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Happy Pride!

KBCS Pride Month feature programs and weekly additions.

KBCS Pride

KBCS PRIDE Happy 50th Seattle

As Operations Manager, I was proud to schedule some feature LGBTQIA+ programs during our 4am timeslot on Wednesdays through JUNE.  Links to the show archives and the actual production pages are available for review and listening below. 

Featured programs on KBCS

WED – June 5th – A Different Kind of Coming Out: A ‘Nancy’ Pride Special

Coming out means taking a risk and sharing something deeply personal with another person. In this hour-long episode of Nancy, the critically acclaimed podcast about the queer experience, hosts Tobin Low and Kathy Tu bring you three stories about different kinds of coming out. We hear from two gay men of different generations about what it’s like to disclose their HIV status, a young woman who tracks down the queer role model she didn’t know she needed, and a young man trying to save his father’s life, even if it means a painful confrontation.


WED – June 12th – America Learn Your History: What Happened Before Stonewall

“America, Learn Your History” began as a popular Instagram series by composer and professor Bobby Wooten. Join us for our first radio special: Stonewall often gets credit for the beginning of the gay liberation movement. But there was an earlier riot, at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco, and it was started by a transwoman. Bobby’s guests include actor Tituss Burgess and historian Dr. Susan Stryker

WED – June 19th – Black, Queer & Free: Living at the intersection of Blackness and Queerness

Stories about the joys – and challenges- of living at the intersection of Blackness and Queerness

WED – June 26th – Beyond Stonewall: From Power to Pride

A conversation with Gary Bailey, Larry Kessler, Sue Katz, Michael Bronski, Stephanie Burt, and Maura Healey about the LGBTQ movement, looking back 50 years to the Stonewall Uprising.
 

THIS WAY OUT

Be sure to TUNE IN to the weekly broadcast of THIS WAY OUT – LGBTQ News and information Tuesdays at 5am. Excited to have this program in our regular line up for our listeners and the community.

LIVING ON EARTH
And tune in next week, we bring back Living On Earth Wednesdays at 4am on KBCS, the award-winning environmental news program delving into the leading issues affecting the world we inhabit. Hosted by Steve Curwood, Living On Earth.

My apologies, the follow-through on advance notice and marketing is not always timed effectively.  KBCS is planning and developi with the upcoming summer and new fiscal year to get ready for the Fall.  It is exciting and a challenge. 

Bellevue College has opportunities for job positions, a few at KBCSI Please check out BC Opportunities for more information. Thanks to all of our DJ Volunteers and student supporters and campus colleagues.

THANK YOU for all of your support.  KBCS is listener supported community radio. If you find value or inspiration in any of our programming, please activate on supporting KBCS today with a financial contribution. https://www.kbcs.fm/donate/

We are rounding the end of our fiscal year TODAY, June 30th. Help us reach our $65,000 goal by the end of this fiscal year.
Thank you again for your listenership and support.

Stay tuned for more from 91.3FM KBCS HD-1, a public service of Bellevue College

Stay proud, stay strong and take care.
– Gregory D’Elia, KBCS Operations Manager

KBCS Featured Program Playlists: 

 

 

Message From The GM – May 2024

Dear KBCS Supporters and Advocates

The past fiscal year has been an exciting year of change and renewal here at KBCS. We have invested a lot of time and effort in expanding and upgrading our digital broadcast platform offerings to keep abreast of the fast-changing digital technical offerings that are radically transforming broadcasting as we know it. While the technology is changing, our programming philosophy remains true to our educational outreach mission and our cherished tradition of community radio programming. All of this is made possible by the generous support of listeners like you.

  1. Building a stronger community and transforming lives through increased educational programming offerings:

    Your contributions this fiscal year have made it possible to expand our educational and cultural program offerings on KBCS. At a time when our most cherished traditions of democracy, free speech, and our personal freedoms are under attack by highly organized anti-democratic forces, a well informed and educated citizenry is critical to the preservation of our representative democracy. Our new noon hour program lineup now features professionally moderated debates on the major issues of the day as well as two cultural/educational programs on Philosophy and Travel.

