Skinner back in charge at KDNK
CARBONDALE – Watch out folks, Steve Skinner is back, and it won’t take long for people to notice in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.That’s right, Carbondale resident Steve Skinner – aka The Crusty Twinky, KAJX program director, Aspen Daily News columnist, The Love Machine, The Native, KSPN morning host, wild potato launcher, Nigel, etc. – will be the new KDNK program director and interim station manager.Skinner replaces general manager/news director Jason Koczak who resigned recently.”I was the general manager in the formative years about 20 years ago. There wasn’t even a CD player and no production room. It was really, really fun,” said Skinner, who is thrilled to be back at KDNK and hopes the “interim” title gets erased eventually.”Obviously, I would’ve preferred them to say you’re general manager, but I’m hoping that’s what I’ll get,” Skinner said.Since his departure from the GM position at KDNK in the late 1980s, Skinner has done just about all there is to be done locally in the media.Most recently, he has been the program director at KAJX Aspen Public Radio, where he said his boss knew once he saw that KDNK was looking for a station manager that Skinner might slip away.”It’s all been out in the open,” said Skinner about applying for the job at KDNK. In fact, he admitted that in his mind he knew taking the job at KAJX would one day get him closer to his dream of being GM at KDNK.”I live in Carbondale. I love KDNK. It’s this sparkling ray of hope in this sea of mediocrity.”KDNK board president Gwen Garcelon has had a busy couple of weeks working through staffing issues at the station. She said the board and staff at KDNK are thrilled to welcome Skinner back.”He brings such a passionate commitment and track record of service to this community. Since his last tenure on staff the station has grown and matured substantially, and we are all looking forward to what Steve will bring to this next era for KDNK,” she said. Skinner will start at KDNK on March 13, although he said his tendrils are creeping down here already. He will assume responsibility for the station’s programming and general administration.”He’s going to have a lot on his plate,” said Garcelon of Skinner, who will be coaxing KAJX listeners to pledge support just before he leaves that station to jump into KDNK’s fund drive. “I’m definitely interested in financial stability at KDNK. I want to have good salaries, equipment and space,” said Skinner, a musician who is also working on a new CD, his 10th, to supplement what he candidly calls his meager trimmings.”I don’t do radio for the money,” he said. “I don’t do anything for money. I do this for heart.”According to Garcelon, only time will tell if Skinner is the right fit for the GM position. For now, the search is still on and Garcelon said she receives resumes almost every day.”Looking at the needs of the station, this was a good fit right now. He (Skinner) is certainly a qualified individual. It will be clear over time what’s the best role for him. We want to give him a chance to work it out,” she said.Skinner calls KDNK a community gem that must be protected, nurtured and gently improved – something he is glad to be part of.”I am honored. The opportunity to serve the listeners of KDNK again is a dream come true for me. I look forward to moving into the future with the dynamic volunteers and the delightful staff at our community access radio station. And I can’t wait to get on the air!” said Skinner with his characteristic glee.KDNK is a 1,000-member radio station by and for the people of the Roaring Fork Valley, broadcasting a diverse music slate hosted by volunteer DJs, as well as locally produced public affairs shows and nationally syndicated news programming. KDNK is heard downvalley at 88.1 FM, in Basalt at 88.5 FM, in Aspen at 88.3 FM, and worldwide at http://www.kdnk.org.
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