KOTO'S 14th annual Doo Dah celebrates 35th anniversary

KOTO'S 14th annual Doo Dah celebrates 35th anniversary

[click “Play” for Jumpin Jan’s conversation with Susan]

14th Annual KOTO Doo Dah 2010-FINAL Telluride is big on parties this summer. First there was our local fire department’s all-day celebration for the Fourth of July. On July 6, the Wilkinson Public Library set the stage for another day-long bash to honor the 75th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On July 10, starting at 1 p.m., Telluride Town Park, KOTO FM celebrates its 35th birthday with the 14th annual KOTO  Doo Dah. The headliner is Boulder-based The Motet.

Founded and led by drummer Dave Watts over a decade ago, The Motet has roots in jazz, Afrobeat, funk, salsa and samba layered with house and techno rhythms. The result is a complex tapestry of shoe-shaking melodies and syncopated rhythms that push the sonic envelope and defy categorization. Also on the bill: The Rockadiles, Salt Fire Circus, and Joint Point.

KOTO’s history is the history of Telluride from the days of hippies to the present era of relative financial stability – and hippies. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a small niche in its restrictive regulations that allowed a private nonprofit to build and operate a 10-watt FM radio station. Into that niche jumped a odd assortment of locals. An application was filed. Time, money and space were provided by dozens of folks. Town Council came up with $10,000 over two years for equipment. The FCC said “Do it.” KOTO was legally broadcasting on October 3, 1975. Since then, our radio station has been entirely supported by the greater Telluride community. No advertising. No underwriting.

Which brings us back to the Doo Dah, the culmination of summer fundraising activities, and Jumpin Jan (Janice) Zink, KOTO’s very special special events coordinator, the lady in charge.

To volunteer, go to koto.org. To learn more about the Doo Dah and how the funds raised will be used, click the “play” button and listen to Jumpin’s rap.

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