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. 

To learn more about collaborative divorce, KDNK welcomed collaborative law facilitator, attorney, and mediator Angie Buchanan from Durango, certified divorce financial analyst Patrick Janssen from Denver, and attorney and mediator Bert Dempsey from Boulder. They all serve on the board of directors for Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, whose aim is to support couples to get divorced without going to court. This paradigm shift can benefit children, keep private matters out of the public eye, and allow attorneys to work toward win-win situations for their clients.

The Arts Campus at Willits will close The Temporary in May, but executive director Ryan Honey and artistic director Marc Breslin will not be slowing down their fundraising efforts, or straying from the vision for a permanent facility in Basalt. They spoke to KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself about what's happening with the current space, the pop-ups and outdoor concerts they will host over the coming year, and the plan for phased development of their permanent home down the street from the Temporary. Between now and early May, bookings include Devotchka, Toubab Krewe, Joan Osborne, and Lowdown Brass Band.  

VOICES executive artistic director Renee Prince talks about their work amplifying voices through the arts and gives a preview of the original youth theater production Void of Darkness: Eat the Light. 20 youth from 4 different area high schools were led by teaching artists Cassidy Willey, Gabriela Alvarez Espinoza, Ryan Prince, Vanessa Porras, and Madison Coia. The show runs March 1st - 3rd at Third Street Center in Carbondale.  

Artist Chad Stieg will exhibit new works at Batch in Carbondale at on Thursday, February 14th. The event is called The Art of Cool. He and Aly Sanguily from Roaring Fork Beer Company dropped by the KDNK studio to talk about the event. 

The revolving door in Washington shows no signs of slowing down. President Trump nominated former Rifle, Colorado resident David Bernhardt, a longtime energy lobbyist, to head the US Department of the Interior, replacing Ryan Zinke. Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn speaks to KDNK about Bernhardt's conflicts of interest and a recent public opinion survey on energy and conservation. During Trump's shutdown, the Interior Department approved drilling permits for companies with links to Bernhardt. 

KDNK's next board of directors meeting is Monday, December 17th at 5:30pm at the station. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted in the front hall and available here

Thank You!

Dec 8, 2018

KDNK's annual Labor of Love silent auction raised $20,000 for community radio. Thanks so much to the Village Smithy for hosting, Susie Jimenez for catering, Roaring Fork Family Practice for sponsoring, and to all donors, volunteers, and bidders who made the event a success. Items will be available starting Monday afternoon. We will contact winning bidders as soon as possible.

DJ Luis Raul, host of RISE, every other Friday night from 7-10pm on KDNK, spun his top 40 songs of the year on his latest show. He featured tracks from Kali Uchis, Tom Misch, Khruangbin, Kamasi Washington, The Internet, Charles Bradley, Leon Bridges, Caroline Rose, Brasstracks, HONNE, Nightmares on Wax, James Hunter Six, and more. Stay tuned for more Best of 2018 lists in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, you can listen back to the latest edition of RISE through December 13th.

DJ Rickdiculous kicks off our Best Music of the Year series with his Top 10 Soul Albums of 2018:

10. Kadhja Bonet "Childqueen"
9. Joanna Teters "Back to Brooklyn EP" & "Warmer When it Rains EP"
8. James Hunter Six "Whatever It Takes"
7. Charles Bradley "Black Velvet"
6. Delvon Lamarr Trio "Close But no Cigar"
5. Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos "Rockstone"
4. Sha La Das "Love in the Wind"
3. Tom Misch "Geography"
2. Leon Bridges "Good Thing"
1. Thirdstory "Cold Heart"

Carbondale library branch manager Lacy Dunlavy stopped by the station to talk about Local Lit Fest, Thursday night November 29th at 5:30pm. The event features nine local authors including historian Larry Rynearson, poet DJ Hill, novelists Clark Heckert and David Wall, childrens authors Duane Ziegler and Corrie Karnan and many more.

