Aspen Daily News publisher leaving for radio job
ASPEN, Colorado The publisher of the Aspen Daily News is leaving the newspaper after nearly four years to take an ownership position with a radio enterprise.David Cook will be a managing partner of BS&T Wireless, which runs the Aspen station KCUF-FM, the Daily News reported on its Web site.KCUF-FM started broadcasting as a commercial-free pop station in December 2006. One of Cooks jobs will be to oversee the launch of a second Aspen station.Cook said hell stay with the paper for at least another month while the search for his replacement is conducted. Daily News owner Dave Danforth said he already has a short list of candidates in mind.Danforth, who founded the newspaper in 1978, praised Cooks ability to stay levelheaded during some of the Roaring Fork Valleys best and worst financial times.He presided over a lot of growth, in printing capacity and staffing, and he also saw the flip side of that, which he was not responsible for, Danforth said. He did a great job of positioning us for the next publisher, whoever that is, as most of the planning for the recession is done.Like other newspapers, the Daily News has been forced to cut costs because of the economy. Two layoffs were announced Wednesday, the same day Cook told the staff he was leaving.I want to be perfectly clear that this has nothing to do with the economy or the current financial state of this organization, said Cook, who was advertising director of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent before he joined the Daily News in 2005. I believe wholeheartedly in this paper, and it has become part of my soul.The Daily News has circulation of approximately 14,500.