Gavin Dahl

Station Manager

Gavin took over as Station Manager on February 1, 2017. He was previously the news director. Gavin is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. 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, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia & KPTK Seattle. His nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman and Boise Weekly have published his reporting. His TV credits include Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV and Colorado Channel. He graduated with a BA in media production and community organizing from The Evergreen State College. 

Ways to Connect

KDNK's board of directors meet on Monday, October 15th at 5:30pm here at the station, 76 South 2nd Street, Carbondale, CO 81623. Meetings are open to the public. Agenda is posted in the front hall of the station and also available here.

KDNK is grateful to the Aspen Thrift Shop for their generous September 2018 grant supporting our mission and operations. Thanks to loyal support from the community, The Thrift Shop is able to grant over 80% of their income to nonprofits in the Roaring Fork Valley. They've been giving back since 1949. Drop off hours are Monday through Saturday from 8am - 3pm. Volunteer applications are here.

Young filmmaker Colter Johnson speaks to KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his short documentary on American Indian Movement activist and movie star Russell Means, called Conspiracy to Be Free, screening at the Shining Mountains Film Festival on Sunday, October 7th at the Wheeler Opera House. Colter also discusses his projects telling the story of an NGO called Wisdom Spring that does rural water projects around the world, and about his short films for Air Tahiti, featuring gorgeous scenery and inspiring storytelling about the worldest youngest female windsurfer, Mathilde Zampieri.

DJ Rickdiculous chats with Aly Sanguilly, owner of Roaring Fork Beer Company, about some upcoming events. RFBC's 3rd annual Oyster Throwdown is First Friday at the brewery, and both Forktoberfest and the Beer Olympics are Saturday, October 20th.

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Venerable Thubten Semkye joined KDNK’s Gavin Dahl for Express Yourself to talk about meditation, concentration, and life as a monastic during her current Way of Compassion visit.

Aly Sanguilly talks about why she supports KDNK, plus Roaring Fork Beer Co's annual Beer Dinner, at Slow Groovin Snowmass on Sunday, September 30th. RFBC is donating craft brews to the KDNK Thank You Shindig with Banjira on Wednesday, October 3rd at Village Smithy, and the KDNK Halloween Dance Party at Third Street Center on October 31st.

Free speech advocate, longtime civil liberties attorney, and award-winning author Marjorie Heins talks about her new book Ironies and Complications of Free Speech with KDNK's Gavin Dahl and retired journalist and Aspen Times columnist John Colson. We discuss censorship, indecency, art, sex, discrimination, young people, the Supreme Court, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

KDNK's fall membership drive is halfway over before it starts. We have raised over $37,000 toward our goal of $75,000. Pitching for members on-air doesn't begin until Tuesday morning, September 18th. Thanks to all supporters of free speech, music without algorithms, and youth access to the airwaves! Donate today.

Woodworker Dave Kodama talks with station manager Gavin Dahl about his career, his work at Kenichi Woodworking, and his collaboration with Liz Heller for the art opening tonight at Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen called Beyond the Square. 

KDNK's board of directors meet for the next monthly meeting on Monday, September 17th at 5:30pm at 76 South 2nd Street, Carbondale, CO 81623. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda is available here and posted in the front hall of the station. 

Paul D Miller is a multimedia artist and author better known as DJ Spooky. Station manager Gavin Dahl talks with him in the studio at KDNK about his new record Phantom Dancehall and his forthcoming book Digital Fictions.

Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica, the leaders of Coredination and Bonedale Ballet, speak to KDNK about the grand opening of their new location.

Anna Macleod is a visual artist and independent researcher based in Ireland. She does textiles, writing and social actions. Her work mediates complex ideas associated with readings of place. She employs quasi-scientific methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, performance and socially engaged activism to critique contemporary landscapes and to build metaphoric spaces for re-imaging the future. She's involved with the Inspired: Art at Work symposium in Paonia August 24-26th

Printmaker and Carbondale Arts gallery manager Brian Colley joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself to discuss his popular new tapes, his prints at the PRINT WORKS show at R2 Gallery at the Launchpad, and his participation in the Roaring Fork Drawing Club.

KDNK's board of directors meet Monday August 20th at 5:30pm at the KDNK Broadcast Learning Center, at 76 south 2nd street. Meetings are open to the public and the agenda is posted in the front hall of the station, and available here.

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Big thanks to Aspen Daily News for their feature story on the KDNK Hoot Friday night from 5-10pm at 4th & Main in downtown Carbondale. We made the cover of this week's Time Out section! Reporter Todd Hartley writes: "Come join with your fellow valley locals to share that love, along with the love of community, the arts and good old-fashioned FM radio, Friday evening. You’re virtually guaranteed to be hooting and hollering (and moving and grooving) before the evening is through." 

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Keith Turner, guitar player and co-founder of The Dendrites, talks with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl about winning Best Ska Band in Westword, the signficant influence of The Skatalites, and the band's excitement about playing the 47th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair. Today at 5:15pm they hit the gazebo stage and KDNK's airwaves during the live broadcast. Tune in live here.

Meta Sarmiento, a National Poetry Slam semifinalist and winner of Spoken Word for the World, talks with KDNK about his free poetry workshop "Mahal" at the Basalt Library on Friday July 27th at 10AM, as well as the poetry slam he's hosting at The Temporary in Basalt on Wednesday July 25th. His latest book of poems is "Tie Your Shoes Kid" and his debut hip hop album is "Apt 207." 

Emmy-award winning writer and stand up comedian Sara Schaefer speaks with station manager Gavin Dahl ahead of her tour stop at the Wheeler Opera House tonight. 

Alya Howe, artistic director of performing arts organization Under Alya's Umbrella, talks about the Poetry Market this Sunday July 22nd at 8pm at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.  

The next meeting of KDNK's board of directors is Monday July 16th at 5:30pm at the station. Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The agenda is posted in the front hall of the station, and also available here.

A variety of local businesses and individuals are offering support for evacuated animals. Thanks to KDNK member Patty Lecht for helping compile this info. Click through to see locations and phone numbers.

Nationally touring standup comedian Adam Cayton-Holland speaks to KDNK about peforming for tough crowds, how the Denver comedy scene has changed, his TV series called Those Who Can't on the TruTV network, plus the Colorado Rockies, Denver Comic Con, #MeToo, and his forthcoming book.

Please join KDNK for the next meeting of our Board of Directors on Monday June 18th at 5:30pm at KDNK, 76 South 2nd Street, in Carbondale. The agenda is posted in the front hall of the station, and available here.

Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, June 2nd, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. More information at 963-5880 or Click the headline to see listings including The Good Bad at The Temporary.

Bob's Free Music Calendar compiles free shows on the Western Slope during June, July, and August, like Janiva Magness at the Basalt Summer Music Series on June 27th. Download your own calendar here.

Station manager Gavin Dahl hosted an "Ask Me Anything" on Monday, May 21, providing information about the state of KDNK while taking live calls. Questions mostly involved recent programming decisions.

I attended the Western States Public Radio annual conference at KEXP Seattle on a scholarship that will reimburse KDNK for my airfare, hotel, and expenses. We toured KEXP, listened to presentations by executives at public media development organization Greater Public, and met the director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. Click the headline or photo to read the rest of my reportback.

KDNK's next Board of Directors meeting is at the station, 76 South Second St, Carbondale, CO 81623 on Monday May 21st at 5:3opm. Meetings are open to the public. Agenda is posted in the front hall and available here.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Coming up at 4:30 today, community broadband expert Christopher Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks about municipal efforts to build high speed Internet networks across Colorado. That's at 4:30, only on KDNK.