Gavin Dahl

Gavin became one of the youngest station managers in public radio on February 1, 2017. He  is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. Prior to starting at KDNK as news director in 2016, Gavin worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti along with local stations KGNU Boulder, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia, and Air America Radio affiliate 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, Boise Weekly, and The Sopris Sun have published his reporting. His TV credits include directing teams at Colorado Channel, crewing for Democracy Now!, and hosting on Free Speech TV. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2008 with a BA in media production and community organizing. 

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KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with two reporters at Paonia-based nonprofit magazine High Country News about their latest stories focused on specific Colorado communities: in Gunnison County and the Wet Mountain Valley.

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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is about to head back to Washington DC for three weeks of work before a longer summer recess begins in August. Economically the stakes couldn’t be higher in our local communities with so many businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus. In Hotchkiss on Wednesday, KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl asked him if he thinks a new bipartisan COVID relief package is possible in Congress.

Here are Gavin's picks for the Top Albums of 2020, so far, as of June 30, 2020. 

For his final Booked program on KDNK, station manager Gavin Dahl thanks 50+ guests on the program over the past year, and speaks with KZMU Moab station manager Serah Mead about serving the public during a pandemic, new music discovery, and the uniqueness of freeform radio.

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For this week's Booked program, KDNK's Gavin Dahl caught up with local band Let Them Roar rehearsing in Sopris Park. They are inviting the community to roar too with free songwriting workshops on Thursday nights at 6, organized by Garfield County Libraries. Get more info here

Susan Greene

Recovering newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Greene joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her latest column in The Colorado Independent, "Denver Police agreed to First Amendment training. It still hasn't happened." Press organizations in Colorado have spoken out about the mistreatment of journalists by law enforcement as well. She also talked about her participation in a new project called COLab.

Elizabeth Miller / Statesider

Reporter Elizabeth Miller joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss two recent articles, The Losing Coast for The Statesider, and COVID-19 Pandemic Complicates 2020 Wildfire Season for New Mexico In Depth.   

Jason Gonzales / Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat Colorado reporter Jason Gonzales joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to explain the massive cuts to higher education coming to Colorado. We discussed his article on the COVID budget toll and his article on how these budget woes were decades in the making.

UPDATE: Jason's latest article, published after this interview aired, outlines how severe these cuts will be for higher ed in the state.   

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to reflect on the paper's latest awards haul from the Colorado Press Association.

Tonight from 9-11pm, tune in to KDNK on our 9 FM signals or livestreaming here and we'll dance together during a special broadcast event called The Safety Dance, featuring two one-hour sets by Mystery KDNK DJs. If you would like to login to Zoom and see each other's dancing clothes and chat with friends, here's the link. Guess who each DJ is and win a new KDNK bandana (coming soon, thanks to our friends at Inkswell Press in Glenwood Springs). 

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This week on Booked, KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks to Colorado Public Radio's western slope reporter Stina Sieg about her coverage during the coronavirus outbreak. Her reporting over the past month included a story about migrant workers in Palisade, the Delta Tru Vu Drive-In opening for the season, and the rise in baking of isolation loaves and quarantine cookies during the stay at home order. She says her reporting has changed dramatically over the past few weeks, and sometimes she wishes she could just do comforting stories all the time, but also likes the challenge of finding the human side of tough subjects. 

Sandra Fish

Reporter Sandra Fish talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about a new initiative from First Draft and Colorado Media Project called Misinformation Watch. Her latest article for The Colorado Sun looks at coronavirus disinformation including robocalls, phony cures, conspiracies, and politicizing the crisis. 

Aspen Sojourner magazine editor in chief Cindy Hirschfeld joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss the challenges of distributing a high quality magazine during a public health crisis, as well as recent stories on Haunted Aspen and where to find delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup in the Midvalley. 

KDNK's Board of Directors meet for regulary monthly business on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 5:45pm. All KDNK board meetings are open to the public. The KDNK facility at 76 S. 2nd Street in Carbondale is closed except to staff, so this meeting will take place by conference call. Email board at kdnk dot org for call information. Agenda is available here.

Moe Clark / The Colorado Sun

Colorado Sun reporter Moe Clark joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her reporting on efforts to protect the homeless population from coronavirus. 600 beds are opening at Denver's National Western complex to provide a safe space to consolidate resources and better achieve social distancing. Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis has instructed unarmed National Guard personnel to assist in providing care to the homeless. You can read Moe Clark's reporting on this for The Colorado Sun here and here.

