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December 2015 KVNF Newsletter

  So much is happening at KVNF in December....


General Manager Jon Howard took the reins on November 16th and is busy managing his move from the Isle of Wight, U.K. and immersing himself in all things KVNF. Jon is steeped in the U.S. version of public radio and in rural living. He grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado and then logged over 20 years in public radio including university stations in Texas and Kansas and a multi-county rural station in the Allegheny Mountains.

He brings skills in finance, management, programming as well as in technology. He's already been up to the Wakefield transmitter with Operations Manager Jeff Reynolds to troubleshoot a spotty signal. He and his wife Erica look forward to settling in to Western Colorado and getting to know more about our far-flung listening area. Stop in to say hello! And if you missed Program Director Ali Lightfoot's interview with Jon, check the Local Motion archive.

JOE COCKER's very Special XJ12 Jaguar to Benefit KVNF

KVNF is proud to list for auction Joe Cocker's 1995 XJ12 Jaguar. This "British Racing Green" beauty lived at Joe's Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado, and it was at the wheel of this car that Joe learned to drive! Joe passed away last December and bequeathed this special vehicle to KVNF. Generosity was part of his nature. Joe's Jaguar Auction launched on eBAY Sunday evening, Nov. 29, 2015.

The Auction closes at 7 p.m. PST on next Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Check out the KVNF website for more Jaguar details or go directly to the classic car section on eBay to place your bid. As area residents for 20 years, Joe and his wife Pam have been generous supporters of KVNF Community Radio and many other community efforts in the North Fork Valley. The Cocker Kids' Foundation continues to raise money to provide grants to local schools and other projects that benefit the development and enrichment of local youth. (Be sure to check out their MDR Red Tag Sale at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss this weekend -- Dec. 4,5,6 from 9-3.)

Fortunately, we can still connect with the music Joe left us and his spirit lives on. Thanks Pam and Joe for this amazing gift and we can't wait to see who drives this beauty home!

ANNUAL HOLIDAY AUCTION is ready for bidding now KVNF's 34th Holiday Auction is up and running now. As usual, the auction sleigh is brimming with gift options for friends and family...or just to treat yourself!

Visit the link at the KVNF website or go directly to Bidding Owl to start placing your bids for trips and lodging, for luxury body care products and treatments, for dining and culinary treats and for MUCH MORE. Set up your bidding name/number and password early and get familiar with all the offerings. The final closeouts will be announced ON AIR, on Thursday and Friday, December 10th and 11th, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bid early, bid often; all proceeds support KVNF Mountain Grown Community Radio.

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of the individuals and businesses who donated items to make this auction possible!

YOUR Trip to FIJI is waiting.... But you can't win this fabulous 7 day/6 night, all-expense-paid trip to the Koro Sun Resort on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji unless you have purchased your WINNING raffle ticket. And time is running out. The winning ticket will be drawn, live, on air, at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, during the Holiday Auction. (Ticket sales close at 6:00 p.m. that evening.)

So make sure your name is in the jar when the magic hour arrives by purchasing your ticket(s) now at the KVNF office, 233 Grand Avenue, Paonia, Colo., by calling 970-527-4866 or online. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Remember, the package includes meals and lodging for two plus a $3,000 airfare credit to fly you to your island paradise!

Thanks again to Jack and Patsy Young of the Ridgway, Colo., Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa for this incredible vacation opportunity.

Putting a Bow on the FALL PLEDGE DRIVE

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Fall Pledge Drive a success: Volunteer DJs, phone volunteers, premium donors, and most of all, MEMBERS. We topped our goal of $55,000 and are still receiving pledge payments as well as new pledges. Yes, we need the cash to pay for station operations: 24-hour radio broadcasting including emergency messaging 2 transmitters and five translators ,National Public Radio programming, Local news production, Unique music programs by local volunteer DJs, Website bulletins, archives and streaming content Community and entertainment announcements.

But it's really all about MEMBERSHIP.... Everyone CONNECTING and doing their part to keep this valuable community resource alive and thriving. We hope you will take this opportunity to renew your annual membership if you have not already done so. Thank you.


Christy developed the current KVNF website. She maintains the digital presence of KVNF on the website and social media, and serves as IT director. She has lived in and loved the North Fork Valley for 17 years, and was co-owner of the Internet service Paonia.com for many years. You can see more of Christy's design work at IamChristyEller.com.