For Raven Radio’s golden birthday – turning 36 on March 6th – staff hosted a party in Beak Restaurant with live music from Belly Meat, decorations from the founding, and a custom cake. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

Thirty-six years ago today, March 6th, 1982, Raven Radio broadcast its first show. The transmitters went live for the first time a few weeks earlier, on February 19th.

From local news to programming, the community calendar to social media updates, Raven Radio is a station that grows with the community. We’re here for the highs, the lows, and all the in-betweens. Thank you for supporting us all these years.

To express our gratitude, staff decided to throw a birthday party. About 60 people attended, including early founders, current and past volunteers, new members, and listeners.

Belly Meat performs for Raven Radio’s 36th birthday. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

Lily Herwald, interim general manager, thanked all those who came. “Community radio has been alive and well for over 36 years,” she said amid cheers. “It’s because of people in the past who came together and had the vision. It’s because of people today who come in and volunteer and turn on their radios. It is a good ride. We’ve got many centuries before us,” Herwald said.

Thank you to Belly Meat for the live music, Beak Restaurant for the space and catering, and Grace Ivers of Graceful Pastries for the delicious cake.

KCAW Winter Fellow Katherine Rose was our resident raven, lifting her mask to blow out the candles on the birthday cake. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)