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Something old becomes something new

Tamara Miller
Special to The Vail TrailDick Gustafson's show will debut at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7 on Radio Free Minturn, 107.9 FM. The show will feature big band, jazz, musical comedy and patriotic music. For more information call (970) 827-9079.
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Radio Free Minturn has quickly emerged as a listening haven for Gen Xers who tend to favor Ben Harper over Britney Spears. Now the low-power, community radio station plans to add something truly new to its line-up: music from an older generation.

Longtime Vail resident Dick Gustafson will host a Saturday morning show that will feature music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Listen for the likes of Glenn Miller and Billie Holiday, big band and patriotic music – the kind of stuff that makes people of all ages a little nostalgic, Gustafson said.

“It’s the kind of music where two people can hold each other and dance with each other, and just connect with the music,” he said. “Hopefully on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon someone will get up and dance around the breakfast table.”

Gustafson’s show will debut on Dec. 7, but he’s an old hat when it comes to radio broadcasting. Gustafson hosted a big band show on the radio station KRVV several years ago. The show, which was 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday, ended when the station was purchased by another company and quickly converted to a country western format.

Liz Campbell, one of the founding members of Radio Free Minturn, said Radio Free had been looking for a DJ with a collection like Gustafson’s. After approaching Gustafson with the idea, the biggest challenge was getting his collection on the air; most of his music is still on vinyl records. The station found someone to pay for a machine that could record music on vinyl onto CDs.

That’s means Gustafson has had to comb through his 1,000-record collection to find music to record.

He’s enjoying the task.

“I’m sure there is a certain level of nostalgia, and frankly, it just makes me feel good,” he said.

While Gustafson expects his collection will appeal to the valley’s more senior residents, younger listeners will enjoy it, too, he said.

“It’s fun to listen to music where you can understand the lyrics, and you don’t hear a four-letter word every other word,” Gustafson said.

E-mail comments about this story to tmiller@vailtrail.com.


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