KAFM Radio Daze set for Saturday at Grand Junction’s Edgewater Brewery
WHAT: KAFM’s Radio Daze
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 9, 3-9 p.m.
WHERE: Edgewater Brewery’s lawn, 905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction
COST: Admission is free; buy beer & raffle tickets to support KAFM
WHAT IS KAFM?
According to KAFM’s website, “In 1992, a small group of dedicated and civic-minded citizens sat down to discuss the possibility of creating a locally owned, operated, and programmed community radio station in Grand Junction. Seven years later, the station made its first broadcast.”
Fast forward to present day, KAFM offers community-driven radio programming spanning music, culture, the arts and home-grown news. Starting in 2008, it also became a radio station powered by solar power.
It’s currently the only community based radio station in Grand Junction, relying on a volunteer base of approximately 150 locals, along with a small staff. It operates as a nonprofit organization.
Support Grand Junction’s KAFM 88.1 Community Radio at the seventh annual Radio Daze fundraiser party on Saturday, Aug. 9. Festivities are scheduled from 3-9 p.m. on Edgewater Brewery’s lawn (905 Struthers Ave., GJ). Admission to the afternoon event is free. Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s specially brewed 300 Watt Ale costs $3 a pint.
“We are celebrating 15 years of being on air in Grand Valley,” KAFM spokesman Cash Kiser said. “This event keeps the lights on over our head and keeps KAFM on the airwaves.”
Live music includes Bicycle Annie, We Speak Imaginese, Drop Top Lincoln, Lainey’s May, and Freeway Revival. A 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible SLE V6 with 60,000 miles will also be raffled for $20 a ticket. All proceeds from the car raffle and the 300 Watt Ale will benefit KAFM.
“The 300 Watt Ale is similar in style to a German Kolsch,” Kannah Creek spokeswoman Katlin Birdsall said. “It is crisp with a light body and just a hint of hops. It is a perfect beer for sipping on a hot summer day while listening to music.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, though some seating will be provided by Edgewater.
According to Kiser, Radio Daze is moving over to Kannah Creek’s new riverfront location to accommodate a larger crowd.
“In previous years, we’ve been packed to the gills at Kannah’s 12th Street location,” Kiser said. “This year we’re taking advantage of the new grounds, and Radio Daze will be mostly outdoors.”
Last year’s car raffle sold 771 tickets, raising about $15,500 for KAFM, he added, along with several hundred pints of 300 Watt Ale. This year, event organizers hope to do even better.
Radio Daze has been the result of a partnership between KAFM and Kannah Creek since the event’s inception seven years ago.
“We think it is awesome that our community is able to support a community radio station,” Birdsall said. “ KAFM is one of less than 200 [community supported stations] in the country.”
For more information about KAFM, including volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.kafm.org.
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