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Summer Fund Drive Progress

The on-air portion of our fund drive is over, but you can still help KBCS reach its goal by donating before June 30th. Please make a gift in support of your favorite KBCS programs today, and thank you in advance!

$65,000 Goal


Drive ends: June 30, 2024

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Join KBCS at the 53rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

NOrthwest Folklife Promotional PosterJoin KBCS at the Northwest Folklife Festival, May 24 – 27 at Seattle Center. We are proud to be part of the Folklife Festival again this year and will be sponsoring the Fisher Green stage. 

We’ll have a table next to the stage and hope that you’ll come by and say hello and pick up some swag. Most of all, we hope you’ll spend some time at the Fisher Green stage with us listening to this year’s amazing line-up of musicians. 

This year the Fisher Green stage will host a wide variety of musical styles including Folk, Celtic, Blues, Taiko drumming, and much more. For a full look at the artists that will be at the Fisher Green stage and others at the Folklife Festival, check out the festival schedule here. The festival is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged to ensure that the festival can continue for years to come. 

The Northwest Folklife Festival is a longstanding tradition in Seattle and an opportunity to discover new types of music, learn about other cultures, and come together with others in our community. Please join KBCS at the festival and can’t wait to see you there!

KBCS is Hiring

KBCS is hiring two part-time positions. A Broadcast Reporter/Producer and Morning Board Operator/Announcer. If you or someone you may know think you may be a good fit, apply today.


May brings more blossoms to KBCS!!

Thanks again for all your support to listener supported, 91.3 KBCS HD-1. 

KBCS Blossoms

Blossoming Programs at KBCS

This month we have been introducing some new public affairs, educational, informational and news programming to our airwaves.  Be sure to check in with these programs live or from the program page archives. These programs blossom to our KBCS line up on 4am and 5am Monday through Friday. 

KBCS 4am

KBCS 4am programs

Series Three: 4am Program updates

MondaySojourner Truth – Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all. We draw out how those of us most impacted – women, communities of color and other communities are responding. We also discuss the inter-relationship between art and politics

Tuesday –  CodePink – CODEPINK Radio is an energizing program focused on ending wars and militarism, and building a peace economy. Listen weekly to robust conversation and inspiration from grassroots peacemakers in places like Korea, Yemen, Venezuela and Iran, peacemakers in our nation’s capital who are confronting warhawks in the White House and in Congress, and peacemakers in our communities who are modeling the actions of what a world of peace can look like.

Wednesday –  Living On Earth – Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by PRX. Living on Earth shares news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.

Thursday –  With Good Reason – Scholars explore the worlds of literature, science, the arts, politics, history, and business through lively discussion with host Sarah McConnell. From reparations and global warming, to the unique worlds of comic books and wine-making, With Good Reason is always surprising, challenging and fun.

Friday –  Aging Matters – Launched in 2017, AGING MATTERS features individuals with expertise about a broad array of aging related topics. The programs focus is to bring more awareness about aging issues to older adults and their families. Produced in an interview format, guests educate and inform listeners about timely topics that impact the lives of older adults, their care partners, and families.

KBCS 5am programs

KBCS 5am programs

Series Four: 5am Program updates

MondayFirst Voices Radio – since 1992, “First Voices Radio” has been exploring global topics and issues of critical importance to the preservation and protection of Mother Earth presented in the voices and from the perspective of the original peoples of the world.  Hosted by Tiokasin Ghosthorse (LAKOTA)

Tuesday – 5am: This Way Out, the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, featuring a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the queer community (NewsWrap), in-depth coverage of major events, interviews with key queer figures, plus music, literature, entertainment — all the information and culture of a community on the move!

– 5:30am: WINGS: Womens International News Gathering Service, has been covering the global women’s movement and related issues for community radio worldwide. “Raising Women’s Voices through Radio Worldwide” since 1986

Wednesday – EcoJustice RadioEcoJustice Radio is a weekly program that presents environmental and climate stories from a social justice frame, featuring voices not necessarily heard on mainstream media, co-hosted by Jessica Aldridge and Carry Kim. We investigate solutions for social, environmental, and climate issues with an eye to advance human health, steward wild landscapes, and solve the climate crisis across the USA and the world. It is a project of the nonprofit environmental organization, SoCal 350 Media, based in Los Angeles.

Thursday – 5am: Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. – Ordinary people talk about how public policy affects their daily lives, families and communities, and share positive ways to solve problems.

– 5:30am: Between the Lines presents timely, in-depth analysis featuring progressive perspectives on national and international political, economic and social issues. Includes a five-minute summary of some of the week’s under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press and other sources.  Three in-depth interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.

