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KBBF Bilingual Radio - January 2015

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KBBF Bilingual Radio - January 2015

by Edgar Avila

Que Pasa? – What’s New? 

KBBF Brings Scientific Success: Event organizers from this fall’s Science Discovery Day at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds (sponsored by the Buck Institute), reported great success from KBBF’s involvement and listener outreach. Attendance by Latino children and families increased by an estimated 60%. Overall attendance was 12,000 a reported 2,000 person increase in over last year. This is KBBF’s second year as outreach partners and co-sponsors for the event. Organizers are discussing the need for increased space for Science Discovery Day 2015!

KBBF is also be discussing a plan with Science Day organizers to bring year round educational programming related to science, technology, engineering and math. We’re already finding subject matter- recently programmer Jorge Alfaro on Voz Del Pueblo interviewed two Latino brothers with careers in science. One is at Stanford, studying to qualify as an astronaut with NASA; the other attends Yale doing Alzheimer’s research. 

As more programmers begin using the new studio the station has begun outreach for new volunteers. Not just programmers but office personnel, grant writers, sales people and technicians. Call (707) 545-8833 if you wish to attend a meeting to learn more. The first meeting will be for bilingual folks and Spanish speakers on January 24.

Que Dice la Gente - What’s the Buzz? 

KBBF journalist Pablo Rivera (Musicos, Poetas y Otros) has headed to Mexico for a seasonal break to visit family and friends. This year he scheduled an extra stop in Guerrero State to report directly from the heart of community that experienced the loss of 43 teachers in training. His reports can be heard on Monday evenings beginning at 7pm. His safe return to the United States is anticipated in mid January.

Molly Kate Goss, graduate student, independent Journalist and KBBF correspondent, was in our Santa Rosa studio late in December to talk with Luis Gutierrez on The Roseland Report about the pattern of narco-politics and violence in Ayotzinapan, Mexico, where 43 students were disappeared in September.

Kaya Kramer, host of The Queer Life, has stepped up and taken her place as a hard-hitting journalist covering issues affecting the LGBT community. In December she interviewed Shadi Petsoky in Los Angeles, involved with Transgender Day of Remembrance (which memorializes those who have been killed as a result of hatred against transgender people); and Kevin Jones from the Human Rights Commission of Sonoma County about his work with an up and coming LGBTQI Task force. She also fielded a call-in discussion about the recent endorsement by an FDA Panel of a lifetime ban on blood donation by gay people.

Project Censored hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips had a busy interview schedule. One was with award-winning filmmaker Kevin Kunze about his new film Mobilize: A Film About Cell Phone Radiation. KBBF has the clearest signal for hearing Peter Phillip’s and Micky Huff’s Project Censored north of the Bay Bridge. The program airs weekly from 4 to 5pm on Thursdays.

Elaine B. Holtz discussed the latest proposed immigration policy legislation with Leticia Romero, President of North Bay Organizing Project and member of the Sonoma County Committee for Immigrant Rights.