Summit County’s newest radio station, The Colorado Sound, plays all music all day
July 13, 2017
Summit County's newest radio station, The Colorado Sound, has put a familiar voice back on the airwaves, as the station that went live Wednesday embraces a commercial-free, all-music philosophy.
The new station is affiliated with Summit Public Radio and TV and is being broadcast at 94.3 FM from SPRTV's towers on Bald Mountain, east of Breckenridge.
Also, radio personality Stacy Towar, who formerly worked for KSMT in Summit County, has been brought in as the afternoon DJ, a welcome addition to the regular rotation for the new station, according to Leigh Girvin, outreach coordinator for Summit Public Radio and TV.
"We're kind of bringing her home," Girvin said of the DJ who's more than familiar with Summit County.
As far as the format goes, The Colorado Sound will be commercial-free and play alternative-adult-album-oriented music — or AAA, similar to Krystal 93.9 FM or KBCO 94.3 FM — with an emphasis on bands homegrown in Colorado.
"You're not going to hear rap," Girvin said of the Sound’s format. "You're not going to hear hip-hop. You won't hear much in the way of electronic. It's all going to be that alternative-adult-album-oriented music."
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As such, listeners can expect a variety of tunes from artists like Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia to blues legend John Coltrane.
There is also a heavy focus on Colorado bands, Girvin said, such as Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweats and The Drunken Hearts, who hail from Eagle County and played the Breckenridge Town Party earlier this year.
"The station's tagline is 'What Colorado sounds like,' so they really want to feature more Colorado-based music, and we have a growing music economy in Colorado," Girvin said. "I think they're really going to help promote that."
Both KUNC and The Colorado Sound are public radio stations, and the Sound is public radio's answer to KUNC listeners who miss the music after the popular NPR-affiliate went all-news about a year ago.
"This answers KUNC listeners' desire to hear music," Girvin said.
Summit Public Radio and TV is a nonprofit organization that owns the translator towers on Bald Mountain and rebroadcast five FM radio stations and 10 television channels.
Additionally, SPRTV is charging The Colorado Sound rent to use its towers, which Girvin said will help the nonprofit that largely depends on donations from everyday people to stay afloat.
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