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Why supporting KGNU matters

Why supporting KGNU matters


Back in 1995, I started working at a paper in Boulder. I live in Erie, so my daily commute into the city was comprised of tuning into KGNU for the drive. I would listen to Democracy Now, BBC, How on Earth, John Lehndorff’s Nibbles program, and Brigett Mars would tell us about the herb life. It was a comfortable routine that made me feel like I was at home in the community. Like I belonged.

Beyond providing in-depth news stories that the mainstream media often misses, KGNU hosts programming that impacts our communities for the greater good. From Hemispheres to Indian Voices and the Labor Exchange, KGNU provides airtime for essential members of our society that are often overlooked in the bigger picture of the news cycles. Music programming is equally important as the volunteer DJs pick the music ranging from eclectic to bluegrass. 

I still recall hearing “Volunteer-Powered” on that drive, and today, 28 years later, KGNU is still Volunteer-Powered, non-commercial, and 100% dependent on community support. Since March 22, 1978, Boulderites and beyond have supported KGNU. 

Recently, they invited us to their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser, which in addition to being a total blast, was also a reflection of the people that made Boulder cool for the last 45 years. No venture capitalists, just everyday people who care about the environment, justice, and equality. 

While the event is over, fundraising is not. As a commercial-free community resource, they will always need our support, which we are happy to give it, in exchange for 28 years of listening power. 

Please visit their website and consider making a donation to this Boulder County institution. Check out their wish list and, while there, the amazing programming.




Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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