Neil Best | KUNC

Neil Best

President & CEO

As the President & CEO of CRNC, much of my time is devoted to working to connect KUNC and the Colorado Sound to the communities we serve. This includes working with the staff, five advisory panels, our board of directors, as well as other community groups.

With more than 45 years at KUNC and now more than three years with the Colorado Sound I am an anomaly, career wise.  My view is I have been so fortunate. It feels like I never have had to work a day in my life; just come in each day and be part of an organization that values community and in turn is valued by the community.

Through high school and college, I participated I forensics, primarily on the debate team.  The plan was to become a high school debate coach. A detour brought me to KUNC first as a Saturday night host, then children and education editor, news director, program director, station manager. The Peter Principle at work!

Over the years have had the opportunity to serve on various national public broadcasting boards.  Currently I am the President of Western States Public Radio and as a member of the Colorado Humanities Board of Directors.

My wife, Joyce, is a retired educator, who has found career volunteering for numerous groups in the Greeley area.  We are blessed with two granddaughters, Magnolia and Poppy, two daughter-in laws, Jenny and Liz, and two wonderful sons, Brian and Brandon.  Pretty much all fans of the beautiful game, known in America as soccer.

From Neil Best's Desk

Jun 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

Way back in January (seems so long ago!) we knew this would be a challenging year for KUNC as a news organization.  Coverage of the impeachment hearings playing out in Congress was an immediate concern, and we assumed the 2020 election would be a very large part of our focus for the year with a competitive race for the United States Senate in Colorado. 

From Neil Best's Desk

May 27, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am struggling with words as I write to you today. During the last few turbulent weeks, your steadfast support has been simply meaningful beyond words. The heartfelt calls and notes asking about the wellbeing of the staff, words of encouragement, continuing membership support, and yes, calls asking when the spring on-air membership drive would take place!

From Neil Best's Desk

Apr 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

It seems like a long time ago when conversations began with “Hello!”. Now, more and more, we are having conversations on the phone, via email, or through video conferencing that begin with “How are you doing?” A message that is heartfelt in the asking.

From Neil Best's Desk

Mar 30, 2020

Dear Friends, 

From Neil Best's Desk

Mar 9, 2020

Dear Friends,

A few days ago I had a conversation with a member who wanted to share how delighted she is every time she hears “someone from our station on the network.”  She takes ownership in KUNC and feels a strong sense of pride hearing a national host introduces a reporter from member station KUNC in Colorado.  And yes, I am right there with her!  Beyond the pride I have for the incredible work done by our staff is a recognition of the importance of station contributions to the DNA of National Public Radio.

From Neil Best's Desk

Jan 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Colorado Legislature has just opened the 2020 legislative session, and KUNC is committed to providing critical coverage of this important session. Many important issues will be debated, and decisions will be made that impact all of us, wherever we live in Colorado. 

From Neil Best's Desk

Dec 4, 2019

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.

From Neil Best's Desk

Nov 12, 2019

Greetings,

For the past five months, the Community Radio for Northern Colorado Board of Directors has directed an extensive review and revision of our strategic vision.

Through the review process, we held conversations with a wide variety of stakeholders, including members of the board, members of the five community advisory panels, underwriters, contributing members of both KUNC and the Colorado Sound, as well as members of the staffs of both stations.

From Neil Best's Desk

Sep 30, 2019

Dear Friends,

Houseplants!  When 1A host Joshua Johnson announced the subject for the hour was “The Perks and Perils of Plant Parenthood,” at the start of the program last week, I will admit to being surprised.

From Neil Best's Desk

Sep 10, 2019

Just over five years ago, the NPR Board of Directors, frustrated with a series of deficit spending years and continual turn over in the CEO position, decided to think outside the box during their CEO search.  Jarl Mohn, best known for leadership positions at MTV and VH1, and for founding E! Entertainment, seemed an unlikely match for the leading news network in the United States.

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