• Colorado Health Insurance Co­op no longer able to sell insurance for next year
  • Federal grants help coal economies
  • Large grant helps private well owners get their water tested
  • More snow than average predicted for southern Colorado
  • KVNF Annual Meeting results
Felix Belmont
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Guinness World Records lists a 95-year-old woman from Ohio as the world’s oldest professional DJ. However, KVNF’s Felix Belmont turns 97 Sunday, June 28.

Felix has been a volunteer DJ at KVNF for over 35 years.

He hosts a program called Stop Time where he plays big band music from the 20's, 30's and 40's. And, he might just be the oldest volunteer DJ in public radio and...maybe the world.

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Felix ahead of his birthday. 

KVNF's live stream is moving! We have a new stream service provider & a higher capacity for simultaneous listeners.  The link for our stream remains the same - just click the 'Listen Live' button on any page at KVNF.org to open the Player, and then click 'Play.'

(If you hear the opening underwriting announcement but the live stream doesn't start, you may need to clear your browser cache & then reconnect.)

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many of are listeners aren't aware that what makes us special as a community radio station is our DJs.  All of the DJs you hear, playing the music that you love and that keeps you going through the day, they're all volunteers.  They come in when they can, they schedule their lives around our music shows, they are the roots of our programming.  Without them, this wouldn't be KVNF.

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Laura Palmisano

KVNF is part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a 16-member coalition of community radio stations in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico that share content. 

Last week, KVNF participated in a the RMCR Conference in Carbondale hosted by community radio station KDNK. 

As part of the conference, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano, RMCR's Bente Birkland, and KUNC’s Brian Larson, talked about the nitty-gritty of reporting and the effort and hurdles that aren’t heard on the radio. The program was hosted by KDNK News Director January Jones. 

EDITOR'S NOTE:  At the annual meeting on October 9th, a member made a motion to stop pursing this endeavor.  The motion passed, so there will be no changes to KVNF frequency or power.

On Saturday, October 4th, KVNF will be 35 years old. Come celebrate with us!

When: Saturday October 4, 2014 from 6 to midnight

Where: Hotchkiss Memorial Hall 

What: Live music by Wendy Woo Band, Lasagna Dinner and dancing


Announcing a unique KVNF Fundraising Event:
The San Juan String Fest on September 5 - 7, 2014 in Ridgway


Have you ever wanted to go on a music cruise, such as a Blues Cruise, or a Folk Music Cruise, but didn’t want to travel that far to get on board? Book your passage now for an exclusive “Americana Experience” at the Chipeta Solar Springs Lodge in beautiful Ridgway Colorado.

Jake Ryan, Laura Palmisano, Patricia Naft
Skip Naft

On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing our news team.

Patricia Naft, the voice of KVNF's morning regional newscast, hosts the program that features six original stories by our news director Laura Palmisano and news producer Jake Ryan.

Jake Ryan, Laura Palmisano, Patricia Naft
Skip Naft

On this week's Local Motion we are trying something new: showcasing our news team.

Patricia Naft, the voice of KVNF's morning regional newscast, hosts the program that features six original stories by our news director Laura Palmisano and news producer Jake Ryan.   

KVNF has a new online method for signing up for volunteer activities, and you're going to love it.

Volunteer opportunities are organized on the "Sign Up Genius" website as 3 separate signups, that correlate with the 3 different events happening this summer; the summer concert series, Cherry Days CD/Record sale, and the BMW Rally.

Thank you for all your support! 

As of Monday, 3/24, we have collected about $44,000  and are are very close to our $50,000 goal. Just a few more pledges will get us there.  

It's easy to donate here online.  Do it now!  And thank you for being a part of the KVNF Club!



Mar 10, 2014

  It’s the Spring Pledge Drive—time for YOU to “join the club!”  

 Taking nominations now for that special guy you'd like to see crowned as Mr. KVNF.

KVNF members will vote for their favorites during our Spring Pledge Drive, coming up in March. We'd love to see all kinds of guys--all shapes, sizes, ages, personalities, etc.-- vying for the title. So... start sending us names by commenting below.


If you have trouble hearing the website stream this afternoon, no worries! We're just performing some routine maintenance. 

The stream will be down for a few hours today, but we expect to have it back up and running before the day's through. 

Remember, you can always find us on the FM dial at our many frequencies.

