KBLU-FM 90.5 -- Community Radio for the Foothills!!!

Non-commercial. Non-profit. Volunteer-driven. Community-driven. Talent-driven.
Eco-friendly. Entertaining. Eccentric. Eclectic. Energetic. Educational.
Accessible. Accountable. Not particularly Asinine.
Timely. Topical. Informative. Hopefully NOT Infuriating.

Serving Central Umatilla County and the foothills of the Blues:
Pendleton. Holdman. Mission. Cayuse. Gibbon. Meacham. Hermiston. Pilot Rock. Reith. Adams. Athena. Helix. Weston. Stanfield. Echo. Ione. Heppner. Lexington. Hardman. Gooseberry. Eightmile. Ruggs. Condon. Lonerock. Morgan. Cecil. Gwendolen. Mikkalo. Clem. Olex. Mayville.
Our Purpose

Blue Mountain Community Radio, Inc. was incorporated in May 2009 to provide non-commercial, locally programmed radio to inform, educate and entertain listeners in the Blue Mountain foothills of Umatilla County and environs. Our additional goal is to give voice, free of charge, to all local civic, charitable, educational, public benefit and public safety organizations which seek to bring together our diverse ethnicities and/or improve the lives and livelihoods of our communities. We intend to be unremittingly local in our orientation and programming.

Local Radio Means LOCAL Programming

Our number one goal and priority is to provide local programming that fulfills local needs. Mothers tell us they would like bedtime stories. Others have requested old-time or contemporary radio theater. BMCC teachers and students are enthusiastic about helping with both ideas. We want everyone to benefit, and if that means broadcasting how the saucer people landed in Helix, we're ready as soon as someone writes the script.

Only one local station even mentions or supports local public events and that is only during a 1-hour morning talk show. All other stations are programmed up to 1000 miles away and are strictly commercial and have no local or public benefit content at all of any kind.

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NEXT BOARD MEETING is on Wednesday, November 7th.
STUDIO OFFICE HOURS: 12 noon to 2PM, Tuesday and Thursday at 413 SE 4th Street
NEXT COMMUNITY ACTION MEETING is TBA.
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October 30th 2018:
Our new transmitter is online!!! WHOO-HOOO!!!
Excellent work, Gary and Virginia, for getting the hard work done last week. Whew!! On to the next thing...

Also....we will have Special Halloween programming courtesy of Ron Lee... tune in to The Inner Sanctum at 10AM; then on All Hallow's Night you will hear Jorge Invierno's poetry at 6:05 PM, Ira White's reading of Goddess of the Harvest Moon at 7:15 PM, and then between 8 and 9PM the delicious crooning of theMegaptera novaeangliae.

October 4th 2018:
The switchover to the newer, more powerful transmitter will be completed by October 22nd, and in anticipation of our expanded coverage the membership is planning a rollout event on or about November 1st. Stay tuned form more....
October 2nd, 2018:
Pat Struthers has roughed out the first draft of the new web site. Mail Pat here => pat@wyrdchao.com <= if you want to help!!
Sponsor Us!
It's true! Despite the restrictions (see list below), community radio spots get better and longer term responses from listeners.
Our basic offer is simple:

30 seconds, for 30 days, for $30

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The "Halo Effect"

69% of listeners regard public/community radio as a "Very Highlly Valued Local Institution", next after, and only 5 points below, hospitals, libraries, and volunteer fire/ambulance service, each at 74%. Listeners connect with public/community radio, and...
  • 60% hold a more postive opinion of underwriters that support public radio.
  • 54% agree tha public/community radio is selective about companies that support its programming.
  • 53% prefer to buy products or services from public/community radio underwriters.
In other words, just associating yourself with a community radio station can improve one's status, credibility and consumer trust. Other studies demonstrate that listeners are more likely to give repeat business to such companies.

FCC Rules for community radio underwriter spots

Spots must be less than 30 seconds long, and...
  • May NOT give pricing: "Home of the $5 footlong."
  • Cannot include inducements to purchase: "Come today and get a free bag of chips."
  • May not include qualitative language or superlatives: "Best pizza in town."
  • Cannot include calls to action or directives: "Stop by and check out our weekend sale!"
  • May not mention a series of more than 5 items: "burgers, pizza, fries, beer, coffee and tea"
It is permitted to mention:
  • Value neutral descriptions of products and services.
  • Brand and trade names.
  • Visual descriptions of specific products.
  • Location information, including teleophone numbers, street addresses, and web site / email addresses.
  • Logos or slogans which identify, but do not promote.
In other words, content must be free of commercial and commercial-like material.

Our Underwriters

We Sell Stuff -- (pretty much self explanatory!)
   342 SW 1st, Pendleton, OR
   After settling on a price, show a current KBLU membership receipt and receive $5 off your purchase.

WTechLink -- Comprehensive fiber communications services
   404 SE Dorian Ave Suite 207, Pendleton, OR -- 541-276-2887
   Thanks to these guys, we have excellent internet service and an uplink from our studio to our tower.

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Contribute your talents!
We need volunteers to do programming, web development, bookkeeping, recording, producing, and enthusing!
PLEASE fill out the form below so we can contact you and suck what is left of your free time out of your life.

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 Reading stories
 Reading poetry
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Become a member of KBLU, and simply reek of radio-delivered benefit!! Only $20 per year, and cheap at twice the price!!
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Who Are We?

Blue Mountain Community Radio, Inc. was incorporated in May 2009 to provide non-commercial, locally programmed radio to 1) inform, 2) educate and 3) entertain listeners in the Blue Mountain foothills of Umatilla County and environs. Our additional goal is to give voice, free of charge, to all local civic, charitable, educational, public benefit and public safety organizations which seek to bring together our diverse ethnicities and/or improve the lives and livelihoods of our communities. We intend to be unremittingly local in our orientation and programming.

Our operations are comprehensively eco-friendly; we use donated and repurposed office and production equipment for most our production and support work. Our transmission facilities use the latest state of the art, off-grid, low-power, high-efficiency power-generation, transmission, and propogation technology.

Our By-Laws

We are apolitical, non-sectarian and do not discriminate by reason of race, religion or sexual orientation, nor real or imaginary country or planet of origin. We are likewise committed to not promote any such discriminatory acts. In fact, we are in business to do just the reverse, not by preaching or advocating any political party or agenda, but by presenting information - facts and scientific studies.

Our Board of Directors

"We want a diverse board that is a reflection of our members, listeners and communities."

We are looking for potental directors who understand and value the place community radio has in our democracy, and who are sensitive to cultural, social and environmental issues and want to work to make our communities a better place to live and work.

To avoid potential demagoguery, our By-Laws prohibit Board service by current programmers or staff. Accordingly, any Directors, who might wish to be on the air after broadcasting commences will voluntarily resign and be replaced.

Blue Mountain Community Radio, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)3 registered corporation. PO Box 785, Athena, OR 97813
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