Former newsman John Noonan dies |

Former newsman John Noonan dies

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Mark Fox/The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” The former longtime voice of news in Aspen ” John C. Noonan ” died Tuesday, reportedly after a battle with cancer.

Local audiences knew Noonan as a longtime broadcaster with KAJX Public Radio in Aspen, where he delivered the morning news broadcast.

He was also the co-host of a weekly interview show, Aspen Media Review, interviewing authors, radio commentators and others.

Noonan had been on the air for nearly 14 years when Brent Gardner-Smith, former executive director at KAJX, shook up the station’s programming schedule and personnel, eliminating Aspen Media Review and other programs in 2006.

Though his role in disseminating radio news was a faceless one, Noonan became the face of KAJX, recalled Jane Erb, former chairwoman of the station’s board of directors.

“He’s a person who really personified KAJX radio,” Erb said. “He was pretty much known as Mr. KAJX. I think a lot of it had to do with John’s enthusiasm for the station.”

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“John was a consummate gentleman whose passion for broadcasting and the arts was only exceeded by his devotion to Aspen Public Radio,” said KAJX station manager Meredith Carroll in a prepared statement. “On the air and off, he was the station’s biggest champion. The staff, board and volunteers of Aspen Public Radio ” past and present ” will miss him terribly.”

Funeral arrangements for Noonan are pending. See Thursday’s Aspen Times for more on the well-known newscaster.