It’s hard to believe that KRCC is 60 years old this year. Just to put that in context, we’re 20 years older than National Public Radio (which turns 40 this year). When cultural institutions have been around as long as KRCC, it can be easy to forget that it hasn’t always been here and that it remains a fluid organization created, molded and sustained by groups of individuals and their visions. One of the most influential individuals in the station’s history is, undoubtedly, Mario Valdes. As station manager from 1978 to 2006, Mario transformed KRCC from a small college/community station into an NPR Member Station in 1984 and proceeded to bring great programming, concerts and much more to Southern Colorado.

His vision is remembered here by designer Mike Daymon who worked closely with Mario over the years to create many of the newsletters, t-shirts and concert posters that graphically defined KRCC within the community.

If you appreciate having KRCC and all it brings to our community and haven’t already joined or renewed, please do so and invite a friend to help us continue the great legacy that Mario and many other have given and continue to give us.

Thanks!

 

7 Responses to Design of the Times: A Look Back at The Mario Valdes Era

  1. Ron Sabetta says:

    I remember Mario well. He was a great guy and really changed the face of KRCC.

  2. Hal says:

    I became a member back in 1990 when I moved to town, and I’ve always appreciated how much more creative, innovative and “professional” KRCC sounded compared to other public stations. Much of that was due to Mario and the other talented staff on board. RIP Mario, Lynn, and all the rest.

  3. AnnaLucia says:

    Simply put…..I miss Mario.

    …. from an avid KRCC follower for many. many years….

    ps. I’ll miss you when I move to Austin TX in the somewhat near-ish future. KRCC heavily influenced our son to get his Masters at UT in Radio, Television, Film w/ a strong emphasis in the public radio “division”. Thank you!

  4. k f collins says:

    Thank you for honoring Mario’s huge contributions….

  5. Jim Bailey says:

    Loved Mario, he did a lot for the station and for the whole area.
    One helluva human!

  6. Malcolm Marchman says:

    In the early ’80s, KRCC was the stationed that played what no other station would, hired who no other station would consider and was the voice of causes unheard of in Southern Colorado. When Mario Valdes came to KRCC, he put order to that vision. His work is still evident. He is well remembered.

  7. suz says:

    Great tribute to a great guy! Mario still rocks in radio heaven. Thanks for putting it together. What cool t-shirts and programs!

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