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Radioland September 2014


Welcome! Each month we bring you a sampling in print of hot topics being discussed on KBBF 89.1FM and in the community we serve. For those who are new to the world of bilingual public radio, we are a potpourri of cultural flavors, news, interviews, local events, and commentary. We call it Radioland!

¿Qué Pasa? — What’s New?

New LGBT Programming — Brand new on the KBBF programming schedule is The Queer Life hosted by Kaiya Kramer and Mandi Hawert. Kaiya and Mandi feature news, discussions and a community calendar of particular interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and their supporters. Their perspective is progressive and of course inclusive of all. The Queer Life is broadcast weekly on Fridays starting at 6pm. Call the studio number at (707)545-0318 to join the lively and entertaining discussions.

Hip Hop Tribal Cumbia — On Saturday, Aug. 16, DJ Edgar of Broken Record Radio Show brought his unique "Hip Hop Tribal Cumbia Dubstep Funk Disco Tropical" mix to the Gran Baile Juvenil all-ages dance party, a KBBF fundraising event at the Carpenters Labor Center at 1700 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa, where the office and studios of KBBF are also located.

Programmers Are In the New Studio — After more than a year of work by Alan Bloom and Andre Andrus, our volunteer technicians, our new studio is being taken for a spin as Alan hosts his weekly classical music show, Tonos Clásicos. Also, small groups of DJs are being trained in using the equipment and handling the new layout.

¿Qué Dice la Gente? — What’s the Buzz?

In-Depth Interviews with District Attorney Ravitch — On July 24 KBBF 89.1FM broadcast an interview with Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, conducted by programmer Rafael Vasquez (whose show Líderes del Futuro is broadcast on Thursday from 5 to 7pm.)

The discussion lasted for about an hour and a half. It featured calls from the community largely centering on DA Ravitch decision not to prosecute Sheriff Deputy Eric Gelhaus in the shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez. For those who missed the original broadcast it can be found on the KBBF website here. The interview was conducted in English and Spanish.

This was the second interview of DA Ravitch by Rafael. He had previously interviewed the DA in April. In that interview as well, the discussion touched on the shooting of Andy Lopez, but also went to the issues around the the DA’s gang education and interdiction initiatives, and whether they have been successful.

An in-Depth with the Sheriff — Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas was also interviewed on KBBF last month, by Rafael Vasquez, on August 28. That interview will be available for listening on the KBBF-FM 89.1 website beginning in September.

Rafael and Sheriff Freitas discussed the Sheriff Department’s deadly force policies, drug testing for officers involved in fatal incidents as well as diversity training within the Department.

What Immigration Policy? — As the U.S. government turns its back on immigration reform, thousands of children at the border are being deported — back to the danger and violence that they fled from in their home countries. Their cases will be added to the hundreds of thousands of family-damaging deportations that keep happening every year. This issue resonated with KBBF 89.1FM listeners, and was addressed often by talk shows including The Roseland Report (with Louie Gutierrez), El Torogóz (with Mario Funes), Voces del Pueblo (with Jorge Alfaro), Músicas, Poetas Y Otros (co-hosted by Pablo Rivera, Mario Barajas, and Martin Ortega), Broken Record Radio, and Líderes del Futuro. Our English-language broadcasts also discussed the issue: Robert Kennedy Jr. on Ring of Fire; Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!; Thom Hartmann; and our local host Elaine B. Holtz on Women’s Spaces.

En el Calendario — On the Calendar

No Censorship for This Project — Peter Phillips’ Project Censored, which was moved to a new spot on the KPFA-FM schedule, still holds a consistent place on the KBBF 89.1FM broadcast calendar (check out the program schedule), as does Economic Update with Dr. Richard Wolff.

We’ve Got the Babysitting Covered on This One — Keep September 20 open to attend our next KBBF fundraising event, featuring the popular band Los Ritmicos de Beto Vera. The fiesta is located at 1700 Corby Avenue at the Carpenters’ Labor Center and begins at 6pm. Food and adult beverages will be served, and free child care will be available. Details are available at Events Calendar.


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