It’s Our 1st Birthday. Thank You!

Exactly one year ago a ragtag band of radio lovers stepped onto the media stage with dreams of creating a sustainable music station closely linked to Portland, expressing home-grown tastes and values, and staying in touch with the local community. We knew we were dreamers, that a handful of large media companies ran things. Who were we to shake up the settled order? Especially on the cheap, and when many of us had day jobs or families to tend.

Thanks to a handful of dedicated volunteers and those of you in the community who supported us, we can pause and look back on an amazing year!

On this day one year ago, we launched a live 24/7 music stream from a small S.E. Portland studio in concert with local musicians performing live at the Star Theater downtown.

Since then Portland Radio Project has moved to a new collaborative workspace atop the Tiffany Building, garnered journalism awards, acquired a license (LPFM) to broadcast (soon!), and gained 501c3 status.

We’re getting a little traction: In the last few months, listeners have clicked on the stream about 60-thousand times; they listen three times longer than folks who stream comparable content from commercial radio; and, people are now listening to PRP.FM in 21 countries.

THANK YOU for “getting” the importance of an independent media platform that gives a voice to local artists and nonprofits. In fact, we play a local artist every 15 minutes, and feature a different nonprofit each week in an ongoing series, Community Voices.

Robert Parish made this short video of some of the many musicians we feature daily on PRP.FM – many of them, performing live in our studio. We hope you enjoy it. And if you haven’t already joined us please consider becoming a friend. We want to celebrate our second birthday with you!

Special thanks to Wil Kinky, Amber Sweeney, Michele Van Kleef and Rob Rainwater for performing, and to Hedges Family Estate and Caspian Kabob for providing refreshments at our one-year birthday celebration!

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