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Message from the KBCS General Manager – December 2020

Man in a suit with trees in background Dana Buckingham KBCS GM

December 11, 2020 - 6:49 am

Some Matters of Relative Significance

There is a quote by Anne Frank, whose diary bears witness to the horror of living during the Holocaust and to her enduring faith in a better future despite the desperate circumstances of her life and times. “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness,” she wrote. “I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.”

For many of us, this past year has been our own personal, annus horriblilis and I know that I stand alongside multitudes of other mostly reasonable human beings in breathing a sigh of relief that this dreadful year is finally coming to an end. Today, the deadly corona virus plague still rages across the land but there is now good reason to believe that medical science and evidence-based best practices will again prevail and our feckless national leadership will be replaced by experienced and compassionate leaders. Leaders that have not lost faith in creating a more egalitarian and just nation for all people from all walks of life and not just a privileged few.

Yes, there are many obstacles and challenges we must overcome to end institutionalized racism and to create a more level playing field of opportunity for all. But now there is a new commitment at the national level to “build back better” and that should give us all hope that better days are ahead of us and not behind us.

At KBCS, our passion for community radio continues to give a broadcast voice to over sixty local volunteers to share their passion for music and love of community with their friends and neighbors across the greater Puget Sound. Our core mission today remains the same, to seek out new opportunities to increase our independent program offerings and broaden our diversity so that we can become even more representative of the amazingly diverse community we serve. For going on fifty years, KBCS has reflected the unique values and traditions of many people who call the Pacific Northwest their home.

With your continued moral and financial support we remain dedicated to keeping this unique broadcast tradition on the air and to continue to be a force for promoting meaningful change to support a more unified, compassionate, and enlightened community.

Please make an end of the year tax deductible donation to KBCS today to keep this beautiful dream of community radio alive. Become a sustaining monthly contributor to KBCS online at And remember, no monthly donation is too small or too large. Whether its $5, $20, $35 or more, they all add up and make it possible to keep the lights on and the great local music and progressive news programming coming your way each and every hour of the day, each and every day of the year.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year,

Dana Lee Buckingham

General Manager and Proud Sustaining Contributor of Community Radio KBCS