A Soldier’s Christmas Poem

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A Soldier’s Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts…

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said, “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.
“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,”
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

Stuff the Bus 2016

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The KURY 10th Annual “Stuff the Bus” is in full swing. Stop by Fred Meyers from 11a – 2p weekdays through the 24th. You can also make cash donation in the “Yellow Boxes” throughout businesses in our community.

Supplies Needed

  1. Kleenex Boxes
  2. Crayola Crayons
  3. Spiral Notebooks
  4. Crayola Color Pencils
  5. Backpacks
  6. Ticonderoga Pencils
  7. 3 Ring Binders

Voice of the Bruins. 25 Years

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KURY radio broadcaster Kevin Bane has reached a milestone of 25 years as the Bruins play-by-play announcer.

KURY Radio Congratulates Kevin Bane on 25 Years

Article reposted by permission.
By Ryan Sparks
Pilot staff writer

In late February, KURY Radio’s Kevin Bane, “The Voice of the Bruins,” celebrated 25 years of broadcasting Brookings-Harbor High School sporting events. How did he know it’s been 25 years? While recently cleaning out a drawer he came across an old South Umpqua High School baseball program with his name on it — one of the first games he broadcast for KURY Radio, and it was from the 1991 season. After a quarter-century behind the mic, the Curry County broadcasting legend took some time to answer a few of our questions regarding his long and storied career. Read More

New Programming

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Tom Kent Show

Starting Jan 4th from 6p-12a Weekdays

Tom Kent’s Music Magazine is the six hour program dedicated to giving our listeners a different fun filled experience every single hour of each and every weekday night. It’s appointment driven radio making each hour unique. (More info)


Time Capsule


Remember the sights and sounds of your youth? Many folks have played the “Where were you when ….. happened?” …. That’s the magic of Time Capsule. And that’s the new “game” we’ll be playing January 1st. The program provides news snippets, music and the challenge of naming the year that is featured. You can catch this program weekdays in the 12pm and 5pm hours on KURY FM.

Election Results

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Curry County Election Results

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Stuff the Bus 2015 a Success!

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stuffthebus2015Community Service Groups converged on Kalmiopsis School to unpack the Buses from last weeks Stuff the Bus Effort spearheaded by KURY radio and Rogue Credit Union.   One of the organizers stated $3,000 Cash was raised along with many valuable coupons to local businesses. Organizers said that this was also one of the best years ever for School supplies.

This was the tenth year this community effort has garnered school supplies for kids otherwise unable to afford them.  Superintendent Sean Gallager, in his first year as District 17C Superintendent was elated at the effort and was to witness the effort.

Stuff The Bus 2015

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It’s time for the 9th Annual Stuff the Bus…brought to you in part by KURY Radio, Rogue Credit Union and location sponsors. You can view bus location for each day below. You can download a supply list to start helping your local schools with Stuff the Bus 2015!

Class Supply List

Mon, Aug 3rd Tue, Aug 4th Wed, Aug 5th Thu, Aug 6th Fri, Aug 7th
Fred Meyer Bi Mart Rogue CU -Harbor Rite Aid Fred Meyer
Fred Meyer Dollar Tree Rogue CU- Brkings McDonalds Fred Meyer

Super Bowl XLIX

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Listen to Super Bowl XLIX live on KURY FM

Listen at 95.3 FM starting at 2 PM Pacific for Pregame coverage.

For the 28th consecutive year, and 42nd time overall, Westwood One will be the exclusive radio network home of the Super Bowl right here on KURY 95.3 FM. This year’s contest will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 1st as the New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks. It is the second time the Super Bowl has been played at this venue, and the third time in Arizona.

Kevin Harlan will handle the play-by-play duties for the Super Bowl for the fifth straight year, and Boomer Esiason will serve as the color analyst—his 15th consecutive with the network. Hall of Famer James Lofton and Mark Malone will once again report from the sidelines. Jim Gray will anchor pre-game and halftime coverage, with appearances by both Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New England quarterback Tom Brady. Scott Graham, Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner will also contribute to the pregame coverage.

Stuff the Bus 2014

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It’s time for the 8th Annual Stuff the Bus…brought to you in part by KURY Radio, Rogue Credit Union and location sponsors. You can view bus location for each day by clicking the dates on the map below. You can download a supply list to start helping your local schools with Stuff the Bus 2014!

 Elementary Supply List

Middle School Supply List

Election Results

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Del Norte County Results

Curry County

Curry County Election Results

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Humboldt County Results


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