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KYRS music fest is this Saturday

Get ready for the sun-splashed and solar-powered KYRS Music Fest this Saturday from from noon until 11PM in Glover Field, Peaceful Valley. The Northwest's only solar-powered music festival is family friendly and features a great line-up of local and regional bands, Ninkasi beer garden, food court, fresh filtered Zip 2 Water refills, bike corral, drum circle, hula hooping, and yoga.

All with the Spokane Falls as the backdrop.

Tickets at are $15 at kyrsmusicfest.com. Full line-Up: Menomena * Finn Riggins * Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats * Shebear * Real Life Rockaz * Cathedral Pearls * Old Bear Mountain * BBBBandits * Soul Proprietor

Open house with the freaks and geeks of KYRS on Saturday

Since 2003, Thin Air Community Radio - Spokane's non-profit, non-commercial community station - has served the Spokane area with diverse arts, culture, news and music, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to diverse communities and un-served or underserved groups.

The signal now reaches to more than 300,000 people, in parts of five counties and nearly to the Canadian border. They have 60 locally produced programs, all hosted by volunteers, including the only locally produced environmental programs like Down To Earth radio and Earth Matters Now! Not to mention the youth programs, an arts program, Native American, Spanish language, African-American, Asian, Russian language, open poetry, and a seniors program.

Don't even get me started about the music - although word is still out on letting us play bongos.


Saturday night: Goodman at SFCC

For those who crave politics on a Saturday night rather than football, a movie or bad television, Spokane Falls Community College will be the place to be this week.

Amy Goodman, whose columns appear in The Spokesman-Review (her most recent is here), will be at the Music Building as part of her Democracy Now! tour. Goodman has been on the road since the Republican National Convention in August, and plans to keep going until Election Day. She's spent a fair amount of time in swing states, and while neither Washington nor Idaho fall linto that category, the trail brings her here at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for students with an ID. Proceeds go to help support KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio.

KYRS Fall On-Air Fund Drive Ends Thursday!

It’s hard to believe, but Bart Mihailovich and I have been doing our weekly KYRS radio show for three years now. We've had a wonderful time and we look forward to many more years to come!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, KYRS is trying to raise $20,000 by September 20th. The semi-annual fund drives cover the operating expenses at KYRS and without them, we simply could not continue to be the only volunteer powered, non-commercial, listener-supported, community radio station in the Spokane area. Now that we are at full power thanks to supporters, more than 300,000 people hear programming that supports diverse communities and un-served and underserved groups. People who have never heard shows that reflect values of peace, social, economic and environmental justice, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, freedom of expression and social change have access to our signal.

Magic Lantern screening of “Good Food” tonight at 7pm

The Main Market Co-Op, Thursday Market, My Square Garden, and the West Central Marketplace present the film "Good Food" at the Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main, at 7PM tonight. A film about sustainable food and farming in the Northwest, this documentary visits producers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. $5 admission at the door. All proceeds benefit KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio 92.3 & 88.1 FM. More info at 747-3012 or www.kyrs.org.

Listening choice of plumbers, painters

I have only a tiny sample to go on. So this is total generalization.

But my limited experience with having people listening to a radio while doing some work in or around the house suggests conservative talk is popular in the building/remodeling/household repair trades.

But maybe the next guy will listen to KYRS.


KYRS presents the film “Gasland” on Monday

Do you have any plans on Monday night? If not, what the frack? I hope you'll check out Gasland, which is being presented by KYRS, Thin Air Community Radio. The film will show May 14th at 7PM at the wonderful Magic Lantern Theatre in downtown Spokane. It explores fracking- the destructive practice of natural gas extraction. In this Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox learns from people who live near "fracking" sites about illnesses, hair loss and flammable water. He travels the country plunging ever deeper into a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 general admission and $3 Students w/ ID. This is a benefit for KYRS. There will be a discussion hosted by Envision Spokane's Kai Huschke after the film. For more information, please call 747-3012.

