KMHD Jazz Radio, a member-supported jazz radio station operated by OPB in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College, today announced it is making key operational changes that will expand its team with new talent, serve better its existing audience and will help reach new audiences.
KMHD will have a new staff structure that will shift from paid hosts on weekdays and volunteer DJs on weekends and evenings to a structure where all of its content creators will be paid for their work.
The station will implement syndication deals with many of its existing forward-thinking hosts who have continued to build their in-home programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deals will support these independent producers who are passionate about jazz history by offering their subscription shows to KMHD’s ever-expanding audience listening around the world.
This change is also helping to promote the health and safety of KMHD hosts amid the ongoing pandemic by limiting the number of DJs entering KMHD’s physical studios and supporting content creation from their home studios.
“This marks a significant milestone for KMHD,” said Matt Fleeger, KMHD program director. “Not only do we want to better support the creative contributions of our hosts and content creators in these trying times and beyond, but in doing so, we can also help strengthen our mission of providing a directed musical experience to a diverse and multigenerational group. . an audience that soothes, delights and surprises – jazz without borders.
In addition to bolstering its talent with new syndication agreements, OPB is expanding KMHD’s staff by adding three new positions focused on hosting and content creation. These positions are currently open and OPB is accepting applications.
These changes in staff and talent will result in a new schedule of programming that KMHD listeners can expect to hear later this fall.
Additionally, KMHD also recently hired OPB digital producer David Stuckey to take on a new role as KMHD’s Director of Audience Development. He will oversee KMHD’s digital strategy across multiple platforms to enhance the listeners experience in new ways. It will also conduct audience research and engage with new and existing audiences, including those who are underserved.
All of these changes are made possible by financial support from KMHD members and funds from a grant awarded to OPB by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The grant supports KMHD over three years to participate in the Jazz Media Lab, a new initiative aimed at building the individual strength of nonprofit jazz radio stations and their collective resilience as critical players in the jazz ecosystem. The program offers support, idea sharing and a team of resources to help KMHD diversify its listening base, invest in new media, engage with community venues and organizations, and strengthen its relationships. significant with local jazz artists.