The West Elk Word covers current and public affairs throughout the Gunnison Valley: from news and notes, people, places, music and the arts, recreation, mountain culture and everything Gunnison Valley. The West Elk Word can be heard most Saturdays at noon.

All episodes of The West Elk Word are available to stream or download below. You can always visit westelkword.kbut.org to stay abreast of latest episodes.

Recent episodes (listen in player above):

August 3, 2013 - Karen Hoskin, founder at Montanya Distillers, joins the West Elk Word to talk about the fine art of rum running.

July 27, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks screenwriting, and a Master's Program at Western, with Jack Lucido and J S Mayank.

July 13, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks with two teachers at WSCU's MFA in Creative Writing, and, specifically, poetry. Learn a little about this unique graduate program held at the 4-year university in Gunnison.


July 6, 2013 - Today we're talking Tough Enough to Wear Pink on the West Elk Word with the charity's founders Dean Dillon & Jim Swain.

June 29, 2013 - This week we talk with managing and artistic director Alexander Schierle. We talk about everything from how the festival is organized, becoming an American citizen, and Beer & Beethoven.

June 22, 2013 - The Word talks about bikes and a preview of CB Bike Week, set to kick off this coming Wedneday.

June 15, 2013 - This week we take a look at workforce and affordable housing. First, Chad Reich speaks with Julie Robinson of Habitat For Humanity about the Gunnison Valley chapter's latest projects. We also check in with "Sound of the High Country" - a collaboration between sister station KDNK (Carbondale) and High Country News as they see how one community balances the need for workforce housing with environmental protection.

June 8, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks with Michael Brody of the CB Film Festival about events this summer leading up to the Film Fest in late September.

May 25, 2013 - The Word talks with Matthew Kuehlhorn, director at GCSAPP, about substance abuse among youth, and what the project is doing to help kids make healthy choices.

May 18, 2013 - This week we're talking about whitewater recreation. Chris Menges has joined the staff at American Whitewater and will be conducting a survey to discover ideal river flows for water-based recreation in the Gunnison Basin throughout the season.

May 11, 2013 - We talk with Professor Tim Wawrzyniec, assistant professor of geology at Western State Colorado University. Western State plays host to the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America conference from May 15 - 20.

April 27, 2013 - This week on the West Elk Word: Jackson Melnick talks about his Colorado Sings project & we get you ready for upcoming Wellness Fair.


April 20, 2013 - This week The Word talks with Crested Butte Mayor Aaron Huckstep about Amendment 64 and what it means for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Town of Crested Butte. 


March 30, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks with Zane Kessler of Carbondale-based Thompson Divide Coalition, who is working to protect forest areas just west of Carbondale from oil and gas development. Music Director Grant McFarren also takes a look at the latest effort from The Strokes titled "Comedown Machine."

March 23, 2013 - We speak with local author Richard Melnick about his book "Parents Who Don't Do Dishes." It's about parenting, life, and cooking (recipes included!).

March 16, 2013 - We talk with Amaryllis Kelly in this re-broadcast of our conversation with the Gunnison-Hinsdale Confidential Advocacy Center.

March 2, 2013 - The West Elk Word features The Public Policy Forums' Winter speaker Dr. Trita Parsi. Dr. Parsi is an award-winning author of "A Roll of the Dice, Obama's Diplomacy With Iran." Dr. Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian politics, and Middle - East Politics.

February 23, 2013 - This week on the West Elk Word, we join a program from sister-station KRCC (Colorado Springs) called "Western Skies." Reporters Andrea Chalfin and Bente Birkelend look at the statewide issue of fracking with guests from both sides of the debate.

February 9, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks with Joan Grant. She works with the Department of Human Services in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties. Today we talk about the foster parent program.

January 26, 2013 - The West Elk Word talks with Tina McGuinness, Executive Director of Gunnison Country Partners, a youth mentoring service for Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties. January is National Mentoring Month. 
 
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Historic Walking Tour
Sep 02 @ 9:00AM
The Historic Walking Tours are offered by Glo Cunningham, the Executive Director. These tours are not strenuous just casual…
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Crested Butte Ultra Enduro
Sep 03 @ 7:00AM
Calling all mountain bikers and volunteers!  The Big Mtn Enduro could use help for the finale of the Crested Butte Ultra…
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Abstract Ink and Watercolor Using Yupo Paper
Sep 03 @ 5:15PM
This 4-week class is designed for any level artist looking to explore multiple methods of watercolor and ink painting. Garland…
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Historic Walking Tour
Sep 04 @ 9:00AM
The Historic Walking Tours are offered by Glo Cunningham, the Executive Director. These tours are not strenuous just casual…
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TdF Through An Artist's Eye
Sep 04 @ 6:00PM
This event is part of the Tour de Forks fundraising event for the Center for the Arts. Tour de Forks presents a series of…
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“Getting It Wright” – An Original Musical September 4th, 5th and 6th   Doors 7 p.m.; Curtain at 7:30…
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Lo-Fi Lounge Sessions
Sep 04 @ 9:00PM
Join us at the Cocktail Cabin for a weekly series of live DJ/music every Thursday night 9pm-12am + local service industry friends…
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Aerial Conditioning
Sep 05 @ 8:30AM
The Crested Butte Dance Collective offers weekly Aerial classes to the Center this summer to help you hone your skills at your own…
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Open Aerial Dance
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San Juan String Fest
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BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Weekend Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
A Classical Gas
- Dave Clayton
10:00-12:00 PM
It's Sunday Morning
- Henrietta
12:00-1:00 PM
World Cafe
- Syndicated Program
1:00-2:00 PM
eTown
- Syndicated Program
2:00-3:00 PM
TED Radio Hour
- Syndicated Program
3:00-4:00 PM
Putumayo Radio Music Hour
- Syndicated Program
4:00-5:00 PM
Alternative Radio
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:00 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 PM
Song In The Walls
- Chris Coady
8:00-10:00 PM
Jazz on a Summer's Eve
- Roger Kahn
10:00-12:30 AM
Music From The Other Side of The Fence
- Bill Racek

