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. 

Colorado Springs Independent

Kroger has announced that all of their grocery stores, including City Market, King Soopers, and QFC will no longer stock free newspapers starting October 1st. Colorado College journalism professor Corey Hutchins, who covers media for Columbia Journalism Review and Colorado Independent, talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the impacts and his coverage. You can learn about the Don't Lose Local News petition here

The Colorado Sun

Parked: Half the American Dream is a collaborative project led by The Colorado Sun with more than a dozen Colorado news outlets teaming up to report on mobile homes. Jennifer Brown, reporter and co-founder at The Colorado Sun, helped lead the project. She speaks with KDNK station manager on Booked.

Author Casey Rae’s book William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock n Roll is out now on University of Texas Press. Casey Rae is Director of Music Licensing for SiriusXM, professor at Georgetown University and Berklee College of Music, and sought-after commentator in Politico, Billboard, NPR, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, New York Times and Washington Post. He also runs a record label called Lux Eterna, has been playing in bands since the 90s, wrote about music at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont for many years back in the day, then turned to activism working his way up to CEO of the nonprofit Future of Music Coalition fighting for musicians’ rights and even lobbying on behalf of community radio. You can link to his annotated playlist for the book here

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Jo Bershenyi, Manager of Integrated Therapies at Valley View, Sean Jeung, Cancer Center Chaplain, and Gregory Cowan of Defiance Rafting join KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl to talk about Rally the Valley. The annual fundraiser for the Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View shifts to Two Rivers Park this year, on Saturday, September 7. This year organizers have added a float down the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park. Details at

The Colorado Sun

Editor Larry Ryckman is one of ten journalists who left the Denver Post last year to launch a news outlet called The Colorado Sun, which celebrates one year online (and in newspapers around the state) September 10th. KDNK and the Colorado Sun have teamed up, so if you donate to KDNK at the Family Membership level by September 3rd, you can also get a 3-month subscription to the Sun.

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“Support community radio. It’s a voice for inspiration and independent perspectives. KDNK, a great community asset, will grow and expand as you participate.”

Big thanks to award-winning journalist David Barsamian, host of Alternative Radio on Sundays at 5pm on KDNK, for his fiery lecture in the classroom here on Sunday, August 25, which we broadcast live. 

Director and producer Miranda Bailey discusses her new film Being Frank, screening at Isis Theatre in Aspen tonight as part of Aspen Film's Summer of Cinema, with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl. Jim Gaffigan stars as a villain, basically, in the suspenseful family dramedy. Bailey grew up in Vail, and will attend the Aspen screening in person for a Q&A. The film won the audience award at the Vail Film Festival last weekend. 

Roaring Fork Weekly Journal

Sloan Shoemaker, who writes the Half-Hearted Fanatic column for the Roaring Fork Weekly Journal, in print around the midvalley, and online, was executive director at Wilderness Workshop for over 20 years before retiring and picking up the pen.

Town of Carbondale

Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, who is also COO at Ascendigo Autism Services, tells KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl that public radio is "the best and most effective way for the average citizen to stay accurately informed with what's going on in their world." He and his family have been members of the station for two decades. Support KDNK during our membership drive.

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Meet Snowmass Sun reporter Maddie Vincent. She's new in the valley, but not new to journalism. In fact, she's the third generation of her family to pursue the profession. KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl asked her about her multiple degrees, why she's excited to cover Snowmass, and quizzed her on when the Snowmass Village town council meets. (She passed, of course.) Tune in to KDNK in Snowmass Village at 99.9FM.

Aspen Art Museum

As the Aspen Art Museum celebrates 40 years, we speak with Aspen Times arts editor Andrew Travers about his new book-length essay, "Directly Ahead: The Aspen Art Museum, 1979-2019" part of a new book commemorating the first four decades of the museum called Something Greater. Travers had full access to the museum's archives, and talks about its international reputation and how it's changed over the years. 

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Alyssa Ohnmacht began publishing the Crystal Valley Echo and Marble Times in 2002. Now, she is handing over the reins to focus her energy on  Light of the Moon, Inc.  She spoke with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about the history of the paper, getting rich producing community news, and her new project with Jane Bacharach. 

Booked host Gavin Dahl speaks to author Mira Sucharov about Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement her new book for University of Toronto Press. She explains how to better reach evidence-resistant audiences online by developing a more effective voice. 

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On Booked, host Gavin Dahl is joined by Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism and new KDNK news director Lucas Turner to talk about News That Matters. Brent will host an event with that name on August 13th at Aspen Meadows Albright Pavilion with Richard Tofel of ProPublica. Lucas Turner comes to KDNK after 5 years running CMC Radio, as well as becoming an adjunct faculty member at age 22, and winning the Glen-X startup prize of $10,000 last year for his production company Level Head. 

