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What are the Blues? by KZUM Programmer, Jimmy Hudson

Listen to “Hudson Blue” Friday’s from 3-4:30pm on KZUM 89.3 FM/HD or online at www.KZUM.org!

Some thoughts from Jimmy Hudson

Recently I was asked “What are the blues?”  While this is a tough question to answer, here are some thoughts to ponder. First one must open one’s mind. My skydiving friend Cory will tell you that your mind is like your parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open. There are many opinions on what the blues are. I once stood before an American flag and swore an oath to defend your right to your opinion, Even if the one advocating it at the top of his lungs is someone I would spend a lifetime arguing at the top of mine. I will respect and defend your opinion. Some will say that unless it came from the Mississippi delta it’s not blues. Some will tell you that if the artists name isn’t Lightnin’ or Muddy or Howlin’ or King or Taylor it’s not blues. Is it a motorcycle only when it says Harley Davidson on the gas tank? Is it a firearm only if it says Smith and Wesson on it?

I once asked a guitar player what the blues are and he told me it is a feeling deep in his soul that comes out his fingers on the neck of Lucille. We cannot attempt to compartmentalize the genre known as the blues. In 1957 John Baldry called it boogie  woogie, An English cop on the same album said “ it is a style of music peculiar to the American Negro my Lord.”  Johnny Winter said “I make my living feeling lousy but I feel good when I play blues.” Delbert McClinton called it “blues as blues can get.” Jake and Elwood called” Briefcase Full of  Blues” master bluesmen practicing their craft.

I was at a house party at my good friend Terry’s house. I was in the basement playing pool when I heard the most amazing music coming through the floor.  I did not recognize the band but it was some great blues. I immediately sunk the eight ball, racked my cue and headed upstairs to find out who this was. I was pleasantly surprised to see a video on the big screen of some early concert footage of Led Zeppelin, but they’re a rock band aren’t they. Eric Clapton started his career as a rock and roller, but he is also a great bluesman. My point is that the music known as the blues can be that which stirs your soul. It will cause an emotional, spiritual, or physical response to the listener. It can come from any number of sources. From Lightnin’ Hopkins to Joe Bonamassa to Webb Wilder it will flow through you and leave you wanting more.  The blues is an attitude. The blues is a feeling. The blues is a mindset. With your mind open please feel free to decide for yourself what the blues are to you personally. As long as you enjoy it, the music known as the blues will ‘live long and prosper,”

Jimmy Hudson       

Hey!! Did you know that KZUM turned 34 this week? Wow! Thirty four years of the best variety in music on the air-waves! Happy Birthday, KZUM!! Thank you to all of our listeners, volunteers, members and supporters for keeping the Heartbeat of Your Community going strong all these years!
Join KZUM & NET for “Coffee & Conversation” next Thursday, Feb. 16th at 6pm. This months feature is “More than a Month” by Shukree Hassan Tilghman. NET is located at 1800 N. 33rd Street. Make sure to tune in to KZUM on Wednesday, Feb. 15th from 5-6pm. Mizb Kzum will have a special Traffic Jam interview with the filmmaker. For more information on this thought provoking documentary visit http://www.facebook.com/mtamthemovie.
It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a new addition to the KZUM family, I find this picture so inspiring. Taken in the early 80’s, it features many of KZUM’s founding members including some that are still rockin’ the air waves today like, Scott Colborn (Exploring Unexplained Phenomena), Hardy Holm (Strawberry Fields), Eric Bachenberg (Exposition Flyer), Jim Anderson (A Blues Oasis) and John Schmitz (The Heyride). When I look at the bright faces and feel the pride embodied in this photograph, I can’t help but wonder if they had any idea that KZUM would be going strong over thirty years later.    
As KZUM prepares to move into new and improved studio’s and office space, I can’t help but think back to what KZUM has meant to me over the years. This photo exudes an aura of nostalgia for me. It takes me back twenty years to the time of my first exposure to KZUM. I remember how cool I thought it was that such a station existed. I had always been a kid who loved all genres of music but growing up in small town Nebraska limited most of my music exposure to Top 40, MTV, and music selections dictated by choir instructors.  

