KPOV Building Resources for Local Community Radio this Fall


If you are looking for innovative and homegrown community radio in Central Oregon, turn your dial to KPOV at 88.9 FM or

Among a wide variety of programming on this multi-format station, during this election season, KPOV will be featuring live interviews of local candidates for office and broadcasting election forums by the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County. All of this election coverage is also maintained on their website,, under the Election Coverage page.

KPOV is not funded by commercial advertising, but is supported by listeners and small local businesses and powered by over 100 local volunteers.

To build resources to run the station, KPOV is holding their Fall Membership Drive October 12-20. The goal of the Drive is to raise $28,000 to help support KPOV’s programming, operations and work to provide locally based, locally focused radio to Central Oregon.

“As the only nonprofit, community-based radio station located in Bend, KPOV is in a unique position to serve as a media hub for our community and build connections across the region. We know that people cannot always be everywhere the community gathers, but they can always feel connected to the community by tuning in to KPOV at 88.9 FM or,” says Station Manager Jill Mahler.

“KPOV is also a great place for nonprofit organizations, artists, local musicians, civic leaders, local businesses, and many others to reach out to Central Oregon,” Mahler added.

More than 50 locally produced programs anchor KPOV’s schedule. They include 10 local affairs shows that air a variety of local voices and discuss important issues. The community station also broadcasts live local music and other music shows in which knowledgeable volunteer DJs hand-pick the songs they play. There is more information about KPOV at

“To offer all of the community based programming KPOV produces, we depend on the support of listeners who take the step to become KPOV members,” adds Mahler.

To show its appreciation for supporters who join or renew with KPOV by the Membership Drive’s first day, KPOV will be holding an Early Bird Prize Drawing. “Early donors get our membership drives off to a strong start and encourage others to jump on board,” Mahler explains.

All membership pledges or donations received before 3pm on October 12 will be entered into a prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Moose Sisters Restaurant. Pledges and donations can be made at or 501 NW Bond Street, Bend, OR 97703.

The Membership Drive has two grand prize drawings: one is for a $100 gift certificate to Harry Richie’s Jewelry in Bend and the other is for $150 gift certificate to The Humble Beet on Newport. All who donate during the drive are entered into a drawing for that valuable prize.

KPOV also offers thank you gifts at various member levels. Gifts include a KPOV logo beanie; one pound of coffee from Strictly Organic; local, hand-made ceramic mugs by Bend’s Mug Revolution; and more.

KPOV is asking groups to volunteer during membership drive.

KPOV is also asking local businesses and non-profit groups to volunteer to answer phones during the Fall Membership Drive. Organizations participating this year and in past years include: Saving Grace, Central Oregon Land Watch, Family Access Network, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, The Environmental Center, Human Dignity Coalition, Social Justice Center, Jobs with Justice and many others. Call 541-322-0863 for more information or online at

KPOV, High Desert Community Radio, is a listener-supported, volunteer powered radio station and the only non-profit community station originating from Bend.

KPOV broadcasts at 88.9 FM and streams live and hosts show archives on The station features locally-produced programs not heard on any other radio stations in the area, including civic affairs, election coverage and the most diverse music programming in Central Oregon.

Underwriting is also available and affordable for nonprofit organizations and local businesses. For a program schedule, underwriting information, to donate or to volunteer, call 541-322-0863 or visit the website at


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