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, 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

The next meeting of KDNK's board of directors is Monday July 16th at 5:30pm at the station. Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The agenda is posted in the front hall of the station, and also available here.

A variety of local businesses and individuals are offering support for evacuated animals. Thanks to KDNK member Patty Lecht for helping compile this info. Click through to see locations and phone numbers.

Nationally touring standup comedian Adam Cayton-Holland speaks to KDNK about peforming for tough crowds, how the Denver comedy scene has changed, his TV series called Those Who Can't on the TruTV network, plus the Colorado Rockies, Denver Comic Con, #MeToo, and his forthcoming book.

Please join KDNK for the next meeting of our Board of Directors on Monday June 18th at 5:30pm at KDNK, 76 South 2nd Street, in Carbondale. The agenda is posted in the front hall of the station, and available here.

Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, June 2nd, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. More information at 963-5880 or Click the headline to see listings including The Good Bad at The Temporary.

Bob's Free Music Calendar compiles free shows on the Western Slope during June, July, and August, like Janiva Magness at the Basalt Summer Music Series on June 27th. Download your own calendar here.

Station manager Gavin Dahl hosted an "Ask Me Anything" on Monday, May 21, providing information about the state of KDNK while taking live calls. Questions mostly involved recent programming decisions.

I attended the Western States Public Radio annual conference at KEXP Seattle on a scholarship that will reimburse KDNK for my airfare, hotel, and expenses. We toured KEXP, listened to presentations by executives at public media development organization Greater Public, and met the director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. Click the headline or photo to read the rest of my reportback.

KDNK's next Board of Directors meeting is at the station, 76 South Second St, Carbondale, CO 81623 on Monday May 21st at 5:3opm. Meetings are open to the public. Agenda is posted in the front hall and available here.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Coming up at 4:30 today, community broadband expert Christopher Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks about municipal efforts to build high speed Internet networks across Colorado. That's at 4:30, only on KDNK.

KDNK is so excited about Dandelion Day on Saturday May 12th in Sopris Park! This short promo explains what's going on with the Parade of Species leaving KDNK at 10AM, and the music including headliner Intuit Band. Plus, don't miss KDNK's beer tent, featuring dandelion-infused vodka from Marble Distilling, local craft beer from Roaring Fork Beer Company, and tastings from all the wineries in the West Elks AVA in Paonia and Hotchkiss, including Black Bridge Winery, Azura Cellars, Leroux Creek Vineyards, and more! Get all the details about the 20th annual Carbondale Dandelion Day here.

KDNK hosted local artists Pearl & Wood live in the Broadcast Learning Center during Cody Lee's show Monday Night Harmonia on April 30th. They performed 5 songs and volunteer DJ Payj Gibbons interviewed them. Thanks to Steve Skinner for training a team of volunteer DJs on using the station's live broadcast equipment to sound engineer the performance.

The set list was:

"Whiskey Ginger"

"Behind the Tent"

"Come Together (cover)"

"Painted My Nails Blue"


White River National Forest Service


Many Roaring Fork Valley residents have noticed smoke on the horizon today. Kate Jerman, public affairs officer for White River National Forest, spoke with KDNK’s Gavin Dahl to explain why there is nothing to worry about.

Gavin Dahl

Rosewood Divine performed live in the KDNK Broadcast Learning Center during Paula Stepp's show Acoustic Renegade. The broadcast was part of a training attended by multiple KDNK deejays and AZYEP youth, led by Steve Skinner. Interviews were conducted by Gavin Dahl and Mountain Maes.

Gavin Dahl

KDNK recorded the Aspen Business Connect event at Aspen Kitchen on Thursday April 19th, hosted by Jillian Livingston. The moderator was Stephanie Syson, co-founder of Dynamic Roots and Biodynamic Botanicals, and host of Living Permaculture on KDNK. Panelists were Brook Levan, co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Settings, Eden Vardy, co-founder of Aspen Tree, which is about to relaunch as Farmer Collaborative, and Jerome Osentowski, founder of CRMPI, the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Click here for part 2.

KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl speaks to Paul Epstein, the owner of Twist & Shout Records, located on east Colfax in Denver. The 11th annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21st all across the country. The event celebrates independent music stores with special releases and fans lineup outside the door to score rare gems. Twist & Shout Records, widely considered the best record store in Colorado, is celebrating 30 years in business.

KDNK's Board of Directors meet on Monday night April 16th at 5:30pm at the radio station. The meeting is open to the public, and could feature station founders in town for the 35th Birthday Bash. The board meeting agenda is posted in the front hall of the station and available here.


KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Dominic Burgess, the writer, director and star of Sam Did It, a dark comedy and part of this year's Aspen Shortsfest, with screenings in Aspen and Carbondale.

KDNK Ladies Arm Wrestling is back at Phat Thai in Carbondale on Saturday night April 14th at 9pm. Doors open at 9pm. Admission is free for wrestlers and $12 for spectators. This time the strongest wrestlers in Bonedale have challenged Paonia to a throwdown. Plus, by popular demand, there will be a silver tsunami competition for women ages 55+ and a southpaw slam jam for all you lefties. Get ready for eye-popping costumes, ridiculous prizes, hilarious emcees, a dapper DJ, and some badass competition. Spots are available in all competitions. Sign up today by calling KDNK at 970-963-0139.

Gavin Dahl

Antibalas vocalist Amayo and trumpeter Eric Biondo stopped by KDNK on their way to Aspen for a free show at the intersection of Galena and Cooper tonight at 9pm, with DJ Naka G opening up at 8pm. They talked about their west coast tour, the passion that keeps them going as a band after 20 years, and the brand new album Where the Gods Are at Peace.

Check out this new program produced by DJ Hill and Bob Hill at KDNK studios. The Sunday March 25th edition of The Poet's Register features a passage from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. 

Check out this new program produced at KDNK studios by DJ Hill and Bob Hill. The Saturday March 24th  edition of  The Poet's Register features the poem "New Stanzas for Amazing Grace" by Allen Ginsberg.

Jeff Pope

One of the longtime leaders of the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition's effort to produce Capitol Coverage just retired as the manager of KSJD Cortez. Jeff Pope has been a role model in our movement for the past decade. KDNK's Gavin Dahl called him up on his last day and started by asking him what he'll miss most. On behalf of all the listeners across the Rocky Mountains, we thank Jeff Pope for his dedication to public broadcasting, community access, and collaboration.

Check out the second pilot of a new program produced at KDNK studios, by DJ Hill and Bob Hill. Today's edition of The Poet's Register features the poem "Letter Beginning with Two Lines by Czeslaw Milosz" by Matthew Olzmann, and original music by John Hatanka.


Check out this new pilot program produced right here at KDNK, by DJ Hill and Bob Hill. Today's edition of The Poet's Register features the poem "Saint Francis and the Sow" by Galway Kinnell, and original music by John Hatanaka. 

KDNK's Board of Directors meet on Monday March 19th at 5:30pm at 76 South 2nd Street in Carbondale. The agenda is posted in the front hall at the station and is available here. Board meetings are open to the public.

KDNK's Board of Directors meet Monday night February 19th at 5:30pm at the station. The agenda is here, and posted in the front hall of the station. Board meetings are open to the public. 

Join us for the January meeting of KDNK's board of directors on Monday January 22nd at 5:30 at our building, 76 S 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda here.

Rick's Top 10 Electronic Albums of 2017 on Flow Diggity

Sohn - Rennen
 SteLouse - SteLouse
 Com Truise - Iteration
 Gabriel Garzon Montano - Jardin
 Tender- Modern Addiction
 Nick Hakim - Green Twins
 Amp Live - Atmosphere 
 Crooked Colours - Vera
 Noga Erez - Off the Radar

Odesza - A Moment Apart

Rick's Top 10 Hip Hop & Latin Albums of 2017 on Flow Diggity

Ozomatli - Non-stop Mexico to Jamaica 
 The Urban Renewal Project - 21st Century Ghost
 Jidenna - The Chief
 Brother Ali - All the Beauty in This Whole Life 
 La Misa Negra
 Naughty Professor - Identity
 Toussaint Morrison - Lesser Restoration 
 Moka Only - A Concert for One
 Chico Mann and Captain Planet - Night Visions

Jungle Fire - Jambu