KAFM winding down fall fund drive and needs your support

There is an incredible resource here in the Grand Valley that not everybody knows about.

In my opinion, it is taken for granted at times.

Right now, it could use our help.

KAFM Community Radio 88.1 is the resource and at present is finishing up its fall fund drive. KAFM is a relatively small community compared to the Grand Valley’s population. Its fund drives happen twice a year and run for eight days. That is how the station receives the majority of its operating capital.

Most of the funds are donated by listeners and programmers. In fact, during the fund drive 24 meals for the staff and volunteers are provided free from 24 different area restaurants.

Underwriters also provide operating capital as well as services for the radio station. Triple Play Records has been a proud underwriter of KAFM since its inception in 1999, and we will continue to be an underwriter as long as we are in business.

As with any relationship, we have had some challenges, but for both KAFM and Triple Play it is all about the love of music and the music loving community that we have all created.

How else can you explain the near sell-out crowd for a relatively unknown artist’s first trip to Grand Junction?

This column, “Acoustic Sunday” and 88.1 KAFM were the only outlets promoting Jimmy LaFave’s Sept. 4 show.

Being a Grand Valley native and living here most of my life, I think I can speak to the metamorphosis of arts and culture in the Grand Valley from an almost nonexistent state in the 1970s and early 1980s to the growing and thriving scene that exists now.

In my opinion, it will only get better.

I would like to think that Triple Play has had a hand in this process, but I know that KAFM likely has had more to do with it than anyone else.

Passion for music is the common thread among all of the programmers and most of the listeners at KAFM. These are people who have the same kind of passion that I have for music.

I cannot think of any other place, anywhere, where people of different social, political, musical, religious and business backgrounds come together for a common reason.

A great example for all of us!

KAFM may have the weakest signal (16 watts) in the Grand Valley but I think they have the strongest voice.

KAFM offers the widest variety of programming of any radio station to which I have ever listened. That is exactly what makes it so easy to get involved and support community radio. Find a show (or shows) and programmers you like and give them your financial support.

Personally, I have met almost as many great folks through KAFM as I have through Triple Play Records. Many of them are the same people and some will be lifelong friends. How can you put a value on that?

Programmers get creative with their respective shows during the fund drive.

For example, check out my friend Harry Griff and his Saturday AM jazz break from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2.

For becoming a station member or for making a donation to KAFM, Harry will treat you to a gourmet brunch at the station, 1310 Ute Ave.

Or you can call the station now at 241-8801 and make your pledge.

The power of KAFM cannot be measured by watts alone. Make the call, feel the power.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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