KGNU-FM, Boulder County Community Radio, is a
volunteer-powered and listener supported public radio station licensed
to the Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc. With the support
of staff and over 200 volunteers, KGNU broadcasts a mix of diverse music
and comprehensive news and public affairs programs to an audience of 40,000
listeners a week in the Boulder/Fort Collins and the Front Range, Colorado
area. KGNU seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain it's audience with
quality programming that reflects the diversity of the local and world
community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and
music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other
KGNU has participated in the last few years in several
initiatives to use the new technologies to enhance the services it offers.
Project CONnECT (Colorado On-line Network Educating Communities Today)
is a collaboration of local public broadcasting stations, community
networks, and local schools whose goals are to bring community network
with focuses on education, health, and library services to rural Coloradan
towns. KGNU-FM has also been participating in the Boulder Community
Network, a cooperative of local Boulder media; city, town and county
governments; Boulder County Schools; and local community groups. The
BCN is designed to be a comprehensive web of information and communication
services providing all Boulder County, Colorado citizens with access
to local and national information, to promote civic participation, educational
excellence, economic vitality, and community involvement.
KGNU has broadcast NEW AMERICAN RADIO from its beginning.
In 1994 it joined New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. and KOHM (Lubbock,
TX) in commissioning composers Alvin Curran, Rinde Eckert and Helen
Thorington to create new works for radio. The commissions were funded
with a grant from the Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning
Program, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and
the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The works were distributed as
part of NEW AMERICAN RADIO's 1995 season.
KGNU's Online Program guide was one of the first
for a public radio station in the country and KGNU was the first public
broadcaster to receive donations online.
Most recently, KGNU has been awarded a Department
of Commerce NTIA/TIIAP award for it's participation in the Soundprint
Media Center's Global Public Telecommunication Network Project. The
GPTN is a collaboration of several national public broadcasting stations
cooperating in order to create a sustainable public information network.
Once completed, the GPTN will be the first truly public multimedia information
network to provide low-cost access and a free flow of information on
the internet. KGNU will participate in the GPTN by being a regional
hub for the Rocky Mountain Region and serve as a focal point for other
community stations interested in similar projects.