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Best Radio Station — Non-commercial Denver 2009 - Radio 1190

By its very nature, Radio 1190, the University of Colorado at Boulder's station, has a very fluid staff, with DJs coming and going at various times of the year. But despite these frequent changes, 1190 has some important constants. The vast majority of hosts are more interested in exploring the variety of independent sounds being created today, as opposed to focusing on the most predictable or heavily hyped stuff — and instead of phonying up their presentations, their straightforward talks comes from the heart. That's giving it the old college try.
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Charles
Charles

I forgot to mention 'The Local Shakedown' is the best local show in Colorado. With the best high-profile guests (Andrew Novick, Andrew Murphey, The Christines, John Porcolino & c)

Charles
Charles

I love 1190. Always have and always will. Even if at certain times I hear things that I don't like, I know that something that strikes my fancy will come along. AND, lest we forget, the specialty shows, especially the Sunday lineup (Route 78 West w/ Uncle Jeff and Loki, The Lunch Hour w/ Johnny Trrrash, Krewe de Louisianne, and Under the Mattress)are THE BEST, hands down. Rock On!

John Schaefer
John Schaefer

Yes indeed, congrats again to Radio 1190 for the accolades. How lucky are we to have great independent radio from 1190, KGNU, and KUVO? Other states, even other cities in our own state, are not so lucky. Support them all, lest they vanish! 1190's membership drive starts 4/1. KGNU's just finished... a little short of our goal. Thanks to everyone for turning their dials away from the pablum.

Becky
Becky

1190 deserves any award that's given to them! Why bad mouth a station that's being recoginzed for achievement in an increasingly corporate world? Don't paint KGNU and 1190 as enemies since they are both fighting for essentially the same cause.Congrats 1190. You're fun and edgy at the same time. My favorite station overall.

Sam
Sam

Yay! Congrats 1190, keep on doin' what you're doin'.

Bible Repair
Bible Repair

Maybe when the once-great Radio 1190 goes into yet another all-blues mode (an increasingly common occurrence), Westword will give KGNU, Denver's other groundbreaking non-commercial radio outlet, a shot. Reggae Bloodlines shows airing a couple of Saturdays a month from 8 Rivers in Lodo; Dub Palace free bass-ing at the Meadowlark one Sunday a month; broadcasting from a van at the Underground Music Showcase, an army of reporters and bloggers covering the DNC -- and a studio actually in Denver...

And then there's the broadest freeform music offering in not just Denver but well near the entire country. And KGNU's passionate experts delivering bluegrass, world, modern classical, ragtime, electronica, funk and pretty much every other genre under the sun, not to mention always-provocative and belief-challenging stories and alternative perspectives presented by a wide array of voices on any and every topic that matters. All that, plus Amy Goodman, Alan Watts and bhangra in stereo!

Yes, I may be a long-time listener and volunteer at KGNU, but that doesn't mean Westword doesn't need to get its shit together and consider other possibilities when it comes to non-commercial radio on the Front Range.

Katherine
Katherine

Long live 1190!Thanks for the award!

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