KAOS, The Evergreen State College’s Community Radio Station, Gains Two Prestigious National Accolades
KAOS radio has recently been recognized by Performer Magazine and The Princeton Review as among the top ten non-commercial radio stations in the nation.
The Princeton Review developed its recognition based on student surveys across the nation, while Performer Magazine developed its criteria based on diversity of artists featured on the airwaves.
“With KAOS’ official designation as a hybrid station that combines serving as both a college radio station, as well as the community station model; receiving praise for our focus in both areas makes these rankings all the more impressive,” says Jerry Drummond, KAOS general manager. “The efforts of our many student volunteers, joining with the long-time community- member programmers, have gotten us this nationwide notoriety. As I look at the other stations included on the lists, we are certainly proud to be mentioned in their company.”
Both accolades recognize KAOS radio’s efforts to provide programming that includes a wide range of music, women’s issues, Native American, Spanish language, and public affairs reporting.
Licensed to the Evergreen State College, KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia Community Radio has been the South Sound’s only full-time, full-power commercial-free public radio service since 1973, offering a wide range of local and global news, community information, and independent music. The station streams its broadcasting live on the World Wide Web, at www.kaosradio.org, and can be heard on Comcast cable in Thurston County on TCTV Public Access channel 22 as well as on Comcast Digital Cable channel 982.
Over its thirty-nine year history, KAOS has become one of Thurston County’s largest volunteer-based organizations. KAOS is programmed by a staff of nearly 100 student and community volunteers. Their varied perspectives and sensibilities make KAOS a unique resource for information and entertainment often ignored by major media.