Oh everyone hates pledge week, but it’s a great opportunity to explore the airwaves, give Howard Stern another listen, or catch up on drivetime commercial swill. Who needs purity?

But the fact is plain, if you want community public radio you must contribute.

Again, it’s in your best interest – both short term and long term. And it is public art – D’mae Roberts’ plays, Eva Lake’s interviews, and many other fine local products.

And did you know? The Katrina Relief Act of 2005 allows up to 100% income deduction on all charitable giving (including corporate giving)!

KOPB sucks most of the $$ available in this community – for 1/2 an hour of Oregon Considered + April Baer (see pic). Great program but in 2004 OPB raised almost $18 million dollars (TV & radio) and puts only pennies into local programming.

Instead, consider FIVE different public community radio stations you should consider for an end of the year contribution.

KBOO FM 90.7 – Jack Danger’s “Queer Queer World” is killer, so tune in and get smart. Tom Wendt, Joe Uris, Barbara LaMorticella, all beats and bring the good stuff. KBOO follows the KRAB format, playing what’s not available elsewhere. Essential.

KBOO FM 90.7
20 SE 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

KMHD FM 89.1 – cool jazz is boring but sure a lot better than cool country. This is a blue state, not a red state, so make it keep happening and contribute.

KMHD FM 89.1
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030

KBPS FM 89.9 – all classical on the FM band – very adult and civilized. In the background of Portland’s retail cognoscenti, tinkling Chopin or Schubert.

KBPS FM 89.9
515 NE 15th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

But on the Benson High School kids on KBPS AM go live with their Dad’s record collection, and bunch of jackass 80’s new wave crap. But kids are cool. Call ’em up, say you’re the FCC and the phones are tapped. And send them a check to buy some new music & mikes.

KBPS 1490 AM
Benson Polytechnic High School
546 NE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97323

KPSU 1490 AM – is Portland State’s “college radio” station, sharing the bandwidth at night with KBPS AM. Just as chaotic, just as wild. be sure to put a note in with the check to only support KPSU or you could end up buying some jock’s knee pads.

KPSU 1490 AM
P.O. Box 751-SD
Portland, OR 97207