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General Information

Official Name
Grand Valley Public Radio Company​​​​​​​
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Former Name(s)
KAFM Community Radio
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
1310 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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1310 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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Mission Statement

KAFM is a member-supported, volunteer-oriented community radio station dedicated to excellence and diversity in programming. KAFM fills a vital role in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado as an accessible forum for the presentation of music, arts, culture, information by and for the local community.

Organization History

In 1992, a group of dedicated civic-minded Grand Valley residents initiated the creation of a locally owned and operated community radio station. This action came about after the license of the existing public radio station (KPRN) was sold to Colorado Public Radio in Denver, leaving Grand Junction with no locally-originated programming. After seven years of planning, fund-raising and acquiring the required licensing and equipment, KAFM began broadcasting in March, 1999.

From 1999 to 2010, KAFM broadcast at its original 16-watt signal. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission approved an increased signal strength of 300 watts. KAFM conducted a successful capital campaign that year to raise $116,000 for transmitter equipment and broadcast booth upgrades. The increased signal has allowed KAFM to reach a wider audience.

The onsite "Radio Room" was later created to provide a venue for concerts, art exhibits and other special events. The Radio Room has become a gathering place for the community to come together for a variety of cultural and learning events.


What impact does KAFM have on the community or on you as an individual?

KAFM Community Radio is full of friendly people dedicated to supporting community radio & great music; supporting local non-profits and each individual. I love KAFM and the friends that I have been fortunate enough to meet through it. It is the place where 'everybody knows your name, and they are always glad you came'!" -Renee Reynolds

"KAFM offers opportunities to hear a wide range of artists and programmers." -Sally Converse

"KAFM exposes me to a whole bunch of new music that I would not otherwise have found and makes my soul feel good!" -Peggy Nagel

"The station has affected me personally, professionally & spiritually by giving me long-term friends, clients and many other blessings that have fallen into my lap." -Deb Robertson

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