KZMU is a grassroots, community radio station isolated in the dramatic landscapes of Canyonlands and the Colorado Plateau. Our home is the small tourist town of Moab, Utah, more than 100 miles from the nearest city. KZMU is truly an aural oasis in the desert airwaves of Southeastern Utah.
Local volunteer DJs program our airwaves, along with a small part-time staff. Our public affairs programming includes Moab City Council meetings broadcast live, and interviews with community movers and shakers. We also air Democracy Now, Alternative Radio and a selection of regional productions.
KZMU is also about music, all kinds of music, connecting community members to one another, to the wider world and having fun while we're at it. We aren't particularly polished, we don't always know what we're going to do next, but you can be sure that whatever you hear will be spontaneous, fun and full of positive energy. Indeed, our mission statement is to "inform, educate, engage, entertain and delight."
We were born in 1992 in a dilapidated old trailer that the National Park Service abandoned. Seven years later, we completed our modest but comfy permanent station high atop Rocky Road overlooking the Moab valley with the help of our loyal listeners who made it financially possible. In 2008, with the help of a grant from Rocky Mountain Power and the support of listeners like you, the KZMU studio became solar powered. We are the greenest and wildest sound this side of the Rockies.
We wouldn't exist without our Moab community, without the monetary support from our underwriters and our donors, and without the energy and engagement of our DJs, producers and guests. Thank you! And thank you to the many who listen online and support us from afar.
We have mostly two-hour shows that feature the intuitive whim of the DJ on deck. This approach allows maximum creativity and freedom. DJs are encouraged to cultivate their creative contribution to community with minimum intervention and plenty of training in the art of radio by a supportive staff. We've got 24 hours of local programming, with live, local volunteer DJ's usually going from 9 am to around midnight. Our overnight jukebox rotates thousands of rare and tasty tracks.
Aside from showcasing the best of Independent unsigned artists, blending jazz, blues folk, bluegrass, country, Americana, Latin American, African, Cuban Creole Reggae Native American, Broadway Musicals, Big Band, Autoharp, Alternatwang, Technohouse, TripHop and all shades of Rock, we are deeply dedicated to the educational and public affairs elements of our mission. Saturdays are big broadcast days for area youth. "Children's Shine Time" airs at 9 am with parents and kids (usually between 6 and 8 years old) playing music that inspires and amuses. "Tween Time" airs at 4pm Saturday, and the teens take over from 7 to 9 pm Saturday with the "Teenage Wasteland'.
City and County Council meetings broadcast live, hours of weekly public affairs programming with 'This Week in Moab' and 'Free Speech Friday.' The Trading Post mid day Fridays will connect you to everything from a belly laugh to the nearest yard sale through the warped and wonderful stylings of various local hosts.
In a world of radio that is overwhelmingly corporate, impersonal, over-commercialized, canned, unimaginative, misinformed, and disengaged, we at KZMU are proud to open our doors, empower an engaged community, to encourage authentic personality, to hear the spice of life through diversity in story and song. Our call letters say it all, "Krank Zee Music Up!"