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Radioland - KBBF Bilingual Radio - Sonoma County

by Edgar Avila

KBBF News 

KBBF General Manager, Vylma Ortiz, with Directors Alicia Sanchez and David Janda.On Thursday, November 12th, KBBF had a meet-and-greet mixer event to officially introduce the community to our new General Manager, Vylma Ortiz. The event was held at the Finley Community Center and was attended by community members and local officials and business owners. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and speeches from Vylma as well as members of our Board of Directors.

Andy Lopez

This October 22nd marked not only the annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, but also the second anniversary of the death of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old who was killed by Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus in 2013. Andy’s mother, Sujey Lopez, was initially very involved in the protest movement that happened directly after he was killed, but has never been very outspoken in the media. She has, however, given KBBF three exclusive interviews over the last 2 years. On October 21st, KBBF program host Luis Gutierrez hosted Sujey via phone on his show, The Roseland Report. She spoke to the community about how she has been doing, and invited the audience to the anniversary commemoration events which took place the next day. The next day, she attended the commemoration events at the Sheriff’s department building, as well as what is now commonly referred to as Andy’s Park in Moorland, Santa Rosa. On October 23rd, KBBF had the honor of hosting her in person here in our studios in Roseland, where she gave us another exclusive interview on Jorge Alfaro’s “Voz del Pueblo.” The interview was conducted by KBBF journalist Francisco Lozano and included a more in-depth discussion about the legal case against the County and Gelhaus. Previously, Sujey had also written a letter addressed to KBBF for us to read on the air. Every time she communicates with us, she thanks us for being the only media outlet that she trusts to accurately convey her words.

Community Center 

On November 13th 2015, KBBF hosted a new entry-level community Yoga class in our conference room at our Corby Ave. offices. The classes, titled “Raizes Yoga” (or “Roots Yoga”) are bilingual and provide the Latino community an opportunity to learn and practice Yoga and to learn about the various traditions and meanings of the discipline.

In The Community

KBBF participated in the North Bay Discovery Day, a regional science fair with hundreds of interactive booths for kids and adults that encourages interest in the Sciences. It was held at the Sonoma County Fair Grounds. In past years, KBBF has been instrumental in doing outreach for the event to the Latino community, and this year was no different. We were also proud to have our own booth at the fair, where we showcased a fully operational mobile radio studio, and even broadcast live on the air, straight from the event. We interviewed dozens of kids and families who were fascinated by the many exhibits and activities. People enjoyed hearing themselves on the air as well as learning about how our radio equipment works.