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

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.

Lauren Pierce, executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation, spoke with KDNK news director Gavin Dahl live in studio this morning about the nonprofit's work advocating for more valley residents to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Lauren previously worked for the Wheeler Opera House and is a longtime supporter of KDNK.

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

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

On the latest edition of KDNK’s public affairs show Get Connected, Amy Barr interviewed Kyle Crawley, executive director of Stepping Stones here in Carbondale. They provide direct assistance to youth aged 14 to 21 including counseling, life skills, meals and experiential learning. Kyle says locals are often shocked when they learn what kinds of problems teens face in our community.


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

Gavin Dahl


George Killian is an organizer with CoPIRG Foundation, in town for a voter registration drive at Colorado Mountain College. She stopped by KDNK to speak to news director Gavin Dahl. 

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

Solar Energy International executive director Kathy Swartz talks with Gavin Dahl about their training program called Solar Ready Colorado.  

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

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

 

Here’s your community calendar for Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, brought to you by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary, service above self.

Photo Courtesy of Solar Energy International

Xcel Energy is calling the settlement they filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission earlier this month, "the largest of its kind in Colorado history." Katharine Rushton with Carbondale's Sunsense Solar explains why it’s a big win for renewable energy.  

In November, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to triple the tax on tobacco products. Gavin Dahl talks to Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, to find out more about the ballot initiative effort.

Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his latest article. The "bathtub ring" in Lake Powell shows declines in water levels. Another drought could shut down hydropower production at Glen Canyon Dam, with widespread impacts.

Courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado

School is back in session across the state, so Gavin Dahl got up early and called education reporter Ann Schimke to talk about her latest article in Chalkbeat Colorado on school start times for this week’s news brief.

ProPublica has discovered a tax loophole that allows ranchers in parts of the Colorado River Basin to get bigger tax write-offs the more water they use. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter for ProPublica, about his article, “Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West.”

Election results this November could shift the power at the top of the Colorado's higher education system for the first time in nearly 30 years. For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins about each of the candidates in the statewide Board of Regents race.

Click here for Corey Hutchins article in the Colorado Independent and find out all you need to know about the race.  

Wrangling Wasted Water

Aug 5, 2016

For this week’s news brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks to Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism about enforcement of water diversions. 

Brent's article is called “Don’t Take More Than You Need: Wrangling Wasted Water on the Western Slope.”

For our latest installment of Sounds of the High Country, Gavin Dahl speaks to Colorado State University natural resource communication professor Joshua Zaffos about the BLM taking auctions online-only to avoid climate protests.

His latest article, “The Path of Lease Resistance” is out in the current issue of High Country News.

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