At 40, KAOS Wins Local & National Kudos

KAOS capped its fourth decade of community broadcasting with a bundle of laurels.

Performer Magazine recently recognized it as one of America’s top ten noncommercial radio stations based on the diversity of artists aired, and The Princeton Review selected it as one of America’s top ten most popular college radio stations. The Princeton Review ranking was based on student surveys conducted with more than 122,000 students at 377 colleges across the nation.

Jerry Drummond
Photo by Shauna Bittle ’98.

Locally, KAOS was chosen by Weekly Volcano readers as “Thurston County’s Best Radio Station” in the “Best Of Olympia 2013” issue published by the Tacoma- Olympia alternative newsweekly. “The best part of this award is that it makes two in a row for KAOS,” says Jerry Drummond, the station’s general manager. “We were voted the best radio station last year as well. These local awards certainly mean as much as the national honors, since we were selected by the audience we serve.”

Over its 40-year history, KAOS has grown into one of the area’s largest volunteer-based organizations: It is programmed by nearly a hundred student and community volunteers, whose varied perspectives make the listener-supported station a unique resource for information and entertainment often ignored by major media outlets.

“With KAOS’ official designation as a hybrid station that combines serving as both a college radio station and a community station, receiving praise for our focus in both areas makes these rankings all the more impressive,” says Drummond. “When I’m working with all the volunteer DJs, I realize KAOS gets the best people that both Olympia and The Evergreen State College has to offer. Our success is due to our diverse and talented volunteers.”