Asylum Street Spankers ring in KDNK’s anniversary |

Asylum Street Spankers ring in KDNK’s anniversary

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CARBONDALE – KDNK Community Radio celebrates 24 years on the air Sunday, April 15, with a free community barbecue at the KDNK studios.

The barbecue, hosted by Phatty’s Sunday Afternoon Picnic show, takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 76 S. Second St. in Carbondale. Later that evening, Asylum Street Spankers perform at the Thunder River Theater.Hailing from Austin, Texas, the Asylum Street Spankers are fueled by their punk roots, pushing the ever-evolving troupe from simple country-blues revivalism to smart, challenging music of boundless variety, sophisticated arrangements and determined inventiveness. A Spanker show may involve more than 10 instruments, from clarinet to dobro to jamming washboard. Read more about the band and listen to samples of music online at

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Thunder River Theater in downtown Carbondale. Tickets – which are $20 and benefit KDNK Community Radio – are available at Sounds Easy and KDNK and by calling 970-963-0139.

KDNK went on the air April 15, 1983, after two years of planning with the song “Happy Birthday to You,” about $42,000 in grant money and 100 members. With the help of a vibrant Roaring Fork community, KDNK now has more than 1,100 members and 75 volunteer DJs. Live and local, KDNK is sustained through membership, grants and underwriting. Some of the DJs that broadcast on opening day can still heard on KDNK. The station was the first to broadcast NPR in the valley, as well as the first to broadcast E-Town in the country. It also brought Democracy Now! to the valley.Listen to KDNK at

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