FridaysPossible envisions a future where everything goes right for humanity. Hosted by Reid Hoffman and Aria Finger, the broadcast features interviews with visionaries from various fields like climate science and criminal justice. Guests like Trevor Noah and Sam Altman share their insights. A unique aspect is the inclusion of GPT-4, OpenAI’s most advanced AI, providing speculative stories that spark discussions on a hopeful future. Through technology and collective action, Possible explores how we might achieve an ideal world.


Thanks again for all of your support and involvement bringing KBCS into our world, sharing these programs and so much more with others in our community.   You can make a financial contribution at our DONATE page!  Thank you again for 50 years of listener supported community radio.

Questions and comments please send an email to: 

Thank you again and take care.

Sincerely,  Gregory D’Elia – KBCS Operations & Traffic Manager and Assistant Program Director


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KBCS blossoms additional programs!

Spring brings with it fresh beginnings, and KBCS is thrilled to introducing a few new series of educational and cultural programs chosen to inform, educate, and offer a more structured forum for a debate of the prominent issues and topics of the day. 

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KBCS Springs New Programs

Series One: began a few weeks ago adding programs to the 12 noon to 1pm schedule:

Mondays – Philosophy Talk, a program that challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. 

Tuesday – The Commonwealth Club of California. For over 90 years, one of the largest and oldest public affairs forums in America, presenting distinguished speakers sharing their experiences and ideas in a nonpartisan forum that strives to bring more balanced viewpoints and a serious commitment to “stick to the facts.” 

Wednesday – The City Arts & Lectures Series, features leading figures in the world of arts and ideas in literature, criticism, science, and the performing arts. 

Thursday – Open to Debate, seeks to restore balance to the public square through expert moderation, good-faith arguments, and reasoned analysis on topics of science, technology, politics, culture, and global affairs. 

Fridays – rounds off the week with Travel with Rick Steves.  A cultural program hosted by Pacific Northwest’s Rick Steves, featuring great conversations with special guests and travel experts. 

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KBCS Noon programming

Series Two: this week KBCS set 7am programs with a repositioning and reinvigorating these programs: 

Monday – Alternative Radio – established in 1986, this award-winning weekly one-hour public affairs program provides information, analyses, and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in corporate media. Hosted by David Barsamian.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Hard Knock Radio – a drive-time Hip-Hop talk show produced in the Bay Area hosted by Davey D and Anita Johnson.

Friday – Yes! presents: Rising Up with Sonali – a weekly program, broadcasting an antidote to the doom and gloom of mainstream news, lifting up solutions that bring us closer to economic, racial, gender, and environmental justice.  Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

KBCS 7am

KBCS 7am programming


Series Three: KBCS updates and introduces new programs for 5am and 4am!

Thanks again for all of your support and involvement bringing KBCS into our world, sharing these programs and so much more with others in our community.   You can make a financial contribution at our DONATE page!  Thank you again for 50 years of listener supported community radio.


Questions and comments please send an email to: 

Thank you again and take care.

Sincerely,  Gregory D’Elia – KBCS Operations & Traffic Manager and Assistant Program Director

Message from the GM – March 2024

Dear KBCS Listeners and Listener Supporters

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the ability to adapt and embrace change is not just beneficial—it is essential. As we navigate through these dynamic and tumultuous times, it is crucial to recognize that change is not merely a disruption but rather seizing an opportunity for sustained growth and innovation.

Here are a few reasons why embracing change is necessary in the workplace:

  1. Stay Competitive and True to our Mission: Nonprofit, educational radio stations are evolving, driven, in large part, by rapid technological advancements and changing times. College radio stations like KBCS must be willing to adapt to new strategies and best practices made possible by advanced technology to further our educational commitment and stay true to our college’s community outreach mission.
  2. Foster Innovation: Change encourages creativity and innovation. By embracing innovative ideas and novel approaches to broadcasting, we create an environment where innovation can thrive while increasing our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by building the opportunity for a remote workplace infrastructure with fewer physical barriers to participation.
  3. Enhance Sustainability: Change is inevitable, and radio stations like KBCS that can adapt quickly are better equipped to weather challenges and uncertainties. By fostering a pro-growth and innovative culture that embraces change, we cultivate resilience and agility, enabling us to overcome obstacles and emerge stronger than before.
  4. Cultivate Learning and Development: Embracing change requires continuous learning and development. It encourages our staff, students, and community volunteers to acquire new skills, expand their knowledge base, and embrace lifelong learning. This not only benefits individuals but also strengthens the organization as a whole.
  5. Increase our Operating Efficiencies: Staying abreast of new advances in automation and other time-saving broadcast software and hardware allows us to do more with less while providing a greater work-life balance for our small paid professional staff. Increased efficiencies mean that we can spend more time instructing and training more students and community volunteers. As we embark on the next phase of this critical journey of growth and transformation, our goal is to embrace change as an opportunity to innovate, evolve, and provide a model of greater inclusion. Let us embrace change not as a challenge, but as a catalyst for progress and expanding our educational outreach to our listeners and supporters across the greater Puget Sound and online everywhere.

