Western Colorado's Paonia-based community radio station, KVNF, is pleased to welcome Rick Watts as its new general manager. Watts began work Aug. 1 and replaces Sally Kane, who ran the station for a decade.
Watts has worked in local commercial radio in on-air and production capacities, as well as in sales, and as a consultant. Watts is also an entrepreneur who brings strong business and management skills to KVNF. Though Watts relocated from Iowa, where he and his wife moved a few years ago for family reasons, he spent most of his adult life in Salida and Buena Vista, where, in addition to working in radio, he owned and operated a company that reclaimed and rehabilitated historic properties, converting them to present-day uses.
He looks forward to "utilizing the training and real world experience I have had the good fortune to attain in both commercial radio and private business to pursue the higher calling of public radio."
After his first few weeks on the job, Watts says, "The one thing that I have concluded is that everyone I have had the pleasure of speaking with is passionate about KVNF and shares my belief that if the station is to continue down its current path of excellence in community radio we must declare our financial independence from federal funding," Watts says.
Going forward, Watts will work closely with the board of directors on budgeting and fundraising. He will also collaborate with KVNF's news and public affairs staff to make programming relevant throughout the station's 10,000-square-mile listening area, while maintaining its commitment to diverse music programming.
Watts and his family are thrilled to have made a new home in the North Fork Valley. Watts says, "I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the entire community for the kindness we have been shown since arriving. I haven't had the chance to meet and talk with everyone, but through a series of upcoming mixers and events, I hope to have that opportunity in the very near future."
He adds, "I am fortunate to have landed my dream job at the finest community radio station in the country."
KVNF Community Radio transmits on 90.9 FM and 89.1 FM, as well as via several translators to reach Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties as well as portions of San Miguel, Hinsdale, Gunnison and Mesa counties. It has provided National Public Radio news and music programmed by local volunteer DJs for the Western Slope since 1979.blog comments powered by Disqus