Fwd: Chinook Observer Weekly Newspaper | Locals put community in KMUN
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>>> Locals put community in KMUN
>> PENINSULA - When Ilwaco resident Margarita Cullimore began
>> volunteering as an envelope-stuffer with KMUN radio five years ago
>> she had no intentions of ever becoming a deejay.
>> "In the beginning I never liked being on the air," admits
>> Cullimore, who hails from Mexico. "I was self-conscious because I
>> felt I needed a good voice, and I have an accent!"
>> But when the Astoria-based station was short staffed for a Latin
>> music program one Thanksgiving day, she offered to fill in - and
>> successfully completed the show using the only six Latin music CDs
>> she owned. Since then she's been hooked; she now owns around 2,000
>> Latin CDs and is one of many volunteers from around the region who
>> help keep the station tuned (pun intended). Rotating weeks with
>> Manuel Lerma, Cullimore's Latin music program entertains local
>> ears on Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
>> The programmer says she chooses to narrate her radio show in
>> English because, "Most of my listening audience is Anglo, and I
>> know that because I get the calls. And I know that Latin listeners
>> will be able to understand the words and the meaning of the song."
>> Some of Cullimore's music choices include Mexican, Puerto Rican,
>> Argentinian folk music, tango, Afro-Cuban and many more "from the
>> entire Latin world." In addition to the great music, she shares
>> the history of the music, the musician and the countries from
>> which the songs originate. She also enjoys discussing how Latin
>> music has evolved due to different cultural influences.
>> "Cuban music is particularly great music, most of Latin music
>> comes from Cuban music. The musicians are very well trained in
>> government sponsored conservatories ... but they live in poverty
>> and yet they are able take music to new boundaries."
>> "What I really enjoy is sharing the music and tidbits of
>> background that I have with the audience that I have, which is a
>> very loyal audience and it is rewarding to hear from them," she
>> says. "What I love about KMUN is that it's diverse programming,
>> it's a connection to information you'd never find here - BBC,
>> alternative radio, classical music ... It's a community effort to
>> be able to bring to us what is happening locally, it's a point of
>> connecting ... Listening to KMUN is really a unique experience,
>> because you have the input from the cultures - the local culture
>> and the local input."
>> Ocean Park couple Bob and Wilma Frankovich first hit the airwaves
>> three years ago when she was listening to the radio on her way to
>> a substitute teaching job and heard about KMUN's need for an opera
>> A two-time finalist in the Metropolitan opera semi-finals, Wilma
>> has also studied opera, held lead roles in operas and taught
>> junior high and high school vocal classes in Pullman and Moscow,
>> Idaho. Using many records from her own collection, Wilma's opera
>> program airs on the first, second and fourth Sundays of each month
>> from 9 a.m. to noon.
>> Classically trained in music, Bob taught band classes in the
>> Moscow-Pullman area for years. Upon arriving at KMUN, he hosted a
>> classic music program a few times each month and filled in for the
>> jazz program whenever he was needed. Now he hosts "Evening Jazz" -
>> featuring some hits from his own record collection - the second
>> and fourth Mondays of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
>> Wilma says volunteering at KMUN has brought their love for music
>> back into the forefront of both their lives, "We just love it!
>> It's like being reborn, here we were retired from it and now we're
>> back in it!"
>> Thanks to KMUN's live radio stream on their Web site, Wilma says
>> she has listeners from as far as Phoenix, Minnesota, Boston,
>> Manhattan and even Belgium.
>> "It's just so much fun," says Bob, who also plays the French horn
>> in an Astoria brass ensemble and North Oregon Coast Symphony.
>> "It's just like a big family over there. ... Most of all I'm doing
>> what I love and that is to share the music that I love with people
>> that share the same interests."
>> For the past two years, Ocean Park resident Lori Buckwalter has
>> been a volunteer programmer at KMUN. Prior to that, her voice
>> filled the airwaves as a programmer and reporter in Portland,
>> where she was also a voice in the political field.
>> Upon arriving at the coast, Buckwalter says she noticed that the
>> arts community contributed to the area, and felt KMUN provided an
>> outlet to discuss issues with openness to variety of types of
>> programming and people. Though she originally planned to do
>> documentary work, she actually became part of the "Women's Music"
>> Wednesday night program, where she plays music from a variety of
>> "It's an autobiographical picture of my love for the music and
>> what it means to me and how it provides a way to reach out,"
>> Buckwalter says of her show. "I like to include a part of me in
>> the program, and I like to push some boundaries - and push myself.
>> My musical tastes are progressive and evolutionary, I think we all
>> need to stretch our imaginations and appreciations ... It's a
>> therapeutic event for me, I hope people appreciate my music."
