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


Here’s your community calendar for Monday, September 26th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary, service above self.

Amy Hadden Marsh

On Thursday night, September 22nd, Colorado Wild Public Lands hosted a candidate forum featuring a dozen candidates seeking to represent the area on county commissions, in the state legislature and in Congress. Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Conservancy co-presented and KDNK setup and ran the audio. Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Post Independent, moderated. Over 150 people attended.

Ryan Summerlin

On this week’s news brief our guest is Ryan Summerlin, reporter for the Post Independent. His recent article "Colorado River Faces Flood of Challenges" was a reportback on the Annual Water Seminar in Grand Junction hosted by the Colorado River District. This year's keynote speaker was Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica, who KDNK interviewed last month about his series Killing the Colorado.

Rachel Chanoff is Director of Programming for Aspen Filmfest, underway now through Sunday. I caught up with her yesterday by phone in between screenings to get a feel for the 38th annual Filmfest. The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale screens festival films Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.


Here’s your community calendar for Friday, September 23rd, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary, service above self.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.


Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees study session included 90 minutes of discussion about safety in Carbondale, particularly for women and girls getting around without a car at night. Gavin Dahl reports.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition. 

Shawn O'Connor

During Morning Edition today, Steve Skinner and Steve Cole were thanking donors who have renewed their memberships during this pledge drive and things got a little out of hand when Olivia Pevec's name came up. Pevec is defending champion of Women's Woodsplitting at Mountain Fair. Gotta love how much Steve and Steve love Olivia.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Wilderness Workshop is organizing a volunteer restoration project this Sunday September 18th. Elk populations are in decline in the valley. To restore prime elk calving habitat along the Government Trail between Buttermilk and Snowmass, they want help removing barb wire from old fences. Learn more and sign up at WildernessWorkshop.org.

 

Shawn McDonald

On Thursday evening's Nonprofit Spotlight, Gavin Dahl spoke to Ross Montessori head of school Sonya Hemmen and development and enrollment director Tricia Williams. They are individual members of KDNK and Ross supports the station, too. Hemmen says, "I love local radio, I think it's really important to have our local news. We're not listening to news from Denver. It's a real gem to have here in this community."

"It's pertinent and it's relevant and it's who we are as a community," added Tricia Williams.

Kelsy Been

KDNK news director Gavin Dahl speaks to Roaring Fork School District superintendent Dr. Rob Stein about education funding, the digital divide, affordable housing, school lunches, and why equity is important at the new school coming to Glenwood Springs.  

Anderson Ranch Arts Center deputy director Ashley Todey joined Gavin Dahl live in the studio today to talk about their ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. She is a regular listener to KDNK. "Every morning when I wake up I enjoy turning on the radio and listening to what's happening in the valley and nationally," Todey said. "It's a wonderful way to connect." 

KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl sat down with the Republican and Democratic party chairs for Garfield County on Tuesday. Gavin asked them, "Are you okay with a fracking site a few thousand feet from your house?" Republican Dave Merritt answered first. "I would have to be," he said. Democrat Bob Shivley followed. "No, not in my backyard." Listen to the entire discussion here.

The KDNK Local Newscast airs during Morning Edition weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41.


Here’s your community calendar for Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 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 these listings.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies was our Nonprofit Spotlight on Monday evening. The nonprofit distributed more than 5 million meals last year across 10 western Colorado counties. Their mobile pantry in Aspen will be distributing food in the parking lot of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station on Thursday September 15th starting at 11AM. Starlene Collins, manager of Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies says, "Public radio is so important, because people want to help. By connecting with public radio and the service that you provide, and the information that you provide, people find out where to not only give help, but they also find out ways to get help."

The KDNK news department hosted a special Journalist Roundtable live broadcast on Sunday September 11th. Our guests in the studio were Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism, Lynn Burton from The Sopris Sun and Ryan Hoffman from the Rifle Citizen-Telegram and the Post-Independent. We talked about the challenges we face in meeting the information needs of the valley, including a lack of Spanish speakers in our newsrooms, and a simple lack of funding and time to do investigative reporting. And we talked about the stories that need more coverage, for example we cover drug crime but rarely discuss treatment. Thanks again to our guests!

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Grace Lunsford and her husband Corbett are in Carbondale today at the Rec Center from 11AM - 4PM on a nationwide Proof is Possible Tour, traveling in a high performance tiny house on wheels they call #TinyLab. They are a High Performance Power Couple, educating the public on home performance and energy efficiency. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl spoke with Grace Lunsford about why they do what they do. 


Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, September 10th, 2016, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary, service above self. Music by Ernest Gonzales.

The KDNK Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.


On this week’s news brief we look at the race to represent our valley in the U.S. Congress. Colorado Independent reporter Marianne Goodland has been a reporter at the Colorado state capitol for 18 out of the last 19 sessions. Her article is called Schwartz v Tipton: The Battle for Colorado's Third Congressional District.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

On Friday morning's Nonprofit Spotlight, KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with Christina Medved, Watershed Education director at the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has an exciting list of events throughout September.  Christina says, "we consider partnering with KDNK an integral part of what we do. It's great to be involved with such a community-based organization."

The KDNK Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Western state populations will be breathing in a lot more smoke from future wildfires, as hotter and drier conditions expand across the region. Eric Galatas looks at a new study that predicts more fire-related air pollution.

Sculpture by Laura G Thorne

Amy Kimberly from Carbondale Arts was our guest on this morning's Nonprofit Spotlight. She says: "We feel these airwaves are important, they connect us, they get information out there that's important, they allow creativity and freedom. There are so many kids that have grown up here on KDNK who are absolutely some of my most favorite adults.  They are the ones that are holding the spirit of the community for the future. I really think that KDNK is a huge part of that. We hope people keep this station thriving." 

Gavin Dahl

With the Denver Broncos kicking off the regular season tonight against the Carolina Panthers, much-loved Carbondale vet Dr. Ben Mackin was pranked early this morning by a local pet owner. Dr. Mackin is known to favor a football team from the northeast with ball size problems.   

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo yesterday issued an update on the man found dead near the top of McClure Pass on Monday morning. The body was observed by a person driving on a rural road. A deputy and an ambulance from the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District located the man. The cause of his injuries have not been reported. The Pitkin County Coroner's Office has notified next of kin and identified the man as 49 year old Longmont resident Matthew Barz. Highway 133 was closed for several hours Monday so investigators could search the scene.

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