TUNED IN: Thankful for nearly 15 years of KAFM | PostIndependent.com

TUNED IN: Thankful for nearly 15 years of KAFM

with The Harley Rider
“Broaden your BANDwidth”


Stray Grass in the Radio Room, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

KAFM Holiday Open House, Dec. 12, music by Steve Williams, KAFM Radio Room

It is the time of the year that turkeys get nervous, stretch pants become a good choice, and we turn our thoughts toward family, friends and football, and maybe more importantly, we are given a chance to reflect on what we are thankful for and look forward to the next year.

Here are some of the things I am thankful for, and as most, the top of my list is my family. Without their love and understanding, my life would be less complete. My wife and sons who make everything better, and their understanding when I get up at 4 in the morning every other week to go in to KAFM to do my show, throwing a hitch in everybody’s morning — I am thankful for you!

I am thankful for KAFM Community Radio; KAFM not only provides hundreds of hours of programming dedicated to local nonprofits, and provides not only the best music in the valley, it streams that music around the world via our website http://www.kafmradio.org. KAFM is volunteer-powered community radio, not programmed by a corporate office; it is music for the people, by the people. To those volunteers and staff that provide their passion, their time, their love of both community and music, I am thankful for you. Not only the voices and music provided by the on-air programmers, but to the music bureau that spends hours every week reviewing the new music we receive, to the volunteers that man the front desk, to those that help with member drives, to those that offer their talents in keeping the building and the grounds in shape, thank you all.

KAFM is not public radio; we are kept on the air by our members and our underwriters, and to those members and underwriters, I thank you. To the members that provide support to KAFM and to our programs, by listening, by giving, for reaching into your wallets and your heart to keep the community resource that KAFM is, on the air. To our underwriters, who have the vision to understand that supporting KAFM is more than just good for the community, it is good for their business and it helps inform the community of upcoming events, life-long learning events, business spotlights and more. Please say thank you to anyone or all of our underwriters, which is more than 165 businesses and organizations that understand what KAFM does for the community.

Thank you to all of the local and regional musicians and artists that have the courage, the talent, the drive to provide our community with great music. A special thanks to those artists that have shared their stories, their songs, and their talents on Broaden Your BANDwidth. We have had a great first year with Jack + Jill, Stray Grass, The Instigators, Thomasina Russell, Bobby Walker and Pete Langford, Gerry Goodman and Scotty Waters, Drop Top Lincoln, Preston Creed, Lowlands, Jason Charles Miller, Beth Williams, Susan Walton, Dennis Wanebo, Will Whalen, and The Tankerays!

Next year will be even bigger and better for KAFM and Broaden Your BANDwidth as KAFM turns 15 and we are going to celebrate. So stay tuned in to KAFM; we are just getting started.

The Harley Rider, aka Boyd Franklin, is the host of Broaden Your BANDwidth, the second Wednesday of every month 5:30-6:30 p.m. on KAFM, and on alternating Wednesday mornings 6-9 a.m. on 16 Watt Awakening. Contact him at http://www.facebook.com/TheHarleyRider.

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