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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Aspen Daily News reporter Megan Tackett joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss her cover story on the proposed quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs, which features accusations of disingenousness by both sides. The story quotes at length Rocky Mountain Resources CEO Greg Dangler, as well as key voices of the opposition, representing "seemingly everyone else" in the community. 

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois and KDNK's Gavin Dahl review some of the Oscar-nominated films ahead of the Academy Awards this Sunday night. Then they go beyond the Oscars to recommend a few underrated films. Both agree Booksmart was hilarious and deserved a Best Screenplay nomination. Will suggests The Lighthouse, Peanut Butter Falcon, and The Dead Don't Die. Gavin suggests Just Mercy, Always Be My Maybe, and Captive State. Plus, they tout the Sopris Sun's upcoming 11th anniversary benefit screening of ET at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 13. See you at the cinema!

Reporter Michael Roberts joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss a big change in Colroado media. Now in his thirtieth year at Denver's mighty alternative newsweekly Westword, Roberts has watched the landscape for media and journalism change throughout his career. He broke the story that CPR and Colorado College are entering into a management agreement that will make the Colorado Springs radio station KRCC part of CPR's expanding statewide network. 

Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland speaks to KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the dynamics of her award-winning reporting on sexual harassment at the State Capitol. She also shared her perspective on the US Senate primary race and the current legislative session. Birkeland was KDNK's Capitol Coverage reporter for more than a decade before getting a new reporting position at CPR.

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Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang's reporting on broadband was cited by Benton scholar Robbie McBeath in his Best of 2019 article this week. She joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss the impact of the digital divide on the urban poor, and the funding landscape for rural broadband deployment in Colorado.

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Robbie McBeath joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to discuss his article on the Top 10 Broadband Stories of 2019 for the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. He also defines key terms we often hear, but don't always agree on like broadband and the digital divide.

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Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Jeff Roberts recaps the big stories in government transparency from last year with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl. His 2019 year in review article examined encrypted police radios, open internal affairs reports, and more.

Gavin tracked his top 50 artists who released albums or EPs during 2019, based on total airplay of new material on his shows this year. Enjoy!

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois joins Booked to look back at local news highlights over the past year from the perspective of his newsroom. Not only was there a lot of local news to cover, it was a year of transition at the paper as well.   

Valle Musico

Valle Musico is celebrating the release of Columbra, their new album. Artists John Ramo and Bruce Imig are joined by Ralph Pitt of Mad Dog Ranch Studios on Express Yourself with Gavin Dahl. Valle Musico performs at the Snowmass Club on New Year's Eve from 6 to 8pm.

The Redstone Castle hosts Jennetta Howell and her team of performers for three sold out performances of 1940s-style musical numbers. Jennetta speaks to KDNK about the events.

The Solutions Journalism Network is piloting a new project called Solutions Spotters. Mountain West Regional Outreach Coordinator Madalena Salazar explains. She can be reached by email here.  

Let Them Roar wrap up their 'I See My Light' campaign for immigrant justice with two special concerts tonight and Saturday at Steve's Guitars, presented by KDNK and Carbondale Arts. Bandmembers Olivia Pevec, Sophia Clark and Ashton Taufer join KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself to discuss their performance, reflect on their acclaimed performance at Mountain Fair this year, and recap the campaign that became the band's mission statement this year, launching on the Summer Solstice and wrapping up on the Winter Solstice. 

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

Aspen Journalism reporter Heather Sackett broke the story of a 5500-gallon diesel spill that halted operations at the quarry in Marble for two months. The Yule quarry in Marble is a source of pride in the history of our region with local stone carved for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lincoln Memorial and the Colorado State Capitol.

Aspen Daily News reporter Alycin Bektesh joins Booked to talk about the locally-owned paper's new podcast, The Upload. In the first two months, the weekly half hour podcast has featured ten staffers from the paper as well as special guests like Aspen Ski Co CEO Mike Kaplan. The Upload offers an informative glimpse behind the headlines.