Remember, technological change is not something to fear—it is something to embrace.

Best regards,

Dana Lee Buckingham
KBCS General Manager and Executive News Producer of World News Radio KBCS HD2
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KBCS Feature Programs: Women’s History

As Spring is upon us there are many changes and budding blossoms as the season shifts. KBCS also is going through some changes.  Please check out our KBCS Spring News post for more info and updates, programming changes and opportunities open to represent more communities and voices.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, KBCS scheduled some feature programs for broadcast during our 7am morning educational, information and news programming hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Our Body Politic stays scheduled on Mondays at 7am and Wednesdays at 5am until the end of the month.  Their poignant and professionally produced program is unfortunately going on hiatus. We hope Our Body Politic is back in production soon and we can add them to our schedule again.  Yes! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali remains scheduled on Fridays at 7am.  

Listener contributions assist KBCS in supporting many producers, studios and program resources. These resources provide more for our listeners.  Please tune in to some of these feature programs for this month or connect to the audio in our archives or links below. Links in this message go direct to the audio if you miss the live broadcast or access to the KBCS audio archives. Please support KBCS by making a financial contribution clicking the DONATE button at the top of our webpage.  Thank you so much for your support.

Below is the line-up for 7am, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays thru March.  Previous program dates are available on the 7am KBCS Features program page:  


Tuesday – March 12th

7am – News Letters on the Air – Black Women Writers in History

7:30am – Modern Language Association – What’s the Word? Women Public Intellectuals

Wednesday – March 13th

7am – The Kitchen Sisters – Buildings Speak: Stories of Pioneering Women Architects

Thursday – March 14th

7am – Popaganda – A Brief History of Women in Comics

7:30am – Modern Language Association – What’s the Word? Women Warriors


KBCS Spring Fund drive Week!  – Please contribute with a financial donation

Tuesday – March 19th

7am – The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women

– HERO Training Africa’s New Female Leaders —

Wednesday – March 20th

7am –  New Letters On Air – Isabel Wilkerson – Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

7:30am – Making Contact – Black Women in History

Thursday – March 21st

7am- The Kitchen Sisters – House/Full of Black Women


Last week of the month –

Tuesday – March 26th

7am – Camino Real Productions, LLC – Margaret Sanger – Woman Rebel

Wednesday – March 27th

7am – I Spy: Real Life Spy Stories featuring Joanna Mendez, CIA’s Former Head of Disguise and Amaryllis Fox, former undercover agent

Thursday – March 28th

7am – Let’s Talk About Race: International Women’s Day is Every Day


Additional segments during the day are from:

SLB Radio – Women’s History Month

WDSE – Women’s History Month series


I hope these featured programs add to the education of our collective history and the celebration of Women’s History Month.  Please continue to share beyond this month.  KBCS strives to do more to represent more communities. 


Thank you again for your support.


Sincerely – Gregory D’Elia, KBCS Operations Manager


Interfaith Environmental Advocacy

Reverend AC Churchill is the Executive Director at Earth Ministry Washington Interfaith Power and Light. The Ministry helps religious communities advocate for strong environmental policies and provides strategic guidance to religious communities working toward environmental justice.

Churchill talks about how they came into the world of interfaith environmental advocacy and lessons they’ve learned through their work.

Producers: Lucy Braginski and Yuko Kodama

Photo: AC Churchill

The Women’s Liberation Movement in Seattle

The Seattle area has a particularly distinctive feminist history. Dr. Barbara Winslow, Professor emerita at Brooklyn College, Founder of the Shirley Chisholm Project and author of Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change came out with the book Revolutionary Feminists: The Women’s Liberation Movement in Seattle last year. She describes why Seattle’s feminist activism is unique and highlights some key moments, including a story Fannie Lou Hamer shared in Seattle about her own experience with reproductive rights.

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Portion of book cover – Revolutionary Feminists: The Women’s Liberation Movement in Seattle

Vashon Green School

Here’s a highlight of Vashon Green School, a K-5 school, founded by educator, activist, photojournalist and farmer, Dana Schuerholz on Vashon Island’s seedbees farm.  

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photos: Yuko Kodama