On the Scene: At KAFM Radio Holiday Open House

Barry Barak and Jason Smith



Joe Cassara



Mickey Krakowski



Jim and Sarah Marshall



Steve Williams (background), Marsha Kosteva, Travis Reed and Ramona Winkeller



Onyx Cly-Peek, Jared White and Candy Loren



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On Thursday, 
Dec. 12, I attended the KAFM Radio Holiday Open House at the Radio Room.

I’m no stranger to this local community radio treasure. I’ve had a radio show, served on the board of directors and helped with fundraisers. I was eager to see old faces and meet some new ones, and besides, with snacks coming from Bin 707, why wouldn’t I go?

And that wasn’t all that was tasty. Guitar player Steve Williams was there, providing luscious background music. Steve plays around with John Schultz and Miss Emily and, like almost every other like-genre musician in town, he gigs with every other like-genre musician in town.

I was greeted at the door by Ramona Winkeller, KAFM’s operations manager. I got my name badge and immediately gravitated to Mickey Krakowski, not because he is a dear friend and I’m crazy about him, but because he was serving hot cider spiked with Peach Tree Distillery Bourbon. Mickey is one of the founders of KAFM and a board member.

Across the room was another board member, Cliff Sprinkle, who was helping to host by popping the tops of the Palisade Brewery’s Dirty Hippie beer.

There were other founders there that night: Mike Radosovich and Pete Trosclair. Longtime supporters Harry Griff, John Anglim and Todd Youngerman also were there.

Nancy Terrill and her dashing new husband Eduardo Deneke, were sitting at a table enjoying themselves. Nancy’s radio name is Angel, and Eduardo is a furniture maker from Mexico. They’re a very sweet couple.

Barry Barak, president of the KAFM board, made several announcements and thank yous from the stage. Programmers, underwriters, members and listeners filled the Radio Room and heartily accepted his approbation. Barry’s show is named Folkwaves, airing Thursday mornings from 6–9.

Some cute kids I didn’t know, but met, were Onyx Cly-Peek, Jared White and Candy Loren. Onyx is a mixed media artist and art director of Café V and Roasted.

Jared is a self-proclaimed world traveler and is new in town, formerly residing across the pond in England. He confessed that he didn’t just land in Happy Valley by mistake. He has family here.

Candy is a Colorado Mesa University student and KAFM programmer playing Americana and Rock Indie new releases. Her show is titled “Enjoy the Ride.”

The Marshalls, Jim and Sarah, were headed out to a Broncos party. When Jim, or as he’s known on KAFM radio, Jimbabwe, is traveling to Colombia or Southeast Asia for his company, Raven Ridge Resources, his wife Sarah fills in for him with her own show, Sarah Smiles. Sarah works for Ariel Clinical Services.

I also met Alicia Mitchell, KAFM’s music director. She was standing with her roommate, Meghan Montgomery, who came here from Colorado Springs to work with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. Alicia is from the other Springs, Glenwood.

Station Manager Joe Cassara was busy chatting with the Daily Sentinel’s adventure bon vivants, Rachel Sauer and Melinda Mawdsley, who also are KAFM programmers. Those girls get around more than I do.

It was a delightful holiday open house, and I’m so glad I went. The Radio Room was warm and decorated with twinkly trees and art and filled with warm and twinkly people.

KAFM Radio is all about community and exists to be a public servant, serving up music and volunteer opportunities in many ways. If you are a listener, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, give them a listen at 88.1 FM.

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GET ON THE SCENE

■ High Desert Opera will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. There will be instrumentalists, dancers, choral singing and soloists performing holiday music. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at Roper Music and at the door. Info: highdesertopera.org.

■ “A Father’s Christmas Carol” will be presented by The Theatre Project at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday on The Theatre Project Stage, 835 N. 26th St. This one-act version of the classic Charles Dickens tale was adapted by Lyzz Willms. Tickets cost $15 adults or $10 seniors/students. Info: theaterprojectgj.com, 261-5363.

■ Absolute Dance will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St. Tickets cost $15–$30. Info: absolutedancegj.com, 255-8322.


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