Telluride Museum's Next Fireside Chat Features KOTO History, 8/5

[click “Play”, Susan speaks with Jim Bedford]

2005-01-178a Thursday, August 5, the Telluride Historical Museum’s next Fireside Chat asks the question: “What Came First the KOTO or the Community Radio?” The talk features the two guys with the answer: Jim Bedford and Jerry Greene. Ben Kerr is moderator. The event takes place at the firepit in the Mountain Village and is FREE to the general public.

FM and AM radio dials are crowded with commercial stations, offering not very much worthwhile around the clock, an incessant roar of rock, C & W, lots of “oldies,” inane talk and harsh rap. There are a couple of thousand public radio stations, but only a few like KOTO with no commercials or commercial underwriting whatsoever. KOTO’s history is the history of Telluride, from love child to respectable citizen. It all began with Bedford, at the time, a long-haired visionary. (jThe haircut is different today, a whole lot shorter. The visionary bit still holds true.)

One day Bedford called his friend, Jerry Greene, then a taxi cab driver in Denver, about his plan. Together they formed the board, which in turn created a non-profit corporation called the San Miguel Educational Fund (SMEF). SMEF did the requisite grunt work resulting in the station’s birth.

(To ask about the photo above, come to the Fireside Chat)

To learn more from the horse’s mouth and preview the talk, click the “play” button and listen to Bedford’s interview.

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