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Saloon night is calling all DJs

Shauna Farnell

MINTURN – Promises and proclamations aside, Thursday’s open DJ night at the Minturn Saloon will separate the deciding DJs from those who will deliver.Radio Free Minturn, the volunteer-operated, commercial-free station has $3,500 to raise for its estimated start-up costs in order to launch in March. Thursday’s DJ night at the Saloon will serve both as a fundraiser and a rehearsal for those interested in spinning or having a show on the new station (107.9 FM).”Radio Free is an extension of the valley’s musical tastes, with each DJ bringing his or her own style to the mic,” said Radio Free Minturn board of director’s vice president Greg Spielberg. “The purpose of the open DJ night at the Minturn Saloon is to add strength and number to Radio Free’s DJs and increase the station’s presence in the valley.”Station organizers say that 30 DJs have signed up for a time slot, and initially, broadcasting hours will target weekday drive times in the mornings and evenings, and will continue to around 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”The average show will be an hour or an hour and a half,” Spielberg said, adding that one of his personal motives for involvement with the radio is to add some diversity to the musical offerings in Eagle Valley. “I’m blown away that although the valley has such an eclectic mix of residents, the music is so stagnant. It seems all we get out here is NPR, country and classic rock. These tastes only represent a small sampling of the valley. Radio Free’s goal is to change the radio landscape by not only greatly expanding the choices but also forcing the valley’s other radio stations to do the same.”The station’s programming aims to consist of music ranging from rock, hip-hop, international music, bootleg concerts, showtunes to local artists and talk shows focusing on everything from news and sports to spotlights.”The only thing we’re not really going to touch is politics,” Spielberg said. “Radio Free already has a diverse scope of music through DJs who are already on board. The station is focused on displaying community talent.”Open DJ night kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Minturn Saloon. The cost is a $10 donation at the door and includes a beer ticket, a Radio Free Minturn bumper sticker and eligibility for door prizes. Anyone interested to spin is welcome to bring music. Those interested in volunteering for the station can sign up at the event or e-mail info@minturnradio.org. Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or sfarnell@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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