I look at this photo and see people like none I’d experienced before moving to Lincoln; people who seem to embody the qualities I wanted to cultivate in me so many years ago. I see strong, vibrant feminists alongside comfortable earth mother types.  I see activists, hippies and revolutionaries.  I see outdoorsy types, smart and creative nerdy types, and shaggy wild men who remind me of Wolfman Jack and Charles Manson (Haha!). I smile at familiar faces like Ron Kurtenbach, remembering his time on public television and chuckle at how handsome a former neighbor was in his youth.  

Looking closely, I see someone sporting a “Sonia Johnson for President” t-shirt (a feminist author and one of the first women to run for presidential office), an early Open Harvest Co-op t-shirt, a woman wearing one of the first KZUM t-shirts produced back when the station was broadcasting on 89.5 (a shirt that hangs in my office today) and someone displaying a book by Carlos Casteneda (an author and anthropologist who wrote about shape shifting and shamanism). How completely cool is that??? There are handsome, clean cut looking guys, rebellious bad boy types and well… a group of people who I would just love to sit down and drink some beers with. I see happy smiles, bashful smiles, sassy smiles and sarcastic smiles. I see wit, intelligence, silliness, laughter, hopefulness, strength and pride.  

I see… Scary Clown!!!  What the heck?  Why is there a scary clown??  Being a mildly coulrophobic person, it both amuses me and terrifies me all at once. What’s even funnier is how many times I’ve looked at this photo and never saw it. Then one day - AH!! Scary Clown! I guess it’s an example of how I see something different every time I look at this photo; the same as how I hear something different every time I tune in to KZUM. The group inspires me and the photo shines with a groovy aura of peace, expansive thought and a wild variety of personalities that molded KZUM into what it is today.  

I look at this picture and I see KZUM!  I see the backbone of everything that makes KZUM so great.  I see rock, blues, jazz, news, soul, punk, new age, bluegrass and world music… diversity at its finest.  This picture makes me feel proud to be part of a community with so many amazing people who work so hard and give so much of themselves, all to make it great. I am even prouder still to be part of something as wonderful as KZUM… even if a scary clown does pop into view every now and then.

It’s an exciting time for KZUM now. The upcoming move has everyone anxiously anticipating great things to come. It seems that the changes are happening at lightning speed. This new adventure for KZUM means so many things; like better accommodations for our programmers and office staff, new and exciting opportunities for local and national musicians to perform live in the KZUM studios, abundant parking (Ha!), new production equipment, a place to connect more efficiently with old friends of KZUM and new friends of the station yet to come, the community and best of all, a new cycle of expansion and growth. As a cleansing energy starts to move through the KZUM studios, it’s easy to drift away into day dreams about the endless potential that lies ahead for Lincoln’s awesome little community radio station.  

So while I struggle to come up with a thousand words, I will close by saying this; it’s easy to take KZUM for granted. I know that I am guilty of listening for years before I finally became active in supporting the station. I think that many people (myself included) assume that if they can’t pledge high dollar amounts, they have nothing to offer. This couldn’t be further from the truth (as I discovered). There are so many ways to bring KZUM into your life. You can work with us on sponsorship for non-profit or community events, join in conversation and share KZUM through social media outlets, volunteer a few hours of your time to assist office staff, answer phones during our Spring & Fall pledge drives or join us for a lot of fun at one of the many exciting community events that KZUM hosts throughout the year.  

It doesn’t take a lot of time or energy to make a big difference. If KZUM means as much to you as it does to me, it is my hope that you join us in thinking outside of the box and find a way to get involved. You have so much to offer, just as KZUM has so much to offer you.

Huh…exactly 1,000 words.  
By Missy Murkins, Community Engagement Partner 
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It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a new addition to the KZUM family, I find this picture so inspiring. Taken in the early 80’s, it features many of KZUM’s founding members including some that are still rockin’ the air waves today like, Scott Colborn (Exploring Unexplained Phenomena), Hardy Holm (Strawberry Fields), Eric Bachenberg (Exposition Flyer), Jim Anderson (A Blues Oasis) and John Schmitz (The Heyride). When I look at the bright faces and feel the pride embodied in this photograph, I can’t help but wonder if they had any idea that KZUM would be going strong over thirty years later.    

