Radio Free Minturn turns one
MINTURN – Radio Free Minturn is celebrating one year of successfully broadcasting the only commercial-free, listener-supported, volunteer-operated radio station in the Eagle Valley.
The organizers, volunteers and partners are looking for continued support at the first birthday bash being held at Mango’s Mountain Grill Aug. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. featuring live music from the Young Dubliners and special guests. Twenty dollars at the door gets you a chance to win door prizes, bid on silent auction items or simply donate in support of commercial free community radio.
Since its inception, KLNX-LP has made its mark as the second most listened to radio frequency in the Vail Valley, according to an independent survey. “In one year the station has done so much to enrich our community. Young high school and middle school students have graced the airwaves with their music, towns like Vail are participating in a roadway emergency reporting system, we’ve even brought back the popularity of big band listening on Saturday morning. And we’ve only just begun,” said Paul McCarthy, Radio Free Minturn board member.
The wide variety of listening is best portrayed in the types of shows that are on the air including: Jazz and Blues Hour, Smokin’ with Barbecue Brad, Revolutions 33 and a third, Indeed Indie, Brother Bluto’s Bluegrass Bonanza, Reggae Remedy, Jazz, Funk and Sunshine, Redneck Radio and Chooglin with the A Train. RFM uses recordings of listeners delivering the station identification and call letters. That puts the listeners voices out there plugging the station from the heart and, in creative fashion, satisfies the ever-boring FCC requirement to identify the station. “It’s nice to hear people you know supporting the radio on the air,” said Mel McKinney, Radio Free Minturn board member.As Radio Free Minturn defines itself, it has made a difference through its education programs, free concert picnics, community announcements and partnerships with other non-profits. It is a resource that provides a voice for underserved communities and businesses that lack funding to advertise in a narrow field of commercial mediums. “In a lot of ways, communities are defined by their local radio stations and listening to RFM we realize we live in a very special community with a wide range of musical flavor,” said Program Director and DJ Leo Spaziani.Tune in to 107.9FM, call 827-9079 or visit http://www.minturnradio.org for donation and volunteer information. Radio Free Minturn is established as a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. It is owned and will be operated by the public and cannot be sold to/ acquired by a corporate entity. All donations are tax deductible.