Station Events

Whether KEDM is in the community with in-depth discussions, or just coming to an event to say "Hi" to our listener friends, you can learn more here.

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KEDM featured live performances of seasonal favorites featuring young artists in  Musical Merriment, Wednesday and Thursday December 9th and 10th. Students from area high schools and universities performed at the KEDM studios throughout the day.

Vocal Vibes host Deborah Chandler and Bandscape host Jason Rinehart served as hosts for the special broadcasts.

“Students had been working on selections full of merriment and cheer. Wow! They were ready to perform on KEDM! There was something for everyone,” explains Chandler.

KEDM Receives Grant To Preserve Local Blues Heritage

Dec 2, 2015

KEDM Public Radio received a $2,000 grant from Entergy Charitable Foundation for the production of a new weekly radio series calledByway Bluesbeginning in January 2016.

The grant will allow KEDM to preserve the musical and cultural heritage of Louisiana's blues by recording musicians and artists from northeast Louisiana.

Byway Blues will share the lives and musical accomplishments of famous artists such as Blind Joe Reynolds, Mable John, Doug Duffey, and many more.

Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER,  KEDM's POLICY AND A PINT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

The holidays bring a sense of community like no other time of the year. KEDM is gearing up for the holidays with Policy and a Pint: A Season of Serving on November 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The event features expert discussion of some of the the area's key issues and opportunities to serve throughout the community, giving the most important gift of all. Listen closely as panelists discuss issues like homelessness, elderly, and food needs during the holiday season.

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Our sincere thanks to the many local restaurants who donated food for the KEDM Membership Drive. Our hungry volunteers look forward to breakfast, lunch and dinner from these local favorites.  

Please let these restaurants know how much you value their donation to KEDM by patronizing their businesses!

Meet the Candidates

Sep 23, 2015
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Fall elections are right around the corner and not just for the Louisiana Governor's race. Local races directly impact northeast Louisiana.

KEDM and the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates' "Meet and Greet" on Tuesday, September 29 at the West Monroe Convention Center from 5 :30 to 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Click here for a collection of stories featured in this program.

KEDM Public Radio begins its Fall Membership Campaign with a two hour special celebrating local blues legends. Byway Blues airs Friday, September 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hosted by Louisiana blues historians Lesli and Kirby Rambin, the program showcases northeast Louisiana’s rich musical heritage with area musicians such as National Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Doug Duffey. Duffey speaks about his new 11 piece band, Louisiana Soul Revival.

Policy And A Pint: The Education of Politics

Sep 14, 2015
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Former Ouachita Parish Police Juror Charles Jackson says his time on the jury was an education.

"The idea you want government to be as efficient as possible, the deck is really stacked against that," said Jackson.  He shares that the steps local bodies have to go through are very hard, especially when trying to operate as a business.  

Jackson also points out the importance of local government's interaction with state representatives and senators as voters consider candidates in October's election.

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Most state lawmakers are still recuperating from clearing the budget hurdle in the last legislative session.  It doesn't help that the track to re-election is poised with another looming budget shortfall.  

"We're hearing discussions now about a mid-year cut in the neighborhood of $300 to $400 million dollars," says Ouachita Citizen publisher Sam Hanna Jr., a panelist in KEDM's Policy And A Pint Tuesday.  He says, however, its likely those talks won't take place until after the general election.  

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Naturalist, author and radio host Kelby Ouchley will give the keynote address at the KEDM Annual Meeting and State of the Station luncheon on Thursday, August 13 at 12 noon at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library Conference Center. Ouchley will speak on conservation issues in northeast Louisiana.

The event celebrates the past year's accomplishments of KEDM, provides an annual report on the station's activities, and looks forward to programming, technology, and new opportunities for the coming year.

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Current restoration projects, prospective historic sites, and expansion of downtown districts were topics highlighting a discussion on historic preservation Tuesday night.

 

 

Area residents participated in the conversation that began with an update of the old Georgia Tucker School in Monroe. 

 

Local businessman and developer Joe Holyfield says the project is still active.  The restoration of the former school involves developing the site into a senior care facility. 

 

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