KCUW is a Low Power FM station, owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The 100-watt station went on the air February 2, 2004 and operates under a non-commercial, Low-Power license from the FCC. Our startup budget consisted of funding from the CTUIR, the Wildhorse Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our operating budget will consist of in-kind funding from CTUIR, plus any grants and donations we raise.

In addition to standard fundraisers like raffles, t-shirts, etc., KCUW will rely heavily on cash support from our listeners and local businesses. As a non-commercial station, we cannot sell or broadcast advertising, but we can acknowledge business contributors in the form of donor acknowledgements or what is commonly referred to as “Underwriting.” Underwriting is simply financial support to KCUW, in exchange for mention of the business on the air.

Underwriting donations may be tax deductible because KCUW is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a Tribal Government recognized by the US Government to receive tax-deductible donations under the Internal Revenue Code 26 Section 7871.

Please contact KCUW staff at KCUWRadio@ctuir.org or call (541)429-7006 for more information!