  2. Celebrating the great diversity of life in our community through programming that highlights different cultural traditions through traditional folk music offerings:

    At the heart of everything we do at KBCS, is our strong belief in helping to build the power of community where our regions mellifluous array of cultural diversity is celebrated and adds to the colorful fabric of life here in the Pacific Northwest. Your ongoing support of our multicultural approach to our music programming strengthens the bonds that unite us through exposure to diverse cultures and traditions via the medium of song and dance music. Your donations make this diverse radio programming of music and life possible.
  1. Providing alternative programming though our HD2 digital on-air broadcast and online program stream. This expertly curated news and fine arts programming stream is designed to serve a more educated and intellectually curious audience that appreciates hard news that is based on evidence and facts and thoroughly fact checked for accuracy:

    World News Radio KBCS HD2 features the live 24-hour broadcast feed from London of the awarded winning and highly trusted BBC World Service as the base programming. This programming is augmented by other independent news and public affairs programs from journalists and producers around the world. Weekday evenings feature syndicated classical and chamber music offerings from some of the most prestigious symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles performing on the world stage today. Sunday evenings feature compelling contemporary and historical radio dramas from LA Theater Works.  You can now hear this unique programming streaming online at www.worldnewsradiokbcs.com  The generous support of informed listeners like you who appreciate our efforts to be more inclusive without the fear of an anti-intellectualism backlash make this great programing possible.

Looking Ahead:

As we embark on the journey that lies ahead, we are filled with gratitude for your unwavering commitment to our educational and cultural cause. Together we will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve, creating a brighter, more hopeful future for all.

Get Involved:

There are many ways to continue to support our long-time community broadcasting mission. Whether it’s volunteering your time, spreading the word about our unique programming, or making a generous donation to keep this fifty-year old dream alive, your involvement is vital to our ongoing mission. As this fiscal year winds down, please make as generous contribution to KBCS that you can afford to offset those donors who situations have changed and can no longer afford to contribute to KBCS during this difficult economic time of inflation and high gas prices. You can donate online anytime at www.kbcs.fm.

Thank you:

In closing, all of us at KBCS extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our cherished donors. Your generosity fuels our passion and drives our educational and cultural mission forward. Together, we are truly making a difference.

Warmest regards,

Dana Lee Buckingham
General Manager Community Radio KBCS
Executive Producer of World News Radio KBCS

KBCS Blossoms

KBCS Blossoms

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: listenercomment@kbcs.fm 

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. 

KBCS 12-1

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: listenercomment@kbcs.fm 

Thank you again and take care.

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

Message From the GM – April 2024

Embracing Sustainability: A Necessity in Managing Successful Noncommercial Educational Radio

Dana Lee Buckingham, General Manager KBCS Radio

Dear KBCS Listeners and Listener Supporters,

As I mentioned in my newsletter last month, the ability to adapt and embrace change is not just beneficial—it is essential for nonprofit radio stations like KBCS. The need to embrace change is also true when it comes to sustainability. Having worked for both commercial and noncommercial radio stations for many years, along with my work as a corporate operations specialist for a Fortune 500 company, I am very cognizant of the need to be adaptable, innovative, and resilient to change in a competitive and ever evolving marketplace. And that holds true regardless of whether the business model is a commercial or noncommercial business.

As the General Manager of a large market noncommercial educational radio station, the relentless pursuit of funding is always a top priority for me and crucial to our station’s long-term survivability. Traditional nonprofit radio fundraising initiatives are based primarily on free-will donations from our listeners, grant funding, and business underwriting. Donations from our listeners and supporters are by far the largest source of operating funds for KBCS. However, among the many challenges our donors face today, inflation, high gas prices, and high-interest rates all place an added burden on our traditional station fundraising. A large segment of our core KBCS audience is represented by the working class and retirees who live on a fixed income and many of them are especially impacted by the uncertain economy and a polarized political divide.

Pursuing new fundraising and revenue stream initiatives is often frustrating with our limited resources and our complicated reporting and budgeting infrastructure. However, it is essential that we continue to manage all our operations for continuous improvement to better serve our listeners, and the college, and to further our commitment to greater diversity and a relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. That is why new sustainability initiatives are so important to our success. What follows are updates on our current and planned sustainability goals and initiatives at KBCS that I want to share with you.