>> A musician, singer and songwriter, she says music has been an
>> important part of her life as a transgender woman. She "came out"
>> to her listeners during a recent show and says, "It was a good
>> experience and I got good feedback."
>> Buckwalter describes the radio station as "an amazing place to
>> meet people and make connections, and it allows me an avenue to be
>> creative on air. I feel like I'm really embraced and accepted by
>> the people there. I felt really confident and really supported by
>> station staff and the underwriters ... I feel like I have a place
>> there where I don't have to second-guess myself."
>> "It's a great way to keep the spirit and the community connection
>> alive for me," she adds. "It ties the North Coast community
>> Catch Buckwalter and her "Mistress Morphea" persona every third
>> Wednesday of the month on KMUN at 8:30 p.m.
>> Judith Altuda's love of old Hollywood is evident in her "Nighttime
>> Noir" program, which airs every Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to
>> midnight. Recording her weekly program from the comfort of her
>> Tokeland home, Altuda reads adult stories set in the '40s, '50s
>> and early '60s, to which she adds music clips from the appropriate
>> time period.
>> "I hate to say they're trashy - they're a bit on the tawdry side,"
>> she explains with a giggle. "Most of the stories are
>> autobiographical - not all of them, but most."
>> Altuda has volunteered with KMUN for one year and says the station
>> trained her to specifically produce her own show.
>> "I enjoy the freedom, the creative freedom, because I basically
>> gave them the proposal for this show and they gave me the training
>> I needed and they gave me free reign to pick the titles and
>> program them the way I want ... It's been a completely positive
>> Some of her tawdry titles include "Tab Hunter Confidential,"
>> Barbara Payton's "I Am Not Ashamed," Tenessee Williams' "The Roman
>> Spring of Mrs. Stone," the autobiography of Honey Bruce, and what
>> Altuda describes as "classic lesbian pulp fiction of the '50s to
>> '60s by various writers." This month her show is featuring stories
>> from "Dark Shadows," a gothic soap opera.
>> Wayne Downing's "In the Mood" big band show airs every Tuesday
>> from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with memorable tunes from greats like Louie
>> Armstrong and Billie Holiday.
>> Self-described as "a white kid who grew up in white suburbia,"
>> Downing's first KMUN program featured folk music. Now five years
>> later, he says his current program has been a learning experience
>> because he wasn't exposed to many of the artists he now enjoys.
>> "I like to tell people, 'There was music before rock and roll.'
>> Now I'm charged with a responsibility of passing this music onto
>> the next generation."
>> One of his favorite aspects of "In the Mood" is the fact that it
>> stirs up memories for his listeners - stories of wars, travels and
>> "I have lots of old lady friends out there," says the Ocean Park
>> resident. "The radio is a good friend to a lot of people around
>> here because they don't have a TV or cable. And the road from
>> South Bend to [the Peninsula] is very lonely, so you turn on the
>> radio and hear a comforting voice, and I wanted to be that
>> comforting voice. And I love the anonymity of it."
>> He also loves "the thrift shop hunt for a new record."
>> "It satisfies my creative urge," Downing says about his radio gig.
>> "We do our own programming, the programmers program their own
>> shows - not like other radio stations. I enjoy KMUN very much,
>> they are some very creative people ... And my gift of gab is
>> finally paying off!"
>> In addition to Cullimore, Downing, Altuda, Buckwalter and the
>> Frankoviches, KMUN has well over 100 volunteers to help prepare
>> and edit information for programmers and tackle many other behind
>> the scenes tasks.
>> Now in its 26th year of operation, KMUN is a Coast Community Radio
>> station that is locally funded with the help of membership
>> support, fundraisers, pledge drives and grants.
>> Along with the many choices of entertainment, the FM station has
>> also been instrumental in keeping their communities informed.
>> Serving Oregon's north coast and the southwest corner of
>> Washington, KMUN also provides headline news through National
>> Public Radio and British Broadcasting Corporation. Equipped with
>> generators, the station has become a reliable source during
>> windstorms and power outages.
>> KMUN plays an important role in the region through community
>> project participation, broadcasting community forums, and
>> collaborations with numerous issues, businesses and organizations.
>> Its public affairs program provides learning opportunities about
>> cultures, crafts, recipes, holidays and even issues addressed by
>> Senior Information and Assistance.
>> Whatever your listening pleasure, KMUN likely has something to
>> tickle your fancy - Scandinavian, Celtic, jazz, blues, Broadway,
>> country, reggae, classical or choral; not to mention political
>> commentary, bedtime stories, ship reports and "After Deadline"
>> with editors, publishers and reporters from local newspapers. Tune
>> in at 91.9 FM or log onto (www.coastradio.org) and see which
>> programs capture your attention.