After intensive nationwide research, Carbondale’s public service radio station appealed to local media boss Corby Anderson to make him its executive director, a position that expanded the role of chief executive to one who is more involved in community service.
Anderson, who has lived in the valley for 20 years, brought a wealth of experience to this new position. Previously, he was a news host, sports presenter and DJ at KDNK. He was a station director on GrassRoots Television for eight years, then helped grow Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Isaacson School for New Media.
He taught radio, audio, film and video production and was also a station manager for the school’s CMC Radio, which Anderson described as a professional training ground where students could have real life experiences. ‘antenna.
Anderson praised KDNK staff for overcoming the disruption brought to town by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They were well prepared and everyone came together as they navigated the evolution of state orders, public health boards and local orders. They have worked hard to fulfill the station’s mission: to connect community members with each other and with the world. The station strives to serve, reflect and belong to you – our community, ”he said.
Anderson’s responsibilities range from managing finances, promoting grants, raising human resources funds and serving as the public face of KDNK.
“I see KDNK as being the heart and soul of Carbondale,” said Anderson, “and my job is to be the heartbeat.”
“I always wanted to have a career in radio,” Anderson recalls, “I love radio with a passion for its presentations of storytelling, sports and music.”
As a child, Anderson enjoyed listening late at night with his transistor radio tuned to a mix of jazz, blues, sports and talk shows. Later, his brother Ody had a high school radio show that featured heavy metal music. Corby has found his place.
Born in North Carolina and raised in San Francisco, Anderson chose the Roaring Fork Valley as a place for long-term roots.
“This place brings a feeling of peace, calm and a slower pace of life,” he noted. “Carbondale has a strong sense of community as people who move here and often become mountain people themselves. “
“I had spent about a year traveling the world as a concert director for ‘Florence and the Machine’, an indie rock band from England, but it was time to come home,” he said. he declares.
Anderson described KDNK’s three goals as “educate, inform and entertain” in its role of community access.
KDNK first aired in 1983 and has grown to broadcast 24/7 with an eclectic mix of
reggae, hip hop, news, public affairs, sports, soul, dusty folk and southern roots.
Anderson mentions the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program as an important community effort that KDNK supports. Designed for ages 8-18, from Aspen to Rifle, it encourages children to express themselves and develop leadership skills to help young people find their adult voice.
Other public affairs programs include Geek Speak, Aspen Business Connect, and Financial Planning. If you go to KDNK.org, you’ll find the full lineup for the lineup.
In other KDNK changes, Raleigh Burleigh added public affairs to her duties while serving as a part-time reporter and host of All Things Considered. Amy Hadden Marsh, winner of several awards, has become news director and host of “Valley Voices”.
As Andnerson said, “My door will always be open to the community. Call and we can chat.