Former Aspen newsman John Noonan dies |

Former Aspen newsman John Noonan dies

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Aspen Times fileJohn Noonan, long a familiar voice on Aspen's KAJX Public Radio, died Wednesday.

ASPEN, Colorado ” The former longtime voice of news in Aspen ” John C. Noonan ” died Tuesday, reportedly after a battle with cancer.

Local audiences knew Noonan as a longtime broadcaster with KAJX Public Radio in Aspen, where he delivered the morning news broadcast.

He was also the co-host of a weekly interview show, Aspen Media Review, interviewing authors, radio commentators and others.

Noonan had been on the air for nearly 14 years when Brent Gardner Smith, former executive director at KAJX, shook up the station’s programming schedule and personnel, eliminating Aspen Media Review and other programs in 2006.

Though his role in disseminating radio news was a faceless one, Noonan became the face of KAJX, recalled Jane Erb, former chairwoman of the station’s board of directors.

“He’s a person who really personified KAJX radio,” Erb said. “He was pretty much known as Mr. KAJX. I think a lot of it had to do with John’s enthusiasm for the station.”

“John was a consummate gentleman whose passion for broadcasting and the arts was only exceeded by his devotion to Aspen Public Radio,” said KAJX station manager Meredith Carroll in a prepared statement. “On the air and off, he was the station’s biggest champion. The staff, board and volunteers of Aspen Public Radio ” past and present ” will miss him terribly.”

Funeral arrangements for Noonan are pending. See Thursday’s Aspen Times for more on the well-known newscaster.

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