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KBBF Bilingual Radio - March 2015


KBBF Bilingual Radio - March 2015

by Edgar Avila

Que Pasa! – What’s New!


KBBF-89.1 will be expanding its partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, providing media at Earth Day, April 18 in Courthouse Square. Gazette readers and KBBF listeners are encouraged to come by the KBBF table, say "Hi" and get a KBBF bumper sticker. KBBF will be preempting part of its regular program to broadcast live interviews and personal impressions from families, outreach people at environmental booths, and other participants.

The Roseland Report's host Louie Gutierrez wants our readers and listeners to know that the first hour of the show, from 4 to 5pm, is in Spanish, while the second hour, from 5 to 6pm, is en ingles. That means, it's in English. You can listen to either, or both – on The Roseland Report, Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm , featuring Louie himself, with “The Boy Wonder,” Juanito Rayas.

The first of KBBF's volunteer training programs has begun. We are in the fifth week of a scheduled 12 week training/orientation. Current trainees are being groomed to practice their new skills at the KBBF table during the April Earth Day celebration.

New volunteers are encouraged to contact KBBF. We have need for helpers who are not currently in the program. It's a way of getting a foot in the door for the two other orientation projects planned for this year. If you have a talent to share, or are interested in developing one, call the station (707) 545-8833.

Que dice la gente? What's the buzz?

March is Women’s History Month.  Believe it or not, this time we set aside to bring focus to women’s historical achievements, got its start in Santa Rosa.  35 years since that day in 1980 when Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett and Bette Morgan founded the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), Women's History Month has become a widely recognized tradition across the country.

Women's Spaces host and producer Elaine Holtz is leading the celebration at KBBF, bringing us a series of interviews observing Women in History Past and Present.  Guests will include: 

  • Rebecca Hollingsworth, board member NWHP  who will give listeners a historical background about how this powerful month honoring women and their accomplishments came about;
  • Vesta Copestakes, publisher Sonoma County Gazette, who will talk about Women in newspapers;
  • Council Member Gayle McLaughlin from Richmond will talk about her recent election and how Richmond handled issues raised by the 2012 toxic explosion and fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery that hospitalized nearly 1,000 people.

This is just a sampling of the guests who will join Elaine in March. Topics will also include Women in Music, Politics and Activism. An overview of women in the past who contributed to women's history will be included during each of the five shows. Tune in on Mondays from 11am to 12noon to catch this superb, self-produced series on Womens Spaces.

Calendario – Calendar

Our March 21 monthly Rent Party will feature a return engagement by Carlos Lopez' Grupo Musical Los Cumbiancheros. They claim 7 members but are glad to expand if audience members bring their axes. Some folks call them a floating street band! They include professionals from other groups.They played their first gig at the station volunteer party in December. They started with 5 musicians on stage and quickly added 5 more members. The hall was filled with music. This event will be Saturday, March 21 from 6-10pm. There will be food, a children's corner, and plenty of  good company.

KBBF-FM's studio and business office are located at the Labor Center, 1700 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. Feel free to visit or call the office at (707) 545-8833 during business hours. The studio number is (707) 545-0318. Our Mission is to create a strong multilingual voice that empowers and engages the community to achieve social justice through education, celebration of culture and local and international news coverage.