The 8th Annual KMUZ Backyard Bash And Music Festival

The 8th Annual
Garden Concert * Gourmet Buffet * Local Raffle Items
ONLY $25.00 

Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016
Garden Opens w/Live Jazz @ 4:00pm, More Music at 5:30pm


Once again, we combine great local food, fantastic entertainment, local prizes and love of Community Radio to present the 8th Annual Backyard Bash & Music Festival in support of your favorite Community Radio Station, KMUZ 88.5/100.7. This highly anticipated garden party is revered for the delicate balance of flavours, fun, folk and flowers…

What: Music, Food, Comeraderie, Prizes, FUN FUN FUN!!
Where: Salem House Concerts, 468 21st NE Salem 97301
When: August 28, 4pm – 8pm
Why: Because we love KMUZ
WHO: No, not the Who, but dinner jazz with Bill Hughes, gourmet buffet by local chefs, and fantastic music with the likes of Sisters’ Dennis McGregor and the vagabond gypsy-folk stylings of Mare Wakefield & Nomad. Local opener surprises always anticipated… hah!

CONTACT: Marc Albert 503-551-7216 /

Cost: $25.00/person includes food and show. This event will sell out, limited seating in the garden. Checks can be mailed to the SHC address, made out to Marc Nassar: 468 21st NE Salem, OR 97301. Pay Pal payments to, add 1.00 to each ticket for pay pal fees.

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A Benefit that works “9 to 5” for KMUZ at The Pentacle Theater

The Nine-to-Five-Brochure-8-04-15Pentacle Theatre has produced over 560 musicals and plays in their short existence, and their 2016 season is stellar in terms of variety of scope.  But from August 19th to September 10th, Director Robert Salberg is bringing Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to Salem Audiences, a hilarious workplace comedy about the trials and tribulations of punching a clock or, in some cases, your boss.

During that run, KMUZ asks that you go August 24th.  You can purchase tickets for this show here.  All of the proceeds that evening will go to supporting KMUZ, and makes possible more collaborations like this very one.

We all know how hard it is to work a job, and making radio on top of our regular lives is another job in and of itself.  But we are committed to bringing it to you year in, year out, and to be that dependable, we need fundraising events like this to keep going.  That is why we want you to come see 9 TO 5: The Musical on Aug 24th.  See a hilarious play, and help keep Community Radio on the air, too.

We invite you to join KMUZ in a welcoming reception before the curtain rises. There will be light refreshments from local restaurants and a no-host bar.


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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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Come Say Hi to KMUZ at The Salem Art Fair!


It’s likely that any listener that supports KMUZ is likely to come out to the 67th Salem Art Fair & Festival in the Cultural Corridor, Friday through Sunday, July 15th – 17th.  Bush’s Pasture Park in downtown Salem. The largest festival of its kind in Oregon, the Art Fair features more than 200 visual artists, plus live music, two craft beer and wine gardens, more than 20 food booths, and family art activities.  And: this is your chance to meet us at The Fair!

KMUZ will be tabling at The Salem Art Fair in Bush’s Pasture Park.  The Art Fair has over 200 local and regional artists, who all come to meet, swap, sell, teach, and entertain in a variety of ways.  There are so many local organizations involved that there are just too many to name completely in a small space like this.  You should check out their site, which has a schedule of events, information about volunteering, and a host of other goodies that you should check out.

On Friday night, rock out to blues legends The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Saturday night, groove to soul-funk band The Sextones.
The Salem Art Fair & Festival is a fundraiser for the Salem Art Association, a non-profit organization which has been serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919, making it a great way to support your community and interact with live artists, AND meet and greet the KMUZ volunteers who keep our station going year after year.

Come out out!  Meet the family!  And enjoy The Salem Art Fair.

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The Waterfront Blues Festival will play LIVE on KMUZ!

Thdsc_1000---2014-07-04-at-11-38-48.600x0-is-pid15183e Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon is an exciting weekend of blues music in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just beneath the Hawthorne Bridge, and has been going strong for almost 30 years.  While it is always a great time to go and see these performances on site – and the Festival itself is a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank – getting to the festival is not always possible.  And it happens July 1st – 4th, from noon to 10 PM, time usually spent with the family.  It’s not always possible to do both.

That is why KMUZ is working with Oregon Community Media to bring you the entire Waterfront Blues Festival, live on our airwaves.  KBOO has been bringing the festival to listeners for years, but in 2013, over 20 Oregon Radio Stations formed the OCM, where programming like this – and other shows – are available to member stations to play.  You can listen to all these incredible blue artists, from the comfort of your own home, here in the mid-valley, while people all over Oregon are hearing the same thing you are.  And, why not drop off some of those canned goods to the Oregon Food Bank, and BBQ to the sounds of The Waterfront Blues Festival.  With programming like this, you can just leave KMUZ on the entire weekend, and you are guaranteed to hear summertime blues that will work fantastically for those family get-togethers.

Listen to KMUZ Friday July 1 through Monday July 4, from Noon to 10 PM, and hear the Blues Festival as it happens.  It’s just another one of the great ways KMUZ gives back to our listeners for being dedicated to both blues music, and Community Radio.

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The Salem Type-In 2016


KMUZ and the Willamette Heritage Center are proud joint sponsors of:

The second annual Salem Type-In on Saturday June  25th!

Get analogue from 11am to 3pm at the Willamette Heritage Center’s Dye Room at 1313 Mill St. in Salem.

Family friendly. Kids encouraged!  Bring your typewriter or use ours.

Meet writers, poets, retro geeks and luddites.  Partake in fun activities:  a speed typing contest, a raffle to win a real type writer, or a joint composition of an original blues tune!  The Salem

Type- In is a free event, but donations and proceeds from the typewriter raffle benefit KMUZ!  And while you’re there, enjoy the grounds and exhibits at the Willamette Heritage Center.

More information can be found here on Facebook.

KMUZ thanks Max Marbles, the curator of this event.

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Thank You, Everyone

13230194_1050973494980841_5824626565896648810_nOur Spring Pledge Drive was a success, and we want to thank everyone who was a part of it, and who donated to KMUZ.  Your support makes everything worth it.  With your help, KMUZ raised $8,000 so we can continue bringing you hand made and home grown radio!  If you meant to pledge and just forgot, it’s never too late.  Just Make A Donation today.

Don’t forget that KMUZ will be at The Salem Art Fair & Festival in July.  Please, check out our table, and see us there, then.

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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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