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|2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
The station hosted a special bonus edition of the Broken Record program, featuring members of the Sonoma County Black Coalition (SCBC). The SCBC describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights organization dedicated to amplifying and unifying Black voices in Sonoma County.” KBBF’s Director of Programming, Edgar Avila, and Board President Alicia Sanchez also have released a statement of solidarity from the station. The United States is a country founded entirely on the exploitation and slavery of African-Americans, resulting in centuries of inequality, the effects of which have still not been fixed or even honestly confronted by our government to this day. This is why KBBF supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the right of all people to fight for their freedom.
|2020-05-31May 31, 2020
KBBF is the medium by which the authorities, local government, agencies, and nonprofits choose to disseminate their emergency information. Volunteer programmers, who are themselves members of these communities, also provide cultural context, more nuanced translation, and national and international news that is critical to understanding any emergency situation. The station’s emergency broadcasting during the 2017 and 2019 fires earned global accolades for service to not only the Spanish-speaking communities, but also to indigenous communities — there are thousands of listeners who speak Triqui, Mixteco, or Chatino. For many of these people, there is no source of local information in their language other than KBBF. One shining example of this groundbreaking coverage is KBBF’s latest program, “Tardes con Dr. Valdovinos.” This mental health show is broadcast in Spanish and has already garnered the attention of local media.
|2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020
KBBF 89.1 radio continues being an invaluable trusted messenger of information and communications that the Spanish-speaking and indigenous communities rely on, especially during disasters and crises. Through the generous and loving support of many individuals and organizations, KBBF has been able to fulfill the vision of its founders: To create a strong multilingual voice that empowers and engages the community at large in order to achieve social justice through education, celebration of culture, and delivery of local and international news coverage. The following list includes some of the people and organization that have helped so much during this COVID-19 crisis.
|2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020
The ICE arrests that took place in February in Santa Rosa sparked controversy. They occurred while people were attending hearings for other reasons at the Sonoma County Superior Court. Julie Johnson, reporting in The Press Democrat, noted, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made the arrests in defiance of a new state law barring civil immigration arrests at California courthouses, a statute that does not strip federal agents of their authority to conduct missions but makes clear the state’s intent.
|2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
Throughout history, women have broken barriers to instigate powerful change. The Museum of Sonoma County recently opened an exhibit dedicated local trailblazers. Among the groundbreaking women represented in the show is Alicia Sanchez, board president of KBBF 89.1 FM radio
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