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From Neil Best's Desk: Time To Reflect

KUNC Pres. Neil Best

Dear Friends,

As we enter the holiday season, I’ve been reflecting on how much KUNC has changed over the years.

When we left the University of Northern Colorado in 2001 and became an independent, community licensed station, the future was very uncertain. After raising $2 million from our community to buy the license and equipment, would we be able to sustain our service to the community? How would we be able to grow without the University’s support? Our staff of 12 faced many challenges as we set off on our own.

Today, walking through our news room, seeing hosts focused on writing copy, discussions taking place with editors, reports being posted to the website, and staff headed out the door to conduct interviews, I thought about our 2001 news staff—one full-time news director and a half-time host of All Things Considered.  Now, we have 16 full-time employees in the news department alone—larger than our entire staff in 2001.

KUNC now provides news, information, and storytelling 24-hours a day, bringing more perspectives and stories from local communities, as well as introducing new, national programs like 1A, Latino USA, and more.

We’ve certainly come a long way, but none of it would be possible without the wonderful support we’ve always received from the community. As the size of that community has grown, the support we receive is reflected every day in the coverage you get from our newsroom on the radio, at our website, or via social media.

We want to make sure that all of our members, whether brand new or long-time supporters, know that each and every person on staff realizes how fortunate we are to have such a supportive community of members who make it possible for us to do what we do.

In the spirt of the season we say thank you.

Warm Regards,

Neil Best
President & CEO