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Sponsor Spotlight
Calendar of Events
New Programs & Changes
3rd Annual Poker Run
Social Media Improvements
Programmer Spotlight
Music & Book Sale
Moving Expenses
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Sponsor Spotlight


This month we shine our spotlight on Ten Thousand Villages. A long time KZUM supporter since 1999, Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from all over the world. For over 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has fostered relationships with artisans, providing a fair price for their distinctive hand crafted items. Many of these skilled artisans are under or unemployed so collaborating with Ten Thousand Villages brings income possibilities to many who have none. With products from over 130 artisan groups in 38 countries, the Lincoln store is part of a network of over 390 outlets throughout the United States.


We are proud to have Ten Thousand Villages as a dedicated KZUM Sponsor and appreciate their many years of support and sponsorship. If you are looking for a beautiful, unique gift or a signature piece for your home or office, stop by Ten Thousand Villages. They have such a variety of items that anyone is sure to find something they will love.


Ten Thousand Villages is located at 140 North 8th Street, Suite 125 in the historic Haymarket in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.  For more information on Ten Thousand Villages, visit their Website at check them out on Facebook.

Calendar of Events
NET & KZUM Present "Coffee & Conversation" Film Series
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
1800 North 33rd Street
Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m.

February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day!

Miz B. Presents:  
"Black & White Party" in honor of Black History Month. 
Benefit for KZUM!!
Friday, February 17, 2112
The Alley - 1031 M Street
9pm-2am  21+  $5 cover
Live Performances * Raffle * Special Guests * Food & Drink Specials *  

26th Annual Lincoln Bike Show
Lancaster County Event Center
February 17th, 5 to 10 p.m.
February 18th, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 19th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

President's Day 
February 20, 2012
Business Office Open


KZUM Music & Book Sale
Unitarian Church
6300 A Street
Friday, May 18, 2012 
Saturday, May 19, 2012

KZUM 3rd Annual Poker Run
Hollywood Bowl, 920 N. 48th Street
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Garcia Birthday Bash
July 28, 2012 
Entertainment Provided by the  
Embassy Suites, Lincoln, NE 
New Programs
Program Changes

Check out the exciting new programs available on KZUM!!

"Italian Soda Music Machine"
with Beau Poehlman & Steffan Decker featuring contemporary Indie & Folk Music.
Monday's, 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

"Every Kind of Blue"
with Laura Fortney playing the Blues.
Thursday's, 3 6 p.m.

Don't miss your favorite KZUM Program!!  We have a lot of shows moving to new times.  Here are a few changes to take note of as of January 23rd:

"Dance Bands:
When Melody was King"
with Con Good playing Jazz,
Swing & Dance from the 1940's to 1960's  is moving to
Monday's, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

"The Polka Show" 
with Bobby Hrupek.  Hear the Best Polka Show on Your Radio Dial!
Moving to
Monday's, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

"Our Street"
with Lynn Fisher & Shawn Ryba. Listen to the discussion of community and neighborhood issues with local leaders and news makers.  
Moving to  
Monday's, 11 a.m. to Noon 

"Canine 360"

Join Jill Morstad for a discussion of dogs, people and how we coexist.
Moving to
Monday's 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Shows that Have Moved!

"Tree with Roots"
with Ryan Evans playing Americana and Folk, new and old.
Wednesday's, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

"The Detour"
 with A. K. is an eclectic mix including everything from
modern Indie to New Wave to
classic jazz and more.
Wednesday's, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

"River City Folk"
with Tom May. This syndicated hour of interview and performance shouldn't be missed!
Wednesday's, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

KZUM Welcomes Nick Svoboda to Earth 2 Lincoln!
Tuesday's, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Get Your Motor Running!!


We have been busy planning the 3rd Annual KZUM Poker Run. This years' event will be held on June 30, 2012 and will feature some rockin' new attractions including a street dance with The Fishheads, Miller beer  

and amazing raffle prizes like motorcycle riding classes, multiple tattoo gift certificates and an autographed Paul Jr. poster!  


