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Support local public TV and radio

The Roaring Fork Valley is blessed to have a variety of public radio and television stations, all of which provide distinct information and entertainment. Public radio stations KDNK and KAJX and GrassRoots Community TV Channel 12 all broaden and enrich life in the valley, and this is the time of year when they all raise money to continue broadcasting.Aspen’s KAJX, which has recently stepped up its local news programming, closed its summer fund drive in mid-August and exceeded its $55,000 goal by some $10,000. GrassRoots, which airs countless public meetings and a growing number of locally produced talk shows, will likely begin its winter fund-raising campaign in December.Kudos to all who have contributed and to all who will help GrassRoots when the time comes. Right now it’s Carbondale-based KDNK, a truly unique and uncommonly diverse station, that needs community support.From country to bluegrass to heavy metal to alternative to women’s folk to punk to a two-hour-long mix of political commentary and jamgrass to reggae to Latin American pop to hip-hop to acid jazz to good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, KDNK’s got it all. So, too, with news and commentary. Every evening, Democracy Now, a left-wing look at the news, follows an hour of mainstream programming in National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.KDNK is a refreshing antidote to the media conglomerates with skeleton crews that offer little or no local programming. But in order to fend off future fund-raising competition from Colorado Public Radio, a Denver-based network that’s out to blanket the state with a bland formula of classical music and NPR news, KDNK needs local support.Currently, KDNK is in the midst of its fall fund-raising drive. The aim is to raise $40,000 by Friday, Oct. 8. As of press time Wednesday, the station had received $33,033 in pledges. With continuing listener support, the station will hopefully reach its modest goal.KDNK’s formula of listener support and volunteer staffing makes it beholden to no one but us, and that’s what community radio is all about.


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