It’s! The Weird Mike Beard Show airs Monday nights, 9-11pm. The best of rock ‘n’ roll pop.

Antiquity Radio, with John Starbuck, moves and expands. Listen to music from the 1920’s, ‘30’s and 40’s on Sunday afternoons, 2 to 4 pm.

The Breeze, with new program host Dennis Willer, brings you contemporary jazz on Wednesday mornings, 9-11am.

Western Swingtime moves from Tuesday mornings to Monday mornings, 9-10am.

Salem History Matters – local history viewed by current residents – repeats on Sunday mornings, 9:30-10am. Original broadcast remains at the Thursday noon time slot.

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New Year – Time for Change

The KMUZ Governing Board is pleased to present our new president, Bill Smaldone. Bill has been on the board for 6 years and has lived in Salem for 26 years. He is a professor of history at Willamette University, served as chair of his neighborhood association (SESNA) and as a member of Salem City Council in the early 1990s. He is also a member of the Salem Weekly editorial board.

His predecessor, Melanie Zermer, is a founding board member and served as president in 2015 and 2016. Melanie will remain on the board and plans to put more energy into public affairs programming.

Other continuing board members: Coy Alexander, Deanne Bass, Dave Hammock, Kerry Fox (secretary), Pam Kelly, and Verland Kelly (treasurer).

In other KMUZ News

The board is pleased to announce, that KMUZ is financially solvent! While we don’t have a company helicopter or staff jacuzzi, we are going into this next year with the ability to pay our Jan & Feb bills. And it is because of support from listeners like you. Thank you for your continued support of this (still) all-volunteer community venture.

Look for a new regular segment coming soon – National Native News. NNN is a headline news service that provides a Native perspective on our world. More details soon.

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KMUZ is FIVE Years Old December 17th!!

It’s been a long and winding road for the mid-Valley’s community radio station.  Often described as the “little station that could” (and did!), KMUZ has grown into a resource you can rely on for information and entertainment that reflects our identity. Here’s a brief timeline of our journey and photos of events and milestones to prove it.

Send KMUZ well wishes – post a note on our FB page.  Or make a donation right here from our website.  Thanks to all of you who helped make KMUZ happen.


Birth of a Station

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KMUZ Program Schedule Update: Changes, Departures & New Shows

As the season turns to the longer nights and cooler days in the Mid-Willamette Valley, KMUZ has been “winterizing” our Program Schedule to keep it…and you…warm through the dark months.

  • Terra Fermata (change): Read more
  • Down in the Dirt (departure): Read more
  • Salem Senior Care (new): Read more
  • Radio Rez (new): Read more
  • StoryCorps Salem (departure) – Cool Sheets (new): Read more
  • Salem History Matters (change): Read more

KMUZ continues to seek new program ideas and new volunteers. Let us know if there is a radio program rattling around in your head, or if you’d just like to learn some Basic Radio 101. Community Radio can always use a few more hands.

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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 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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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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