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Summer 2022 Fund Drive Ticket Giveaway

Our Spring Fund Drive is underway here at KBCS. When you donate now, you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of concert tickets every half hour from 1pm to 4pm. 

KBCS is listener supported, and individual contributions make up 85% of our operating budget. While there’s no donation required to get entered into the drawing (Drawing Entry Only Form), we hope you’ll take a moment to support the music you count on from KBCS!

You can read our full contest rules here.

Juneteenth: Important Historical Details

After much discussion, Congress passed legislation to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. President Joe Biden signed the bill on June 17, 2021.

This KBCS audio excerpt explores important details about Juneteenth and what happened on June 19, 1865.

KBCS’s Kevin Henry speaks with Kwami Abdul-Bey a Co-convener of the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and a Trustee of the Arkansas Historical Association.

Behind the Lens at the Nation’s Capitol: January 6 2021

Since 2015, local photographer, Nate Gowdy has been working on a personal project to document the Trump era’s political campaigns and culture.  On January 6, 2021, he was in Washington DC to document the atmosphere around the Congressional confirmation of electoral votes for Rolling Stone.  The day was interrupted by a mob attack on the country’s capitol building.  Gowdy shared his experiences with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama within a week after the event.

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KBCS Bids a Fond Farewell to Larry Lewin

For over three decades, KBCS DJ, Larry Lewin, chronicled a history of recorded folk music. Each week was a fresh page. Now the book is complete. On May 28th, Larry will step aside from Our Saturday Tradition, the Saturday morning folk music program he has hosted since 1988.

“Larry is exactly as you hear him, genuine, humble, warm—devoted to the music and the craft. He never misses an opportunity to learn and grow or to contribute toward the greater good. It’s difficult to imagine KBCS without his gentle, steadfast presence.” – Patrick Whalen, KBCS Program Director

A native New Jersey, Larry moved to Seattle in his 20s and embarked on a long career as a Boeing engineer, where he was involved in developing state-of-the-art fighter jets.

Drawn to KBCS by his long time interest in folk music he soon earned a slot on air. KBCS listeners have spent many a Saturday morning with Larry, his forthright and enthusiastic presence a reliable touchstone.

“It is bittersweet to see Larry move on. His work over the last 30-plus years provided us all with solace, comfort and enjoyment. He epitomizes the best of the Seattle folk scene and the values of Northwest Folklife. Thank you, Larry!” – Benjamin Hunter; musician, Creative Cultural Advocate, Artistic Director of Northwest Folklife.

Behind the scenes, Larry devoted countless hours to preparation, dutifully listening to every new release, taking careful notes, and scouring the vast KBCS folk CD library for songs living deep in his memory. There is a hand-written playlist for every show, filed carefully within an ever-growing set of three ring binders.

“Larry’s dedication is unsurpassed, especially when entering the brave new world of producing remote radio during the pandemic. With over three decades of hosting folk shows on KBCS, he is a trove of knowledge of all kinds of folk music. But putting together a good show takes so much more than just knowledge alone; it’s Larry’s taste in carefully choosing selections that made his shows filled with ‘sweet sounds.’”  Thank you, Larry, for all your years of bringing us great music!” – Jean Geiger, KBCS Folksounds host/producer

Please join us in celebrating Larry Lewin.

Notes of appreciation may be sent to dj@kbcs.fm or KBCS, ATTN Larry Lewin, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue WA 98007

KBCS Welcomes New Intern – Zoe Embler

You might say public radio is in the Embler blood, once upon a time, Zoe’s father Robert Embler was a host and producer for Tennessee stations WDXN 54FM and WAMB 1160AM/98.7FM. Zoe listened to local NPR affiliate station WPLN 90.3FM at least once a day throughout her childhood and still tries to tune in when she can via the magic of online streaming.

