Toni grew up in Salem, Oregon. She attended Lewis and Clark College for a few years, quit to become a couch-surfing ski bum in Vail, and eventually finished her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Marketing at California State University Northridge. She moved to Colorado to pursue a master’s in Mass Communications at the University of Denver. After graduating from DU in 1998, she discovered the Gunnison Valley (it was winter), where she signed on as a reporter for the Gunnison Country Times. Toni became KBUT’s news director in 2000. She moved to Hawaii in 2005 and started a tiny coffee farm, hence her love of Hawaiian music as host of the Aloha Connection. She returned to Gunnison in 2011. Toni taught in both the Communications and Business departments at Western from 2013 to 2018. Toni loves the mountains, the islands, community radio, and all things ukulele.
Jackson Petito was a child DJ on KBUT. Now he’s the Program Director.
Assistant Program Director, Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator
Kelley moved to Crested Butte from New Hampshire in July of 2017. Since her three kids are grown and in college, the timing was right for a big adventure! Kelley has a 22-year career in the non-profit community, health and education worlds. In 2013, Kelley helped launch a local community radio station in her New Hampshire town. She hosted “Triple-A” music shows and produced a weekly health and fitness feature. By 2016 she was spinning tunes on “The Point FM” in Montpelier, Vermont. She is an avid sports enthusiast and a former a competitive runner, cyclist and rower. She now enjoys her love for the outdoors and sports in non-competitive venues. When on her bike, Kelley and her two golden retrievers, Lily and Fields, spend many joyous hours exploring Crested Butte trails. Kelley volunteered with KBUT in 2017 and joined the staff in 2018. She hosts Bohemian Daybreak Tuesdays at 8:00 am.
Membership & Outreach DirectorAlec moved to the Crested Butte from Massachusetts eight years ago with a backpack and a dog. One of the first things he did was sign up to be a volunteer DJ at KBUT. That was the beginning of his love affair with the people and heritage of the Gunnison Valley. Besides the community, he also loves pretending to know how to ski and fish. He also hosts Bobby’s World Monday evenings at 6:30.
Underwriting & Development DirectorOriginally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tyler moved to Colorado in 2001. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, he moved to Crested Butte to ski and mountain bike. The rest is history. Tyler began volunteering at KBUT pledge drives and events in 2006, and in 2011 became a fill-in DJ. He now has his own show, Playin’ Thru Thursdays 10 AM to noon. In May 2013, Tyler joined the KBUT staff as the Underwriting Director. He is also active in the local music scene, playing guitar.
News Reporter & Morning Edition HostChristopher Biddle grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson Colllege in 2011 and moved to Crested Butte that winter. Chris started volunteering as a DJ in 2013 and was inspired to pursue a career in radio. In 2015, he attended the Center for Documentary Studies Summer Audio Workshop. His print reporting has appeared in The Mountain Times, The Chester Telegraph, and the Vermont Journal. His audio stories have appeared on Vermont Public Radio and on stations in the Rocky Mountain Community Radio network in Colorado. Chris hosts a weekly music show titled Lost In the Supermarket featuring Alt-Pop and Indie Rock, and it airs Mondays from noon to 2 pm. You can also hear Chris weekday mornings from 6 to 8 as KBUT’s Morning Edition host.
Events DirectorKT Folz directs events.