Board of Directors
Wet Mountain Broadcasting Group
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 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.
Bess was elected to our Board in early 2019. Bess moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in the summer of 2015 without any previous knowledge of KLZR radio or sponsored concerts, but soon felt quite at home with the wide variety of musical offerings. Some of her early musical influences were: as a child listening to classical music and broadway musicals, Camelot being a particular favorite, a live concert at John Terrell’s Music Circus with Peter, Paul and Mary under a tent in a field outside of Lambertville, New Jersey, and in college a second live concert with Ian and Sylvia in Rochester, New York. Since then, Bess has come to appreciate other musical genres like opera, bluegrass, zydeco and Celtic but folk remains my all time favorite much like many other Wet Mountain Valley residents of a certain generation. Bess joined the Board in January, 2019.
Paul joined the Board 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.
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.