KGNU: 40 Years of Making Waves
A Timeline of KGNU
C.U. Boulder students raise fees to fund involvement in what becomes KGNU radio
The Boulder Community Broadcast Association, licensee of KGNU collaborates to create studio space, transmitter and tower location, equipment, and personnel to put KGNU on the air
Inaugural KGNU broadcast on May 22, 1978 from a cottage behind the Millenium Harvest House Hotel. Glen Gerberg named first station manager. John “Sal” Salamone, pictured here, was a DJ and also KGNU’s advertising manager. Boulder Bluegrass Band Hot Rize debuts on KGNU morning show from the “Kabaret” room, KGNU’s..Read More
KGNU is one of the founding members of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) representing community and public radio stations in the US.
July 1978: Citing “close channel interference” with KRMA channel 6, FCC forces KGNU to reduce signal power from 3000 to 1300 watts.
KGNU broadcasts protests by airplane from Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility.
Local favorites Washboard Chaz, Rare Silk, and Ray Bonneville perform regularly from Kabaret room
Station’s financial weakness leads to staff and board turnover, station in crisis.
KGNU loses CPB funds, runs out of money and is signed-off the air.
“Friends of KGNU” sign station back on three weeks later with no federal funding, begins two-month on-air fundraising effort; Fergus Stone becomes station manager
Greg Fisher named general manager; 2nd major coverage by KGNU of Rocky Flats protests.