We're honored that you've made KSER part of your listening habit in 2012 and we look forward to continuing to serve the Pacific Northwest in 2013. We couldn't do it without your support.
We feel like all 365 days of KSER broadcasting in 2012 were highlights...but a few events do stand out more than others. In October, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! came to Everett to support KSER and spoke before a standing-room only crowd at Everett Community College.
|Amy Goodman at Everett Community College|
In November we were honored to present the 5th annual KSER Voice of the Community Award Ceremony. This year's awards were presented to the Snohomish County Music Project; MS Helping Hands of Edmonds and Lillian Ortiz-Self.
|Roger Pawley; Jan Vance; Lillian Ortiz-Self|
Every week of 2012, KSER's Ed Bremer featured local newsmakers and community leaders on Sound Living, weekday afternoon's at 4 p.m. One of the top stories featured in 2012 was the closing of the Kimberly-Clark paper mill and the debate over what to do with the valuable water-front property. A number of local leaders talked with Ed about the future of the Kimberly-Clark site, including Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.
|Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson talked with Ed Bremer|
Dozens of local bands and musical artists visited KSER during the year, including Left Hand Smoke; Sightseer; Northern Departure; Tony Lucca, Ian McFeron and a lot more.
In September, KSER's Sondra Santos was named a hero. Really! By the government, no less. The Snohomish Health District presented its Public Health Hero award to the host of KSER's morning news show for her weekly interviews on health issues in the northwest.
|Suzanne Pate; Sondra Santos; Dr. Garry Goldbaum|
|KSER's Sidewalk Doctor Show|
|Jim Hilmar; Jeff Hofman|
And, actually, 2013 is an important anniversary for our predecessor. KRAB-FM started broadcasting 50 years ago. One of the country's first true community radio stations started broadcasting as December turned to January in 1963. In 1991 KRAB became KSER and moved to Snohomish County. In 2003 we moved to our current location in Everett.
If you'd like to make sure that great independent public radio continues in the north Puget Sound, you can help with a donation. Most of our operating income comes from individual listeners like you. It's easy to make a contribution. You can go to our website KSER.org and click on the 'donate now' button. We're a non-profit and your contribution is tax-deductible...a great way to get one more deduction before the end of the year.
Some people also take advantage of our easy-to-use automobile donation plan. You can also do that online here. It's fast and easy, we do all the paperwork. And you may be eligible for a tax deduction. Running or not, we'll be happy to help.
And if you accidentally left somone off your holiday gift list, you can support KSER and buy a nice gift for someone at the KSER Store.
So thanks for your support and thanks for listening to KSER.
And Happy New Year!