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David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio airs at 9am, followed by my music show Touch the Sky from 10am to Noon. The 12 o’clock hour features Gourmets with Chef Robert and then Listen Up NW! produced by the Northwest Community Radio Network. At 1pm, check out DJ Gia hosting the indie spotlight show Go Northwest Young Man. From 2-4pm, DJs Kathy O and Stephanie bring you Amalgamated Coup, mixing metal, country, noise, global, dance, hip hop, kitsch and freak folk.

Kathy O from Neurolux rockin' wax

Kathy O from Neurolux rockin' wax

Sundays from 4-6pm a team of community radio volunteers take turns hosting New, Indie, Local, On Tour which mixes and matches songs in these categories with guest DJs and live performances. Recent guests have included Universal bass player Matt and the entire crew from Smooth Old-Fashioned High.

60% of Smooth Old Fashioned High

60% of Smooth Old Fashioned High

Eric from Finn Riggins will be on with hosts Amanda and Tim on January 25th. Future guests include Kris Doty and some guy from Built to Spill.

Boise Community Radio doesn’t stop there! At 6pm Pete Adams brings you two hours on his Blue Highway. 8pm Sunday is Noise Cave with Dustin. When they bother to show up at the studio, That Guy and Lady Kramps bring you The Bout- Treasure Valley Roller Girls radio Sunday nights from 9-11pm. And then our man Maury K from Minnesota cranks it up for Hard and/or Heavy. He’s been on the DL but we expect him back any week now…

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, RadioBoise.org is the place to be on Sundays.

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I first met David Barsamian, the founder of Alternative Radio, at the Boston Social Forum 2004. Since then I’ve been a frequent listener to his program, which airs on over 200 radio stations in North America and beyond. He is invited to speak at Evergreen State College every so often, so I caught up with him there last time at least to say hello. But last week we were both at KGNU Boulder to hear Antonia Juhasz speak about her new book Tyranny of Oil. He said he would have time to meet with me, so yesterday we talked for about an hour at Laughing Goat Coffee House in downtown Boulder before I flew back to Boise. He was supportive and excited about Boise Community Radio going FM next year.

Barsamian is calm and cool, always working. He had a huge pile of books and articles while he sipped espresso, and gave me his latest interviews with Noam Chomsky and Andrew Bacevich. He has been writing extensively about Pakistan and India, and is preparing to visit there for the third time in a year. I mentioned to him that after researching and writing about murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya for an entire quarter last year at Evergreen, my journalism adviser told me I ought to have focused on local reporting. David replied, “I don’t want to cover Boulder. I want to cover the world.”

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