KMUN receives OCF Covid-19 relief grant
August 13, 2020
Non-commercial radio station KMUN was awarded a Covid-19 relief grant from Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), a statewide philanthropy assigning donor funds for transforming change in Oregon.
The $11,000 grant was secured in late July and it was good timing for KMUN’s fiscal budget. KMUN, which operates independently of public radio like OPB and rigidly formatted commercial stations, works on a very tight budget. Income to the station from businesses has decreased by 50 percent. Maintaining the quality of programming KMUN has been known for since 1983 is not possible without partners like OCF.
KMUN has been able to keep playlists and personalities holding strong by shifting programmers from in studio broadcasting to #homegrownradio with mobile recording studios that the station was able to purchase. The station was also able to bring back long time morning news host Kathleen Morgain to cover ever changing news information in Washington State.