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KAFM TUNED IN: Help out your favorite local band; join a ‘street team’


Jill Cohn with special guest Will Whalen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at KAFM Radio Room

Ray Bonneville, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at KAFM Radio Room

“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play” … words that ring out this time of year, not only in local sports or for your favorite NFL team, but for your favorite band or even your favorite radio station; especially if that favorite radio station is KAFM. While I am not talking about you, Mr. Rec League softball player in baseball pants, I am talking about everyone else.

One of the best ways you can help out the local music scene, other than donating lots of money to your favorite band or radio station, consider being part of a street team. Not saying you work the corner for the band in the old-fashion way, but there are many things you can do to help out.

The first and most important way is by word of mouth; make sure you are loud and proud for your band or radio station. Tell a friend, tell all your friends, most local bands do not have the resources or forum to get the word out, you can be that person. In the age of social media it is easier than ever to help out, find your band on Facebook, Reverb Nation or other share sites. Share their events, posts, pictures or videos. This is a simple but effective way to help promote the music that you love.

Another option may be distributing posters and fliers. Contact your favorite band and ask. Not only will you become part of the “team,” some bands might even reward you for your efforts. But being a part of the team and seeing your favorite band succeed will probably be reward enough for everyone involved. Look for other ways to share events for the band(s), including community calendars like those at http://www.kafmradio.org at gjfreepress.com. Posting events on KAFM’s Facebook page is another great way to get important dates out there, and don’t forget KAFM’s Kitchen Sink, every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. This hour-long, community call-in show offers everyone the opportunity to call in and promote an event. And, as the title implies the Kitchen Sink is just that — if you are looking to sell, buy or borrow something, whatever the case may be, call 970-241-8801, ext. 1, during the noon hour and the great hosts of the “Sink” will get you on the air.

The Radio Room at KAFM is proud to host local, regional and national artists every month. KAFM is currently looking for street team members to help promote these great acts by distributing posters — perks include free and discounted tickets to concerts for your efforts. The station is always looking for volunteers to help staff Radio Room events, so call your favorite community-powered radio station, KAFM at 970-241-8801 and tell them: “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!”

It’s been a great couple of weeks for music in the Grand Valley. The recent first annual Monument Rally and Concert in Fruita featured The Hooten Hallers, The Yawpers out of Boulder (check these guys out!), Sour Diesel Trainwreck out of Arizona, and James and The Devil out of Denver — great stuff! The Grand Junction Off-Road race hosted downtown provided some great music with Jack + Jill, The Williams Brothers Band and Cracker.

Get out and support local music, your favorite bands and of course, KAFM. You can find us left on your dial and right on the music at 88.1 FM, http://www.kafmradio.org and at http://www.facebook.com/kafm.communityradio.

Boyd Franklin is The Harley Rider on KAFM every other Wednesday from 6 to 9 a.m., and hosts Broaden Your BANDwidth on the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact him at http://www.facebook.com/TheHarleyRider.

KAFM Tuned In is funded in part by the Gill Foundations Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a proud supporter of local programs like The Colorado School Safety Resource Center.

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