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, renewed or become a sustaining member, please do so and invite a friend to help us continue the great legacy that Mario and many others have given and continue to give us.

Thanks!

 

One Response to Through the Mario Valdes Looking Glass

  1. Martino Mendine says:

    Respectfully and fondly remembered , Mario continues to rock on !!!

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