Our mission at KOOP is to engage, connect, and enrich the whole community, including the underserved, through creating diverse, quality, educational music, and news programming. We know community radio plays a crucial role in the social justice movement for civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of the LBGTQIA+ community. Our KOOP radio programs, studio, and our community events aim to be safe spaces for the oppressed in this country, as well as refugees fleeing from oppression abroad.
From its inception, KOOP Radio created the Community Council to embrace, raise, promote, and celebrate our cultural and ethnic sensitivity within KOOP Radio and within the community, we serve by increasing our cultural competency in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, and mental and physical abilities. This work of the Community Council extends to collaboration with other nonprofit organizations in the Austin area. In 2019, the Community Council organized its first “meet the community” event at Sahara Lounge. More than 20 Austin nonprofits enjoyed the opportunity to make a presentation about their history and recent community work. The event was such a success that we anticipate holding more Community Council open forums when we may safely do so.