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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Kim Fey/Kim Fern 6/7/73 – 4/20/14

May 3rd, 2014 by

It is with deep, deep grief and sadness, and some rage at the world that I write to tell Maximum Rocknroll of the passing of Kim Fey, known to most in this community as Kim Fern. She passed away early on the morning of April 20, 2014, surrounded by her husband, family, and her best friend.

Kim FernProvidence, Rhode Island

Kim Fern, Providence, RI, June 1998 (photo by Jon Soucy)

Kim had melanoma, which appeared about six years ago, went in remission, and came back about six months ago.

Kim was a well loved, respected, and complicated person with courage to speak up, and to stand up to judgement without letting it get her off track. She published Fern zine for at least 15 years, sang in ELEVENTH HOUR CONFESSION and other bands, traveled and toured extensively, and then moved to and settled in Portland, OR. She was a pioneer in the small ways we all can be, one of the first to go to school, get a career as a teacher, and have the courage to leave it behind because it was unsatisfying. She started a non-profit bike shop, North Portland Bike Works, in 2002 with friends who would become family, and was always there to advise other punks on the weird intricacies of the business world, and being a good boss and business owner. She was one of the first people in our community to buy a house and learn the struggles that come with that, as well as the struggles that came with our changing place in Portland from community members to community leaders.

Kim always remained present, strong, with an open heart and an incredible amount of spirit. She took seriously the duty to live life to its fullest. She appreciated what she had seen and done, and let those experiences open more possibilities. Upon getting her diagnosis, her zest for life grew stronger. Throughout the past six years she lived her life for every single moment. She never gave up the fight, and once again gave us an example of how to live, and how to die. She will be always remembered with love and respect, and much missed.

Blog of the Week: Radio Survivor

September 7th, 2011 by

Radio Survivor came to my attention as I was looking for help following the bullshit KUSF sell off. I am a total radio geek, and was thrilled to find one place that had information on all kinds of radio… in their own words:

Radio Survivor attempts to shed light on the ongoing importance of radio: from the airwaves (FM, AM, Short-wave, HD, satellite) to online. We are proponents for the relevance of radio as a participatory communications medium. As both fans and producers, we write about the problems and prospects of radio. We embrace college radio stations in crisis. We defend radio pirates. And we care about the on-going survival of our favorite radio stations. We are obsessed with the future of radio and are charmed by radio historians, radio dramatists, radio bloggers, and anyone else who cares about radio as deeply as we do.

photo by Jennifer Waits

Ah yes, that’s me! I found punk through the radio, and in the ’80s in small town California radio saved me from the provincial attitudes of back to the land hippies, spitting rednecks, and those random folks who just wanted to run you down. Radio told me of other places with other angry kids, who were sometimes angry enough to stand up and take action, and sometimes angry enough to destroy. I need both. So, thanks to the radio.

I recognize the names of some of the people involved. One wrote a great book on the Pacifica Radio Network (although they skipped the part where Maximum Rocknroll hosted a protest outside KPFA in the early ’80s resulting in a prime-time time slot for its popular punk radio show), one is now an advisor to WNUR, an amazing college radio station in Chicago. Jennifer Waits is the one doing all the great reporting on the KUSF situation.

There are tons of archives and articles dating back to 2009 to explore the important world of radio. There are  interesting political articles (did you know that the Netherlands Radio Communications Agency intends to enact a new policy making it easier to fine and shut down Dutch Pirate Radio?), tips and tools (this was the first place I heard of turntable.fm and dar.fm) and great stories (their report on WFMU and the anti-hippy tradition is especially enjoyable!). I also appreciate how they keep tabs on all the college stations that are being sold off, not just KUSF.

It may be a bit hard to scroll through if you aren’t totally obsessed, but clicking on the tags seems to be the best way for me to find an article that I had read once, and wanted to reference again. I wish they had links or a suggested listening, cause you know they listen to some fascinating and/or obscure radio stations. Tuning your radio dial may seem ridiculous when you can listen to whatever song you want whenever on a digital device, but I have to say that the joy of discovery is still out there.

I appreciate Radio Survivor for helping keep me up to date on those that are fighting for community space on the airwaves and creating their own audio world.