KMUN to celebrate with a party

Coast Community Radio will celebrate its 35th birthday with a party for the community on Saturday, April 14.

The bash will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ruins of the Astor Hotel, 1425 Commercial St. Astoria DJ and Coast community radio programmer Joey Altruda will spin tunes. The event will have a no-host bar as well as snacks and birthday cake for guests. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted for the nonprofit organization. All ages are welcome.

Founded by a small group of local individuals, KMUN went on the air on April 17, 1983, with Astorian Liam Dunne voicing the first words: “Welcome to the birth of a station.”

Now called Coast Community Radio, KMUN is the only community station in the region, offering eclectic programming in diverse genres of music as well as local and national public affairs, and children’s programming. The station is also an NPR affiliate.

Since its founding, Coast Community Radio has literally weathered many a storm, including the historic Great Coastal Gale of 2007, when a tree crashed down on the studio. Programmer David Paul didn’t miss a beat and kept right on going with his broadcast.

The station has also endured a storm of a different kind, the perennial threat to defund the federal Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides one-fourth of the station’s budget.

The Tillicum Foundation Board of Directors, which oversees the station and sets policy for it, is working to make the organization less reliant on the federal grant, in part by seeking other grants and holding various fundraisers.

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