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    Article in Chinook Observer about KMUNies. ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2009
      Article in Chinook Observer about KMUNies.

      >>> 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
      >> programmer.
      >> 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
      >> genres.
      >> "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
      >> together."
      >> 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
      >> experience."
      >> 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
      >> relationships.
      >> "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.
      >> http://www.chinookobserver.com

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