Public radio days |

Public radio days

Stay tuned.

The region’s public radio scene just keeps getting better and better.

KSBP-FM, a 100-watt station, recently started broadcasting from a studio in the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Within the next few months, station organizers hope to have organized up to 50 volunteer DJs of all ages to play a variety of music.

For western Garfield County radio listeners, it should be a welcome addition to the stable of public radio stations in the Roaring Fork Valley.

One of them, KDNK in Carbondale, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Another, KAJX in Aspen, like KDNK offers local listeners a noncommercial alternative that’s chock full of musical variety, news from local to national, and popular programs from National Public Radio and other nonprofit radio networks.

Thanks to such stations, the valley can tune in to such news programs as NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” other offerings such as “Prairie Home Companion,” “This American Life” and “Car Talk,” and welcome alternative sources of news from such sources as High Country News and Democracy Now. (It’s interesting to note that NPR itself was considered an alternative news source as recently as 20 years ago, when some local ham radio operators first brought its programming to Glenwood Springs by rigging a system to relay a Wyoming signal).

One of the most important parts of stations such as KDNK and KAJX is the locally originated programming they offer, and this is what will be most welcome in Parachute/Battlement Mesa. Much of western Colorado already can tune in to Colorado Public Radio and its stable of state and national programs, but a niche remains down-valley for unique local programming of the kind KSBP-FM seeks to offer.

We wish the station well in its venture, and encourage people who support the idea to get involved as volunteers, and consider a financial donation. The same goes for other area public radio stations that meet a local need and depend on our local support.

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