New bosses at KAJX
ASPEN Aspen’s public radio station, KAJX, has a new pair of bosses, the station’s board of directors announced Friday.Former classical music director Andrew Palmer Todd has been promoted to executive director, replacing Brent Gardner-Smith, who left recently to take a job as a reporter with the Aspen Daily News.The station’s board also announced that it has promoted former operations director and afternoon on-air host Meredith Carroll to station manager. Both job assignments are effective immediately.The announcement comes after weeks of rumor and speculation that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Loren Jenkins, international desk editor for National Public Radio and former editor and publisher of The Aspen Times, was in the running for the top spot at the station.Jenkins, from his Washington, D.C., office declined to discuss the matter Friday, saying with a chuckle, “I have no comment. They hired a great guy to run it, and that’s all there is to it. There’s no story there.”As classical music director, Todd has been the producer and director of programs highlighting the station’s role as “the official voice of the Aspen Music Festival.” He hosts “Classical Music from Aspen” five afternoons a week throughout the year, “Aspen Music Festival Showcase” during the festival, and live broadcasts from the Benedict Music Tent, Harris Hall and the Wheeler Opera House. Todd will continue as music director during the 2007 summer music festival while also holding the position of executive director.A statement from KAJX described Todd as an internationally known classical pianist who holds degrees from several universities and colleges, has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and has won numerous awards and fellowships.He also is the music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, where he also directs the church’s concert series, Music in the West End, and teaches music classes at Colorado Mountain College.Carroll came to Aspen in 2005 from New York City, where she was a television producer at NBC, VH1, Oxygen and HBO, and a member of the Emmy-award-winning team that produced the 25th anniversary special of “Saturday Night Live.” She writes a weekly column, “Meredith Pro Tem,” in The Aspen Times, Summit Daily News and Santa Monica Daily Press. In 2006 she won first place for best humorous column writing from the Colorado Press Association. She lives in Aspen with her husband, Rick Carroll, managing editor of The Aspen Times.KAJX broadcasts from studios at the Red Brick Arts and Recreation Center on Hallam Street in Aspen, reaching an audience from Aspen to Rifle, Redstone and Eagle.
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