KDNK's annual tradition, the Labor of Love silent auction, is back at the Village Smithy on First Friday, December 7th, sponsored by Roaring Fork Family Practice. The event features Spice It Up Catering by celebrity chef Suise Jimenez, drinks by Roaring Fork Beer Co, Marble Distilling, and Odell Brewing, and music by DJ Good. We are seeking donations of your labors of love (like baking a cake or helping with yardwork), along with original or donated art, services, gift certificates, and whatever else you think KDNK can share with supporters during this important fundraiser. Contact erin at kdnk dot org for details.

KDNK's regular monthly board meeting is Monday, November 19th at 5:30pm. The agenda is posted in the front hall and available here. Then KDNK's annual membership meeting starts at 7pm. The agenda is posted in the front hall and available here. Both meetings take place at KDNK, 76 South 2nd Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Singer-Songwriter Erika Ryann will be back in the Roaring Fork Valley for a KDNK benefit concert on Thursday, November 15th. She will be in the spotlight at the Mountain Music Showcase along with Let Them Roar, at The Temporary in Basalt. She talks with station manager Gavin Dahl about recording music in barns, all the bands she has joined lately, and the Gram Parsons record on her turntable at the moment. 

Olivia Pevec invites you to a benefit concert featuring Let Them Roar and Erika Ryann on Thursday night, November 15th in Basalt. The Mountain Music Showcase is a new collaboration between KDNK and The Temporary, providing paid gigs and an intimate setting for Colorado artists. Thanks to Roaring Fork Beer Company and Woody Creek Distillers for supporting our kickoff event! Tickets are available here for only $9 in advance, with net proceeds benefitting community radio. Doors open at 7:30 with music starting at 8.

Raleigh Burleigh

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.

Thanks to Post Independent writer Kyle Mills for covering the KDNK Halloween Dance Party with DJ Spooky at Third Street Center on Halloween night in the paper. It's great to get positive coverage of our hard work. Advance ticket sales have ended, but tickets are available at the door, starting at 6.

The adults-only benefit event features a music video mixtape curated by KDNK djs along with games and prizes thanks to Roots RX from 6-8pm, costume contest from 8-9pm with celebrity judges and prizes from Glenwood Caverns, Sopris Liquor & Wine, and Carbondale Beer Works, and headliner DJ Spooky from 9-10:30pm.  

Also starting at 6, Wild Style food truck will serve Lamb Samurai Voodoo Tacos, Pickled Avocado Tacos, and Bison and Green Chile Sloppy Joes. You can wash them down with beer from Ska Brewing, Denver Beer Co, and Roaring Fork Beer, plus Marble Mules, various red wines, and Sparkling Blood Orange Watermelon Wine on ice.

Don't miss this party!

Paddy O'Connell talks with station manager Gavin Dahl about season 2 of his podcast Safety Third. We talk about his personal favorite outdoor activities, his participation in 5Point Film Festival, and why the outdoors move him.

Filmmaker Hamilton Pevec talks with station manager Gavin Dahl about his American Immigrant podcast, detailing life in earthquake-stricken Nepal. Pevec is completing work on a documentary film about his time in Nepal called Guerrilla Aid, which is slated for exhibition in 2019.

Lucas Turner, of Level Head Audio, is the radio instructor at Colorado Mountain College, and a strong advocate for Radio CMC. He speaks to station manager Gavin Dahl on Express Yourself about winning the $10,000 prize from Glen X and why he's so passionate about radio storytelling.

Your News, Your Community was a special live broadcast on Saturday, October 13th, featuring (back row) Will Grandbois of The Sopris Sun, Mark Duggan of KBUT, Caroline Fry of Colorado Common Cause, Paul Larmer of High Country News, Samuel Bernal of Radio La Tricolor, Gavin Dahl of KDNK, and (front row) Raleigh Burleigh of KDNK, John Stroud of The Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Amy Hadden Marsh of KDNK, and Niki Turner of The Rio Blanco Herald Times. Thanks to Steve Skinner for sound engineering the live broadcast and taking this picture.

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.

Gavin Dahl


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.

Susan Wrubel, artistic director of Aspen Film Fest, speaks to Gavin Dahl about Three Days, Two Nights, a film with local historical relevance, screening at the Crystal Theatre this weekend.

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.