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KDNK is real community radio

KDNK is real community radio

Dear Editor:

I’ve been on the air with KDNK since the very first day back in the early ’80s, when we were all lined up in the hall outside the studio in the Dinkle Building with our records, our excitement, and our passion for sharing music with the community. Since then, thanks to our loyal members, KDNK has come a long way.

But, KDNK is more than a radio station; it’s a place of opportunity. I began creating news documentaries in 1996 in the back room of the Dinkle Building studio with reel-to-reel tape and an Exacto knife. A few years ago, I began hosting Valley Voices and helping with local newscasts when all we had were five minutes each morning to blurt the news and produce an occasional story. Now, KDNK has a fine news team whose voices have been heard around the region and on NPR.

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Producing radio stories and public affairs shows has literally changed my life. I am now in graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in investigative journalism. Stacy Stein’s Youth Radio gives that very same opportunity to young people in the Roaring Fork Valley. Maybe one day, their stories will also be heard across the country and around the world.

This is the kind of community radio station we have right here in Carbondale. Local, regional, national and international news comes into our cars and living rooms from a tiny station on South 2nd Street. That messy, musical vitality which makes this station famous is simply a reflection of the people who live in the shadow of Mount Sopris – your friends, family, and neighbors. None of the music, news, or opportunities would be here without your support. I, for one, am grateful.

I invite everyone who’s reading this to join KDNK during our spring membership drive or renew your support. And, thanks for listening.

Amy Hadden Marsh

aka, the Jazz Maniac and host of KDNK’s Valley Voices


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