Thursday, March 11, 2010

Radio Free?

Radio Free? Well, not exactly. I am broadcasting now on
I love this radio station. It exists entirely on the internet. Jeff Simmons is a creative and fearless leader. I like him and I love

There's a back story to that title "Radio Free Cherie" and I think I'll get around to telling it eventually.
For now let me say that after 27 years as a volunteer in excellent standing at KBOO Community Radio, I have finally had enough of petty politics getting in the way of making radio. There are and will always be volunteers who produce great work there - but sooner or later, you have to choose to do it IN SPITE of the nonsense. I think it is entirely fair and vital to critique that community institution. I plan to get around to that soon. I have advocated for and committed to community media for my entire adult life because it is a necessary component of any democratic society. I remain a cheerleader for community media -- which is precisely why I intend to hold those who are acting as gatekeepers accountable for the environments they are controlling.

And just for the record...this will NOT be a space for the negative and narcissistic  ramblings that usually take the place of thoughtful critique.  It has taken me a year to "recover" from the toxic environment. I want to contribute to a sincere effort to preserve community media for generations to come. But first honest assessment of the dynamics that keep things spiraling around in the same dysfunction need to be examined.

I realize that my years of experience inside are best served at this time -- from the outside. Thus Radio Free Cherie.
I'll be getting to this as I'm inspired to do so and as time permits.
I am a busy woman -- that is my first complaint / critique.  The hidden disregard for other people's time. There is an insular myopia that prevents staff, board and regular volunteers from valuing and respecting the time that volunteers donate to the organization. There are so many unspoken and unexamined assumptions operating all of the time resulting in exploitation and frankly contempt rather than appreciation. This statement, this problem requires a sincere examination. I'll be getting around to that.

Blessings Of The New Moon On Their Way

You gotta make the technology work FOR you not against you.
I am not so enamored with techno gadgetry -- unless it actually simplifies my ability to coordinate and communicate. I prefer to spend my time making good radio or content to messing around on social media sites. I have stuff I want to say. I have subject matter I want to address. I want to create a venue that has substance. Sometimes I want to explore a thought and see where it takes me. I like to collaborate with others. I am looking forward to the New Moon on March 15th - because apparently - this damn rock I've been under is supposed to lift.

Good! I look forward to breakthroughs in all areas, in all endeavors. I've been working toward a vision of a media venue titled Heart Of The Matter Media for awhile now and I'm ready to see something tangible take shape.

Financial support welcome!

Monday, December 28, 2009

From my little transistor in 1968 to Vokle in 2009

Pretty amazing Meet & Greet experiment yesterday.* folks on Vokle* and Twitter* and who knows what else. I got to Speak & Spell* on video or chat with some of the other Radio23 broadcasters. All from my laptop while sitting in The Laurelthirst Public House* sipping a beer. Pretty amazing technology. I'm so impressed with Vokle and I'm really happy to be a part of this amazing experiment in global community radio.

Just now, I flashed to the summer of 1968*. My grandmother gave me a 'going on vacation' present; a white transistor radio*. White for girls-  White for girls, like the white Bibles they gave away at those Baptist church contests where they pump up the kids of the congregation to recruit their kid friends to come to church with them and the one who brings the most friends wins a Bible. The girls always got white ones and the boys got black ones. I was raised Catholic but my mom let me go when I got invited. I was happy for my friend who won - but the whole contest thing did kinda creep me out. family was embarking on a road trip from Salem,Oregon*  to Baudette, MN. Lake Of The Woods, The Walleye Capitol Of The World.* 

I think it took 3 days and 2 nights to drive there. We slept in the car. Two adults and three kids. So my grandmother (probably my mom's idea, now that I think about it) gave me my very own radio - complete with earphone. When I wasn't reading Doctor Doolittle*, I was rockin-out while sketching Moose in my sketch book or writing in my diary. I distinctly remember listening to Janis Joplin*, who I LOVED! And my mom giving me one of those 'where did this child come from?' looks. I loved that radio! Just before we all piled into the car loaded with 3 days and 2 nights worth of food and games and coloring books, Bobby Kennedy was shot. It wasn't until we arrived in some middle of nowhere cafe in North Dakota that we got the news about Bobby. That was the first really sad breakfast of my life.

Fortythree years later, my fishing buddy Mike took me out to dinner at the Hawthorne Fish House* for my 50th birthday,we ate walleye and I recorded our dinner conversation. That could have been a sad dinner, but it wasn't.

Podcast of VoxPoppdx Episode Title: Right? Wrong.

Speak & Spell

Laurelthirst Public House where I broadcast VoxPop pdx from my laptop on

Salem, Oregon
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is Ursula K. Le Guin's allegorical tale about a Utopian society in which Omelas' happiness is made possible by the sacrifice of one child for the sake of the group. In an allegory, many symbols and images are used in an attempt to illustrate universal truths about life.

Baudette, MN
see also

The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts (1920), written and illustrated by Hugh Lofting, is the first of his Doctor Dolittle books, a series of children's novels about a man who learns to talk to animals and becomes their champion around the world.

Summer of 1969
Janis Joplin

Despite extensive neurosurgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital to remove the bullet and bone fragments from his brain, Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. PDT on June 6, nearly 26 hours after the shooting.

The Hawthorne Fish House

We are proud to be the only restaurants on the West Coast serving lake perch and walleye, freshwater fish that perfectly lend themselves to frying.