90.9 Paonia and the North Fork Valley

89.1 Montrose, Delta, Cedaredge, Olathe, Norwood, Nucla

98.3 Crawford

90.1 Ouray

99.1 The Grand Valley

Unbeflockinglievable: A Flocking Story

A flock of flamingos broke out of the Washington, D.C. Zoo and appear to be headed towards Paonia, Colorado traveling via KVNF's airwaves. They’re expected to land on the 90.9 frequency in Paonia on February 1st.

While the details of the birds' escape remains unclear, they’ve been identified as a group of activists out to give a leg up to community radio. Their activism tactics will include staging stand-ins in resident's front yards and employing the silent treatment.

KVNF Hires Morning News Host

Dec 18, 2013

We're happy to announce that Patricia Naft has been hired as the new KVNF Morning News Host.

Patricia has been a dedicated DJ and volunteer at KVNF for over a decade, and previously hosted a weekly country music show at KDNK in Carbondale. 

Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

This Saturday, December 7th at the Paradise Theater, KVNF is screening a series of documentary films on the Pass the Mic project, featuring the full-length interviews our youth reporters conducted themselves.

The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 3-4 pm.

I recently spoke to Ali about the project, and what she’s learned from working with youth reporters. 

And the Winner Is...

Oct 25, 2013

Congratulations to Kevin O'Brien, the winner of our raffle contest for the 7 day, 6 night trip to Fiji!

Kevin and a (very, very special) guest of his choice will be traveling to the tropical paradise of Fiji for a luxurious stay at the Koro Sun Resort, Fiji's premier adventure resort on the island of Vanua Levu.

At Thursday night's annual meeting, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and Amber McDaniel called Kevin to surprise him with the good news. He said his heart was beating out of his chest!

KVNF's New Schedule is Live!

Oct 21, 2013

The new programming schedule you've been hearing about is now live. Head over to our Schedule Page to see the schedule, or just take a look at it below!

Democracy Now! has been moved to 3-4 pm, and most of our public affairs programming can now be heard from 6-7. We're ecstatic to bring you Radiolab, one of the most cutting-edge radio programs on the airwaves (fun fact - Radiolab Live is coming to Denver the weekend of November 1st!)

Thanks for your support!

Oct 7, 2013

As the KVNF Fall Pledge Drive wraps up, we want to again express our sincere thanks and gratitude for all your support of this station. It's been an incredibly heartwarming week talking to all of you and hearing why you value community radio. This is your community radio station, and you've all shown it this week with your generous contributions. 

Your donations go directly into our operating expenses and paying for the quality programming you hear every day.

It's here! The KVNF Fall Pledge Drive Kicked off this morning and runs through Saturday, October 12th. 

Pledge Drives are hugely important to community radio stations like us - your support makes up our largest source of funding. To put it simply - we wouldn't be here without you! Your donations go directly to everything from daily operating expenses to paying for the informative and entertaining programming you hear every day.

Today's episode of Local Motion features a conversation with new KVNF General Manager Rick Watts. 


Jul 15, 2013

On Thursday evenings at 7pm throughout the summer, KVNF LIVE! broadcasts a summer concert series from the towns of Ouray, Ridgway and Paonia. This summer's schedule includes performances by these fine musicians:

July 11 - Ridgway, CO

Mountain Heart

Opening: The Matt Flinner Trio


July 18 - Ridgway, CO

Pato Banton & the Now Generation

The 2013 summer new member pledge drive is in full swing this week from 7/15- 7/19. We wanted to give you a good look at the gifts available for a pledge of $50 or more to KVNF. Modeled by our friendly staff and volunteers, here they are!


Are you a KVNF member? Is your membership up to date? Join us now!

The first $25 of your donation goes toward your KVNF membership. When you become a member, you not only help to keep KVNF on the air, you also get:

During her last week at the station,  Sally Kane  reflects on her 10 years as KVNF's manager.

KVNF's beloved Julia Kumari Drapkin has produced a feature for the popular radio program, This American Life, which can be downloaded and podcasted started Sunday, 5/19/2013 at 6pm. 


  • Early and Severe Fire Season Forecast For West Slope
  • Four BLM Controlled Burns Planned for Grand Mesa Area
  • Driving While Stoned Bill Passes State House
  • Western Slope Skies From Black Canyon Astronomical Society
  • KVNF Comment Line

Change. Only six letters, but they string together to create one of the most powerful words in our language, and one of the most potent forces in our world.

Being a person with a strong bent toward etymology, I like to trace the origins of words as a means of unfolding their inner power. Like so many words in the English language, “change” comes to us from the Latin word cambire, meaning to exchange or barter. What a timely metaphor for KVNF’s 2013 Spring Pledge Drive!