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KBCS Year-End Campaign

Listener contributions are what make KBCS's unique and independent programming possible. Keep your favorite KBCS programs going strong by making a year-end, tax-deductible contribution today!

$215,000 Goal


Drive ends: December 31, 2021

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Enter for a Chance to Win Vinyl From Hi-Voltage Records

Hi-Voltage Records

September 23, 2021 - 11:14 am

Thanks to our partners over at Hi-Voltage Records in Tacoma, we’re giving away an LP every hour from 12-7pm today! Donate now and you’re automatically entered into all of today’s drawings including a vinyl box set grand prize. There’s no donation required to get entered into the drawing (see full contest rules). However, your support

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Win an Acoustic Guitar Package from KBCS

Guitar Package

September 22, 2021 - 10:12 am

The KBCS Fall Fund Drive is in full swing. Donate now to be entered for a chance to win an acoustic guitar package. We’re giving two guitars. The first guitar away at 4pm and the second at 7pm, so the sooner you get entered, the better your chances are to win!  There’s no donation required

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Black Families Navigating the School System

September 17, 2021 - 4:38 pm

Emijah Smith assists Black families in the region navigating the school systems.  Smith shares her own experiences in advocating for her loved ones and what led her on this path.

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Tractor Tavern to Match 10k in Listener Donations to KBCS

Tractor Tavern

September 9, 2021 - 11:35 pm

Thanks to Tractor Tavern in Ballard, every donation made to KBCS between 12-7pm on Friday, September 17th, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to 10k! Help KBCS get a strong start to its Fall Fund Drive by joining us on the 17th with your contribution, or make your donation early (Donate Here)!

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Juan Hood – Westlake Station

September 6, 2021 - 11:55 am


How do you bring humanity to your workday? Juan Hood, a 26 year King County Metro employee brought this spirit into his job when he worked as shop 2 custodian assigned to downtown Seattle’s Westlake Station at the time of this interview in 2020.  He describes the connection he makes with the commuters at the station.

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General Manager Updates September 2021

Dana Buckingham

September 3, 2021 - 1:05 pm

Managing a nonprofit college radio station can be an equally rewarding and challenging experience. From my first experience as a young “hair-on-fire” college student reporter in the mid 1970’s to my longtime experience as a station manager, I have weathered my share of campus intrigues, the existential threats posed by protracted economic downturns, and the

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Racialized Trauma

August 23, 2021 - 11:46 pm


Racial and inter-generational trauma can be destructive to the body, mind, and spirit. A person of color may wonder why they’re triggered when they watch racially-based, television stories,  see a police car in the rearview mirror or a Confederate flag on the back of a truck.  KBCS’s Kevin P. Henry interviews Estilla Lighfoot, who teaches courses on this topic at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Black Coffee Northwest

August 6, 2021 - 8:07 am

Empowerment and racial pride are paramount for the Black community. Despite centuries of oppression, many African Americans strive to start and maintain their own businesses to create personal and generational wealth. Black businesses such as barbershops and eateries, along with churches, have historically been safe social harbors for community members.

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Executive Director Beth Takekawa Retires From Wing Luke Museum

Beth Takekawa with Senator Patty Murray Beth Takekawa with Senator Patty Murray

July 30, 2021 - 1:30 pm


Beth Takekawa, the Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is retiring after 24 years of leadership.

Takekawa reflects on the importance of a museum where stories  are gathered and shared from the Asian Pacific American community’s perspective.

Thank you to the South Seattle Emerald for partnership on a print version of this story.

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Courtesy of Sharon Maeda

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Not Yo’ Butterfly – Nobuko Miyamoto

Not Yo Butterfly

July 22, 2021 - 3:14 am

Nobuko Miyamoto is an activist, music and dance artist, who found her political and artistic voice in the Asian American movement. As a child, she and her parents were incarcerated in the internment camps.  Later, she performed on Broadway and has since produced many creative works. Over the past few decades, Miyamoto has been facilitating workshops to encourage her community to tell their personal stories.  Listen to Miyamoto’s reflection of the past year and the importance of expressing your story.

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