KGNU Celebrates 40 Years of Making Waves

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From analog to digital, four generations of listeners embrace community radio

Boulder, Colo., Feb. 6, 2018 – KGNU is celebrating 2018 by honoring its beginnings and framing the future for the next generation of community radio fans. In celebration, KGNU is inviting the community to celebrate with a series of anniversary events and programming, including an exhibit and soirée at the new Museum of Boulder, and local presentation by Daniel Ellsberg, acclaimed activist and whistleblower of the Pentagon Papers now featured in the Hollywood film, The Post.

KGNU was a bold and brash idea in 1978, labeled by its founders, “A Desperate (or Last-Ditch) Attempt to Start a Radio Station.” Since its debut broadcast in Boulder on May 22, 1978, KGNU has proudly provided an ocean of diverse music and constant flow of news and public affairs to entertain and inform. In 2004, KGNU acquired 1390 AM and opened a Denver studio at 7th Avenue and Kalamath St. to better serve the metro area. Today, nearly 25-percent of KGNU’s programming originates from volunteer producers working at the Denver studio.

Radio is a pervasive medium, with ninety-one percent of Americans over the age of 12 tuning in every week. At KGNU, a small staff working with more than 300 volunteers produce, host, report, DJ, administer and govern the station, broadcasting 18-20 hours of locally produced programming each day. As a non-profit treasure, KGNU expands the conversational frontier by providing a service that reaches a local and global audience.

• KGNU features diverse, freeform music programs, including 35 music shows, two of which are syndicated programs
• KGNU airs in-depth local, national and international news program
• KGNU is committed to airing multicultural and philosophical programs
• KGNU spotlights city, state and national governance and civic life
• KGNU serves “underserved” audiences exposing listeners to society’s unheard voices
• KGNU offers hands on radio skills and nonprofit training opportunities for students and residents to engage with community radio
• KGNU provides emergency services including critical reporting during fires and floods

Looking to the future, the passage of Boulder’s Community, Culture and Safety Tax ballot measure in November 2017, sets in motion a KGNU capital campaign designed to raise $1.5M, with an equal amount to be matched by the City of Boulder. The money raised will allow KGNU to expand and upgrade its Boulder studio to create a regional media center that will serve an even larger demographic.
Since 1978 KGNU has reminded listeners that “YOU” are the “U” in KGNU. When you support community radio we can support local artists, musicians, and cultural activities, and continue the lifeline of knowledge the Front Range has come to depend on.

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