Radio show promises news with no ‘agenda’
Fledgling news radio station KNOZ-97.7 FM recently started broadcasting its first local news show, Grand Valley Live, to listeners in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose.
The show, which runs from 9 to 10 a.m. daily, is a break from the station’s usual broadcast of national and world news via America’s Radio News Network in Washington, D.C.
Grand Valley Live will focus on community affairs, and with the upcoming election, airtime will be primarily devoted to current issues and the candidates’ stances.
General Manager Paul Varecha said the show was created based on an observed need for unbiased journalism in western Colorado.
“The station is really journalism without agenda,” Varecha said. “Our goal is to provide accurate news and information. We like to be able to present both sides of an issue, and with elections coming up, we want to be able to talk to both (parties).” Longtime broadcasters Bill Jones and Brad Scott host the show. Jones, who currently lives in Denver, has previous experience at Grand Junction stations KEXO-1230 AM and KNZZ-1100 AM. He related the expanding FM talk radio audience to the success of AM, and hopes that Grand Valley Live will be another success story. “We’ve had a little bit of a shaky start, a few technical problems, but that’s to be expected,” Jones said. “You refine as you go along, and the show will only get better.”
Jones said he also wants to provide an unbiased take on current politics.
“I hope we’ll be able to present a point of view that is really objective and fair, based on neither Republicans or Democrats, but one that looks at the political system and puts forth some answers,” Jones said. After the political climate settles down in November, Jones said he has his sights set on “topics that our listeners are interested in,” including Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Listeners can tune in at 97.7 FM, online at KNOZfm.com and are encouraged to send in questions through the station’s Facebook page.