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.