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From Neil Best's Desk


I’m frequently asked by our members and listeners what types of things are considered when making programming decisions for KUNC.  In some ways, the decisions are very simple, but at the same time there’s a lengthy list of factors considered when making programming decisions.

At the end of the process, we always want to live up to our commitment to provide quality programming for you, the KUNC listener. Certainly, our history, as well as our vision for the future, is to be open to new ideas and to taking chances. Over the years that has meant a long list of firsts for public radio in Colorado.  KUNC was the first station in the state to air All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Car Talk, Marketplace, Latino USA, On the Media, Wait…Wait, Don’t Tell Me, This American Life and many more. Introducing each of these shows involved taking a risk. As we have done in the past, and continue today, we measure that risk against whether we believe a program will be of high quality and serve the community of listeners.

Based on the track record of the programs I have listed it seems to me the staff has done a remarkable job over the years. I hope you will agree. More recently, I am very proud that we were second only to founding station WAMU to make the decision to air 1A, nearly three years ago.  Earlier this fall we added our very own Colorado focused news magazine Colorado Edition to the schedule, believing it is a quality program and like 1A is aligned with our commitment to serve our community of listeners.

Just last month, we added Think!, Monday through Thursday at noon, trusting that hearing a program based in the middle of the country will bring new voices and differing perspectives to be shared on KUNC.

Finally, during these difficult political times we believe it is vital to present the perspectives of our elected officials in Washington D.C. as they go through the impeachment process unfiltered, offering gavel to gavel coverage of the hearings. We do so to allow you, as a listener, to participate in the process as it unfolds.

Please remember that we welcome your thoughts and suggestions about what we choose to air and when.  While I can’t promise that every recommendation will result in action, I can and do promise that your feedback, along with that of other members of the KUNC audience is a vital part of the decision-making process.

Please feel free to share your thoughts at any time.  You may send them directly to me at neil.best@kunc.org, or call me on my direct line 970-350-0806.

Warm Regards,

Neil Best 
President & CEO