Grand Valley News
Tune your radio dial to 101.1 FM for KSUN Community Radio. The station is broadcasting from the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. It brings us music, local programming and community information 24/7.
This community radio is a nonprofit corporation operating at 100 watts as KSBP 101.1 FM in the Battlement Mesa/Parachute area.
A volunteer board of directors operates the station. Members of the board are: Terry Lynott, president; Jim Warren, vice president and treasurer; Frances Rose, vice president and secretary; Linda Berry; Adam Ford; Mary Anderson; Harlan Hansen; Danice Hazelhurst; Anne Huber; Larry Huber; and Ron Palmer.
The board recently appointed Shawn Covert as program manager. Programming is really taking shape, and many new ideas are in the planning stage. One of the most successful programs has been the “Shawn and Kenny G. Show,” which airs from 3-6p.m. Monday through Friday. This show features a kid’s request line (285-2246) and plays pop, rap, and rock ‘n’ roll.
This program has just taken off with an average of 10 to 30 calls per day, Friday being the most popular day. The kids love it ” I spoke to Brittney and Elizabeth, two middle school-aged girls about the program. “It’s so cool, they play whatever we request.” “We don’t have to wait forever to hear the song ” it is played right away.”
The Activity Center staff credits the popularity of the radio program to the increased attendance in the monthly youth night. Last youth night boosted an attendance of 104 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade kids.
Other programming ideas are local news and events, oldie programs (such as “The Shadow,” “Jack Benny,” Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds,” “Abbot and Costello”), music from the 1960s and 1970s, spotlighting a local band weekly, etc. Shawn would like to start a morning show featuring local news, weather, and events, but is still looking for a volunteer to host the show.
But remember, listeners like you and me make community radio possible. Many membership options are available: youth $5, individual $10, family $15, supporter $25, patron $50, individual-lifetime $100, and business sponsor $500.
Membership forms are available at the Activity Center and the Battlement Mesa Management Office. Or telephone 285-2246, fax 285-2247, or email at BMPSUN@ACSOL.net for more information.
The fun starts with a Dyeing Eggs Party for children up to 6 years old from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the Activity Center. The cost is $1 per child, and a parent or guardian must accompany them.
The Annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt for children through age 6 will be held at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 10. This will be held on the grounds of the Activity Center. No admission charge; just bring something to hold all your eggs.
Immediately following the hunt, the BM/Parachute Library will be hosting a puppet show in the lobby of the Activity Center. The puppet show is open to children of all ages and is free of charge.
Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.
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