The Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon owns KSKQ Community Radio. It holds the Federal Communications Commission Non-Commercial Educational license, is legally responsible for KSKQ and sets editorial policy. MCASO was founded to combat racism and other forms of discrimination. Its mission is To serve as a catalyst in the community, promoting understanding and appreciation between cultures, by creating cross-cultural educational opportunities where people of all backgrounds can interact in an environment of goodwill.
KSKQ's editorial policy encourages diversity in programming, but racism, hate speech and statements that promote exclusion are not allowed as they are contrary to the mission.
Topics related to pets, wildlife, livestock and other animals are explored in this lively half-hour program. Look for interviews covering climate change and the effects of a warming planet on wildlife and species extinction, middle schoolers talking about factory farming, and in-depth looks at local organizations working to save animals from abuse and abandonment. Animals Matter airs the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 PM.
Backpack Boombox is a Hip-Hop/Rap focused show hosted by longtime performer David Downey, Jr. Growing up in the Greater Boston area, his youth was influenced by classic artists such as Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, and A Tribe Called Quest. David found that the music ignited something deep within his soul, and he spent the majority of his formative years with a yellow Sony Walkman strapped to his side, as if it were an additional limb.
His musical addiction was fed by years of scouring through used record stores on a constant hunt for fresh tracks. The habit of listening to nonstop music led to lyric writing and he eventually moved to the Bay Area of California, where he became a recording artist/performer, as well as the vocalist for indie rap group Woke With A Plan. Over the years, David released albums, played live shows and continued to build the musical catalog of his mind.
Performing live allowed David the opportunity to network with many incredible artists and he’s honored to share their music as a new member of the KSKQ team. Backpack Boombox will be playing all of the old-school tracks that he grew up with, as well as those current indie gems that deserve more attention.
David moved to the Rogue Valley in 2014, and recently settled in Ashland, with his wife and two children. He’s excited to contribute to the rich artistic community and share his passion with KSKQ listeners.
Backpack Boombox will be airing Monday nights between 10PM and Midnight.
The Grateful Dead Hour is a nationally syndicated radio program devoted to exploring the wide musical world of America's best-loved band. Produced and hosted by David Gans, it began in its present form in 1987 and is currently heard on more than 75 public, community, college and commercial radio stations from coast to coast. The program presents high-quality recordings of the band's live performances from analog and digital master tapes provided by the Grateful Dead, as well as interviews with band members, recordings by artists who influenced the Dead, other people's performances of Dead music, and so on.
Tuesdays at 6 pm.