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KVNF Wins 4 Colorado Broadcasters Awards

Adam Smith

KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with four awards on Monday, April 19th.

The annual CBA awards of excellence gala celebration in Denver was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, so the trade association offered a virtual reveal on Monday for small and medium size market radio stations. Non-commercial public and community radio stations compete with commercial radio stations and submissions are judged by panels of professionals from other states. 


KVNF’s weekly program ‘Local Motion’ was recognized with an Award of Excellence as Best Public Affairs Program, for producer Kori Stanton’s coverage of the hemp industry in the first quarter of 2020. She also won a Best Public Affairs Program Certificate of Merit for her coverage of Western Slope agricultural producers responding to drought. Gavin Dahl’s story on Montrose restaurants and the city teaming up with the Colorado Yurt Company to ‘tipi the town’ earned a Certificate of Merit for Best News Feature. And Kori Stanton’s weekly show ‘Talkin Music’ was recognized as Best Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program. 


KVNF is a nonprofit public media organization supported by members of local communities and listeners worldwide. Based out of Paonia for over 41 years, KVNF now has a new additional studio called Studio M, which is located at 19 N. Cascade in Montrose. The station broadcasts across 10,000 square miles serving Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Mesa, Hinsdale, San Juan, Dolores, and Gunnison counties on 7 FM frequencies, and serves a growing digital audience on its website KVNF.org.


Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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