Community Council

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The Community Council is an elected council that is made up of KOOP programmers, volunteers and community members, mandated by the bylaws of KOOP Radio to advise the Board of Directors and support both community outreach and development of KOOP policies. Comprised of 16 members, two distinct groups elect 8 members each to the Council: 1) Individual/Business Supporter, Volunteer Members; and 2) Community Organization Members.

Contact the Community Council | Apply for Membership (.pdf) | Learn About KOOP (.pdf) | Celebrating Diversity Form (.doc)

Become a KOOP Community Organization Member

Why become a community organization member of KOOP Radio?

  1. Announcements about your organization’s meeting or event could be mentioned on KOOP radio. There is a Community Calendar segment on the Community Council’s weekly community outreach program. And other KOOP programmers may mention these as well, if relevant to their programming.
  2. Your organization could be featured on the Community Council’s radio program. This is an excellent opportunity to let listeners know more about your work and goals, and to get this message out to a wider audience.
  3. Last year, KOOP aired nearly 2,000 free public service announcements. Was your organization mentioned? Get involved with KOOP Community Radio!
  4. Should your organization become a member of the KOOP community (free), you will have a vote on issues that are decided by our membership. Your input is important to us!
  5. Your organization may become a member of the Community Council. There are eight seats reserved for community organizations; elections are held annually.

Community Council Mission Statement

The KOOP Community Council mission, in addition to our advisory capacity to the KOOP board of directors, and consistent with the KOOP mission statement, is to serve the underserved in the community and to provide outreach services to the community at large in order to connect the community with KOOP Radio. At the same time we are committed to providing an avenue for promoting a participatory, positive, healthy and professional work environment throughout the station, which should help KOOP become the premiere example of Community Radio in the nation.

Community Organizations may contact the Community Council to become a member - there is no cost.

Community Council Members


Pedro Gatos¹ CHAIR October 2018
April Sullivan2 VICE CHAIR October 2019
Alan Pogue² SECRETARY October 2018
Gilka Cespedes¹   October 2019
 ² October 2018
Shane Ford¹ October 2018
Susan Slattery¹ October 2018
Anyah Dishon¹ October 2018
J. Brian Griffith¹ October 2019
Bob Dailey¹ November 2019
vacant¹ October 2019
vacant¹ October 2019
vacant² October 2019
vacant² October 2019
vacant² October 2019

¹Representing Individual/Business Supporters and Volunteer Members

²Representing Community Organization Members

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2016 Historically Significant Cultural and Ethnic Celebration Events

As part of the Community Council's efforts to promote Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity on behalf of KOOP Radio throughout the KOOP community, the following 2017 Annual Monthly Celebration Calendar events is as follows. The list below includes the name of the liaison responsible for organizing KOOP's participation in each event. You can contact them for more information using the Community Council email address.

  1. Martin Luther King Jr., January 16 (Roscoe Overton)
  2. Lunar New Year (aka Asian Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year) (first day of the first lunar month of  Lunar Calendar), January 30 (Alan Pogue)
  3. World Radio Day, February 13 (Steven Polunsky)
  4. International Women’s Day, March 6 (Patricia Hagen)
  5. Earth Day, April 17 (Gilka Cespedes)
  6. Cinco de Mayo, May 1 (Shane Ford)
  7. Juneteenth, June 19 (Pedro Gatos)
  8. Stonewall & LGBT Rights, June 26 (Greg Ciotti)
  9. Americans with Disabilities Act, July 24 (April Sullivan)
  10. Diez y Seis, September 11 (Susan Slattery)
  11. Indian Pow Wow, October 30 (Anya Dishon)

Recognizing these events evidences our commitment to cultural sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion, as well promoting an appreciation of significant historical events and the local connections. 

Community Calendar

  • Calendar listings are a benefit of being a Organization Member. For details on how you can join as a member non-profit, please contact the Community Council or download the membership application above. It is free to join!
  • events may be categorized by color: Arts & Culture  Basic Human Needs / Education Services  Education  Health  Social Justice  Other

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