As KMUN’s first station manager, I was thrilled to help celebrate its 30th Anniversary with so many
familiar faces from the early “We don’t really know what we’re doing, but let’s build a radio station”
days and, more importantly, so many new ones.
Thanks to the support of a great number of people, over the past thirty years Coast Community
Radio has matured into not just a radio station, but a true regional resource that provides both a
wide variety of programming services and a myriad of additional, often essential, services to a unique
part of the Pacific Northwest.
Other community media organizations around the country claim to do this. Few are as successful at it
as Coast Community Radio. And few have gotten there with as much organizational zest and good
Now it’s time to look ahead to the next thirty years.
The Tillicum Foundation’s Board of Directors, the staff and a committee of founding members, former
managers and friends are working on a multi-pronged, long term plan to assure the financial health
of the organization going forward.
That plan involves reviewing the operational budget, growing the individual and business
membership base, increasing on-air underwriting and seeking more grants and foundation gifts.
At the urging of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) - one of the very early supporters of the
station and the home of what will eventually be our Endowment Fund - we are also currently raising
funds for an Operating Reserve of $75,000.
Long term, an Endowment Fund hosted by the OCF will enable legacy giving by working with
members’ estates and advisors. First, though, we need to ensure that the organization has at least
a $75,000 Operating Reserve as a buffer against unforeseen budget cuts and natural disasters.
The good news is that we already have a very healthy start towards that $75,000 goal, thanks to a
$10,000 seed gift from a long-time station supporter and additional donations from several others.
I’ve made an extra contribution this year to support Coast Community Radio’s Operating Reserve. I
hope you will join me by making a donation to this fund now beyond your annual membership.
Please mail in your contribution to KMUN at P.O. Box 269, Astoria, OR 97103, or contribute via the
website here. If you prefer, you can also email or call General Manager Joanne Rideout or
Development Director Tom Hartland. 503-325-0010 or 800-518-0010
Thank-you so much, and here’s to the continued success of Coast Community Radio.
-Harriet Baskas, KMUN’s first station manager and proud member of the 2nd 30 Club.