“Hello July!”

From the messy desk of Amanda Eichstaedt, July 5, 2022

It’s Not Even Foggust Yet….

Drake’s Estero from Estero trail.      photo: Amanda Eichstaedt

When I first visited West Marin it was to backpack in the summer. We launched from Bear Valley under clear blue skies and then spent the next four days hiking around on the coastal side in the fog. When my husband was courting me to move to West Marin all I could think about was that fog. I said I would give West Marin a chance and see if I could hack it.

Here I am just a mere 18 years later and here is one gal that LOVES the fog. How did that happen? I’m not sure. I do know that it is a helpful element during wildfire season, but it goes further than that. Maybe it’s because I now have hot flashes? Not sure, but I do know that the coastal fog, especially when it is dripping to the point of almost raining, is one of my favorite things about West Marin. Who would have thought? I think I can hack it!


If you perused the KWMR Annual Report, you would have seen an emphasis on inclusion and diversity and equity. One of Jeffrey Manson’s projects was to create a block of informative Spanish language programming, and this will launch later this month! Great work, Jeff!

Starting on Saturday July 16th, KWMR will be airing a block of bilingual programming, from 8-11am. We’re excited about dedicating this small part of our weekly schedule to an experiment to see if we can welcome more listeners in our West Marin community into the KWMR fold. We have put a lot of effort into curating a morning of vibrant and informative material, that will appeal to Here are the details; 

From 8-9am, we will bring you Linea Abierta from Radio Bilingue, a daily talk show that connects Spanish-speaking audiences across the United States and Mexico. Línea Abierta offers an hour of news, analysis, reports, interviews and round tables in Spanish, special series and talk shows, on topics such as health, politics, the environment, education, arts and culture, race relations, immigrant rights and more.

Then, from 9-10am, we’ll be airing a locally-produced show called La Cuenca incorporating great music, locally-relevant PSAs, interviews and more, in both Spanish and English, along with a 14 minute news feature called Edicion Semenaria, a weekly magazine that has been on the air since 1993. Three- to five-minute feature stories explore the week’s big news stories, as well as human interest and cultural arts stories. 

Finally, from 10-11am, we will air a rebroadcast of Cuerpo Corazon Communidad from Multicultural Center of Marin in San Rafael. We’ve carried this wonderful program on Wednesday mornings for years and  Suggestions and Solutions on Health, Safety, Satisfaction and Serenitywith your host Brenda Camarena.

Again, we envision this block of bilingual programming as an experiment, and anticipate the content in this spot to evolve over time.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions, and PLEASE let any spanish-speaking friends and family know that we are bringing this material to our local airwaves. 



A partir del sábado 16 de julio, KWMR transmitirá un bloque de programación bilingüe, de 8 a 11 a. m. Estamos emocionados de dedicar esta pequeña parte de nuestro horario semanal a un experimento para ver si podemos recibir a más oyentes en nuestro Comunidad de West Marin en el redil de KWMR Hemos puesto mucho esfuerzo en curar una mañana de material vibrante e informativo, que atraerá a Aquí están los detalles;

De 8 a. m. a 9 a. m., te traeremos Línea Abierta de Radio Bilingüe, un programa de entrevistas diario que conecta a las audiencias de habla hispana en los Estados Unidos y México. Línea Abierta ofrece una hora de noticias, análisis, reportajes, entrevistas y mesas redondas en español, series especiales y programas de entrevistas, sobre temas como salud, política, medio ambiente, educación, arte y cultura, relaciones raciales, derechos de los inmigrantes y más.

Luego, de 9 a 10 a. m., transmitiremos un programa de producción local llamado La Cuenca que incorporará excelente música, anuncios de servicio público relevantes a nivel local, entrevistas y más, tanto en español como en inglés, junto con un programa de noticias de 14 minutos llamado Edicion Semenaria. una revista semanal que ha estado en el aire desde 1993. Las historias de fondo de tres a cinco minutos exploran las noticias más importantes de la semana, así como las historias de interés humano y las artes culturales.

Finalmente, de 10 a 11 am, retransmitiremos Cuerpo Corazón Comunidad desde el Centro Multicultural de Marín en San Rafael. Llevamos años este maravilloso programa los miércoles por la mañana y Sugerencias y Soluciones de Salud, Seguridad, Satisfacción y Serenidad con su anfitriona Brenda Camarena.

Una vez más, visualizamos este bloque de programación bilingüe como un experimento y anticipamos que el contenido evolucionará con el tiempo. Por favor, hágamelo saber si tiene alguna sugerencia, y POR FAVOR, hágale saber a sus amigos y familiares de habla hispana que estamos trayendo este material a nuestras ondas locales.

Youth Board Rep?
And….if you are a youth, or you know of a youth that might be interested in serving as a KWMR Youth Board Representative, please apply now for the coming school year! We had such a delightful experience with our very first Youth Board Reps – Elena Rodoni and Sophia Buckholtz, and we look forward to new reps in the fall! Application is HERE.

Thank you for reading our newsletter and for your support of KWMR!

Amanda Eichstaedt
KWMR Station Manager and Executive Director


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