By Mary Oishi, Development Director
We just never know when magic shows up: an idea, a meeting, a phone
call—and everything changes. That happened several times in 2017.
one of my co-workers got the idea to make KUNM buttons. So we put the
word out to our volunteers to look for artists who would donate their
work, and we also asked our UNM student artists to try their hand at
some button designs. Tim Oswald, who sometimes subs for the Rock N Roll
Doctor, had already done a poster for the Psychedelic Radio Head Shoppe.
So we started with his work and “psychedelicized” it.
got permission from many more artists to use their work: J.D. Sipe Folk
Art, FagerstromFotos, Jan Bartlestone, Takao Fujioka, Gwen Triay
Samuels, and Sachiko Umi. Our student artists, Keith Johnston and
Geneveive Valerio, also came up with some really great designs. We will
print a limited number of each.
Around the middle of January, these buttons will be available to reserve by mail or on-line. I’m excited!
at Two Wheel Drive was kind enough to donate a Grand Prize for our
Spring pledge drive: a beautiful Salsa Horsethief bicycle valued at
But we had no Early Bird prizes for our renewing members
who send in by mail or renew on-line before the pledge drive starts.
This is always a big help, because then when we go on-air, we have a lot
of wind at our backs and it’s not so stressful because we know we
already have a lot of renewals. It also allows us to concentrate on
getting new members, which is one of the main reasons we do pledge
That’s when we got a phone call from Jan Bartlestone,
offering 40 beautiful New Mexico calendars, filled with gorgeous scenes
from our beautiful state. So the first 40 people who respond to the
mailing in mid-January will be sent one of Jan’s amazing calendars.
Also, everyone who responds will be in the drawing for his equally
lovely coffee table book, also with scenes of New Mexico.
keeps happening—and I have faith that you and everyone who volunteers
their time or resources will help to keep it happening throughout 2018.