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Radioland September 2015


Welcome! Radioland is our monthly column in the Sonoma County Gazette. 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?

We’re pleased to announce two events coming up in September that KBBF is co-sponsoring.

If your world view leans toward the progressive, you have found your tribe. The 18th Annual Progressive Festival happens Sunday, Sept. 27 in Walnut Park in Petaluma, from noon to 5pm. You’ll hear live music and speakers on critical issues including immigrant rights, homelessness, domestic violence and climate change. Tables all over the park will have social justice, environmental, labor and community organizations sharing their mission and work. Drop by the KBBF booth to say “hello” and be interviewed for broadcast on our airwaves!

“Precious Knowledge” will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7pm at the Rialto Cinema in Sebastopol.  This documentary explores the extremely successful Ethnic Studies program in the Tucson High School District. Even though 100% of the program’s students graduated high school and 85% went on to college, Arizona’s Superintendent of Education abolished the program. Students are still campaigning to restore it.  The Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club is co-sponsoring this presentation with us. 

Honors, recognition and appreciations continue to go to KBBF programming host Kaiya Kramer. Kaiya is the 2015 recipient of the The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Grant for her work in creating a strong, positive image in the API LQBTQ community. August marked the one year anniversary of the program The Queer Life. It airs twice weekly on KBBF 89.1FM - live on Friday 6-8pm, then rebroadcast the following Tuesday at 9pm.

The second edition of Funky Friday at Cal Skate in RP was a success. One Hoop was the MC and DJ Broken Record once again brought the sound. We unveiled our new KBBF t-shirts and – (what else!)  – tote bags, at the event.

If you haven’t been able to hear Elaine B. Holtz and her show Women’s Spaces on Mondays at 11am, you can now catch the rebroadcast on Monday evening at 11pm. Elaine’s guests in August included former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (now helping promote the Literacy Works Center at the SRJC Petaluma Campus); Northern California Director of Planned Parenthood; Vesta Copestakes, Publisher of the Sonoma County Gazette, and Valerie Hausmann with the Center of Sacred Studies.

42 years ago, Shannon Del Prado was in the station for the inaugural broadcast of KBBF, in May of 1973. Shannon is the daughter of KBBF founder Guido Del Prado and was 7 years old on that day in our history. She came by while visiting northern California along with her children and husband. Guido is the director of a rural health clinic in his home town in Peru. The clinic has its own radio station and Mr. Del Prado goes on the air for a weekly broadcast about the local political scene. 42 years later, still committed to giving service and information to the community!

Check out the KBBF Program Schedule for our complete broadcast listings.

Calendario — Calendar

Please note the details of our co-sponsored events, shown above: the Progressive Festival, and a showing of “Precious Knowledge” at the Rialto. 

If you have a fun or informative community event your organization would like to share with KBBF listeners, please send the details or a flyer to calendario@kbbf-fm.org. You can also listen to the KBBF Community Calendar at 8am,  5pm and 8pm daily on 89.1FM.

KBBF 89.1 FM’s studio and business office are located at the Carpenters Labor Center, 1700 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa. Feel free to visit or call the office at (707) 545-8833 during business hours. The studio number is (707) 545-0318.

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