As KZUM prepares to move into new and improved studio’s and office space, I can’t help but think back to what KZUM has meant to me over the years. This photo exudes an aura of nostalgia for me. It takes me back twenty years to the time of my first exposure to KZUM. I remember how cool I thought it was that such a station existed. I had always been a kid who loved all genres of music but growing up in small town Nebraska limited most of my music exposure to Top 40, MTV, and music selections dictated by choir instructors.  

I look at this photo and see people like none I’d experienced before moving to Lincoln; people who seem to embody the qualities I wanted to cultivate in me so many years ago. I see strong, vibrant feminists alongside comfortable earth mother types.  I see activists, hippies and revolutionaries.  I see outdoorsy types, smart and creative nerdy types, and shaggy wild men who remind me of Wolfman Jack and Charles Manson (Haha!). I smile at familiar faces like Ron Kurtenbach, remembering his time on public television and chuckle at how handsome a former neighbor was in his youth.  

Looking closely, I see someone sporting a “Sonia Johnson for President” t-shirt (a feminist author and one of the first women to run for presidential office), an early Open Harvest Co-op t-shirt, a woman wearing one of the first KZUM t-shirts produced back when the station was broadcasting on 89.5 (a shirt that hangs in my office today) and someone displaying a book by Carlos Casteneda (an author and anthropologist who wrote about shape shifting and shamanism). How completely cool is that??? There are handsome, clean cut looking guys, rebellious bad boy types and well… a group of people who I would just love to sit down and drink some beers with. I see happy smiles, bashful smiles, sassy smiles and sarcastic smiles. I see wit, intelligence, silliness, laughter, hopefulness, strength and pride.  

I see… Scary Clown!!!  What the heck?  Why is there a scary clown??  Being a mildly coulrophobic person, it both amuses me and terrifies me all at once. What’s even funnier is how many times I’ve looked at this photo and never saw it. Then one day - AH!! Scary Clown! I guess it’s an example of how I see something different every time I look at this photo; the same as how I hear something different every time I tune in to KZUM. The group inspires me and the photo shines with a groovy aura of peace, expansive thought and a wild variety of personalities that molded KZUM into what it is today.  

I look at this picture and I see KZUM!  I see the backbone of everything that makes KZUM so great.  I see rock, blues, jazz, news, soul, punk, new age, bluegrass and world music… diversity at its finest.  This picture makes me feel proud to be part of a community with so many amazing people who work so hard and give so much of themselves, all to make it great. I am even prouder still to be part of something as wonderful as KZUM… even if a scary clown does pop into view every now and then.

It’s an exciting time for KZUM now. The upcoming move has everyone anxiously anticipating great things to come. It seems that the changes are happening at lightning speed. This new adventure for KZUM means so many things; like better accommodations for our programmers and office staff, new and exciting opportunities for local and national musicians to perform live in the KZUM studios, abundant parking (Ha!), new production equipment, a place to connect more efficiently with old friends of KZUM and new friends of the station yet to come, the community and best of all, a new cycle of expansion and growth. As a cleansing energy starts to move through the KZUM studios, it’s easy to drift away into day dreams about the endless potential that lies ahead for Lincoln’s awesome little community radio station.  

So while I struggle to come up with a thousand words, I will close by saying this; it’s easy to take KZUM for granted. I know that I am guilty of listening for years before I finally became active in supporting the station. I think that many people (myself included) assume that if they can’t pledge high dollar amounts, they have nothing to offer. This couldn’t be further from the truth (as I discovered). There are so many ways to bring KZUM into your life. You can work with us on sponsorship for non-profit or community events, join in conversation and share KZUM through social media outlets, volunteer a few hours of your time to assist office staff, answer phones during our Spring & Fall pledge drives or join us for a lot of fun at one of the many exciting community events that KZUM hosts throughout the year.  

