August 28, 2006 When I meet community radio activists these days, it’s exciting to see the leadership role of people from KBOO. For years, KBOO staff volunteers have been teaching others how to do great radio. Ayleen Crotty has been teaching fundraising workshops at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) conferences and at KMUN, Astoria, for example.
This year, we jumped to a new level by playing host to the 2006 NFCB conference. We had ten staff and dozens of volunteers in attendance and workshop leaders including Ms. Crotty, John Severn, Kathleen Stephenson and Julie Sabatier. We set up a KBOO open house followed by a party at the Doug Fir (with KBOO’s DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid spinning disks and former Membership Coordinator Jana Daisy Ensign leading her belly dance troupe!). The Vice President of NFCB wrote: “So many conference goers remarked on how welcoming KBOO was, how great it was to have a Community Radio conference in a city with a strong Community Radio station, how much they enjoyed meeting/working/talking with KBOO people…I never expected the kind of help and the amount of help I got from everyone, and I am grateful for every bit of it.” The event was, in Ms. Berson’s words, “a smashing success,” and KBOO was front and center.