Founded in 1979, KVNF is a rural service network providing public radio programming for the Western Slope region of Colorado. Starting with 10 watts of power in a garage on a mesa overlooking the town of Paonia, KVNF has grown to serve parts of 6 rural counties with two transmitters and five translators and thousands of watts of power.
Programming on KVNF includes local, regional and national news. A robust local news effort has gained speed since 2006 when KVNF moved into a state-of-the-art “green” radio station facility in a newly renovated 6,000 square foot building on Paonia’s Grand Avenue. In addition to the news efforts KVNF has created a signature musical sound characterized by wide ranging multiple genre music shows which are programmed by community volunteers. Trainings for music show hosts happen every other month at the KVNF studios.
A full member of National Public Radio, KVNF airs Morning Edition and All Things Considered daily, as well as independent news and media analysis programming such as Left, Right and center, Counterspin and Democracy Now.
KVNF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. There are 5 full time employees and three independent contractors who keep KVNF running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With an annual operating budget of just under $400,000 a year, KVNF receives its revenues from three primary sources: membership donations, underwriting, and grants.