KMRE 102.3 FM is a non-commercial, community-based low power radio station licensed to and operated by the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention since 2005. KMRE was originally founded with the goal of creating a living exhibit of the beginning days of radio, and since that time has evolved into a true community station.
Our programming features community information, education, and entertainment shows created by and for the people of Bellingham and Whatcom County, and showcases Spark’s vast historical media collection from the Golden Age of Radio which ranges from the very beginning of recorded sound in the late 1800’s up through the evolution of today’s music. KMRE provides access to the broadcast studios to local non-profits and community producers who are interested in highlighting particular types of music or entertainment as well as community conversations about issues that matter to all of us.
Mission Statement: KMRE is the voice of Bellingham/Whatcom County and the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. KMRE serves the citizens of Whatcom County by broadcasting historically important as well as currently relevant music, entertainment, information and public affairs programming that reflects the diversity and originality of our community.
Vision: KMRE- LP 102.3 FM broadcasts historical, educational, and cultural programming throughout Whatcom County and, via our internet stream, to the world, and cultivates local programming that provides community educational, informational and cultural value to our listeners.
Meet The Staff
General Manager: Suzanne Blais
From her start in a small television station in Eureka, California, where she worked as the master control engineer, to her time working for KOMO and KIRO down in Seattle, to landing her feet in Bellingham where she worked at KVOS for several years, Suzanne Blais has been deeply involved in community media. She brings her years of expertise and her deep roots with the Bellingham community to the KMRE team. Under her leadership, the station has moved into the black for the first time in years, and grown from producing seven local shows to producing over 30 local shows. During this time, KMRE has relocated their transmitter to improve signal quality, replaced every part in the station at least once and quadrupled the number of volunteers involved in the station.
When she is not producing excellent community media, Suzanne enjoys quality science fiction television, coffee and spending time with her friends and family.
Operations Manager: Robert B. Clark
Robert B. Clark is an award-winning video producer with over 25 years of experience. He has worked on productions for Nike, Disneyland, and Weyerhauser as well as Salem Arts Association, University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and Western Oregon University. He has taught media production and media literacy classes at Lane Community College, physical and cultural geography at the University of Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer at Oregon State University and Western Washington University. Robert was also the Lead Negotiator for a government contract to run Lane County’s Community Television Program and has successfully written grants for video productions and equipment. He is currently Manager of Digital Video Services at Western Washington University.
Program Director: Stephanie Kountouros
Stephanie’s approach to journalism reflects her commitment to community media. Whether working as a jazz host or news reporter or the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Stephanie wants her guest’s voices be heard and accurately represented. Her broadcast experience also includes KISM FM, KVOS Television and the CBC Radio Drama Department.
Her current show, “Cascadia News Now,” airs on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at KMRE 102.3 FM and focuses on city, county and state political issues – often providing the only avenues for outside voices on issues like immigration, education policy and water regulation.
Beyond radio, Stephanie has been a vocal member of the community for almost a decade, including as a public policy coordinator at Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, a case manager at Womencare Domestic Violence Shelter, resident services coordinator at Sean Humphrey House, and the Safehome runaway programs at Northwest Youth Services.