It’s not too late to win good stuff in the KDNK auction |

It’s not too late to win good stuff in the KDNK auction

The Labor of Love, the annual on-air auction that raises funds for Carbondale community radio station KDNK, is more than an offbeat way to use air time. Apparently, the Labor of Love, which began Sunday and runs through tomorrow, is offering up items that people really want.

“We’re not having many items that are going without bids so far,” said Mac, assistant coordinator for the 13th annual on-air auction, as well as station technician, volunteer extraordinaire and DJ. “You always have a couple, but we haven’t had many.”

Among the items that haven’t drawn any bids – yet – are such esoteric doodads as the 10 straws of certified altitude-proof Tybar Angus bull semen donated by the Danzigers, and a performance by Barbara Collins, “the clown with heart.” Also going bidless was a one-day Aspen Skiing Co. lift ticket, which should prove highly useful one of these days.

Those who regret passing on these and other unclaimed items will have a second chance to get in on the bidding tomorrow. Friday’s on-air bidding session, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., “is like a garage sale,” said Mac. “It’s all the stuff that hasn’t been bid on, plus stuff that was donated late and didn’t make it into the program. And it’s also a best-of day, plus a lot of leftovers.”

Mac expects bidding to be extra heavy for this evening’s session, from 6 to 9 p.m. Up on the block is a trip to Hawaii’s Hanalei Bay Beach House, an annual favorite that always creates a frenzy at the Labor of Love headquarters. Other items on tonight’s agenda are copies of the book “The Quiet Years,” dinner at Snowmass Village’s Tower Restaurant, and services from Calamity Jane’s Tomboy Tattoos.

In all, some 450 items will be put up for bids on the Labor of Love which, along with the annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, is a major fund-raiser for KDNK. The station expects to raise up to $30,000 over the six-day auction. More than 100 volunteers have participated in putting together this year’s auction, which entered the planning stages six months ago.

Those wishing to bid must register with a credit card by calling KDNK at 963-0139 after 9 a.m. The auction takes place on the air today from 6 to 9 p.m., and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bids may be given any time after 9 a.m. both days.

Among the most popular items have been trips to Chicago and Mexico, and dinners at various restaurants throughout the valley. Always drawing heavy bidding are the Labor of Love Love Slaves, volunteers who offer their personal services to the highest bidder. Love Slaves on the block today are the two-person house cleaning team of Nancy Q. Festa and Gerry Johnston.

The popularity of the Labor of Love event gets tested tomorrow morning, when KDNK music director Skip Naft gets auctioned off as a New Year’s Eve date. Naft will escort the high bidder to Bonestock Y2K, the Carbondale Council for the Arts’ New Year’s Eve dance party.

KDNK can be heard at 90.5 FM in Carbondale and 88.3 FM throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

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