Check the trailer after the jump.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s speech in Spokane will be rebroadcast tomorrow on KYRS

If you missed seeing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Spokane (or Sandpoint) in May, you can tune into Thin Air Community Radio Station - KYRS - tomorrow from noon to approximately 1:30 to hear his inspiring speech played in its entirety. (Check here for my recap.)

The Spokane Riverkeeper is working in partnership with KYRS - Spokane's only community radio station - to offer listeners in Spokane an opportunity to spend their lunch break listening to the event. If you live in the Spokane area you can find KYRS on the FM dial at 89.9 FM or best heard on 92.3 FM. For those outside the frequency range, you can stream KYRS online at www.kyrs.org. Just click on the "Listen" button on the upper right of the page.

Saving our salmon discussion continues tonight

I really hope you had the opportunity to check out our radio show yesterday. 

In case you missed it, Down To Earth radio was joined via phone by filmmaker Jim Norton and author Steven Hawley for a wide-ranging discussion about the protection and management of Columbia River salmon, Snake River dams, and many more topics around salmon, species protection and energy in the Pacific Northwest.  


Down To Earth radio turns one

Here come the terrible twos. 

But can you believe Bart Mihailovich and I have been doing our radio show on KYRS for one year? It’s been a real rewarding experience to bring you local environmental news and perspectives every week on Spokane’s community radio station.  Best of all is the opportunity to interview a real diverse collection of guests to share stories and experiences over the air. To honor that opportunity, for our one-year anniversary show today, we played a “greatest hits” of our last year of interviews. These local folks go above and beyond to make Spokane a cleaner, safer and more socially responsible place so we wanted to pay respect to their work and their stories. If you missed the show, you can check out the podcast on the right side of the blog or listen here via KYRS.

Thanks for tuning in and continued your support. We look forward to the next year and beyond!

KYRS celebrates seven years on air

It’s a special reason to party: KYRS is celebrating seven years on air Saturday, November 20th at Silver Auctions, 2020 N. Monroe and you can buy tickets HERE or 509-747-3807. There will be dancing and live music until midnight by two amazing local bands: Son Dulce (Salsa) and The Fat Tones (Blues). Appetizers by One World Spokane Restaurant, drinks by Northern Lights Brewery & Dry Fly Distilling. The silent auction includes one-of-a-kind framed KYRS posters and a Jello Biafra T-Shirt. Come out and celebrate your community radio station with the party of the year. Tickets are $15.

It’s been almost a year since Bart Mihailovich and I launched Down To Earth on KYRS, our weekly environmental news and perspectives show, so we’ll be bartending. And dancing.

You’ve been warned.

WMNF interview with Derrick Jensen


We’ve had great coverage of the BP oil disaster at DTE, thanks to the hard work of Paul Haeder and Marc Gauthier. Not only are they continuing to file dispatches on this site but you should also listen to Haeder’s coverage at Tipping Points on KYRS. Ah, the power of community radio. It’s always fascinating to witness a similar approach in a different city. One of our favorite authors, Derrick Jensen, discussed the spill and the systemic problem with industrialization on WMNF (which stands for Member-sponsored Non-commercial FM), 88.5 FM community radio in Tampa, Florida. Their news and public affairs programming emphasize controversial, neglected, and non-mainstream points of view on important local as well as national or world issues, illuminating our values particularly regarding peace, human rights, and environmentalism. It’s stations like WMNF and Spokane’s very own KYRS where the news matters baby.

Tune in.

Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an environmental issues blog.

Since then, this blog has grown into a full-featured environmental news site and communications tool, we’ve branched off and formed or joined many different organizations, projects and causes, and as many of you Spokane folks know, we developed, produce, and do a 30-minute weekly radio show on KYRS.

