Several years ago, KAFM 88.1 Community Radio decided to throw a summer shindig. The vision was simple - get together with a few friends to celebrate local music, community radio and local brews. Enter Kannah Creek Brewing Company. The local brewers not only offered their patio, but also created a special brew to help KAFM raise money. Over the years, the party grew into a day-long festival of bands and brews, raffles and door prizes. It's now one of the station's largest annual fundraisers.This year, Radio Daze will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1l, from 3-10 p.m. As always, it will be hosted at Kannah Creek Brewing Company, located at 12th and Orchard in Grand Junction. There will be one big difference, however - the party's special brew, which used to be called 16 Watt Ale, will be renamed 300 Watt Ale to honor the station's stronger (300 watt) signal. "We are so honored and appreciative of Kannah Creek's generosity," KAFM's executive director Tedi Gillespi said. "They donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of 300 Watt Ale for the whole day. That's an impressive commitment from Kannah Creek to support community radio in the valley."This year, the musical lineup at Radio Daze includes an old favorite, Flat Top Reed, as well as newer bands like Jack+Jill, Dreamboat and North 17th Street Band. The music starts at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free. "We are really pleased to be able to support this great little station," said Jim Jeffryes of Kannah Creek Brewing Company. "KAFM is a vital local resource for music and culture, and we love being a part of this wonderful event."
With only 200 or so small, community run stations like KAFM found throughout the nation, the Grand Valley is indeed blessed to have one of the best. And it's all made possible by broad community support. Members and volunteers are the heart and soul of this energetic little station, and business underwriters such as Kannah Creek and other Radio Daze sponsors play a vital role in the radio station as well. Approximately 100 local businesses and nonprofits support KAFM - this is not traditional advertising, but it can be even more valuable because KAFM members and listeners appreciate and patronize the businesses and organizations that support the station they love.KAFM also produces concerts, art exhibits and special events at its home at 1310 Ute Ave., and at other venues around the valley.