Carbondale’s KDNK Labor of Love Auction takes to the airwaves tonight |

Carbondale’s KDNK Labor of Love Auction takes to the airwaves tonight

Trina OrtegaCarbondale CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado Energy bar breakfast because you didnt have time to make anything else: $1.45.Late charge on a phone bill because you didnt have time to sit down and pay it: $30.Fee to have Fido walked because you didnt have time due to your work schedule: $65.A personal assistant for a day: priceless.Helping support KDNK Community Access Radio: priceless.Actually, the starting bid for the personal assistant is only $75 in this years KDNK Labor of Love Auction, continuing online this week and going on air beginning Monday, Dec. 1. The auction concludes Dec. 6 but some items are available during one day only.Volunteer DJ Kat Rich will be a personal assistant for a day, a service valued at $125.I know there are a lot of busy people out there. I know Id like to have a personal assistant for a day, Rich said of her decision to donate something for the auction.Her time is for a full eight hours, and shell be available to run errands, pay bills, help around the house, all those little pains you need to take care of that never get done, she said.Rich, aka Cheshire Kat, helped KDNK Development Director Amy Kimberly with the 2008 auction that began Nov. 24 online.She said there are more than 80 businesses and individuals who are offering everything from restaurant gift certificates and local beef to accounting services and vehicle oil changes to ski passes and surf get-aways.I know Drea Marsh is making a chocolate cake. She is a delightful baker, so someone should snatch that up, Rich said.Rich hosts the show Jamburger & Fries every other Monday, but also will be a DJ host on Wednesday. DJs, staff and volunteers work around the clock taking bids for the hundreds of items, some that go at rock-bottom prices.KDNK Music Director Luke Nestler works throughout the year saving the best CDs from the biz to make up the popular KDNK music packages that are auctioned off.We get about 50 to 100 CDs a week from the industry, he said. As those come in, I pull the very best CDs for the auction.When its auction time, Nestler further pares down the collections to create the best of the best.This years auction features 16 packages with CDs from 2008 that are arranged by genre. They include roots, African, Brazilian, Arabian, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, dance/electronica, and rock.He is slightly partial to one of the roots packages that has CDs by The Band of Heathens, John Fogerty, Los Straitjackets and more.Its all amazing music. It covers the whole gamut. Theres lots of good stuff, Nestler said.See the catalog for details on when those music packages are up for bid.Some also are open online.Nestler said the auction is great for the entire community.Its the great deals. Its a win-win-win for the business getting advertising with its donation, for the community access radio station, and for the person who scores a deal by shopping locally.The auction catalog is available at or at valleywide locations, including the KDNK studios.Volunteers are needed to help answer phones and take bids. Call the station at 963-0139 for information.

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