Monday

12:30-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Morning Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
Breakfast With The Sandman
- John Hopper
10:00-12:00 PM
The Wholly Stromboli Show
- Andrew Canale
12:00-2:00 PM
The Chad Reich Show
- Chad Reich
4:00-5:00 PM
Democracy Now!
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:30 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:30-8:30 PM
Born on the Wrong Planet
- Nate Welch
8:30-10:30 PM
Monday Night Jazz Club
- John Garrett
10:30-12:30 AM
Late to the Party
- Bonnie G

Tuesday

12:30-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Morning Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
Josephine's Tasty Tuesday
- Josephine
10:00-12:00 PM
The Van Down By The River Show
- Josh Elmer
12:00-2:00 PM
The Everyday Housewife
- Bonnie Chlipala
2:00-4:00 PM
Live From the 17th Row
- Deadhead Ed
4:00-5:00 PM
Democracy Now!
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:30 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:30-8:30 PM
Redneck Woman
- Kristi Miller
6:30-8:30 PM
Redneck Woman
- Janet Martin
8:30-10:30 PM
Radio Active Show
- El Chino
10:30-12:30 AM
The Siren's Shore
- Allie McFarland

Wednesday

12:30-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Morning Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
Orange Blossom Special
- Trish the Dish
10:00-12:00 PM
Sittin' Pretty
- Faith McEnaney
12:00-2:00 PM
We All Had A Real Good Time
- Laura Jane
2:00-4:00 PM
The Witch's Brew
- The Witch
4:00-5:00 PM
Democracy Now!
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:30 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:30-8:30 PM
Double Down Dan-O Show
- Double Down Dan-O
8:30-10:30 PM
Certain Sort of Sound
- Pat O'Neill
8:30-10:30 PM
Certain Sort of Sound
- Kevin Hartigan
10:30-12:30 AM
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
- Dan Austin

Thursday

12:30-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Morning Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
Touch Me in the Morning
- DJ Touch
10:00-12:00 PM
Playin' Thru
- Tyler Lucas
12:00-2:00 PM
Smoker's Lounge
- Seb-Eye
12:00-2:00 PM
Smoker's Lounge
- Shannon
2:00-4:00 PM
Guilty Pleasures Radio
- Mark Robbins
2:00-4:00 PM
Gentle Gravity
- Heejohng Chae
4:00-5:00 PM
Democracy Now!
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:30 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:30-8:30 PM
Dirt Farmer's Revenge
- Eileen Hughes
8:30-10:30 PM
The Shanty
- Shawn Harrington
10:30-12:30 AM
Bobby Digital's Soul System
- Bobby Digital

Friday

12:30-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Morning Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-10:00 AM
Luigi's Blues Review
- Luigi
10:00-12:00 PM
The Weekend Warmup
- Special K
12:00-2:00 PM
ADD Radio
- Dylan McKnight
2:00-4:00 PM
The Lonesome Bob Show
- Lonesome Bob
4:00-5:00 PM
Democracy Now!
- Syndicated Program
5:00-6:30 PM
All Things Considered
- Syndicated Program
6:30-8:30 PM
Friday Night Fish Fry
- Andrew Hadley
8:30-10:30 PM
Lost In The Supermarket
- Chris Biddle
10:30-1:00 AM
The Flannel Channel
- Katherine Hargrave

Saturday

1:00-6:00 AM
BBC World Service
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 AM
Weekend Edition
- Syndicated Program
8:00-9:00 AM
Fresh Air Weekend
- Syndicated Program
9:00-10:00 AM
Radiolab
- Syndicated Program
10:00-12:00 PM
The Finer Things
- Lynda Jackson
12:00-12:30 PM
West Elk Word
- Chad Reich
12:30-1:00 PM
All Songs Considered
- Syndicated Program
1:00-2:00 PM
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
- Syndicated Program
2:00-4:00 PM
The Aloha Connection
- Toni Todd
4:00-6:00 PM
A Prairie Home Companion
- Syndicated Program
6:00-8:00 PM
Everyone Deserves Music
- Yvette Maes
8:00-10:00 PM
Praxis
- Bisch
10:00-1:00 AM
The Ital Show
- Eliot Rosenberg
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