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WhidbeyAir has been around since 2001.
Michael NuttBorn in the mind of the ever talented and generous Micheal Nutt and several energetic friends, the station was originally under the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) as a Low Power FM station assigned a federal license to Coupeville at KWPA 96.9FM, and only heard in the Penn Cove area of  central Whidbey.

Since the early days as an FCC Low Power station, continually operated by an all volunteer force, board of directors and window washers, the station has grown into something else, something more.

Several years after the nation’s economic downturn of 2007 it became clear Whidbey communities could not support an FCC licensed station only heard in the Penn Cove area of our island.  As a result in 2012, after of many hours of difficult discussion, the station dropped the FCC license and became an all internet streaming station reaching the entire island and the world.  That decision begin the process of us focusing on our public access recording studio, with the worldwide 24/7 stream as the ‘cherry on top’.

An unusual model, WhidbeyAir’s public access studio is intended to be a resource for citizens, educators, artists (musicians, writers and performance), educators and community leaders alike.  You can book time in the studio and be free to create what ever you need in audio recording.

Record home video voice overs, an elder relative’s history, podcasting, personal libraries, demo CD’s or marketable CD’s.  It’s YOUR studio for the time you book it.

Don’t know how to record?  No problem WhidbeyAir has volunteers who can help you learn, or act as your engineers.

Why continue to build this public access studio when ‘anyone‘ can record in their own home, or with their smart phones?  Firstly, it’s a myth that ‘anyone‘ can do such recording.  Many people do not have the devices or the technical capabilities to do so.  Many people do not have the finances to purchase the necessary equipment.  Secondly, and more importantly, home recording does not achieve the quality of sound you’ll get from recording in our studio.   We can help you produce a quality recording that will last forever.  WhidbeyAir fills a gap in new media today.

WhidbeyAir is supported by citizen’s and businesses on Whidbey, and by contributors as far away as New York, California, Texas and many places.  Our world-wide stream has afforded us listeners from Clinton to Deception Pass, all over the Puget Sound region, and the world.  People who believe community generated public access media is a good thing, support WhidbeyAir.

Contact feedback at kwparadio dot org to find out more.

Come to a studio, overlooking Penn Cove with Mount Baker in the back ground, and record your next audio project, or one you’ve always dreamed of creating.

MUSICIANS: Get some experience; record a demo or your next sellable CD.

FAMILIES: Record your elders and get the family history in a format that will last for generations to come.

WRITERS: Record your poems, short stories or sections of your book.  Enhance your website with these recordings, or use them for media submissions.

ARTISTS: Record information about your upcoming show, artistic process, class or musings on art. Use them for your website or share them with the world on our stream.

MUSIC LOVERS: Host a DJ show and be free of music licensing costs.  WhidbeyAir covers them for you.

EDUCATORS: Develop and record podcasts, or get a message out to our island and the world by being interviewed by one of our volunteers.

OPINIONS MAKERS: Record your podcasts.

COMMUNITY LEADERS: Record your PSA’s and informational content for public enlightenment.

BUSINESSES: Record information about your business for our listeners (requires sponsorship).






Saratoga Orchestra

Saratoga Orchestra May 9th 2015

Saturday – May 9th 2015 – 7pm

at South Whidbey High School

Reserve Your Tickets Today 

5838735Fiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.  The Saratoga Orchestra is fortunate to have Darol lead this fantastic concert.

4907612_origEmy Phelps is a recording artist, core songwriter of the Furies, and works in duet with Darol Anger. Her current release with members of The Furies is “Look Up, Look Down”, and she has participated in recordings by Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega, Taarka, and Duke McVinnie.

9283063Simon Chrisman is known for his finely tuned sense of the groove – that perfect blend of rhythmic strength, awareness, and deep listening found in the musical greats of any genre.  A prolific composer and virtuoso of the hammer dulcimer, Simon tours the world with Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, forming the trio The Bee Eaters, whose sound The Boston Globe described as “chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements [combined] with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.”  He also tours as bassist with bluegrass master Laurie Lewis.


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9206180Anna Edwards has been part of the vibrant Seattle music community for the past twenty years. She is currently a member of the Auburn Symphony and has been a freelance violinist in the Seattle Metro area for the last 19 years playing with such groups as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Sinfonietta. 

Anna is the founder and music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, an intergenerational symphony orchestra consisting of highly talented high school and university students performing with Seattle professional musicians including the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In addition to her responsibilities with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Anna is the music director at Roosevelt High School where she has built the orchestra program over the past thirteen years into a nationally award-winning program. She has additionally worked with the Seattle Youth Symphony program over the past 19 years conducting the Symphonette Symphony, Classical Symphony, and the Festival String Orchestra for the Marrowstone-in-the-City summer music program. 

For the past three years, Anna was selected to attend the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians where she studied conducting with music director Michael Jinbo.  Anna recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Washington. 

11174328_1115770571773848_6103686582517018360_oThe Fiddlin’ at the Farm on May 8th is Sold Out.

Reserve tickets today for the concert on Saturday May 9th.  Not to be missed

Kristin Ohlson comes to Greenbank Farm April 25th

Greenbank Farm April 25th at 4pm

Interested in soil and how it impacts the planet, your farm or home garden?  Plan to be at Greenbank Farm by 3:30pm for Kristin Ohlson’s talk on her book “the soil will save us”.  Book signing to follow.

Be at the farm ALL DAY April 25th – you won’t regret the time you’ll have, 

Photo Credit LA Times

Photo Credit LA Times

Kristin Ohlson’s talk is free. Seating is first come first serve basic.

Get primed for the April 25th talk at Greenbank Farm by listening to our interview with author Kristin Ohlson.

LISTEN: 11:31


A BIG Whidbey thanks to Kristn Ohlson, Tony Billera, Gary Piazzon, Piper Reva, Nermak Black and Gwen Samelson for helping to make this audio possible.  



If you are unable to make the event and would like to read Kristin’s book visit the Rodale website to purchase. 




Public access recording studio and streaming radio based on Whidbey Island in Washington state, USA.  WhidbeyAir is all volunteer and relies on listener and sponsor support, and grants to operate.  We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service and the State of Washington.  To support WhidbeyAir visit our support page.  No one associated with WhidbeyAir is receives any pay.  It’s about the love.

To get involved email feedback at kwparadio dot org