Radio Free Minturn celebrates two years of legal broadcasting |

Radio Free Minturn celebrates two years of legal broadcasting

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Nevada Lee

MINTURN ” Radio Free Minturn is celebrating two years of successfully broadcasting the Vail Valley’s only community radio station. The station is commercial free, listener supported and 100 percent volunteer operated. The Birthday Bash is being held at the Saloon in Minturn on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. A nominal $10 donation provides patrons an evening of live entertainment, two free New Belgium Brewery beers and complimentary transportation from Vail.

The musical lineup will feature Scott Cabel and Cristian Basso of Little Hercules who will join Jake Wolf from Shakedown Street and Damon Wood, formerly of the James Brown’s Band. The musicians will play together on stage for an evening of eclectic jams. Other special guest musicians are expected to join the roster.

Free shuttles from Vail and the U.S. Forrest Service will be provided by All Mountain Transportation (AMT). Shuttles begin from the Vail Transportation Center at 8 p.m. and run every 30 minutes with a stop at the USFS parking lot on the way into Minturn. The last shuttle from Vail will depart at 11 p.m.

“There is an overall good feel in the community about the station,” said Tom Gorman the event organizer who is also known as dead air Tom. “Several companies came running to the plate to help us piece the birthday party together. Because we are all volunteers, it helps tremendously. We are hoping for a large crowd.”

All proceeds will help pay the station’s operational costs. A small silent auction and t-shirts are also available.

Since its inception, KLNX-LP has made its mark as one of the leading, independent radio stations in the valley.

“In two years the station has contributed significantly to enriching our community by providing access and diversity to the airwaves and a voice for underserved communities and organizations,” said board member Liz Campbell. “Young high school and middle school volunteer DJs donate over 100 hours a year hosting after school programs; seasonal workers from around the world broadcast music from their communities; and the station boasts one of the most distinctive, patriotic, Big Band shows west of the Mississippi. The station truly represents the eclectic makeup of our community.”

The wide variety of music the station broadcasts is apparent in the shows that are on the air, including: New Request Live, Jazz and Blues Hour, Smokin’ with Barbecue Brad, Indeed Indie, Reggae Remedy, Jazz, Funk and Sunshine and Chooglin with the A Train. The station actively solicits and trains new volunteers monthly and has recently added a number of new programs.

“I found that listening to Radio Free Minturn exposes me to music I would have never discovered,” said listener Michael Haase.

Tune in to 107.9FM, call 970-827-9079 or visit for donation and volunteer information. Radio Free Minturn is a non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

What: Radio Free Minturn’s 2nd birthday bash

Where: Minturn Saloon

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Cost: $10, includes live music and two free New Belgium beers

More information: Call 970-827-9079 or visit

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