KAFM 88.1: Come for the music, stay for the conversation
With John Anglim
Discerning listeners in the Grand Valley have already discovered KAFM Community Radio as the best source for new and exciting music that is chosen by real people as opposed to the limited playlists selected by focus groups and presented by corporate radio stations. Virtually every musical genre is featured on the eclectic little station at 88.1 FM. But the station offers so much more!
From day one, KAFM has presented conversations and community affairs programming that focuses on a wide variety of topics of interest to a local audience. Every year, KAFM airs hundreds of hours of interviews, public service announcements and conversations with local nonprofits and businesses, allowing them access to the airways and to reach a wider audience with their message and missions. An eclectic mix of topics make up a rich tapestry of local talk and information — all produced locally by volunteers at KAFM Community Radio. In every case, the station and the programmers endeavor to shed more light than heat on the subjects they tackle.
• “Words” is a short program that features hundreds of local children exploring and celebrating the power of words and language, and has given our community’s kids the exciting experience of being on the air! “Words” was started by Jeff Liddle and is currently produced by Linda Skinner and M.J. Scott.
• “The Kitchen Sink” is an hour call-in show for buying, selling and trading, as well as event announcements by Suzi Creme-Cheese, John Anglim, Bill Mitchell and Donna Bergman. The show runs very Friday from noon til 1 p.m.
• “The Computer Guys” Rick Castellini, Adam Cochran and Matt Kettlewell deliver an hour’s worth of technology information twice a month (first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
• “Bicycle Radio” with Chris Brown runs every third Tuesday of the month from 12:30-1 p.m.
• “Conversations For Keeps” with Steve Gammill takes place the second Tuesday of every month at noon.
• “Kosmic Voices” with Ramona Rae and Dulce Bell-Bulley is a discussion to share ideas and inspirations about living to our fullest potential. The show runs the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
• “The Fresh Cafe,” the fourth Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. features Rhonda Dunlap as she explores the reasons why a plant-based diet provides the nutrients that we need for a healthy life.
• “Trails Radio” with Dave Grossman presents news and commentary about our local trails. The show runs the second Wednesday of every month at noon.
• “Women Writing for a Change” is hosted by various writers at 12:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m.
• “Western Colorado Writers Forum” is hosted by Sandra Dorr the first Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m.
• “Down to Earth with the Garden Genie” is hosted by Georgia Schmunk, Master Gardener, at noon every third Wednesday.
• “State of the Arts” with Mary Hertert and John Anglim rum the third Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m.
• “Family, Friends and Neighbors” highlights issues, resources and viewpoints of the LGBT community.
• “Lunch at Mel’s” with Jon Mok-Lamme, Mike Burr and Sherry Cole happens the third Monday of every month at 12:30 p.m. The show explores spirituality and looks at current issues through the lens of the spiritual.
• “Conservation Connections” with Steve Acquafresca runs the third Thursday of the month at noon.
• “Poetry in the Air” is a short feature that highlights local poets reading selections from their own work or the work of a favorite poet.
John Anglim is a local artist and musician who served on the KAFM board of directors for nine years and has been a volunteer at the station since 2001.
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