Q&A: Marc Foster, new executive director at KAFM Community Radio

Marc Foster became the executive director of KAFM Community Radio 88.1 on Oct. 13. Foster previously has worked in the health care field and is an ordained wedding officiant and travels the country doing weddings.

KAFM Community Radio has hired Marc Foster as its new executive director. Foster, 59, replaces Ryan Stringfellow, who stepped down after three years to pursue other interests.

A resident of the Grand Valley since 1991, Foster started at KAFM 11 years ago with an on-air program called “The Theme Park” and served three years on the original KAFM board of directors.

Foster, who started his new job Oct. 13, was selected as the new KAFM executive director from a pool of 16 finalists.

Prior to taking over as executive director at KAFM, Foster spent 15 years in the ministry and 15 years in health care. He originally moved to Colorado to work at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Foster recently sat down to talk about why he wanted the KAFM job, what he wants to bring to KAFM and his interests away from the station.

Melinda Mawdsley: Why did you want to be executive director at KAFM?

Marc Foster: I love this station. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been a financial contributor. I’ve been a volunteer. I want to be assured that community radio survives in Grand Junction.

Mawdsley: Why is community radio so important to you?

Foster: Noncommercial community radio stations are a shrinking commodity in the United States. We are one of several nonprofit entities in the area that provide a human service, not only to individuals but also to other nonprofits. We also highlight other businesses.

Mawdsley: What do you want to bring to KAFM in your new role?

Foster: I would like to further integrate us in the not-for-profit community in the valley. I’m always shocked everyone doesn’t know we’re here. I’m going to make us a part of The Human Service Council of Grand Junction where executive directors meet every month. Ultimately, our end customer is the citizens of the valley. One other big thing I’d like to do is see us fully engaged and participating in the service clubs: Rotary, Kiwanas, etc. The goal is to make sure we’re identified as one of many players.

Mawdsley: What do you do when you aren’t at the station?

Foster: I’m also an ordained wedding officiant. I perform weddings for people who don’t have a spiritual home. I travel the entire U.S. doing weddings. In November, I’m doing a wedding in Telluride. The bride is from L.A. The groom is from Britain. Thank you, Internet.

Mawdsley: Is that how they met?

Foster: No. That’s how they found me.

Mawdsley: Ever performed an on-air ceremony?

Foster: No. That sounds like fun.

Mawdsley: The bride wouldn’t have to buy a dress.

Foster: (Laughing) No one would have to dress up. When I’m not doing weddings, I’m going to live concerts. I’m a music and indie movie junkie. I don’t care what’s playing at the Avalon or at the Radio Room, I’m there.

Mawdsley: What’s a must-see independent film?

Foster: I’ve enjoyed both films portraying Coco Chanel. I’ve loved “The Girl With…” series. Seen two, waiting for the third.

Mawdsley: Must-see, live music show?

Foster: I’ve seen 170 shows plus. I love the national acts, but I love the up-and-coming bands who don’t have a national following yet. People are going into the studios now and making fantastic music.


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