Launch new broadcast revenue streams aimed at serving a different audience demographic than our flagship KBCS-FM-HD1: Our new World News Radio KBCS HD2 on-air broadcast and online stream features the worlds most trusted news source, the award-winning BBC World Service, in a live satellite feed from London as the base programming. This all news and public affairs stream also features programs of independent broadcast journalism from respected news sources from across the country and around the world. During the weekday evenings listeners can sit back, relax, and enjoy the nations and the world’s leading symphony and chamber music ensembles weekly broadcast series. Our World News Radio KBCS program stream also features the acclaimed LA Theater Works on Sunday evenings, a program featuring contemporary stage and screen actors performing impactful radio dramas including new radio plays as well as new versions of the old-time classics in radio drama and new original radio drama adaptations of great literature. This program is designed to reach a completely different audience base of potential new donors to KBCS. Recently our World News Radio KBCS HD2 broadcast stream launched a new website featuring a live program stream online at www.worldnewsradiokbcs.com.

  • We are also making plans to launch another alternative revenue stream that we are calling Bulldog Radio KBCS HD3. This broadcast stream will seek partnerships on campus that focus exclusively on Bellevue College events and may include live campus-based debates, a visiting speakers’ series, special guest lecturers on campus, live broadcasts of college athletics and other college related events and community outreach initiatives.

These new broadcast streams will require targeted and unique fundraising initiatives and marketing campaigns with separate donation pages, unique branding and logo designs and focused donor premiums and merchandise offerings.

Digital Fundraising Opportunities: We must explore new ways of capitalizing on digital fundraising technology through peer-to-peer fundraising, new online donation platforms, and expanded social media fundraising opportunities. We will be hiring a new full-time “Director of Broadcast Automation and Digital Media Technology” who will provide leadership and technical expertise in expanding our digital fundraising footprint and more fully integrating our station automation to achieve greater operating efficiencies resulting in significant cost savings.

Major Gifts ad Planned Giving Initiatives:  We will be exploring new and proven strategies for securing major gifts and planned giving commitments from individual donors through donor prospecting, cultivation mixers, and a legacy giving program through our existing KBCS Future Fund Endowment

Financial Sustainability: In addition to adopting a new budgeting process, our efforts will be directed at better cash flow forecasting through an expanded emphasis on our monthly sustainer giving program.

Corporate Partnerships: Many corporations are open to corporate partnerships with strategic nonprofit partners. These partnerships can lead to mutually beneficial relationships and related marketing opportunities.

Increased Marketing Initiatives: Effective Marketing strategies are critical to the success of nonprofits like KBCS. These marketing strategies help identify potential new supporters and the great programming offerings that KBCS has to offer. People cannot support our cause if they do not know that we exist. An effective marketing strategy includes increased awareness, clear objectives, a comprehensive content strategy including social media, digital advertising, blog posts, as well as videos, compelling infographics, and more structured, personalized, relatable, and focused email campaigns.

Sustainability initiatives for nonprofits like KBCS, are essential for our future growth and development. For over fifty years, KBCS has served Bellevue College and our community with an eclectic mix of programming that informs, educates, and entertains. As a large market college radio station with a community radio programming format, we provide the rare opportunity for local citizens and not just professional broadcasters to produce and host their own radio programs across the greater Puget Sound.

This is true democracy in action and is only possible when we all work together despite our individual differences to order to achieve a greater good. KBCS is a shared cultural tradition here in the Pacific Northwest that features diverse programming serving a very culturally diverse audience. We see our mission as celebrating our differences. The more we all know about the station, the stronger our village becomes. Please join with me and the many thousands of listeners that support KBCS with a regular monthly sustaining donation to the station. You can set up your monthly donation online anytime at kbcs.fm.

Again, thank you for your moral and financial support for Community Radio KBCS. Help us spread the word and feel free to reach out to me with any comments, concerns, or questions that you may have at dana@kbcs.fm.

 

Dana Lee Buckingham

KBCS General Manager and Executive News Producer of World News Radio KBCS HD2

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Dana Buckingham KBCS GM

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
Heard online at www.worldnewsradiokbcs.com

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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