Luke Nestler

Program Director & Music Director & DJ

A 38-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, a DJ since 1989, on KDNK staff since 2004.

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Bronco Babble

Dec 23, 2016

This was a good one,  with calls from Enrique and Pepe and Big Al the Gal's Pal. And even some poor woman looking for her Shelty. And free drywall from an accident on Highway 82. There might even be a football insight or two in there somewhere.

Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama. And Will Evans, Carbondale elder and Water Protector about his recent visit to Standing Rock.

Ricky McKinnie, a 30-year member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, is a second tenor in the group, and while his wisdom might be aphoristic, it is nonetheless heart-felt, just as his group of gospel singers is, which is what you'd expect from a gospel group that has been singing for 80 years.  KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with Ricky on the eve of his four-date Colorado tour, which includes a stop at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, December 16th.

Photo courtesy of The Aspen Times

Kent Reed of the Hudson Reed Ensemble about their new radio play based on It's a Wonderful Life. The Director and two actors of Thunder River Theatre's new production, which opens tonight. And Matt Haslett about a suicide prevention session this Sunday at CMC Lappala Center in Carbondale.

Mike Monroney, the director, along with Wendy Perkins and Chip Winn Wells, two of the three leads, of the Thunder River Theatre's new production of The Last Romance.

Sensitive New Age Guy

A quick preview of KDNK's Labor of Love auction with Auction Co-ordinator Bodhi Stanberry. Newly published author Erik Storey about his crime thriller Nothing Short of Dying. Folksinger Christine Lavin about Donald Trump, sensitive New Age Guys, knitting and folding napkins.

Erik Storey visited KDNK to talk about how he got his debut novel published. The book is "Nothing Short of Dying." It's a crime thriller set in Grand Junction, Rifle and Leadville. Maybe because he's a country boy, his head is not all swole up from his newfound success.

Christine Lavin still has a sensa yuma. And she knows how to fold a napkin!

Two young thespians, Ellie Urfraig and Cole Kokish, along with their director, Jennifer Johnson, talk to KDNK's Luke Nestler about the Sol Theatre holiday show, ELF.

Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions about some upcoming shows at the Wheeler, including a celebration of Will the Circle Be Unbroken with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. KDNK's Raleigh Burley talks with the new director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. And Luke talks with Rhiannon Giddons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops..

We talk with four of the participants in the Stand Up for Standing Rock event at the Third Street Center on Friday, November 18. Tara Sheahan, organizer, Lance King, Charlie King, and Mato Nanji of the band Indigenous.

Half of the new comedy improv troupe at the Thunder River Theatre--Jeff Patterson, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford and Gerald DeLisser--talk about the art of improvisation and how it contains life lessons useful for anybody.

Consensual Improv

Nov 18, 2016

The director of Thunder River Theatre's new Improv group, Consensual Improv, Jeff Patterson, along with 3 of the other 8 members, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford, and Gerald DeLisser, about the art of improvisation and how it carries life lessons for anyone paying attention.

Today's show features Sarah Pletts, Aspen-based dancer, painter and playwright. We also hear from the Wilderness Workshop's Development Director Rebecca Mirsky about the Wild Feast, a benefit dinner next Wednesday at Justice Snow's in Aspen. And local dancer and choreographer Alya Howe explains her new piece, HEaRD, which receives its premiere tonight at the Launchpad and then plays again tomorrow night, November 12.

Local dancers producing local work. Carbondale's Alya Howe has choreographed an original piece inspired by the movements of a herd, and the implications of a herd mentality. She spoke to KDNK's Luke Nestler on Express Yourself. The show debuts tonight at 7:30 at the Launchpad and also plays tomorrow night. 

Photo by Gavin Dahl

Paper Bird soared through KDNK's Beyond Beyond, landed, warbled, answered a question, warbled again, and then took off for Basalt's Lions Park where they sang in harmony for an appreciative crowd on August 25th. While they were here we played the first single from their upcoming release, produced by valley resident John Oates. Then they played "Sleepwalker" and "Make You Mine" live in the studio. Then some crazy song about Turkey Gum that was 4:20 long ushered them away and gone.

Cruz Contreras talks about his band, the Black Lillies, the sound of a southern belle saying his name, the important parts of his band's sound, and happy audiences in a trying time. The Black Lillies close out Mountain Fair this year, playing Sunday night at 7.

The Oklahoma wonderboy joined Express Yourself on December 20, 2012 just after his first appearance on eTown and just before his New Year’s gig at the Ryman in Nashville.

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A sweet duet live in studio on Luke Nestler's Express Yourself before their gig at Steve’s Guitars. On August 3, 2012. 

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Vusi stopped by Express Yourself before his Belly Up gig and convinced us not only of the song’s beauty, but also the beauty of forgiveness, something that he contends Africa can teach the world. Recorded at KDNK studios on February 4, 2011.

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