Help is on the way for the oppressed residents of Salem, we who have the misfortune of living in the depressing I-5 gray zone between the bright spots of Eugene and Portland (along with Albany and Woodburn, but Salem is the capital of mid-valley ho-hum ness).
The December Salem Monthly asks "Could 88.5 FM be the new home of a community radio station in Oregon?"
It will, if aspiring community radio station operator Karen Holman succeeds with her FCC application for a non-profit radio license.
Holman is a chemistry professor at Willamette University. I hope she brews up a creative blend of alternative music, talk, and reportage, a la Portland's KBOO.
You can read about the plans for Radio Free Salem on her MySpace page.
I'm excited. I'd love to host a Church of the Churchless program where the heathens, infidels, pagans, godless, and damned of Salem can talk about our faithlessness.
The radio station would be a terrific addition to a community that comes up way short in culture, creativity, energy, and excitement – as documented with depressing regularity on this blog here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Best of luck, Karen. We Salemites await news of our air waves liberation.