Just when you thought it was safe!

Following our wonderful Flash Drive fundraiser on Friday (see below), around 10pm we had another Flash! that we didn’t bargain for…  Yet another lightning strike.  Yikes!  This one was up at the tower – and interrupted FM broadcast for Friday evening and Saturday til early afternoon.  Welcome to Summer in Silver City and the mixed blessings of the Monsoons!

It’s cold comfort to know that we weren’t the only ones affected as a few of the TV stations were down for a period as well and while there was no damage at the station, as there was a couple of weeks back, we did get some momentary “Ripples in the Force” that caused our battery backup to beep and the automation computer to call for a reboot.  Others experienced similar hiccups.

There was nothing to be done at that late hour on Friday as it’s NOT a good idea to wander into a thunderstorm on top of the mountain in the rain.  But with “A Little Help From Our Friends” we got up to the tower in a borrowed 4 wheeler to troubleshoot and get things back on the air… after discovering a toasted radio on our STL dish, a fried surge protector, and an overcooked network switch.  Service was restored around 2pm but we also had some interference causing momentary dropouts and distortion.  Some further tweaking – from the relative comfort of the station – cleared that up within an hour and it looks like we’re back in the groove.

More later on the Flash Drive in Honor of Richard Mahler but read below and sprinkle some happy dust on it as it, that is, YOU, exceeded our expectations!

Thanks for your support!

And… Stay Tuned!


Yes!  GMCR / KURU 89.1 FM is proud to announce our very first

Flash Drive!

A single day on-air fundraiser modeled on our semi-annual pledge drives

Friday / July 28th, 2017
/ 6:30am – 5pm

here in the GMCR/KURU studios at 519 B North Bullard Street in beautiful downtown Silver City’s Arts and Culture district.

And we are very happy to present this, our inaugural Flash Drive, in memory and honor of Richard Mahler.

For the uninitiated, Richard is a noted author, journalist, and co-host of Use Your Words! along with author and scholar JJ Amaworo Wilson, and UYW! creator / producer / author Elise Stuart, who has also served for the last two years – honorably and creatively – as Poet Laureate of Silver City.

Local authors, literati, and lovers of the word, written or spoken, will read selections from Richard’s work and discuss his impact and diverse interests in our community, some of which may be surprising!  And given that we are launching our 1st Flash Drive with a literary theme, we felt obliged to incorporate a bit of a double entendre in this and future Flash Drives by offering – you guessed it -A Flash Drive!   …a flash memory drive – credit card sized and shaped – to all who donate at the suggested level or above.

The flash drive will contain audio samples of our programming including Earth Matters, Local Flavor, Civil Discourse, special programming produced by the station, Amy Goodman, select previously unaired items from our archives and information on the station, it’s development, and vision.

During our regular Pledge Drives, we invite our supporters to make challenge pledges in larger amounts that our listeners are then encouraged to match, singly or collectively.  On this occasion, Richard’s partner in life, Pamela Morgan, has donated $750.00 on Richard’s behalf.

In a slight departure from our practice during our semi-annual Pledge Drives in which all donations are applied to general operating expenses, our Flash Drives will be directed toward a particular purpose – in this case, the item at the top of the Use Your Words! Wish List – a new phone patch system to facilitate telephone interviews with remote guests. And of course this will be used for the benefit of all of our programs and for the enjoyment of all of our listeners .

Listeners can donate to the Flash Drive online

  • Via PayPal by visiting anytime and following the prompts
  • by calling 575.597.4891 or visiting the station on Friday July 28th
  • by check payable and mailed to GMCR at
    519 B North Bullard Street
    Silver City, NM 88061
  • Or if you’re running errands or just out for a stroll, save a stamp and drop an envelope in the mail slot (no cash here please!) at any time you find convenient

Richard MahlerStay Tuned!

Board of Directors
Jamie Newton Chair
Ken Keppeler Vice Chair
Kyle Johnson Secretary / Treasurer
Carolyn Smith Director

The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice

Gila / Mimbres Community Radio – KURU 89.1 FM
519 B North Bullard Street  Silver City, NM 88061
575.597.4891 (email null@null gmcr

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