April 21, 2016
KDNK Wins Regional Murrow Award for “Best Newscast”
Carbondale, Colorado- KDNK News has won a regional award for the KDNK Local Newscast. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards “recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.” KDNK won out in the Region 3 Category for Small Market Radio and competed against stations in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The “Murrow Awards” are named for iconic radio and television Journalist Edward R. Murrow.
The winning entry from September 29th, 2015 features all three voices of the KDNK News Team- Anchor Steve Cole, Reporter Amy Hadden Marsh and News Director January Jones. Jones says this newscast is a great example of what KDNK does best. “The newscast is a well-rounded look at what we prioritize at KDNK which is engaging people on issues in the public sphere by connecting people to their government.” It covers local government happenings from KDNK’s listening area and features a sound-rich and moving story about the BLM’s roundup of the West Douglas mustangs in northwestern Colorado.
KDNK News Director January Jones spotted the news of the roundup and assigned reporter Amy Hadden Marsh cover it. “It’s hard in a newsroom of two people to get out of the office for feature reporting but I knew Amy’s story would reflect the passions and tensions of the western wilderness. She spent about a week in the field and we spent another week producing it. I’m grateful to have the support from our KDNK family that lets us do this kind of in-depth radio journalism when we see opportunities.”
Marsh says few Coloradans know of the West Douglas mustangs whose presence dates back hundreds of years. She “wanted to amplify the difficulty of managing wild horses on public lands at a time when oil and gas extraction, livestock grazing, and recreational use threaten the mustangs’ free-roaming nature. The story of the nation’s wild horses is the story of the American West and with this round-up, a small piece of that history has disappeared.”
KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner started the news program in 2006. He says "This reflects our serious commitment to community service. I knew the team was doing well. Now we know just how well we are doing. I am proud of the news team and excited about the future.” KDNK runs local news in the mornings between 5 am and 8 am and from 5 pm to 6 pm weekdays. Archived daily newscasts and stories are available at kdnk.org. The KDNK Local Newscast entry will now automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition.
This is the second award the September 29th, 2015 KDNK Local Newscast has won. In March, KDNK was recognized with “Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, Medium Market” from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
Contact: Steve Skinner, KDNK General Manager; 970-963-0139; firstname.lastname@example.org
KDNK Community Access Radio has hired Gavin Dahl for the position of News Director after a national candidate search. Dahl continues the grassroots approach to news at KDNK, he says "I really believe news reporting is a 'do-ocracy' these days. Don't like the media? Make your own." He leaves a position in Denver with the Open Media Foundation to join the Roaring Fork Valley community on May 4, 2016. He has worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti as well as local stations KGNU Boulder/Denver, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia & KPTK Seattle. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Evergreen State College, where he studied media production and community organizing. Gavin's nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of non-commercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman and Boise Weekly have published his reporting. Gavin counts Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV and Colorado Channel among his proudest TV credits.
Gavin is taking over for January Jones, who joined KDNK in 2014. She will keep working with the KDNK news team on special projects and developing new content. KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner started the news program in 2006. Skinner said he's "excited to bring Gavin on. His skills with new media and passion for broadcasting will help us move forward with excellence." KDNK Local News airs during NPR weekdays between 5 am and 8 am and from 5 pm to 6 pm. Archived daily newscasts and stories are available at kdnk.org.
350Colorado, a group working to end climate change, also wants to see some major adjustments made to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state's oil and gas regularoy agency. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Lauren Swain about why the group wants to shut down the COGCC and what would replace it.
Carbondale is hosting the Colorado Creative Industries Summit this Wed through Friday. CCAH's Amy Kimberly spoke with KDNK's January Jones about how locals can get involved.
Saturday, April 30, is Carbondale's annual Spring Cleanup and Waste Diversion Day - 8 AM to 4 PM across from Town Hall. KDNK spoke with Julia Farwell, chair of the town Environmental Board. Here, she begins with what kinds of waste will be collected. More information at carbondalegov.org.
Garfield County Commissioners and other Colorado lawmakers support the proposed Jordan Cove natural gas liquefaction plant in Coos Bay, Oregon, and a pipeline that would connect Piceance Basin natural gas to Asian markets. The plan has been in various stages of approval for 12 years and has kicked up controversy from the coast to Colorado. Silt blogger Peggy Tibbetts, author of From the Styx, has been following the issue and for this week's News Brief, she talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.
Click here for more information about the Jordan Cove Project.
Three new Carbondale Town Trustees were sworn into office last week. That means three are stepping down. KDNK presents conversations with two of the out-going trio about their time in office. Click here for John Hoffman. Click here for Allyn Harvey.
A fire that torched a house up County Road 117, south of Glenwood Springs, on Monday may have been caused by smoking. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
Amy Goodman spoke to a full house Saturday at the Carbondale Library. Here she talks about the beginnings of independent media. Click here to listen to Goodman's talk in its entirety.
For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram, for an update on local air quality studies.