Richard Dillman, Community Media Conference 2019 Speaker Bio

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Richard Dillman

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Chief Operator, KWMR

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My earliest memories are connected with my radio obsession. When I was four I tied a peach basket to my tricycle and informed my parents I planned to be a garbage man when I grew up. I explained that people threw out such great stuff like radios and phonographs that I wanted to bring home and take apart.

Radio’s been a part of my life since then except for one period in my college days then I tried to not be a radio nerd. It didn’t take. I put KPOO on the air, the last full power station to be established in San Francisco. In the process I got to meet Lorenzo Milam and Jeremy Lansman and their bunch of radio rebels. In the late 1990s word filtered down from the north to me in San Francisco that a group in West Marin was hoping to build a radio station. Maria Gilardin and I followed the rumors until we met the founding folks and realized they were serious. I insinuated myself into the project and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.

From my time as the first KWMR executive director to my current position as transmitter engineer it’s been a true privilege to be part of one of the best community radio stations I know. Throughout that time the station has held fast to a core value established even before the station was a station: that we would be there for the community in times of emergency. I’m proud to say that KWMR has kept that promise.

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