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

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.   

Gavin Dahl / KDNK

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.

In this interview, KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl is joined on the phone by ticketing industry veteran David Sher. He's the founder and CEO of Fan Central Station, a new app now available for iPhones and coming to Android later this year. 

Station manager Gavin Dahl interviews Natalie Rae, a volunteer coordinator for this year's Dandelion Day, about educational opportunities at the event. Carbondale's Dandelion Day is this Saturday, May 13th, beginning with a parade down Main Street at 10am with live music, crafts, drinks, and more in Sopris Park until 5pm. 

Black Bridge Winery

Station manager Gavin Dahl speaks with fruit grower and winemaker Lee Bradley who, together with his wife Kathy, runs Black Bridge Winery and the Orchard Valley Farm and Market in Paonia, Colorado. When KDNK sets up the beer tent at Dandelion Day on Saturday May 13th, we will feature wines from Black Bridge, along with dandelion-infused vodka from Marble Distilling and fresh kegs from Roaring Fork Beer Company.

 

Here is your community calendar for Wednesday, May 10th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline for all of the fun.

Rep. Scott Tipton

 

 

KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl spoke with Congressman Scott Tipton about his willingness to compromise on the federal budget, his apparent support for the American Health Care Act, and his views on national monuments.

Brent Gardner-Smith

Brent Garnder-Smith of Aspen Journalism talks about his new article, River management plan surfaces for public input, with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl.

Please join KDNK's Board of Directors for our monthly meeting on Monday April 17th at 5:30pm in our building at 76 S 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The agenda is available here and posted in the front hall of the station. 

Shelley Kaup

Glenwood Springs voters elected Shelley Kaup to the at-large seat on the City Council and Jonathan Godes to the Ward 5 seat. Rick Voorhees ran unopposed for the Ward 2 seat. Meanwhile, the marijuana sales tax and wholesale tax increases passed as well. To hear KDNK's interview with Shelley Kaup, who works for Clean Energy Economy for the Region, click here. For KDNK's interview with Jonathan Godes, who leads a nonprofit called Early Childhood, click here.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, will be speaking this Saturday night at 7pm at the Calaway Room inside the Carbondale Public Library. The event is being hosted by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society with Jim Calaway moderating.  KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with him about the surge in support for the ACLU and Nathan's message to potential activists.

Cranford Hollow


Here’s your community calendar for Monday, April 3rd, 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 Cranford Hollow performing at Belly Up Aspen.

A Year With Frog and Toad


Here’s your community calendar for Saturday April 1st, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like A Year With Frog and Toad at Wheeler Opera House.

John Stroud GWSPI photo

Friday is Kindergarten Enrollment Day at Roaring Fork Schools. KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke to the school district’s Senior Project Manager Angie Davlyn to find out all the last-minute details parents need to know.

 

And, congratulations to six Roaring Fork High School students who have received Boettcher and Daniels Fund scholarships for college. The Boettcher prize offers a full-ride to schools within Colorado; the Daniels Fund offers a full-ride to any school in the nation. The Sopris Sun reports that the recipients are Tavia Teitler, Julia Lee, Enrique Gonzalez, Nick Penzel, Lorenzo Andrade, and Fabian Rico.

Ryan Summerlin

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin about his article on the new farmer's market starting in Glenwood Springs this June.  Plus Eric Galatas reports on a new study from Hunger-Free Colorado that shows wide bipartisan support for fighting food insecurity. New information casts doubt on the authenticity of Doc Holliday's derringer pistol, recently purchased by Glenwood Historical Society. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in favor of the youth climate activists Earth Guardians. Garfield County approved code changes that could mean a boom of tiny homes in unincorporated parts of the county. And Gavin Dahl reports on the latest news about marijuana.

Pearl & Wood


KDNK's community calendar is underwritten by Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Click the headline to view listings like KDNK's Thank You Party tonight at Roaring Fork Beer Company featuring Pearl & Wood and Frank Martin.

Sonja Hinrichsen


Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist based in the Bay Area, is in the valley for two weeks making snow drawings at Ashcroft as a creative intervention into the natural environment. CORE and the City of Aspen partnered on the Aspen Energy Challenge to inspire people to save as much energy as possible and wanted to keep up the participatory aspect of “stepping forward” on climate. These snow drawings are the first of a new series of environmental art projects they have planned. Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois spoke with Sonja last weekend and shared this audio with KDNK. Participants can sign up for community snow drawing events that will take place at Ashcroft this weekend. More info at aspencore.org.

Pat Benatar


The community calendar is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like Pat Benatar playing at the Wheeler Opera House tonight.

David Prasad, Wikimedia Commons

On today's newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that a bipartisan effort to reduce the suspension rate of young children is working its way through the process. Eric Galatas reports on the transgender birth certificate's uncertain future in the Republican "kill committee" in the state senate. In this week's capitol conversation, journalists discuss the state budget gap. New reports point to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's history of voting against disabled students. Parents and children are delivering over 400,000 signatures in support of public broadcasting funds to the US Senate today. US Sen. Michael Bennet, who spoke at 5 town halls around southern and western Colorado last week, says to "keep it coming." Town of Carbondale has closed third street downtown until Memorial Day for streetscape improvements. The City of Glenwood's annual spring cleanup event kicks off April 17th. And prescribed burns are planned near Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, Gypsum and Meeker.

Adam Gopnik


Here’s your community calendar for Tuesday, March 21st, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik speaking tonight at Paepcke Auditorium.

Nina Gabianelli


Here’s the KDNK Community Calendar for Monday, March 20, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service Above Self. Click the headline to view listings like Nina Gabianelli performing at Thunder River Theatre tonight.

Michael Franti


Here’s the KDNK Community Calendar for Saturday March 18th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service Above Self. Click the headline to view listings like Michael Franti and Spearhead playing a free show tonight at 7 at Wagner Park in Aspen.

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