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KBBF Bilingual Radio - May 2015

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KBBF Bilingual Radio - May 2015

by Edgar Avila

Que Pasa? – What’s New? 

Mother Earth herself got some well-deserved attention on at Santa Rosa’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18 in Courthouse Square. KBBF lent its airwaves to the City of Santa Rosa to promote the event in the community of Spanish, English and bilingual speakers. We were pleased bring out a diverse audience of attendees, enthusiastic about protecting our natural habitat. 

New volunteers Humberto Montaño, Florantino Bacerra, German Gomez and Robert Feuer had their first experience at our KBBF table, sharing their station experience and recording interviews with visitors and vendors. 

We now have 15 graduates from this year’s volunteer training program, a 12 week course designed to present enough knowledge that they can be skillful assistants in service to our listeners, and to KBBF’s tradition as the birthplace of bilingual community radio in the U.S.

A new round of training programs will be offered in the coming weeks. Folks interested in learning about KBBF and how to serve community radio should call (707) 545-8833. It is an opportunity to learn about the importance of community radio as a counter voice to the dominant media. Trainees will learn all aspects of radio production from phone answering and office support to on-air radio programming.

Jorge Alfaro, host of Voz del Pueblo promoting discussions related to science and technology. He will be talking to Alan Bloom (KBBF Chief Engineer), Dr. Enrique Gonzales (Friday morning programmer) and others in the coming weeks.

Que Dice la Gente - What’s the Buzz? 

It has been seven months since 43 students were disappeared by police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico last September. Days before that, six students were openly attacked and killed by police. Last month KBBF hosted a presentation by Caravana 43, a traveling group of parents and classmates of the disappeared students, which is bringing to the United States an awareness of the human cost of the US/Mexican Drug War. 

Their main aim is to provide an international forum for the parents who have lost their children in a government of systemic violence and impunity. Government officers in Mexico have declared the case closed and have been unresponsive to the parents’ demand for credible answers about their children’s whereabouts. Giving up on government support, some parents have asked local drug cartels to provide information they may have about their children’s fates.

The parents have given up their livelihood and regular activities to seek across border support for the efforts to find out what has become of their children. 

The community gathering at KBBF in support of Caravana 43 was attended by more than 300 supportive listeners and raised more than $6000 dollars in support of these parents’ efforts. Two classmates of the 43 also spoke at the gathering, including one who described the hour by hour events that led up to the disappearance of the students, who were teachers in training.

Calendario – Calendar 

We will be hosting a Mothers Day Dinner & dance fiesta on Sat. May 16 from 5-10pm at the Carpenters’ Union Hall on 1700 Corby Ave. in Santa Rosa. Admission is $25 per person and includes dinner, dancing, wine, beer or juice. Mariachis and the band Trio Orion will supply the evening’s music. If you wish a group reservation, whole tables of 10 are available at a savings. 

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.