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KCCK crescendos into spring

KCCK holds annual spring fundraiser

By Paige Gerjets, Amanda Enos
On April 18, 2016

     KCCK held their spring fundraiser at Parlor City Pub and Eatery on April 3.

Parlor City tapped a keg for KCCK and gave all proceeds from the sale to the station. This is the second year KCCK has held their spring fundraiser at Parlor City. With live music from the band Marbin, the KCCK jazz station was able to raise money to help continue the station and their jazz education programs, as well as their many event held throughout the year.

Dennis Green, general manager for KCCK, said he looks forward to this event every year. “Since we are a public broadcast we do not air commercials, we rely on donations to keep things going and you can listen to the radio for free as long as you want and we can’t stop you but amazingly people still send in check supporting us,” said Green.

KCCK has educational programs for children K-12, from jazz concerts for elementary students to help them become acquainted with the art form, to a summer camp for middle schoolers. They even help high schoolers produce their own cd.

“Jazz music in general is an American art form and probably the biggest musical contribution this continent had to offer to the world. Its sad to see young generations get less and less involved, so a program like this is not just good it’s necessary, people need to know about this music,” said Dani Rabin, co-founder and guitarist of Marbin.

KCCK holds a variety of events throughout the year alongside of its radio broadcasting and educational programs. They produce their own concerts in the summer, Jazz Under the Stars, Iowa City Jazz Festival and A Taste of Jazz. With donations they receive they can continue to help spread the jazz across the corridor. Rabin said he is big supporter of KCCK and it efforts. “They are doing a great job with All that Jazz and keeping the art form alive and supporting the music and being an awesome power spreading the goodness of what we do,” he said.

KCCK was started in 1972 as a student project and continues strong to this day with the support of their listeners and the community. “Kirkwood and the community have supported [KCCK] and said this is something we want in our community and we are just really pleased and proud to be the custodians of that,” said Green.

KCCK is the only jazz station in Iowa and one of very few left throughout the United States. To keep caught up with all the events KCCK events logon to www.KCCK.org.

 

 

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