Neil Best

President & CEO

As president, I oversee all day-to-day operations and programming and production decisions for Community Radio for Northern Colorado.

I joined the staff of KUNC in 1972.  During my tenure I have been a music host, education reporter, news director, program director, and since 1992, the general manager. Over the years it has been my pleasure to be involved in the northern Colorado Community including service on the board of directors of the Colorado Farm Show, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Rotary, and the United Way of Weld County campaign committee.  I have also served on numerous review panels and advisory committees for National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and on the board of directors of Public Radio Program Directors, INC. In 2001 I received the Public Radio International Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Along with my wife Joyce, we are parents to Brian and Brandon, recent graduates of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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7:19am

Wed March 28, 2012
inTune Station Blog

Signal Changes in Summit County

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We're happy to announce facility changes to better serve Summit County. KMPB, 88.7fm, has been purchased by KUNC and 88.3fm will be relocating in the valley and on the dial - returning later today at 88.1fm.

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4:50am

Thu March 1, 2012
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: March 2012

Dear Friends,

Last year at this time was tumultuous time for NPR as well as all the member stations. The controversy with Juan Williams, public missteps by members of the NPR Development staff and then President Vivian Schiller were troubling. 

As I reported last fall a significant step to address those controversies was taken with the naming of then Sesame Street President Gary Knell to be the President of NPR, effective December 1st.

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10:09am

Thu February 2, 2012
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: Feb 2012

KUNC

Dear Friends,

Last Friday evening I was watching Colorado State of Mind on RMPBS (Channel 6). The topic was “Election Coverage.” One of the guests, longtime Denver Post political editor and columnist Fred Brown, was talking about media coverage of the elections. He suggested, “The general public gravitates to sources they already agree with rather than go to ones that might challenge them. They are looking for affirmation, not information.”

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5:00am

Thu January 5, 2012
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: Jan 2012

KUNC

Dear Friends,

It is the tradition in the first issue of the year for newsletters to offer rosy predictions for the coming months. Please indulge me if I don’t do that today. Certainly all of us at KUNC are looking forward to serving you with the best we can provide in programming during 2012. But today I am reserving this space to tell you about someone you should know about.

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12:00am

Wed December 7, 2011
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: Dec 2011

KUNC

Dear Friends,

I have friends who make it a goal to visit a new country every year.  Several years ago they were making plans to visit Myanmar, a country the United States State Department had listed as being unsafe to visit. When I asked why they were choosing to visit a country with such a turbulent political climate the answer was very direct. They told me, “Neil, after you travel to 60 countries you can’t count on everything being as safe as a visit to Paris.”

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