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The power of KDNK

Dear Editor:

I grew up with radio. As a young lad in New York City, I grew up with radio. There were the sports broadcasters; I grew up with Mel Allen, Red Barber, Marty Glickman and the voices of these announcers telling me about the Yankees and NY Football Giants. As I grew older it was the sound of DJs Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow) and Murray the K (the fifth Beatle.) Still a bit older it was the radio serials of the ’30s (The shadow, Green Lantern and Cato etc.). Later still it was De Koven presents with the sounds of Baroque music.

As the ’50s and ’60s turned into the late ’60s and early ’70s, it was the music and news of WBAI (Pacifica radio) and the political tumult of the late ’60s and early ’70s). WBAI was listener-sponsored radio. I did not agree with everything I heard but it provided a forum for many different political views.

When I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1990, I was excited to learn that we also had listener sponsored radio. We have KDNK. I do not always agree with the viewpoints expressed on American Democracy or the other shows. Some of the music shows I enjoy and some are not my cup of tea. But the First Amendment, which is the cornerstone of a democratic state, provides for a discourse among many different viewpoints. KDNK provides a forum for those many different viewpoints.

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During these days when more and more local media outlets are closing or being bought out by national media chains, it is more important then ever to have a listener-supported local media outlet like KDNK. I may not always like the political views expressed or all the music they play, but it is imperative that we protect our First Amendment rights and KDNK is a local tangible way to do that, whether you can afford $20 or $50 or $100 or $500. Every dollar you donate provides for an open exchange of ideas, music and viewpoints. This is the First Amendment in action. Your $1, $10, $50, $100 or $500 is a vote for the First Amendment and listener sponsored radio.

KDNK, we may not always agree with what you say but we will defend to our death your right to say it.

Marty Silverstein

Carbondale


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