6. Programming in the 1980s
After years of development, the volunteer hosted KBOO News came on the air five days a week in 1980. The addition of punk music created a generation gap between the old guard of volunteers and staff, and new volunteers who were proponents of new culture. La Voz De La Comunidad and Mas Musica were also added to the air at this time because of the new direction in “choosing between programs”..
Many KBOO annual traditions were started in the 1980’s, including all day special programming on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, International Women’s Day, and an annual broadcast of the Waterfront Blues Festival.
The 1980’s ended with the addition of Armando Puentes, the first Spanish-language public affairs program in Oregon, and a dramatic increase in live remote broadcasting with reduced rates on telephone tolling charges.