KBOO, Portland’s first community station, celebrates 50 years with an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society through July 29

Featured image credit: KBOO Community Radio, Portland, Oregon

In a world where radio stations face tough competition and many struggle to survive, Portland’s pioneer in community radio continues to thrive as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.  A fully listener-supported, non-commercial, volunteer-staffed gem, KBOO is independent in every sense of the word. And they’re proud of pushing the boundaries of radio and media reporting.

“KBOO features viewpoints, stories, and sounds you can’t find elsewhere,” according to a statement on the station’s 50th anniversary page. “We focus on access and eclecticism – our approach is to ensure that communities who lack mass media representation are given a space to express themselves.”

During the station’s year-long celebration, the Oregon Historical Society is hosting an exhibit in KBOO’s honor. 50 Years of KBOO tells the story of the station’s founding and how it grew into a bold, successful community effort that make media more accessible. You’ll also learn how radio broadcasts are made. The station’s focus on the counter-culture and activism positively impacts and connects Portland and the nation.

The exhibit is open Friday, January 19, through Sunday, July 29, during the Oregon Historical Society’s regular hours and included in general admission. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For non-members, admission is $11 adults, $9 students with ID and seniors age 60 and older, $5 youth ages 6-18, and free ages 5 and younger. Members receive free admission.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in Portland. For more information about the exhibit, visit the 50 Years of KBOO webpage, call the Oregon Historical Society at (503) 222-1741, or email orhist@ohs.org.

Parking garages are nearby (get directions), but public transportation is the best option. The Portland Streetcar and MAX (light rail) stop within a short walking distance. Plan your trip on public transit.

For more information and updates about KBOO’s year-long celebration, visit its 50th anniversary page.

KBOO broadcasts on these frequencies:

  • 90.7 FM in Portland
  • 91.9 FM in Hood River, Oregon
  • 104.3 FM in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon

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