Radio Free Minturnhoping to organize |

Radio Free Minturnhoping to organize

Cliff Thompson

MINTURN – Minturn’s original broadcasting pirate – Radio Free Minturn – will be testing its sea legs during a community organization meeting Saturday at Harry’s Bump and Grind on Main Street. “We’re trying to see whether the community is interested in moving forward,” said organizer Liz Campbell. “We need new blood. It will all be run by volunteers.”The low-powered public FM station was issued a construction permit for its station but it needs an infusion of energy, volunteers and cash to hit the airwaves, Campbell said. She estimated the station will need $40,000 in start up funding and an will require $25,000 a year to operate. The organization has $3,000 in the bank, Campbell said, from an earlier fund-raiser. The station was started by former resident Alex Markels, who now is a senior editor for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.Time is running short, Campbell said. If the radio station does not begin broadcasting at 107.9 from it’s Dowd Junction tower by Sept. 8, its license to do so will expire.Saturday’s meeting will run from 9 a.m. until 12.:30 p.m. The top five styles of music requested in a 1999 survey of town residents were rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass and alternative. ==========================================Radio Free MinturnPhone: 390-3676E-mail: Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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