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From Neil Best's Desk: The Challenge of Replacing Icons

KUNC Pres. Neil Best

Recently I have had conversations with a few of you who ask about the challenge KUNC faces replacing icons like A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk in the schedule.  Certainly as that young songwriter Bob Dylan says, “The Times, They are A-Changing.”

To sum up those conversations, I am very excited about the future of public radio in general and both KUNC and The Colorado Sound specifically.

There are many bright, creative artists who are now taking advantage of the creative environment in public radio that was fostered by Garrison Keillor, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, among others.  You are hearing them on KUNC.  Hosts like Jad Abumrad of Radiolab, Guy Raz of TED Radio Hour, Rachel Martin of Sunday Weekend Edition, along with programs like the Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, Invisabilia to name just a few of the hosts and programs that didn’t exist just a few short years ago.

Our commitment to being the best we can be for you continues with the addition of Ask Me Another and The New Yorker Radio Hour to KUNC’s signal.

I also want to note new voices coming out of our studios.  At KUNC we are continually building our news reporting staff to be a better service to each of you. Reporters Ann Marie Awad, Luke Runyon, Jackie Fortier, Dan Boyce, Staci Nick and hosts Erin O’Toole and Kareem Maddox are committed to connecting you with the issues and stories you care about.

At the end of the day I have a serious case of optimism. The death of radio has been predicted since long before I was born, but public radio continues to evolve and serve and I know that will continue in the future.