More details to come as we get closer to this exciting event but for now... please save the date!  

Whether you ride or not, there will be fun stuff for everyone!    


For information on becoming a vendor or donating a raffle item for the 3rd Annual KZUM Poker Run, contact our Cary Ernst, Director of Sponsorship & Development by calling (402) 474-5086 ext. 6 or by email at

Connecting with Volunteers

KZUM is ALWAYS looking for fun-loving individuals to help out in the studio or at our events. In an attempt to boost volunteer recruitment, KZUM has a new Volunteer Recruitment page available on Facebook.  


 As our moving date approaches, we will be relying heavily on volunteer support. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities available at KZUM, please visit us at "KZUM Volunteer Page" and click the LIKE Button. As the site develops, you will have access to regular updates on weekly volunteer opportunities at KZUM 89.3 FM/HD. 


We are still looking for a Production Specialist/Archivist and someone to help us out with graphic design and software training needs. We are also in need of Event Workers for our upcoming Music & Book Sale and our exciting 3rd Annual Poker Run.  


If you aren't on Facebook but are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time, please call Missy Murkins at 402-474-5086, Ext. 2.

Featured Sponsor
Happy New Year
Happy New Year from KZUM!
2012 May Be Our Best Year Yet!

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."  Albert Einstein 


On the Move! A New Location for KZUM!


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 it 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 separately 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  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.    

KZUM Gets Social


KZUM is excited to announce that we have finally found our groove in the social media networking arena. Millions are using social media tools to communicate with friends, family and business colleagues. Additionally, social media outlets are fast becoming the first place where people go for news updates, information on local businesses, and to find out what's happening in their communities.


At KZUM, we have been working hard to find new and better ways to reach out to our members, sponsors, and the community in general. According to statistics from the Facebook press office, more than 25 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, pictures, etc.) are shared each month. Because of the growing importance of social media in people's lives, we are really looking forward to communicating with our followers in a more fun and personal way.


On our website, over the next few months, we will be updating our program bios and links to media sites for many of KZUM's fun and entertaining programs. Our monthly e-newsletter will feature both Programmer and Sponsor Spotlight sections as well as more entertaining ways (contests, polls, etc.) to win KZUM swag. We have been working to streamline our Facebook page, and creating a more user friendly and organized environment for our followers.  Additionally, we have increased our Twitter feeds and are excited to be featuring a new weekly blog on Tumblr.  As if that wasn't enough, we also have a site in development on Linked In.   


We invite you to take a moment to visit our social media sites by clicking on the links listed in the above paragraph or on the icons at the bottom of this newsletter and encourage you to add us as friends. We also welcome your comments and suggestions regarding our new social media efforts and all other things KZUM.

Programmer Spotlight - Nostalgia!


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 Music & Book Sale

The KZUM Music & Book Sale is fast approaching!  This year's event will be held from Friday, May 18th to Saturday, May 19th at the Unitarian Church, located at 6300 A Street. 

As we move into the spring cleaning months, please consider donating any vintage LP's, CD's and books in good condition to KZUM. 

Items may be dropped off at 941 O Street, Suite 1025, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please give us a call ahead of time at (402) 474-5086 to ensure that someone is available to assist you. 
Twelve Days of KZUM Contest

You might remember that last month we featured a Twelve Days of KZUM Contest encouraging listeners to submit their suggestions for twelve great new ways we can improve the station this year. Your responses have been wonderful! They have been fun to read and have given us some great ideas moving forward in 2012.


If you haven't submitted your suggestion, it's not too late. We will be accepting submissions through January 31, 2012. Submit your idea at  


Winners will be selected at random and contacted in February. Thanks to all who have participated. Your comments and suggestions have been fantastic!

We can never say this enough, thank you for continuing to make KZUM, "The Heartbeat of Your Community!"


We couldn't do what we do...without YOU!




KZUM Staff & Board of Directors

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