KBOO doesn't just broadcast the news -- KBOO gets in the news too.
Here are a few things that have surfaced in the last month.
And you can check out past news as well.
The delivery comes a few minutes into the show: green plant matter, stuffed into an old bread baggie. Finally, it seems, KBOO’s weekly Grateful Dead and Friends show is about to get truckin’.
Except the baggie contains garlic scapes, tender stalks trimmed so the pungent plants can put their power into building bigger bulbs. “They won’t turn you on,” jokes the woman who hands them to host Andrew Geller. Geller doesn’t seem to mind—he’s got his hands full, reading from a meticulously researched and liberally highlighted script as he explains the context of each track from a little-known Bay Area band called the Great Society.
Today I appeared on KBOO's Art Focus with host Eva Lake, Jane Kate Wood and Stephen Slappe. It's a continuation of the Hot Haus discussion and my developing Priming the Cultural Pump essay. It was interesting, similar yet different and a lot shorter... with some new talking points that developed in the wake of the first discussion. I'll be working on the essay for another few days then I plan to put the heuristic discussion to bed... so I can get back to the nitty gritty that is criticism. Overall, a good Summer discussion to have before the second half of the year begins in earnest like it does every year in August.
I was a guest on Eva Lake’s radio show on this morning. We talked about Portland’s strengths and weaknesses as an art community in light of the national and international attention the city has received in recent years. The conversation is less about aesthetics (esp. from my mic) and more concerned with fostering a supportive ecosystem— grants for alternative venues such as Appendix, Recess, and 12128, affordable close-in live/work spaces, group HEALTHCARE plan for freelancers of all stripes.
Photographer, Bobby Abrahamson, bought a house in St. Johns just over a year ago, but his making of portraits using 5×7 Polaroid film preceded his move into the neighbourhood. North Portland Polaroids is a gentle homage to the photographer’s immediate surroundings and supports the theory that one needn’t travel the earth to make interesting photography.
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director Carmen Merlo and Neighborhood Emergency Team leader Ethan Jewett recently appeared on the KBOO Bike Show to discuss the role bicycles play in emergency preparedness and response.
Elson was recently interviewed on KBOO Community Radio based in Portland, OR on the program “Healthwatch” to discuss the benefits of fasting, juice-cleansing, and other detoxifcation diets mentioned in The Detox Diet.
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In a tribute (Patricia Lenzi) wrote about her uncle and shared with Indian Country Today Media Network, Lenzi said that Talley volunteered at KBOO. When asked why he refused to get paid, he replied, “People say, ‘Well, why do you do that for no money?’ And I say, ‘Because people need the communications. They need the service.’ And that’s my gift to the community.”
Talley used his show to tell news from Indian Country and to promote Native American musicians, authors, artists and causes, according to the obituary. He mentored other American Indians, who learned from him how to host a radio show.
At the time of his 25th anniversary on the radio, Talley was interviewed by Indian Country Today, the predecessor of ICTMN. Talley talked during the show about realizing what his show had meant in Indian country, how “through a different kind of activism,” he had helped Native people get involved in political campaigns, education and economics, the story said, as well as “helped Native artists sell their work, Native writers sell their books and Native musicians promote their music.”
[In 1998] I made sure to contact KBOO and let them know I was in town. John Talley told me to come on down and they would put me on the airwaves. Boy, did they! I brought my guitar and performed acoustic versions of songs like “Navajo Radio” and “Indian Bones.” John had a young co-host with him at the time, Spider Moccasin aka Marcus Moseley. We all got on like a house on fire. There was much laughter, heartfelt stories and great music every time we got together.
The last time I saw John, he was definitely slowing down. He told me that he was okay with that…and that he had lived a full life. I had to marvel at his journey. He was a great storyteller and always had lots of plans and ambitions to remind folks that Native people are still here.
Friends of John Talley, longtime host of the "Indian World" program on KBOO-FM, will gather Friday in Portland to remember his life. Members of his family, who found him late in his life, will be there, too.
"I'm honored that we got to know him," said Patricia Lenzi, a niece who lives in Nevada. A single man living in Portland, he was thrilled to be found by his far-flung family, she said. "We were just as thrilled to find him." ...
Lenzi said family members learned of his existence in 2006, when he was about 75. With the help of Google, Lenzi said they tracked him to KBOO, where he had worked since the 1970s. They called him at the radio station and asked him his mother's name. It matched.
Since I was kid, Saturdays in my house have been accompanied by bluegrass in the morning and the Grateful Dead in the afternoon, courtesy of KBOO, one of Portland's great community radio stations.
In a city that makes the New York Times' travel section every two months for its food and bike scenes, it's comforting to me as an old-school Portlander that this sort of "uncool" programming still dominates KBOO on Saturdays. Of course, I like both bluegrass and Dead music—but what I especially value is the feeling of connectedness I get from listening to our local stations, which have programs dedicated to just about every kind of music and talk.
Nearly two months after Occupy Wall Street set up camp in Lower Manhattan, the New York Times public editor wrote about the challenge presented by the movement’s “difficult, sprawling story.” To journalists, editors and readers he asked, “How should the New York Times cover this movement that resembles no other in memory?”
While the Times was scratching its head, KBOO Radio in Portland, Oregon was several weeks into a reporting experiment. When activists established Portland’s occupation in early October, producers at the volunteer-driven community station decided that the best way to cover the movement was from the inside—to occupy Occupy.
Hi all -
KBOO's community got a couple nice pieces of press lately.
In case you missed it: Outside In's films from Portland homeless youth available online, February 1, 2012 in the Oregonian - with this mention:
This month, Guerilla Theatre will collaborate with KBOO Community Radio to host an internship where youth will produce radio shows about important topics to educate their peers.
April 13, 2011, 5:32PM
The community radio show features a visit to Mayor Sam Adams' office to help promote the Stumptown Comics Fest. Full story »
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