From the Station Managers:
2020 for KBOO Community Radio was a year unlike any other for us, while at the same time echoed our 53 year history of serving our communities. One year ago, the station shut its doors to the public and to our own volunteers. A KBOO first. Behind-the-scenes, KBOO found new ways to run our operations remotely, while also continuing to bring locally focused, volunteer-powered radio to our listeners.
Public Affairs and News volunteers featured voices from communities to talk about critical information, social perspectives, and grassroots discussions. Music programmers brought us music that highlighted the gamut of emotions that was 2020 or sometimes took us away from it. Despite moments of collective anxiety and great community loss, KBOO was able to also have moments of success and joy as a community. It was a year that truly tested KBOO’s resolve and resilience.
Thanks to our supporters, KBOO was able to make it through the year in the black and saw a rise in membership and listenership. Thanks to our volunteers, staff, and board, KBOO was able to keep our airwaves going. For KBOO, 2020 was truly a year that exemplified what community can accomplish when working together.
-Celeste Carey & Jenna Yokoyama
Interim Station Co-Managers
Financials - Fiscal Year 2020
(Oct 1 2019 - Sept 31, 2020)
Net Income - $175,813 Net Asset Balance - $825,302
On-air and Online Engagement
Website avg monthly
Most visited page on kboo.fm
Hours of original
Health & Safety
KBOO closed the station to volunteers and non-essential staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Implemented in-station protocols regarding PPE, social distancing, cleaning, etc. per local and national guidelines
Year In Review
Closing the station and getting automated
Due to the rapid progression of COVID-19, KBOO made the emergency decision to close the station to all volunteering and non-essential personnel on March 13, 2020. KBOO’s daily operations were restructured to a remote work environment to allow staff to work from home. For the first time in KBOO’s history, we implemented remote automation of our airwaves, allowing our original programming to continue while prioritizing the health and safety of our volunteers and staff. This was, to say the least, and exhausting transition for all involved.
Volunteering from home
In 2020, KBOO’s 200+ on-air volunteers donated over 24,000 hours producing their original programming from home. New online classes offered training volunteers in setting up home studios and how to digitally edit audio. Volunteers assisted and mentored to help each other produce their programs. Our engineering team setup live remote broadcasting capabilities so volunteers could host their music programs live from their homes.
KBOO Music, Public Affairs, and News Programming
New original programs including Let’s Talk About Race, The Children’s Hour, Juneteenth Radio, Boogie Pachanguero, The Metal Margin, Oil for Kisses, Black as Folk, Spanish noon headlines
On the ground coverage of local protests, marches, and rallies
KBOO hosted free, public webinars for the first time, featuring experts and activists on topics like Jordan Cove LNG, U.S./Middle policy, and protest reporting for citizen journalists.
2020 Election Coverage highlights: Eudaly/Mapps debate hosted by KBOO; LIVE election night coverage; KBOO News’ Citizen Agenda Survey; broadcast of Oregon Urban League of Portland and Open Signal PDX’s Black Votes Matter: 2020 Candidate Forum; interviews with Commissioner Hardesty about police reform, and Secretary of State-elect Sen. Shemia Fagan.
Special Programs and Live Remote Broadcasts
Live remote broadcasts: 35th Annual Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Homelessness Marathon, Juneteenth livestream of local events
Music festivals! Cathedral Park Jazz Festival; Waterfront Blues Festival: Blues Fest On-Air, a 2-day radio only event that brought in our highest online listenership ever with over 30,000 streams on KBOO.FM. Plus, we raised $6,500 for Music Cares and Meals on Wheels People!