Aspen Times reporter Carolyn Sackariason talks on Booked about her story, Community to Lose a Significant Chunk of Designated Affordable Housing, which found that 22 affordable housing developments with APCHA deed restrictions will expire over the next twenty years.   

Jerry Muller, professor of history at Catholic University of America, and author of the book The Tyranny of Metrics, talks about the key beliefs he challenges in the text and why effective management blends measurement with judgment based upon experience.

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Rio Blanco Herald Times editor Niki Turner and Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene collaborated on an investigative journalism article called "Through the Cracks: A Sick Stranger, A Police Shooting, and a Town's Silence." A man with paranoid schizophrenia named Daniel Pierce was killed by law enforcement last year and the town of Rangely attemped to keep the story out of the public eye. Niki and Susan talk about what they learned while reporting the story, about rural access to mental health care, insufficient police training, government transparency, and how important the truth is to a community.

Babs Frota

Local singer-songwriter Jill Cohn graced KDNK with a brand new single from her latest album Balanced on the Rail. She is interviewed by Gavin Dahl and KDNK volunteer Barbara "Babs" Frota.

Aspen Art Museum

Senior Curator at the Aspen Art Museum Max Weintraub stopped by Express Yourself to give insight into the Abraham Cruzvillegas exhibition Hi, how are you, Gonzo? Andrea Aust and Phebe Meyers, representing the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, shared about their corresponding community activation.

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Student journalist Sarah Teague joins KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl on Booked to talk about student publication The Olive Branch, her summer academy at The New York Times, and her column in The Sopris Sun entitled "To Trust the Media, Youth Must Help Shape It."

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Associated Press Northern Arizona correspondent Felicia Fonseca reports on a new proposal for working with private companies to modernize campgrounds at National Parks in her new article. KDNK's Gavin Dahl lays out why this is controversial, including debates over keeping parks natural vs. adding amenities like wi-fi, plus concerns over profiteering or increasing the cost of access to public lands. Additionally, the proposal orginated during disgraced former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tenure. Zinke was subject to at least 15 investigations when he resigned after voters put Democrats back in charge of the U.S. House. 

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Megan Tackett has been busy reporting for Aspen Daily News since we last heard her on KDNK. She stopped by the studio to discuss what she's learned covering courts and crime with station manager Gavin Dahl. 

Aw Snap Photo Booth

Doors open at 6pm at Third Street Center's Community Hall tonight. Enjoy the Aw Snap photo booth, Wild Style food truck, and KDNK's bar featuring RFBC, Odell, Peach Street, Marble & Big B's. Costume contest with DJ Luis Raul starts at 7:30. Tnertle, one of Colorado's funkiest dance bands, hit the stage at 9. Sponsored by High Q & TACAW. Tickets available at the door.

Artspace Loveland

Colorado Sun reporter Sue McMillin's latest article finds Colorado's plan to embed arts spaces into historic district's is a slower process than initially envisioned. "But towns are fine with that," she writes. KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks with her about covering stories far beyond the Denver metro, including Ridgway, Trinidad & Loveland.

House Natural Resources Committee

Acting BLM director William Perry Pendley calls himself a "sagebrush rebel" and according to audio obtained by High Country News, his own staff question whether he has the moral courage to lead under President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. High Country News reporter Nick Bowlin talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about upheaval among the career staff at BLM, consolidation of policymaking power, and the future of public lands management.

M. John Fayhee

Reporter M. John Fayhee joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to explain what's next for federal land near El Jebel that is managed by the US Forest Service. It sounds like the White River National Forest will preserve the lower parcel of what Fayhee calls "pure riparian splendor" with public access trails to the Roaring Fork River. The upper parcel is 30 acres across three sections and could be leased or sold. Read all about it here.

Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection

Writer, freelance journalist, and historian Tim Cooney's latest piece for the history desk at Aspen Journalism is called Deep Sea Divers Dewater Flooded Smuggler Mine. It ran on the cover of the Aspen Sunday News last month. On Booked, he speaks with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl about the incredible story deep inside the flooded Smuggler Mountain mine.  

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