KDNK going gangbusters | AspenTimes.com

KDNK going gangbusters

Steve Benson

KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale met its fall membership drive goal of $40,000 on Friday morning, said the station’s director of development. “We went above it a bit,” Amy Kimberly said. “It’s always hard to say [exactly how much we raise]. We get so many calls and pledges and then we actually have to collect.” But she said things are looking good. “It was amazing the amount of people that jumped on board. A lot of business jumped up,” Kimberly said. “It was just unbelievable, a real show of support from a very diverse community.”We saw a lot of different kinds of people coming on board putting their money where their mouths are.” The independent station suffered a minor financial setback last spring, when Colorado Public Radio announced it would be joining the airwaves in the Roaring Fork Valley. In order to ensure its signal would not weaken, KDNK built a new, costly translator. Its signal will be boosted from 250 to 1,200 watts later this month and the station’s downvalley 90.5 setting will be abandoned and moved to 88.3. It will continue to be available on 88.1 and 88.5. “Things are recovering. We’re feeling very strong and excited about our upcoming signal change,” Kimberly said. “We’re feeling really healthy and excited about the future.” KDNK features what Kimberly described as a “very eclectic” mix of alternative news, programs and music “from classical to blues, bluegrass to rock and beyond.” The station has more than 70 volunteer disc jockeys.”Independent media and music is only going to get stronger in the Roaring Fork Valley,” she said. KDNK will also be welcoming a new station manager and will be going online this year. “There’s just so much going on,” Kimberly said. “It will be an interesting month coming up, but we’ll hold on and do what we do best.” Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


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