Juan Reyes on Radio Tierra

Community radio stations like Radio Tierra thrive when they have dedicated and talented volunteers. And by that, we mean people like Juan Reyes.

Juan ReyesJuan sits on Radio Tierra’s Board of Directors and recently started a new radio show: Que Chido.  “As a board member, I help make some of the hard decisions,” he says. “I also help with translations and do some work on the website.”

On Que Chido Juan features a different musical artist each time. He plays their music and tells listeners about the musician and the music that influenced them. The show airs the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 6 to 7 p.m.

Juan lives a busy life. He works for Hood River County as a Property Appraiser. He’s the father of three young daughters. He’s a volunteer teacher for GED classes. Why take on volunteering for Radio Tierra?  “One of the main reasons that I volunteered was because I love helping people!  I feel that Radio Tierra is the center of information and outreach for the Hispanic community. And in the future the whole community I hope,” he says.  “So what better way to help people than to be a part of an amazing team that is always working to make this community a better place to live.

The kind of community he wants for his daughters.

“They are the loves of my life, I have always said they are the part of me that I never knew were missing, with them here I know that being a dad is what I was meant to do. I know everyone always says this about their kids, but they are an amazing little trio,” he says. “All three of them do dance, that would be ballet and hip-hop, and also Mexican Folkloric Dance in the summer. They also LOVE music, so a lot of my music selections have been based off of their taste in music.”

He spent most of his childhood in Parkdale in a little picking cabin with his parents and younger brother and sister. The family moved to The Dalles for a few years before moving to Odell when he started his freshman year in high school.  “I’ve been there ever since.”

Into the Beautiful North to be read on the air

Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel Into the Beautiful North is Hood River Library’s 2015 pick for Hood River Reads. The county-wide event begins April 2015. Radio Tierra is teaming with the Friends of the Library to bring this Pulitzer Prize finalist book to the air waves.

Every Friday at 8 p.m. from Jan. 9 until April, program hosts Alejandro Aguilera Cano and Gale Arnold will read a chapter of Rumbo al Hermoso Norte in both English and Spanish.

The story follows 19 year-old Nayeli. All the men in her poor Mexican village have gone north to work. To protect her village from bandits, Nayeli and her friends travel north to find the missing men.

‘It’s a a Wonderful Life’ airs several times

On Christmas Day the radio play ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ will air on KZAS at 2 p.m. It will be replayed the next three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday.That’s December 25, 26, 27 and 28. CAST brought this touching story to sold out audiences this month at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Now you can hear it in your home. Bells and all.

Thank You!!

Board President Gale Arnold, DJ Humberto Calderon give a big thank you to Luis F. Serrano for his donation.

Board President Gale Arnold, DJ Humberto Calderon give a big thank you to Luis F. Serrano for his donation.

The response we received from our community during our first, three-day pledge drive was incredible. To date with pledges still coming in the drive has raised $3,547.

Support came in many forms besides money–visits to the station, chats with people about Radio Tierra, all added up to show that the community is on board. Continue reading

Make a pledge. Keep the beat of the Gorge.

RADIO TIERRA kicks off its first pledge drive this weekend Nov 14-16. DJ’s will host their regular programs with special guests, who will help this fund raising drive. Your donation is tax deductible.
There are several ways to make your pledge.

  • By phone during the drive
  • Come by the station at The Next Door, 965 Tucker Road.  Nov. 14. Friday 3-7 p.m.  Nov 15-16 Sat and Sun. 10-3 p.m.
  • Online at here at our website. Just push the Donate icon.

Your donation will help the station bring music, special events as well as keeping equipment up to date. Become a Radio Tierra Amigo, and voice your opinion by filling out one of our listener surveys.

Hood River Cultural Trust award to Radio Tierra

Hood River Cultural Trust announced on Oct. 29 that it is awarding Radio Tierra a $1,477 grant to purchase digital equipment field recording and remote broadcast equipment.

“This equipment upgrade will allow the station and its volunteer programmers to record regionally significant cultural events, broadcast them remotely, or archive them for future use,” said Radio Tierra Station Manager Patricia Baum. “This equipment upgrade and subsequent training program will teach programmers how to record, archive and distribute programming of cultural and historical significant to the community.”

Radio Tierra hires Station Manager

Paty Baum

Paty Baum

Hood River, OR. Oct. 18, 2014. Radio Tierra Board hired Patricia Baum as its first Station Manager. Paty is an educator with 15 years experience teaching and volunteering in Mexican schools. She co-founded two public libraries and three community-based sea turtle conservation groups. Paty earned a Masters in Environmental Education from University of Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as a BA in film from San Francisco State University. Continue reading