Scott Condon / Aspen Times

Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl to dicuss his feature on how local farmers are reponding to the COVID-19 crisis. He spoke to the leaders of Rock Bottom Ranch, Wild Mountain Seeds, Two Roots Farm, and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute about farmers markets, CSAs, and other ways they hope to grow their impact in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2020. 

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

Heather Sackett continues covering the quarry in Marble for Aspen Journalism and speaks to KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the Clean Water Act vioaltion determined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You can read her story here. Aspen Journalism is a non-profit news organization that partners with local newspapers.

Kathleen Shannon, courtesy of The Sopris Sun

The newest member of the KDNK news team, Kathleen Shannon, sat down with Gavin Dah on Booked to discuss her article in The Sopris Sun on utility workers and other services that make life at home during the COVID-19 crisis possible. She also talked about her radio show, The Time Being, on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. When she's playing music, she goes by the on air moniker KillaKath. 

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Post Independent reporter John Stroud has covered the Roaring Fork Valley for 30 years. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 his journalistic output has been as prolific as ever. He spoke with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about interviewing the first person to test positive for COVID in Garfield County, how the Roaring Fork School District is handling the crisis, the 9th Judicial District putting eviction and foreclosure proceedings on hold, and more. 

Adam Cayton-Holland is a writer, comic, and actor based in Denver whose tragicomic memoir Tragedy + Time is now available on Audible. The book is heart-wrenching and hilarious all at once, written in tribute to his younger sister Lydia after her suicide. Adam talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his first time doing Conan and offers suggestions for getting the creative juices flowing while sitting at home. "Be diligent, don't be lazy," he says. "Stop making excuses, go get some work done. That's my advice."

Jerry Raehal

Glenwood Springs Post Independent publisher Jerry Raehal joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to outline some of his suggestions for avoiding panic and a mob mentality, and to explain the ways access to news is changing at the PI in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared comments on a joint letter sent by The Colorado Press Association and Colorado Freedom of Information seeking assurances from Gov. Jared Polis that news operations will continue to be considered an "essential part of emergency personnel" during the state of emergency.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois discusses the four finalists competing for the job of Police Chief in the Town of Carbondale, Lee Damuth, Sean Dugan, David Shaffer, and Kirk Wilson. He also reflects on covering retiring Carbondale chief Gene Schilling over the years.

Ed Williams

Reporter Ed Williams discusses his article 'Restraint, Seclusion, Deception: Parents and Regulators Left in the Dark Over School Behavior Management Techniques' from Searchlight New Mexico, with KDNK's Gavin Dahl. Ed was a reporter at KDNK before heading to New Mexico to do investigative reporting. 

Corey Hutchins joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss his reporting on President Donald Trump's massive rally in Colorado Springs last week. Trump said of embattled US Senator Cory Gardner, "He's been with us 100%. There's no waver." Plus, he explains why a dozen rural newspapers ran PR as news, mostly without disclosing the writer was paid to make the County Clerks Association look good. And he touches on how the Denver Post is using algorithms for sports coverage, and addresses the sale of the Greeley Tribune from Swift Media to Alden Global. Corey Hutchins teaches journalism at Colorado College and covers media for the Columbia Journalism Review and Colorado Independent. 

Raleigh Burleigh

Capitol Coverage is a project created by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition (made up of 19 stations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming) and managed by KUNC in Greeley. Reporter Scott Franz joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to talk about his second year covering the State Capitol on behalf of the stations who carry his coverage around Colorado.

The Colorado Channel is like our state's own C-SPAN, offering gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate floor in the Capitol. Open Media Foundation creative director Brandon Stiller speaks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about how to use the service, and learn more about how the sausage is made.   

Consensual Improv!

 

Cassidy Willey, Nina Gabianelli and Jeff Patterson of Thunder River Theatre Company's Consesual Improv! join Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself to preview their February 19 performance at Silver City Aspen.

Yolanda Wisher

Poet laureate of Philadelphia Yolanda Wisher joins Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself to talk about the poets-in-the-schools program coordinated by Aspen Words.

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On February 21st, the Aspen Art Museum launched its Teen Council pilot program. School, Youth, & Family Programs Manager Elisabeth Strunk and RFHS junior Danny Carreno joined Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself to discuss the program.

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Alex Menard from the Redstone Historical Society shares details about the Marble Museum’s Winter Open House and Chocolate Extravaganza on February 8 at The Marble Hub.

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