Gavin Dahl

Station Manager

Gavin took over as Station Manager on February 1, 2017. He was previously the news director. Gavin is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He has worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti as well as local stations KGNU Boulder/Denver, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia & KPTK Seattle. His nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman and Boise Weekly have published his reporting. His TV credits include Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV and Colorado Channel. He graduated with a BA in media production and community organizing from The Evergreen State College. 

Ways to Connect

Members are encouraged to attend KDNK's annual membership meeting on Monday night, December 18th, at the station. The evening's activities begin at 5:30pm with the December board meeting. All board meetings are open to the public. We will take a break at 6:15pm, and the annual membership meeting will begin at 6:30pm. Meet the board candidates, cast a ballot, and hear a state of the station update from board president Andi Korber and station manager Gavin Dahl. Bylaws require 5% of members to participate. The agenda for both meetings is available here and also posted in the front hall of the station. 

Ryan Summerlin

KDNK's annual membership meeting is coming up on Monday December 18th at 5:30pm at the station. President Andi Korber will deliver a state of the station presentation, and we will vote for three new board members. Thanks so much to Maria Wimmer and Stu Bryner for their service. Their terms are ending. Here are the short bios of the candidates for KDNK's three open seats. 

UPDATE: Thursday night was the warmup for the annual Labor of Love silent auction at Village Smithy on First Friday. Thanks to True Nature Healing Arts, Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs, Tumbleweed, The Temporary, and Permascapes Unlimited. Plus, thanks to all the KDNK fans who called in!

 

KDNK's board of directors will meet on Monday November 20th at 5:30pm at KDNK 76 S 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The public is welcome to attend. We will discuss the FY18 budget, fundraising, hiring, and more. The full agenda is available here and is posted in the front hall of the station. 

Don't worry when Listen Live is down briefly on Saturday morning. Service should be restored by 12 noon mountain time. 

UPDATE: Advance tickets are sold out!!! Thank you!!! 

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

KDNK members like to party. We are going to throw down tonight, October 28th for the Halloween Dance Party starring The Davenports, playing seventies and eighties songs while you sing along. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 with a DJ set by Steve Cole, with live music and a costume contest to follow. The winners of the costume contest will score soaking passes from Avalanche Ranch, Sustainable Settings and Near New + Scavenger Industries! Also included in the price of admission is a photo booth from Aw Snap. This will be the last Slow Groovin BBQ truck of the season, so join us for dinner. Plus the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program will bake up some goodies for donation. (BRING CASH.) But leave the kids at home, this party is 21+ only. Drink specials will be available from Marble Distilling, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Aspen Brewing, and Jack Rabbit Hill Winery. This party is gonna go off!!!

KDNK's Community Advisory Board meets Thursday November 16th at 6:30pm at KDNK, 76 South 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. Luis Yllanes is the chair. Read the minutes from May 2017 CAB meeting here

The Underwriting Director manages all underwriting sales at KDNK, the public radio equivalent of advertising. Applicants must be comfortable speaking with business owners, making cold calls, and promoting KDNK’s value to the community. The Underwriting Director crafts specific messages for each client and handles all on-air scheduling. Well over 100 local businesses support the radio station financially each year, so applicants must have excellent organizational skills. Fast, friendly communication with every client is essential, including processing accounts payable and receivable with assistance from KDNK’s bookkeeper.

Read the full job description here.

Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to general manager Gavin Dahl, gavin@kdnk.org, no later than 5pm November 1st. No calls please. Open until filled.

KDNK's board of directors meet on Monday night October 16th at 5:30pm inside our broadcast learning center at 76 south 2nd street in downtown Carbondale. The public is welcome to attend. An agenda is posted in the front hall of the station and also available here

KDNK is hiring a development director, full position description here. This is a new position that represents our invigorated focus on fundraising. We seek an outgoing people person committed to the mission of community radio, who is unafraid to ask for money. The position is responsible for leading development activities including membership, volunteer coordination for events, continued growth of our major donor program, planned giving, and grants. The development director will work directly with the board of directors on fundraising activities and cultivate board involvement and station participation. ​ ​

A key element of development for the KDNK position is our membership, and this job differs from a traditional "development director" position in the focus on serving members. It is essential that candidates are comfortable working with over 1000 members, including significant volunteer organization. Assistance with outreach, promotions, and social media are a plus. Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to general manager Gavin Dahl no later than 5pm on October 26th. The ideal start date is November 6, 2017. No calls please.

Wikipedia Commons

KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl speaks to Georgetown Law Institute fellow Gigi Sohn about her years serving at the Federal Communications Commission and her latest article for The Verge, called "It's Time For Congress to Fire the FCC Chairman." Sohn has spent three decades fighting for consumer protections, affordable access to high-speed Internet, privacy rights and competition in the marketplace. She's been called "the Conscience of the Chairman's Office" and one of the "Heroes Who Saved the Internet."

