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Egan hired on for KSNO afternoons

Allyn Harvey
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Live and local at KSNO is 100 percent live and local again ? beginning today.

Tom Egan, a longtime local and a regular personality over the years in local media, will be on the station’s afternoon shift.

“I’m excited ? radio is something I’ve always loved to do,” said Egan, who was a DJ on KSPN until about two years ago.

The job at KSNO means Egan will appear in the media twice a day, as he is also one of the hosts on “Aspen Today,” the television morning show aired on Channel 16.

Egan also wrote a series of articles in The Aspen Times about his experiences at Ground Zero in New York City in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

He fills a slot at KSNO left open since early December, when then-program manager Don Chaney resigned. Chaney left the station partly in protest over the firing of Brian Keleher.

Chaney and Keleher, together with Carolyne Heldman, made up the daytime DJ team at KSNO that put some competition back into the local rock/contemporary music radio scene, which has long been dominated by KSPN.

Heldman is still with KSNO, playing music and interviewing guests from 6 a.m. to noon on weekdays. The afternoon shift has been handled by the station’s afternoon news anchor, Jim Laurence, and a DJ from an affiliated station in Vail, according to sources familiar with the situation at KSNO.

It remains unclear as to whether the station will eventually return to a three-DJ format in the near future, or continue with the two-DJ format that’s been in place since Keleher was fired in early November.

Tony Mauro, KSNO’s operations manager, did not return a message left at his office in Vail. He is quoted in a KSNO press release as being “excited” about Egan.

“Radio’s a crazy business,” Egan said, speaking of the constant turmoil and turnover in Aspen’s radio market, which churns through and recycles DJs on a regular basis.

Keleher and Chaney, both veterans of the local radio scene, are forming a new advertising and marketing company.

Since leaving KSPN a few years ago, Egan has kept in practice as an announcer of local ski races, dinners and Freestyle Fridays at Aspen Highlands.

Egan said he will continue hosting “Aspen Today” at least through the end of the ski season. However, he has resigned his position in sales at Walnut House Films in Aspen.

He said he is looking forward to working at KSNO, which he described as a real Aspen station.

“I’m interested in playing some newer music sooner, before it becomes classic,” he said.

[Allyn Harvey’s e-mail address is aharvey@aspentimes.com]


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