KBCS GM Message – April 2022

Thank you to everyone who donated to true Community Radio KBCS during our Spring Fundraising campaign. This annual campaign was successful because of the generosity of listeners, like you, which comprises the largest and most important source of operating income for KBCS.  I am happy to report to you that we are still slightly ahead of where were last year at this same time, and last year was one of the best years ever for KBCS fundraising.

Other, larger noncommercial educational radio stations often have large endowments, robust institutional support, and deep pocketed corporate sponsors they can rely on in addition to listener support. But at the smaller independent stations like KBCS, listener donations are primarily responsible for keeping the lights on.

True community radio stations like KBCS help build stronger communities by providing a broadcast platform for everyday people and not just broadcast professionals to have a voice on the air.

At KBCS, over 80% of our programming is produced and hosted by local volunteers. Think about that for a minute. Local people sharing their passion for music and life here in our unique little corner of the world. That’s important and a hallmark of a thriving and more egalitarian democracy. I believe that the public airwaves belong to all of us and not just a privileged few. I’m sure most of you do too.

Community radio stations like KBCS often tell the difficult stories of marginalized people that are all too often ignored by the mainstream media. Independent community radio stations like KBCS, understand the need for a more enlightened and informed electorate and live by the belief expressed by President Thomas Jefferson that, “a nation that expects to be both ignorant and free…expects what never was and never will be.”

Again, thank you for your support of true community radio here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For nearly fifty years, regular donations from everyday people like you have kept this tradition of true community radio alive at KBCS. But remember we don’t only need your financial support we also need your moral support so help us spread the word and make sure our local elected officials know you support increased funding for independent noncommercial radio like KBCS.

In closing, I want to acknowledge two people at KBCS that have decided it’s time to move on. For the past 33 years Larry Lewin has hosted the popular folk music program, “Our Saturday Tradition” on KBCS. Although Larry officially retired from Boeing many years ago, he has now decided to retire from hosting his radio program on KBCS. Also, our popular late afternoon music host, Judy Lindsay, has completed her education at Bellevue College and is now moving on to pursue her passion for digital media and filmmaking. Both Larry and Judy will be sorely missed, and we all wish them the best of luck as they embark on a new stage of their life journey.

Dana Buckingham

General Manager and Proud Sustaining Contributor of Community Radio KBCS

Bellevue College Earth Week: Conversations about the Climate Crisis

Bellevue College is hosting a series of Earth Week events. One of them takes place this Saturday at (10 am to 12:30 pm). 

Bellevue College retired faculty member, Kent Short will discuss how climate change impacts local outdoor enthusiasts.  Then, Bellevue College Emerita Wendy Pickering will facilitate a discussion on how to talk constructively about climate change with our friends and loved ones. 

Bellevue College hosts Earth Week:  Below are events that students and the public can register for.

 

 

The Power of the BTS/ARMY Relationship

BTS, the South Korean music group has taken the global music scene by storm, breaking records in numbers of albums sold and spun, twitter follows, number of fans, sold out concerts and much more. 

Their influence has been noted by many, including governmental officials who have tried to suppress BTS’s reach and image in public. This story looks at who they are, their work and social reach in partnership with their fanbase, ARMY.

Reuters graph of BTS/ARMY fundraising for Black Lives Matter

Producer: Yuko Kodama – special thanks to Sam Sullivan, Christine Marasigan, Nancy Yang, Candace Epps-Robertson, Laura Mundt, Angela Young and Sherry Lynn Reynolds Anderson

Photo: Ashley[epidemic]

KBCS Stream

KBCS will be switching internet signal streams today.  KBCS online streaming may be intermittent for the next 24- 48 hours.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate all the support for our listeners and contributers.

Thank you 

-KBCS Operations Department

Update from the Southern US Border

 
Dulce Garcia, Executive Director at Border Angels gives us an update of Ukrainians and other migration patterns at the border.
 
Producer: Yuko Kodama
 
Photo: Dana Schuerholz