So many people have made KBOO over the years!  We'd love your help in telling this multi faceted, complex story during our 50th year. The collection on this website is created from materials we've managed to collect over time, but it is far from being as comprehensive as we'd like it to be! Please contact us if you have any materials that might be suitable for inclusion or have any knowledge that could help us identify people/dates/etc. in the photos currently featured. Please also reach out to include your story or the stories of communities and groups that you were part of, that were part of KBOO, that may not yet be represented on the site.The KBOO Stories project is also happening, and we'd love to include as many voices as possible. We need interviewers, and people to interview! Please reach out to Dawn Smallman, KBOO's 50th Anniversary Project Manager at to get more information, and thank you for being part of KBOO!


MUSEUM Exhibit

From January to June of 2018, our new exhibit, 50 Years Of KBOO, will be on display in the Oregon Historical Society’s Mezzanine Gallery. The exhibit was created to relay our history and demonstrate the importance of community radio. Featuring archival photographs, ephemera and an online audio tour with recordings from KBOO’s early days, we intend to have as many members of the KBOO to tell our story, in our own collective words.



We share an unflinching, lived truth - that community radio remains a source of revolutionary thought, that we will express our beliefs (no matter how different they might be) with honesty and earnestness, and that we will persist in providing an alternative to mainstream media - one that lifts up the voices of the unheard.

We have worked toward empowering our community to express themselves, toward facilitating a space for resistance, and toward creating a tool for critical listening for nearly 50 years.

Many things have changed since 1968, but one thing hasn't: KBOO's values. Read more about our guiding principles here. 


Community Leaders

A special thanks to the donors and partners who lead in giving support to this initiative:

Oregon Cultural Trust
Ronni LaCroute
The Miller Foundation
Garnier Vinyards
Chrissy Washburn, Giraffe Giggles
Michael Wells
Monica Beemer and Johanna Rayman

Are you interested in joining them? Contact Becky Meiers, Development Director.




KBOO is Portland's longest-running independent, noncommercial, listener-supported community radio station. KBOO's on-air programmers are all volunteers — people with special interests and talents who give their time to provide music, opinion and public access to Portland area listeners.

KBOO was founded in 1968 as a 10 watt station with a donated closet studio, a $600/year operating budget, one staff and a handful of volunteers. Since then KBOO has grown to 26,500 watts, owns its 5,000 square foot building, has an annual operating budget of about $800,000, a staff of 14 with radio broadcast expertise, and more than 500 volunteers. KBOO serves the Greater Portland region with translators that reach the Columbia Gorge and Corvallis/Albany areas. In 1999, KBOO began live internet streaming, so that there are now listeners all over the world.



kboo.fmour website

The KBOO Attic of Dusty Memories — Julie Sebatier relays a deeper truth. Includes audio of Ern Hood, David Calhoun, Liz Daly, Barbara Bernstein, & Robert "Pue" Rodgers

1976 National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference One of KBOO's founders, Lorenzo Milam, speaks