If you’ve been listening to KYRS at all the last week, you know that the Spring On-Air Fund Drive is happening.  Our Fund Drive show aired this morning, and the Fund Drive officially ends Thursday March 11th. Whether you’re a loyal listener or not, there is something about KYRS and community radio that effects you – yes, even those of you far away from Spokane. During the Fund Drive we have been asking for your financial support – but this isn’t just about supporting the operations of the radio station - this is supporting diversity in the community, this is supporting sustainability in Spokane, and this is supporting a free, independent voice here and everywhere.

DOMA coffee, tote bags and water bottles kindly donated from the Spokesman- which could be yours if you pledge for DTE!

Here’s a little about KYRS for those of you that don’t know.
· KYRS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, independent, non-commercial, community radio station.
· Nearly all of the work at KYRS is done by volunteers. That’s over 100 programmers hosting local shows from diverse musical genres to public affairs shows that cover just about everything.
· KYRS has been on the air for six years – that’s six year’s worth of people saying they support community radio.
· A donation to KYRS will help pay for a new 70-foot tower to power the 6,500 watts that will bring KYRS to full power at the end of the year. The tower costs $25,000. But remember, donations first and foremost go towards current operating expensive.

While we have only been doing our show for three months, we’ve been supporting KYRS for a long time and we know the importance of locally produced independent news programs. In our short three months we’ve been able to bring in great guests like Taylor
Weech, a 20-year-old local youth outreach director to get her perspective on youth and sustainability in Spokane (click HERE for podcast), and Adriane Borgias, a local environmental consultant to talk about the work she did in the Republic area as a third party representative working on communication and consensus building with the community and the Kinross Gold Corporation (click HERE for podcast). In addition we’ve been a voice for the Spokane River, Complete Streets, climate change, and for other organizations in and around Spokane, and a voice for YOU!

KYRS is Your Radio Station – and we look forward to many more great guests and perspectives including interviews with County Commissioner Bonnie Mager and Drew Meuer from Second Harvest Inland Northwest this month. But we need your help. For $35 you can become a KYRS member. Your gift is tax deductible and you will be making an investment into our community.

Please visit this site - - and consider donating today. If you do decide to support us, support KYRS, and support community radio, please mark in the comments section of “check out” that you’re donating for the Down To Earth show or call 509-747-3807 and tell them Down To Earth sent you.

We really appreciate whatever you can do. And Spokane appreciates you as well!

DTE on the radio

Tune in to 89.9 or 92.3 FM KYRS at 3:00pm today for a DTE guest spot on Paul Haeder’s excellent Tipping Points: Voices From The Edge.


DTE on the radio

Tune in to 92.3 or 89.9FM at noon today to here us on “Earth Matters Now” with hosts Argyle Baukol and Mike Peterson at KYRS: Thin Air Community Radio!

Spokane’s Youth Sustainability Council

Between Sustainable September and working with Project HOPE, Spokane non-profit Community Minded Enterprises is doing some great work in our neighborhoods to develop sustainable solutions. But have you heard about another initiative, Spokane’s very own Youth Sustainability Council?


If you recall back in April, we moderated a panel on sustainability at Huckleberry’s, featuring four local movers and shakers. One guest was Taylor Weech, who was incredibly articulate, and she is leading up YSC, a fun and positive opportunity for young people in town. We recommend you contact her at taylorw@community-minded.org to subscribe to the new YSC e-newsletter where you’ll find news, community event listings, and sustainability tips. Beginning Friday, YSC members will host “Raise Your Voice” on KYRS, Friday’s at 3pm, discussing City Council candidates for tomorrow’s episode.

Visit YSC online at Myspace, Facebook, and their blog.


Earth Matters Now

Photobucket Every Tuesday, from noon to 12:30, tune in for KYRS’s radio show Earth Matters Now. You can turn your radios to 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM or stream the show online at kyrs.org. Hosted by Mike Petersen, Executive Director of the Lands Council, and Argyle Baukol, specialist for Living Green with SNAP, the weekly show focuses on national and regional issues with commentary and interviews. KYRS Thin Air Community Radio is run almost entirely by volunteers from the community, incorporating innovative perspectives on human rights, environment, multiculturalism, and much more. And the music is good too.