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In his fifth year as Executive Director at Third Street Center, Colin Laird is launching a new initiative called the Carbondale Community Fund. He explains the concept to KDNK's Gavin Dahl. 

Ghost Tapes co-founder and guitar player Nick Moulds calls in to KDNK to discuss how the 5-piece got started, recording the band's next album, and performing at Arise Festival in Loveland the first weekend of August. They submitted their video for "I Wonder" to NPR's Tiny Desk contest this year. Last year they were named Best Soul Band in the Westword reader's poll and Best R&B Band in 303 Magazine. 

Raleigh Burleigh

KDNK Seeks News Director

KDNK’s mission is to provide public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world. Based in Carbondale, Colorado, KDNK reaches thousands of listeners across nine FM signals and online. We have built a reputation for funky vitality with over 100 volunteer DJs. We are a valued source for news, culture, emergency information, weather, road conditions, ski reports, river reports, lost and found pet reports, and community calendar listings.


KDNK seeks an experienced journalist, open to risk-taking and innovation, who will lead editorial decision making and digital content strategy. Are you ready to get to work amplifying local voices and evoking a strong sense of place? As News Director, you will produce daily broadcast news on deadline and lead investigative coverage to make meaningful impact.

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Bob's Free Music Calendar is ready for summer. You can view or download here. There are so many amazing shows totally 100% free in June, July, and August from Aspen to Carbondale to Vail including The Dendrites live at 4th street plaza on Friday, August 16th for the KDNK Hoot. 

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Legislators in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Washington passed aggressive clean energy mandates in 2019.

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ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest progressive group, looked recently at the biggest winners and losers of the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Executive Director Ian Silverii joined KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl by phone to explain why he counts regular people, local communities, kindergartners and parents, people in need of healthcare, LGBTQ youth, and Mother Earth among this year's winners. Meanwhile, polluters, Internet trolls, the gun lobby, homophobes, and secessionists are among the session's losers. It's a fast-paced conversation, so hold on tight!

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At the Colorado Creative Industries summit in Salida last week, Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Creative District was honored with the Governor's Creative Leadership Award. After an extended ovation, she called Carbondale her muse and humbly shared the spotlight with staff members Laura Stover, Brian Colley, Staci Dickerson, Kat Rich, and Rachael Manning. She ended the speech by raising her fist and declaring, "Together, we are a force!"

Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax, author of USA National Parks - The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, speaks to KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl by cell phone from a meadow with an incredible view of Yosemite Falls (see photo). She touts some of her favorite underrated destinations, talks about wildlife and the significance of Dark Skies designation, and explains how Glacier National Park near her home is impacted by climate change. 


In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Shannon Meyer, executive director of RESPONSE, appeared on Express Yourself to encourage always asking for consent in relationships.

Gavin Dahl

Prior to playing a show at Steve's Guitars on April 19, local musician M. Kelly Blue stopped by Express Yourself to share about her new CD and personal miracle.

Drew Dudley

Nicky Foust of Mountain Valley Developmental Services dropped by Express Yourself to speak with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about "Leadership that Matters," an author-talk with Drew Dudley, co-presented by Roaring Fork Leadership. The event is at 5:30 on May 2 at Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs.

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Deva Shantay is co-owner and co-founder of True Nature Healing Arts. She launched a new initiative in Carbondale with the production of a sticker that says "Everyone Welcome." 

Dan Bayer

Future Energy: a Technologist, a Climate Scientist and an Artist Walk Into a Bar… was a moderated panel and live broadcast hosted by CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, at the Aspen Center for Physics. CORE executive director Mona Newton asked the questions, assisted by suggestions from the live audience. Panelists included Bryan Hannegan of Holy Cross Energy, Roger Pulwarty of NOAA-Boulder, and environmental artist Sarah Uhl. Due to Internet dropouts, about ten minutes of the middle of the event were not broadcast. That section has been removed from this archive. CORE is celebrating their 25th anniversary.

The deadline for area high school students to apply for 5Point's scholarship program "Dream Project" is Tuesday, March 19. Full details here. 5Point executive director Regna Jones, Dream Project coordinator Tracy Wilson, and previous scholarship recipient Chloe Gonzales joined Ape on the Dink to discuss the opportunity on The Wild Rumpus. 

Carbondale Arts presents the 11th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Show this month. Tickets are still available as of today for the preview on Thursday night March 14th, but the Friday and Saturday shows sold out already. Amy Kimberly dropped by the KDNK studio on First Friday to talk about the history of the fashion show, and how funds raised support arts education in the community like the Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus

Brett Lear brings over 30 years of experience to his new position as executive director of the Garfield County library system. He holds a master’s degree in library science from Florida State and a masters of business administration from Sonoma State. KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke to the new leader about his deep knowledge and vision for this vital organization.