KNCE Turns One: Help Us Celebrate!

KNCE Anniversary Party

As regular readers will know, LiveTaos is one of four partner entities proudly bringing you KNCE 93.5FM, True Taos Radio. KNCE’s one year anniversary is this month — October 20, 2014 was in fact our very first day live on the air — and naturally, we’re throwing a big party to celebrate.

First, some facts about KNCE and what we’ve been up to in the last year.

  • By January of 2015, KNCE already had over 50 volunteer DJs from the Taos community, spinning original grassroots radio programming seven days a week. At this time, that number has grown to over 75.
  • In March, KNCE ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and with the support of the Taos community and KNCE listeners around the country, raised over $33,000 to increase our bandwidth. KNCE now comes in as far south as the Santa Fe Opera and as far north as San Cristobal.
  • Also in March, just five short months after going on the air, KNCE was voted 2nd Best Local Radio Station in the Taos News’ Best of Taos.
  • In May, KNCE was honored to host the Stray Hearts Radiothon, helping Stray Hearts raise an all-time record radiothon total of over $70,000.
  • In July, KNCE hosted and live-broadcast the Arroyo Seco 4th of July parade, a favorite annual community event.
  • In September, KNCE completed a voluntary New Mexico Broadcasters Association compliance inspection with flying colors, receiving the NMBA “Certificate of Compliance” and ensuring that KNCE is operating completely under FCC regulations.
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KNCE partners Max Moulton, Kevyn Gilbert, Dan Irion, John Henderson, and Jerry Schwartz display the NMBA Certificate of Compliance. Partners not pictured: Stephen Plyler and Rita O’Connell

“We basically set out to free the airwaves and create an open mic for Taos,” says KNCE Programming Director John Henderson. “Radio is its own art form, and we want the station to be a true reflection of the many voices of Taos. It’s unbelievable how KNCE has unfolded in such a short time. I am impressed by the passion of all the DJs – the station is a labor of love for many people.”

To celebrate this labor of love, please save the date to join KNCE DJs, members, supporters, and partners for a one-year anniversary celebration on Friday, November 13, 2015. The KNCE One Year Anniversary Extravaganza will be a variety show at Taos Mesa Brewing, completely live-broadcast over the air. KNCE DJs are a multi-talented crew, so expect live bands, poetry, theatre, dance, and of course great DJs spinning the wide variety of tunes you’ve come to expect from KNCE.

Stay tuned for more party details as they arise!

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