Former DJ is new manager at KAJX
Former KAJX disc jockey Tom Eirman is due to take the helm at Aspen’s public radio station beginning tomorrow.
Eirman replaces station manager Bill Humphreys, who resigned in November, after two-and-a-half years, to take a job as a radio engineer in Grand Junction, according to a KAJX press release.
“We are delighted that Tom accepted our offer,” said KAJX Board Chairwoman Jane Erb. “He brings great knowledge of our community, and previous experience with KAJX that includes a passion for public radio and all that KAJX represents.”
Eirman spent 18 years in Aspen prior to 1995, when he left for a job as production manager at the Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland.
From 1987 to 1995, he served as general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He also produced special focus formats for KAJX and jockeyed a classical jazz program.
“He’s good people,” KAJX news director John Noonan said. “He used to be the disc jockey on Saturday nights. That’s were I first remember him.”
Eirman will be involved with every facet of the station’s management, including programming. Aside from programs that are sacrosanct – including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Jazz in the Evening, Performance Today and BBC Overnight – Eirman will have a strong say over how to fill air time.
“Tom has a say over everything that happens at the station,” Erb said.
One of his first tasks will be to hire a chief engineer. Humphreys not only served as the station’s manager, he was also its chief engineer, managing and maintaining the equipment and making emergency repairs to keep the station on-air.
“We loved Bill,” Erb said. “He did a fantastic job.”
Erb said the station might work with KDNK, the public radio station in Carbondale, which is also looking for a chief engineer.
The search committee that ultimately recommended Eirman met with several candidates – all with local roots. Erb said most of the candidates learned of the job through word of mouth and contacted the station themselves, which made the search committee’s job much easier.
KAJX occupies several spots on FM dial. In Aspen, the station comes in strongest at 91.1 and 91.5. In Basalt, Old Snowmass and El Jebel, KAJX can be found at 89.1 and 90.1. In Glenwood Springs, the station broadcasts at 89.9.
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