Radio Tierra, KZAS, a local Hood River community radio station, was awarded an $18,400 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Anne Key, a Radio Tierra DJ and fundraiser, said the grant will be used to update broadcasting equipment that the station needs to increase broadcast quality.  The grant will be used to purchase servers, computers, microphones, and other broadcasting equipment. KZAS Radio Tierra broadcasts on 95.1 in Hood River, 95.9 in Stevenson, and 107.7 in The Dalles.

“This grant will allow us to buy equipment that will not only update the sound quality of the station but will also make it possible to expand our community based broadcasts to include more guest DJ’s” says Key.“Though we have great community support to cover the basic costs like electricity and licensing, we needed capital investment to upgrade our equipment.  We are grateful that Oregon Community Foundation believes in Radio Tierra, helping us to serve the Gorge area, delivering a high quality broadcast.”

The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the foundation’s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fun may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503.227.6846.