Radio Free Minturn hosts on-air fund drive today through Nov. 22 |

Radio Free Minturn hosts on-air fund drive today through Nov. 22

Daily Staff Report
Minturn CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Kip Tingle

MINTURN, Colorado ” After more than a decade of working towards developing a voice for the Vail Valley, organizers of KLNX-LP, Radio Free Minturn, are asking the community to support the station during its on-air fund drive, starting today and going through Nov. 22. Listeners are encouraged to pledge their support by calling the station during live broadcasts or to make a donation online at

A group of local journalists and community advocates formed KLNX-LP to take advantage of a low-powered radio service authorized by the Federal Communication Commission in 2000. The station is non-commercial with a mission to serve the Eagle Valley community by providing radio programming that reflects the musical and cultural interests of the region, while offering a learning environment for fledging broadcasters, journalism students and music enthusiasts.

Several volunteer DJs have been hired by corporate radio stations and KLNX-LP has hosted six radio broadcasting programs in area schools and libraries.

“I believe the station is fulfilling its mission and developing into one of the best community stations in the Country,” said Paul McCarthy, president of the board.

Board Member Liz Campbell commented, “When I was handed the radio station building permit in 2004, I really didn’t know what community radio was all about. Through research of other stations in Telluride, Aspen and other great, mountain towns, I realized this license had some value and would present an incredible opportunity and cultural outlet for our area.”

Anywhere from 50 to 60 percent of community radio station’s budgets are supported by listeners. Approximately 30 percent of Radio Free Minturn’s budget is currently supported by listeners.

“Telluride’s station is 100 percent listener supported, which is ultimately our goal,” Campbell said.

Financial information for the grassroots station will be available on the Web site,, beginning in December.

“Most of the individuals who support the station contribute $25 to $107.90,” Campbell continued. “The board has compiled challenge grants to encourage these donations during live broadcasts.”

Companies interested in sponsoring a challenge or matching grant should contact the station.

“It is a great way to show support and get your company’s name out in the public,” she said.

Donation benefits include T-shirts, limited edition prints and ski packages (ski, boots and binding.)

“The on-air fund drive is a great way to hear from the community and gage our efforts. We need to know if what we are producing is worth supporting. Our goal for the fund drive is $6,000,” Campbell said.

Anyone who makes a donation will receive a bumper sticker and tax receipt. All donations are tax deductible.

Radio Free Minturn is a non-profit organization. It is owned and operated by the public.

“RFM is about access to the airwaves for the local community. A small contribution to the station makes a significant difference,” McCarthy said.

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