History

As KVNF grew to serve the informational needs of Western Colorado and the demand for programming from National Public Radio grew, KVNF became the first station to offer NPR to Western Colorado in 1983. Unfortunately, KVNF could not afford the full membership dues, but after a few years and some heavy lobbying, KVNF was instrumental in creating a new category of NPR membership, “auxiliary membership”, in 1986.

Today, KVNF is a regional station that serves communities throughout Western Colorado with NPR news, local information and diverse music, focusing on the needs of the often rural and isolated areas that make up our listening area. Our programming serves the listener demand for high quality news, culture and entertainment, while also expressing the grassroots and creative nature of volunteer-based, community-oriented public radio.

In October of 2006, KVNF moved to its present location at 233 Grand Avenue in Paonia. This state of the art “green” facility became possible through the generous giving of KVNF members, foundation grants, area businesses, and volunteers offering their services. It was a total community effort pulling together to keep their community radio strong on the Western Slope of Colorado. After all it does take a village….