KRBD Rainbird Community Radio in Ketchikan celebrated its 40th birthday over the weekend. The anniversary party incorporated the station’s annual “Live Day,” a day where everything is read or performed live on the air.
Helping with the celebration was a group of former KRBD employees and volunteer DJs who had moved away, but returned for a radio-style reunion. Hosting the first two hours of Live Day was Josh “Coyote Man” Albright, a volunteer from the mid-80s. He brought his own memories, and arranged for other veteran KRBD contributors to share theirs, in person and over the phone, along with performances from a variety of local musicians.
KRBD’s Leila Kheiry compiled the following audio postcard, showcasing just a few of the highlights from Saturday’s six-hour, on-air birthday party.
In addition to former volunteer DJ Josh Albright, you heard from KRBD founder Richard
Yospin, former KRBD news directors Will Selzer and Terry Miller; former KRBD engineer Chuck Lakaytis; and former volunteer coordinator Diane Gladu.
Local performers included were Stephanie Patton and friends, The Free Radicals, Ketchikan Community Children’s Choir, the Sea Strummers, Sharolyn Kroscavage and Niles Corporon; Sitka Tex; and Samantha Wodehouse.
KRBD’s birthday weekend included a party at Ketchikan’s Arctic Bar, featuring local band The Ratfish Wranglers; and a special Monthly Grind, hosted by KRBD staff and board members.