KRUU's Open Radio Vision

KRUU's mandate as a community radio station is taken very seriously, and our focus on locally created programming can be seen in our program schedule. All shows are either created locally, or by former members of this community who are contributing from their current locations. That's 100% of our weekly programming.

KRUU's commitment to community also extends to the software and systems that are in place at the station. All the computing infrastructure uses only Free software (also sometimes termed Open Source software). The Free in this case is in reference to freedom, and not cost - all the software comes with the underlying source code, and we contribute all our changes, edits and suggestions back to the Free software community. The reasons for using Free software go far beyond the scope of cost. KRUU wishes to build local knowledge using systems that do not impose restrictions or limitations on use. To this end we support software that is distributed under a "copyleft" or "open" license.

Our use of free/open sourced software is convenient. But KRUU is an active contributor back to the open-ness revolution. All programming created at KRUU is released under a CreativeCommons-Attribution-NonCommercial-2.5 license. This means that anyone is permitted to redistribute, re-air, and re-sample our content, as long as it is not used in a commercial endeavor, and that our content creators are given credit for the work.

As far as the commons go KRUU's community agenda has been helped greatly by the work of local permaculture expert Kelly Custer from the Abundant Planet Collective. The plan is to make the grounds around KRUU a food commons using the principles of permaculture. Work is under way to put in fruit, vegetables, and herbs. We'll be posting more on that project as the weather gets better :-)

Open Source Innovation
KRUU operates using Open Source, Free Culture software, which is software freely available in the public domain. This allowed us to avoid a large up-front amount of money needed to purchase various necessary software - but on the other hand demands the availability of people familiar with computer programming who are willing to become familiar with and work with the various open source software programs. Through this work they are able to take part in the development and progression of the software, and thus hopefully make it more useful to other radio stations.