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Board of Directors, Wet Mountain Broadcasting Group

Gary Taylor, President

Gary has soaked up music wherever he has lived, including Cleveland (rock, folk), Chicago (blues), New Orleans (Dixieland), Cincinnati (bluegrass) and Warsaw/Krakow (euro). In the tall shadow of Cleveland DJ “Moondog” Alan Freed, he was introduced to radio as a DJ for a schoolmate’s 1 watt (!) basement station in junior high. For KLZR he is pleased to host shows in folk, bluegrass, country and rock.

Kathy Blaha, Vice President

Kathy is currently Chair of the Membership and Community Outreach Committee where she has goals of increasing KLZR’s community connections. She moved to Westcliffe in 2003 and joined the Board of Directors in 2008 once again committing time and resources to her local community radio station as she has always done. “I’m proud and privileged to be a part of this great organization, one of the best things going in the Wet Mountain Valley.” She’s a local radio fan who believes that community radio is key to building and sustaining a vibrant community. Kathy also assists in planning for KLZR’s annual Taste of the Valley fundraising dinner. Her favorite KLZR program? That would have to be Jazz Café.

Joanie Liebman, Secretary

Joanie is a founding member of Wet Mountain Broadcasting Corp. and has served as Board Secretary since 2009 She started the High Peaks Music Festival in 2010 and has served as its organizer every year. Joanie is active in a number of committees and is Director of the Development Committee, which is responsible for overseeing Underwriting, Membership, Fundraising, Community Events, Volunteer Management, Marketing and Social Media. Joanie is also a regular DJ on KLZR.

Steve Chandler, Treasurer

Steve retired as Director of Research for American Century Investments in 2001. It took another 7 years to wind up work on some non-profits in Kansas City before he and his wife, Mary, moved to the Valley full-time in 2008. He has always had a love of music - almost all forms - and played the Great Highland Bagpipes with Kansas City St. Andrews Pipes & Drums for a number of years; hence, his DJ nickname ‘the Valley Piper’. He hosts ‘Celtic & Beyond’ for KLZR on the 4th Monday of every month, and occasionally does a different genre of music on ‘Music Your Way’. There’s not much opportunity for bagpipe music in the Wet Mountain Valley, so he now plays electric bass with an old-time Rock ‘n Roll Band - RimFire.

Shanna Lewis

Ever since Shanna offered to contribute a few hours of work for the Valley's new radio station back in 2006, community radio became more for her than just a broadcast to tune in to. As one of the early volunteers, first at KWMV and now at KLZR, she's filled many positions at the station -- from program director to open house floor mopper. She's served on the board of directors for more than a decade and it's been a great and wonderful adventure to be a part of the station as it grows.

Shanna's work as an independent radio producer and journalist has aired on NPR’s national newscast and news magazines, Voice of America, Prime Time Radio and Pulse of the Planet, among others. She has produced hundreds of interviews for Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio. Freelance print and photography by Shanna has been featured in The Denver Post, The National Post (Canada), High Country News, Metro Magazine and other publications. She is the recipient of a Colorado AP (Associated Press) Broadcast award, garnered seven Colorado Press Association awards for reporting and photography and contributed to a number of award winning broadcast, online and multimedia projects.

Roger Wise

Roger moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in 2010 after living in Parker Colorado for 20 years. Roger has been involved with community radio since 2004 when he started volunteering at Boulder’s community radio station KGNU. Roger is an on air DJ for Celtic and Beyond and Fridays at the Coffeehouse. He is also the station’s underwriting manager. His musical interest includes blues to bluegrass and rock and roll to zydeco.

Paul Leach

Paul is the newest member of the Board, joining in 2015. He is the Compliance Officer, making sure music royalties are paid and FCC regulations are being followed. He is retired from the trucking industry, having owned and managed a transportation services brokerage for 30 years. Paul manages the station’s photo archives and you will often see him behind the camera at KLZR events. Paul loves a wide variety of music and is a regular DJ on KLZR.