TUNE INTO THIS: On the air & on the page, KAFM kicks off weekly column | PostIndependent.com

TUNE INTO THIS: On the air & on the page, KAFM kicks off weekly column

KAFM 88.1 Community Radio is thrilled to kick off a weekly column bringing to the printed page the same diversity of voices and approach to music, bands and musicians that defines our on-air sound.

Variety barely begins to describe the wide-open format you hear every day on KAFM, including blues, world, jazz, ska, bluegrass, Americana, neo-soul, indie, urban, Latin and hip hop, spanning decades from the ’20s right up to through today … often all in the same three-hour show! That’s the beauty of local, independent radio, served up by volunteer programmers with no agenda other than to bring their expertise, passion, and their musical journey to our listeners.

As the industry debates the relevance of terrestrial radio in the age of satellite, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, etc., one thing becomes clear every day as I walk into the station: Real radio played by real people connects us in a way that nothing else does. While automated music programs feed you what it thinks you like (and what the industry hopes you will buy,) only real, independent radio introduces you to artists you may never have found, but now find you can’t live without.

Only local, independent, volunteer programmers can bring you an emerging artist they believe in, purely out of love of music and musicians, or introduce you to a local or regional band of true talent. Only real people behind the mic can give you the history of a genre, artist, band or track that shaped their life, changed their life, or in some cases, saved their life. And you find yourself right there with the same appreciation and wonder that only the discovery of music can bring.


• Why does music take us places like nothing else does? Uncle Karl will address this and more in “Musings on Music.”

• Hear a new artists on KAFM and want to know more? Lance will give you the back story and keep your playlist current with

“On Cue.”

• Veta Bluegrass will serve up history of the genre, hot new artists featured on her shows, and give you plenty of pickin’ to ponder in “Bluegrass & Beyond.”

• Local musician John Anglim and KAFM’s Harley Rider will “Broaden Your Bandwidth,” showcasing local and regional bands and musicians.

• And if you’ve ever wondered about the voices “Behind the Mic,” then stay tuned to learn about friends and neighbors who are giving their time and playing their passions here at KAFM.

So plan to stay “Tuned In with KAFM” weekly in the Free Press and in the meantime, keep it “left on the dial, right on the music,” 88.1 KAFM, the valley’s only local, independent community station.

Can’t wait to update your playlist? Check out our programmers’ playlists at kafmradio.org or new music on the blog at http://kafmmusic.blogspot.com.

Tedi Gillespie is the executive director at KAFM Community Radio. She often hosts local, community affairs programs and occasionally subs music variety programs.

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