KGNU Radio

We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media. The station seeks to expand the listening audience through the excellence of its programming without compromising the principles stated here.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc.​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
KGNU, KGNU Radio
Former Name(s)
N/A
Acronym
KGNU
Date Established
1975
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-0690097
Addresses
Headquarters Address
4700 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
303-449-4885
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
nikki@kgnu.org
Website
www.kgnu.org
Social Media Links
     

Mission Statement

KGNU is an independent, noncommercial community radio station licensed in Boulder and Denver, dedicated to serving its listeners.
We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.
The station seeks to expand the listening audience through the excellence of its programming without compromising the principles stated here.

Organization History

KGNU's History:

KGNU was founded in the mid-1970's by a group of Boulder residents intent on bringing a different broadcasting model to the metro area: community radio. They envisioned a radio station where diverse music and news could be broadcast free of commercial considerations, a station where members of the community could have in-depth discussions of local and global issues, a station where people of color could take to the airwaves and reach out to the community. And the founders wanted to do all this mainly with volunteers-providing the equipment, training and supervision necessary to create a volunteer-powered sound that was very different from commercial radio and even different from traditional public radio.

It worked. The station went on the air on May 22, 1978. Thirty-seven years later, KGNU continues to provide mission-driven diverse programming produced primarily by volunteers. And the need for community media is even greater now, with fewer and fewer large conglomerates controlling more and more of commercial radio and television.

Major milestones include:
*Purchase and renovation of our building at 4700 Walnut Street in Boulder (2000-2001).
*Purchase of the 1390 AM frequency (2004). With limited power on our 88.5 FM signal and growing demand from Denver residents, our ambitious expansion into a major media market garnered national attention, including coverage in The New York Times.
*Addition of a Denver production & broadcast studio in the Santa Fe Arts District (2007).
FM signal improvement and power increase (2009-10).
*Installation of a new antenna and increase of our FM power, which extended our 88.5 FM signal to more of Boulder County and the Denver Metro Area (2010).
*Expansion of a new FM frequency in Fort Collins, at 98.7 MHz following the FCC's approval of the acquisition of FM Translator K254CH (2017).

Testimonials

"Unpurchased media rocks!" - Vrnda Noel

"I love the alternative perspectives KGNU brings to the news." - Mandy Walker

"Thank you KGNU for airing the discussion on Amendment 71." Anonymous

Saturday on KGNU is the best radio day on Earth. - Jeff Rose

"African Roots just might be the best radio show I've heard in a long time. Thanks for sharing the music of Africa this Saturday around 5:00 PM. Cheers" - Brian Plavnicky

"Hands-down the best Independent radio station in Colorado. Do yourself a favor and tune in!" - Hannah Leigh Myers

"Thank you KGNU for you for live streaming Rockygrass festival it is a true celebration! You are a magical asset to our community/ and the music listening public all over the world. Love it that I can listen via the radio or the internet. The Rockygrass broadcast's stories and Music are so inspiring, and the tales of re-birth of Planetbluegrass's renewed landscape after the #COflood13 so profound and real, I shed several tears of joy. Thank you." - Tara Doran

"An eclectic mix of commercial-free music, Local/international news and informational radio. There's nothing quite like it around, and it's an honor to be a part of the KGNU family!!" - Juliette Laurel Strauss

"Great station and easy to navigate page with nearly all shows in an easy to download format." - Bret Bartlo

"What an honor to be producing shows on KGNU. It's about community." - Miriam Mimi Schiff

"Still listening from Vermont! Favorits are Democracy Now, Duncan Campbell, Honky Tonk Heros, BBC, Birgit Mars, Michael Toms." - Liza Cabot-Case

"Thankful for the access to alternative sources of both news and music." - Erin Hamilton

"Great station! Was a volunteer programmer there in the '70s."- Irene Hamilton

"Unpurchased media rocks!" - Vrnda Noel

"I love the alternative perspectives KGNU brings to the news." - Mandy Walker

KGNU Community Radio received a first place award at the annual national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri last month for its Call-in Program, "What Happens to our Bodies After Death."

The Call in Program aired on April 29, 2015 during the morning Public Affairs news block on KGNU, 88.5 FM and 1390 AM. The call-in program, hosted by KGNU News Director Maeve Conran explored the intricacies of preserving one's body after death, including the planning involved and different options for burial/cremation and home funerals. The program was part of a quarterly series on end-of-life issues hosted by KGNU. The series covers not only end-of-life health decisions but also physician-assisted suicide and how to deal with grief following a bereavement. Conran has helped lead the news and public affairs programming at KGNU since 2007.

"Many listeners have benefitted from the series because it explores the delicate and difficult decisions around the topic of death," said Conran. "We were very pleased to be recognized by PRNDI for a radio series that addressed this tough subject in a meaningful way for our audience."

The annual award is given to only one news/public affairs program featuring a call-in component. KGNU is considered a "Division C" station (stations with 1-3 full-time news staff) per PRNDI's award guidelines.

The program "Where do we put our bodies after we die?" is available on KGNU.org

About PRNDI
Founded, in 1985, PRNDI is a national non-profit membership organization made up of individuals, freelancers, and small and large public news organizations. Each year, PRNDI recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories. The award winners are recognized at the PRNDI awards banquet during the annual conference. The PRNDI Conference and the awards banquet was held on June 24th and 25th, 2016 in St. Louis. For more information visit. www.prndi.org.

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KGNU selected as "Diverse Radio" - Best of Boulder - 2016!
The best part about the radio is that when you stop liking something, be it a song or a talking head, you can just turn the dial. But, our favorite radio stations rarely beckon us to do so, and Boulder's KGNU is a station that's hard to turn off. It's likely you've found yourself parked outside your house waiting for an engrossing segment to wrap up before you go inside. Or maybe you turn to it for world-class, no-spin news. Or maybe it's the music and arts features you like. Whatever it is, there's no denying KGNU's diversity, and that's why it's one of our favorites.


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