A Timeline of KGNU
1976 C.U. Boulder Radio Initiative
C.U. Boulder students raise fees to fund involvement in what becomes KGNU radio
1977: Studio & Broadcast Facility Planning
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
1978: KGNU Inaugural Broadcast
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
1978: KGNU & NFCB
KGNU is one of the founding members of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) representing community and public radio stations in the US.
1978: Signal Power Reduction
July 1978: Citing “close channel interference” with KRMA channel 6, FCC forces KGNU to reduce signal power from 3000 to 1300 watts.
1978: Debut of Longtime Favorite KGNU Programs
1979: Rocky Flats Protests
KGNU broadcasts protests by airplane from Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility.
1979: First Grateful Dead Marathon
1980: Local Music
Local favorites Washboard Chaz, Rare Silk, and Ray Bonneville perform regularly from Kabaret room
1980: Financial Challenges
Station’s financial weakness leads to staff and board turnover, station in crisis.
March, 1981: KGNU Goes Off Air
KGNU loses CPB funds, runs out of money and is signed-off the air.
April 1981: KGNU Back On 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
July 1981: New Studio Space
1983: New GM, Rocky Flats Coverage
Greg Fisher named general manager; 2nd major coverage by KGNU of Rocky Flats protests.