KDNK's September board meeting will be held on Monday September 25th at 5:30pm at KDNK's offices at 76 South 2nd Street. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is posted in the front hall of the station and available here.

This month on Senior Matters, sitting in for regular host Diane Johnson, station manager Gavin Dahl explores the growing support in Congress for  'Medicare For All' legislation with Mountain Family Health Centers CEO Ross Brooks and reporter Joshua Holland, a contributor to The Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone, who hosts the Politics and Reality Radio show. See Holland's article on 'Medicare For All' in The Nation here. See Brooks' column on defending Medicaid funding for the Post-Independent here.

Station manager Gavin Dahl hosted a live AMA (ask me anything) on KDNK giving updates on staffing, budgets, events and programming.

Gavin Dahl

 


Democratic State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush is resigning her seat in the legislature later this year to run against Republican Congressman Scott Tipton in the 2018 election. She made a whistle stop in Carbondale last week and KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl had a chance to speak with the candidate.

KDNK's board of directors meet for the regular monthly meeting at 5:30pm on Monday August 21st at KDNK, 76 S. 2nd Street in Carbondale. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is here

Gavin Dahl

 

Last weekend, station manager Gavin Dahl represented KDNK onstage at the 2017 Arise Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. At the festival, Josh Fox introduced his new film about Standing Rock, Awake. Footage of Arise 2017 is available here. This film is now available on Netflix. An interview with gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis and his clean energy by 2040 platform is available here.

Erika Ryann

The dreamy Erika Ryann will play her first Carbondale show tomorrow as the opening act for The Band of Heathens at The Hootenanny with the Heathens, a collaboration between the Carbondale Creative District and KDNK in the 4th Street Plaza. Station Manager Gavin Dahl spoke to Ryann about her music and her inspirations.

Tor Books

KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl speaks with best-selling author Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boingabout his new sci-fi book Walkaway, plus the latest on millions of Americans calling for Open Internet protections and whistleblower Ed Snowden. Listen to the audiobook featuring Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson and others here

Rep. Scott Tipton

 

Station Manager Gavin Dahl spoke to Congressman Scott Tipton yesterday about public lands, ICE raids, repealing Obamacare, sanctions on Russia and North Korea, the impact of Trump turmoil on the Republican agenda, and even offered to help schedule a Town Hall in Garfield County.

KDNK's Board of Directors meets Monday July 24th at 5:30 at the station, 76 South 2nd Street in Carbondale. The public is invited. You can read the agenda here or in the front hall of the station.


Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, July 5th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting Thursdays at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like Callin' Old Souls at The Nugget at 9:30.

Henry Kroll

KDNK member and retired public media veteran Henry Kroll attended the opening game of the Grand Junction Rockies minor league baseball club. He spoke with season ticket holders, got accosted by mascot Corky the Coyote and begged for cracker jacks during the 7th inning stretch.

Janice Yi

Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and the co-host and managing editor of public radio show On the Media, which KDNK is adding to the morning schedule next week. Her new book is The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. She spoke with station manager Gavin Dahl. You can hear On the Media right here on KDNK Mondays, starting July 3rd, from 5 to 6AM.

On this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Gavin Dahl interviews Leah Todd about her article for High Country News: The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump.

On Friday, June 9, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet hosted three public town halls along the I-70 corridor. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl attended the final stop at the Glenwood Springs Public Library where local reporters were given a brief opportunity to speak with the Senator. The first question you’ll hear is from Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham. The second question is Jim Williams of radio station KSNO. Click here to listen to the full hour of audio from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s Town Hall at the Glenwood Springs Library.

KDNK's Board of Directors meet on Monday June 19th at 5:30 at the station, 76 S 2nd St in Carbondale. The public is invited. You can read the agenda here or in the front hall at the station.   

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US Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) answered unscreened questions from the public for one hour on Friday evening at Glenwood Springs Public Library. Former Carbondale mayor Stacy Bernot moderated, transparently choosing three names for questions at a time out of a large box, and controlling one microphone for public comment. You can read Aspen Daily News coverage here and Glenwood Springs Post-Independent coverage here.

Communications Project Engineer Drew Petersen speaks with station manager Gavin Dahl about improvements Pitkin County has made to equipment on their broadcast towers. KDNK is sounding clear as a bell at 88.3 FM and 94.7 FM in Old Snowmass. Thanks to all of our listeners and members who reached out regarding our FM signals over these past several months. We have appreciated your patience.

Renee Ramge

Bob's Free Music Calendar for Summer 2017 is out now. You can view it or download it for yourself by clicking here.

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