On a cold afternoon two years ago, a new voice in the Mid-Willamette Valley, KMUZ Radio station, broadcast for the first time. Since then, the community station, geared to the “unrepresented and eclectic listener” in the Willamette Valley has been heard on radios, streams, ipads and iphones – in the towns of Turner, Stayton, Salem, Albany, Independence and Monmouth.
“It’s amazing how much is happening in the mid-Valley,” says KMUZ’s Melanie Zurmer, describing the music, culture and news the station relates to its listeners. “KMUZ builds community pride.”
To celebrate the 2-year milestone, the station is throwing a birthday party on December 17th. KMUZ invites listeners and interested people to drop by and view the studio and new control room. Attendees can expect “modest refreshments, a cake and lots of enthusiasm,” Zurmer says, and can meet also meet the station’s governing of board directors, program hosts and volunteers.
As KMUZ looks back to its beginnings, it is looking forward as well. Until now the station has broadcast from a tower in Turner, which has made listening difficult in areas of Salem and Keizer. In recent months, however, it has begun actively raising funds to install a new translator in Salem.
When the station reaches its goal of a fully operational Salem tower, potential listenership would increase by 235,000 households – a seven-fold increase. “That will be a game changer,” Zurmer says.
The station hopes it will be able to use the new equipment is June of 2014. It has begun a capital campaign to raise $18,000 by March, and has already raised $6,000.
KMUZ 2nd Birthday Event
245 Division St. NE, Salem
5 – 8 p.m.