It doesn’t take a lot of time or energy to make a big difference. If KZUM means as much to you as it does to me, it is my hope that you join us in thinking outside of the box and find a way to get involved. You have so much to offer, just as KZUM has so much to offer you.

Huh…exactly 1,000 words.  

By Missy Murkins, Community Engagement Partner 

KZUM Community Radio Moving to College View!

KZUM Community Radio Plans to Move

Lincoln, NE, December 20, 2011:  KZUM, Nebraska’s only non-profit community radio station, is pleased to announce that it will be moving its on-air studios and business office to 3534 South 48th Street in the spring of 2012.  The new College View facilities will have street level access, ample off street parking, additional space for a second studio, and extra work and meeting areas for the KZUM staff and volunteers.  Situated near bus lines and on one of Lincoln’s major arterial streets will provide easy access and increased visibility for the station.

This is the first move for KZUM since 1988 when they moved into their present location at the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln.  “We have had a good run in our present location, but the Board feels that the new location will better serve the needs of the station and the Lincoln community as we move forward through the next several years,” says General Manager Cathy Behrns.  “We are optimistic that we will continue to cultivate different types of programming, including broadcasting on the HD frequency.  We are also looking forward to remote broadcasting from across our community.”

“A Facilities Committee has been looking at various possibilities for the past 18 months, including other sites in Lincoln or even staying in the Terminal Building,” says Facilities Committee Chair Jim Smith.   “After much research, study and discussion, the committee, with the endorsement of the Board of Directors, decided on the new location.  We are excited about the potential that comes with the new site.”

Details regarding a capital campaign will be announced in the near future to help with the costs of relocation as well as purchasing new equipment and furnishings.  However, anyone who wishes to make a year–end tax deductible donation to this cause may do so at any time by check, cash or credit card by contacting the KZUM offices at 941 ‘O’ Street, Suite 1025, Lincoln, NE 68508 or calling the business office at 402-474-5086.

Drive-By Media: Connecticut radio still looking to get Al Jazeera on the air

Al Jazeera’s coverage of the popular uprisings in the Middle East is creating a lot of U.S. demand for the Qatar-based network’s English-language broadcasts. Unfortunately, Connecticut isn’t on the short list of places in this country where they’re available, at least not quite yet.

John Murphy, general manager of WHUS, says his community radio station is hoping to be able to broadcast Al Jazeera’s hour-long newscasts as soon as they become available.

Toronto Community Radio Station to go Silent Feb 12

After nearly 20 years of broadcasting, community radio station CKLN-FM will be forced off the air in February.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has revoked its licence.

The station, a community-based campus radio station located at but not associated with Ryerson University, is to cease operation February 12. The station has a volunteer staff of some 200 people.

Radio station could connect junior high to community

CORNER BROOK — Dylan Thomas and Kody Gardner are hoping to reduce the static between their school and community via radio.

The two Presentation Junior High Grade 9 students began discussing the idea of school radio during the previous academic year, but it wasn’t until this year they really tried to get on the air.

“It seemed like an original idea to do for a junior high school,” said Thomas, who is also school president.

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Inside Radio Bakhita in Sudan. Photo by Simon Roughneen
From the Mediashift article Will Freedom of Expression Hold in Southern Sudan?

JUBA, SUDAN — “If someone from southern Sudan trusts you, they will tell you enough to write a book,” said Cecilia Sierra Salcido, a Mexican missionary nun turned media entrepreneur who runs Radio Bakhita in Sudan. “We broadcast a special history series, as so much here has not been written or recorded, and so many people have stories to tell.” 
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dominickbrady:

Inside Radio Bakhita in Sudan. Photo by Simon Roughneen

From the Mediashift article Will Freedom of Expression Hold in Southern Sudan?

JUBA, SUDAN — “If someone from southern Sudan trusts you, they will tell you enough to write a book,” said Cecilia Sierra Salcido, a Mexican missionary nun turned media entrepreneur who runs Radio Bakhita in Sudan. “We broadcast a special history series, as so much here has not been written or recorded, and so many people have stories to tell.” 

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