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A Message From Our GM – Dana Buckingham

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

May 26, 2022 - 10:12 am

With just a little over a month remaining in this fiscal year we are spending a lot of time these days on budgeting priorities for the next fiscal year while balancing the books on this fiscal year. This marks the second consecutive year of ending the fiscal year with a balanced budget without the need for additional college support.

Fiscal solvency is critical to our survival as an independent nonprofit community radio station. Even during the years with a robust national economy, raising all the funding that we need to operate KBCS in the black takes a lot of coordinated effort, dogged determination, and sacrifices. Our fundraising efforts become even more difficult when faced with economic uncertainties brought on by rising inflation, a volatile stock market, and national midterm election in a heavily polarized and volatile political environment.

I don’t have crystal ball to predict how these unsettling economic and political uncertainties will impact our fundraising over the next fiscal year, but it is my job to plan for the worst-case scenario and hope for the best. What I do know is that there is a great deal of community support for our long democratic tradition of providing community-based programing that extends across all social, political, and economic demographics. I also know that our listeners and supporters across the Puget Sound region and online around the world, understand how nonprofit radio works.

During the uncertain economic times that lie ahead we need those who can afford to give a little more to step forward to help offset those who may not be able to donate at the same giving level as they normally do.

For our part, you can count on us to trim our expenses to live within our means and find new ways to run a leaner and more efficient operation without sacrificing the unique character and quality of our community-based programming. Our goal is to do more with less through the implementation of advanced broadcast technologies that we invested in last year thanks to a generous infrastructure grant through the American Recovery Act plan.

We will also focus our efforts in the new fiscal year on adding even more diversity to our community-based programming by actively recruiting new community volunteers to produce and host original and creative programming that informs, educates, and entertains as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary in 2023 of fifty years of broadcasting here in our beautiful corner of the world.

Thank you for your continued support of Community Radio KBCS.

Dana Lee Buckingham

General Manager and Proud Sustaining Contributor to Community Radio KBCS