Biz Buzz, Thurs, Nov. 28

Sports fans who listen in on the local radio airwaves found they have twice the sports content available to them beginning Nov. 1, with 1230 ESPN Radio replacing the former all-talk format of KEXO.

That sets up the Grand Valley radio market with two predominantly sports radio stations, the new 1230 and the longstanding 1340 The Team KTMM — essentially dueling content from national content providers ESPN and CBS Sports, respectively.

“We’ve had calls where people say, that’s all we need is another sports station. My only response to that is, it’s not just another sports station. It’s ESPN,” said Brad LaRock, general manager of the new 1230 ESPN, which remains under the Townsquare Media Group umbrella.

LaRock called the nationally known ESPN programming “great content delivered by great hosts,” adding, “It’s big-name guests with big-name air personalities.”

The former all-talk KEXO included shows from hosts Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham and Andrea Tantaros — all provided by national syndicator Talk Radio Network. But instability with that programming — mostly with contract issues surrounding Ingraham and Tantaros, and Dennis Miller “losing his edge,” as LaRock put it — led to the wholesale change to all-sports ESPN at the beginning of the month.

“We always had an eye on ESPN,” LaRock said. I was going to make the switch in the spring, but I wanted to give the former KEXO one last shot at making it work, and it was just impossible.”

■ To celebrate 25 years in operation, Carlson Vineyards’ after-Thanksgiving Holiday Open House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday features free tasting and chef-prepared tidbits paired with wines. Discounts on wine should please shoppers, who will also have a chance to buy a signed copy of “Drink it In - Wine Guide of Western Colorado,” from author Dave Buchanan on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

“My winemaking hobby got out of hand, overtaking our house until we gave in and it became our life,” owner Parker Carlson said. “We only had to step out the door to be surrounded by fantastic fruit and grapes to make wine from.”

Shop small at Carlson Vineyards on Small Business Saturday. Register your American Express card at to get a $10 statement credit for each cardholder’s name on purchases at participating businesses, including Carlson’s.

Open year-round daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., the vineyard’s winery and tasting room is located at 461 35 Road in Palisade.

‘Tis the season of holiday open houses, or open wineries, in this case. Alfred Eames Cellars in Paonia is hosting its sixth annual Barrel Tasting and holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The events include refreshments, winemaker-hosted tasting in the barrel room and an appearance of the Madrigal Singers to go along with Alfred Eames’ latest releases.

The winery is located at Puesta del Sol Vineyards, three miles south of Paonia, 11931 4050 Rd.

Ah, Natural! Ltd. is a new business bringing natural products to the communities on the east end of the Grand Valley. Located in the old Agape piano and clock store on the corner of F Road and 3rd Street in downtown Clifton, the shop provides a healthy living alternative for people and their pets.

“There are many great, small, local pet shops in the area offering natural foods, but none on this end of the valley,” said Charle’ Thibodeau, store owner.

All pet products offered at the shop are made in the U.S.A., but the main goal is to support local and state businesses, Thibodeau said.

Zuke’s of Durango, creators of incredible pet treats, and Kaylor of Colorado from Greeley, which offers exotic bird and small mammal foods, can all be found at Ah Natural.

A line of recycled firehose toys from Katie’s Bumpers and specialty collars and leashes from Spiffy Dog of Steamboat Springs convey the store’s message to “Always Buy Colorado,” she said.

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