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During the Spring Fund Drive, our committed hosts and DJs will feature special programming, thank you gifts and so much more! 

KGNU is here to serve and support you. We never miss a day to use the airwaves for the greater good. We deliver in-depth news and cultural coverage, air the world’s very best eclectic music, amplify diverse voices and smart ideas to connect communities.

Make a contribution to KGNU anytime before March 13 at 2:00 p.m. MT and we will automatically enter you into a drawing to win a pair of 3-day passes with on-site camping to RockyGrass 2022: July 29-31, 2022.  Sustainers of Local Radio (SOLR) members are automatically entered into this drawing. Complete contest details.

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Newly Designed Thank You Gifts

Please note that our offices remain closed to the public. We’ll be mailing all thank-you gifts.

Questions? Contact Verity Matthews, KGNU Membership Coordinator – membership@kgnu.org, or (303) 449-4885. 

Special Programming

Coming Up


  • Sat, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Grateful Dead Rare Tapes Special
    Five-hour special featuring rare tapes and concert archives. – with Chris O’Riley and Paul Epstein.
  • Sun, March 13 at 9:00 a.m. Roots and Branches – American States
    A music special all about the American states. – with Pete Miesel.

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  • Sat, March 5 at 6:00 a.m. The Best Day of Radio on Earth!
    Help us kick off the drive strong and start your day with Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by Old Grass Gnu Grass, and stay with us for an afternoon of energetic, eclectic music from all over the world with Terrasonic, Reggae Bloodlines, African Roots, Sound Lab, the Grateful Dead Hour, Electronic Air, and Under the Floorboards.
  • Sat, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. Sound Lab – Psychedelic Soup Feature
    Explore the wonderful world of 60s and 70s psychedelia. Strictly vinyl set by DJ Modpants. – with DJ Modpants.
  • Sun, March 6 at 9:00 a.m. Roots and Branches – Songs about Musicians by other Musicians
    Listen to songs written about other musicians. – with Leland Rucker & Major Lance.
  • Mon, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. Morning Sound Alternative – One Week in One Show
    Explore KGNU’s wide selection of eclectic music throughout the week in one Morning Sound Alternative. – with Doug Gertner.
  • Mon, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Sound Alternative – Classic Albums
    What makes a Classic album? Find out on this special edition of the Afternoon Sound Alternative. – with Cal Huss & Blake Britton.
  • Tue, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. Morning Sound Alternative – The Music of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
    Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was a prestigious recording studio in Alabama started in the late sixties by Rick Hall that recorded the likes of Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, The Staples Singers, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. Known for its white rhythm section that everyone took to be black, Muscle Shoals created a special sound. Come visit this holy place of music by tuning in for this special. – with Ginger Perry & Sam Fuqua.
  • Tue, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. Kabaret – Jenn Cleary with Mad Dog
    Live performance from local singer and guitar player Jenn Cleary. – with Dan Wilging.
  • Wed, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. Morning Sound Alternative – The Cure Special
    A deep dive into the work of legendary English rock band, The Cure. – with Uncle Jeff & Dave Alex.
  • Wed, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Sound Alternative – KGNU Wayback Machine: 1982
    KGNU in 1982 and the music played at that time. – with Iris Berkeley & Eric Scace.
  • Thu, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. Morning Sound Alternative – Women’s History Month Tribute
    Listen to the female artists and music that have inspired KGNU’s very own cohort of female DJs during this Women’s History Month tribute. – with Indra Raj and Carrie Marks.
  • Thu, March 10 at 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Sound Alternative – Rolling Stones Special
    A tribute to the musical legacy of the Rolling Stones. – with Sam Fuqua & Paul Epstein.
  • Fri, March 11 at 9:00 p.m. Dusty Grooves – Allen Toussaint Special
    An exploration into the work of Allen Richard Toussaint, American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues. – with Patrick Mendoza.
  • Sat, March 12 at 6:00 a.m. The Best Day of Radio on Earth! – The Best Day of Radio on Earth!
    Help us end the last Saturday of the drive strong with a full day of the music you love on KGNU.
  • Sat, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Grateful Dead Rare Tapes Special
    Five-hour special featuring rare tapes and concert archives. – with Chris O’Riley and Paul Epstein.
  • Sun, March 13 at 9:00 a.m. Roots and Branches – American States
    A music special all about the American states. – with Pete Miesel.
  • Sun, March 6 at 12:00 p.m. Tributaries – Clare Goldsberry, author of “The Illusion of Life and Death”
    Living and dying fearlessly and with grace is the topic when Clare Goldsberry, author of “The Illusion of Life and Death” discusses her book – a metaphysical and personal exploration of the nature of life. Using the wisdom obtained over a lifetime of spiritual seeking, study, and practice, along with insights gained from the death of her significant other, Goldsberry explores the fundamental nature of life and death, as well as their meaning and purpose. The discussion includes the wisdom and knowledge of the ancient sages, spiritual teachers like the Buddha, philosophers like Plato and Seneca, and modern-day quantum physicists. – with Robin Claire.
  • Mon, March 7 at 8:35 a.m. Storytellers of Color – “Latinos of Boulder County” Vols 1 and 2
    For too long, Latinos in Boulder County have been largely invisible in local history books and school curricula. Community historian Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom and author of the book “Latinos of Boulder County” describes the lives and contributions of those vital individuals. – with Rossana Longo Better.
  • Mon, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Labor Exchange – “The Helpers”
    Essential workers, including healthcare workers, are expected to go out when everyone else is expected to stay inside. Listen to profiles of essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic. – with Robert Lindgren.
  • Tue, March 8 at 8:04 a.m. Morning Magazine – “How To Raise a Feminist Son”
    Author Sonora Jha will discuss her book “How to Raise a Feminist Son” based on her own desire to raise her son as a feminist. – with Shannon Young.
  • Tue, March 8 at 8:35 a.m. How on Earth – “The Last Stargazers”
    Humans from the earliest civilizations craned their necks each night gazing at stars used to orient themselves in the large, strange world. Dr. Emily Levesque, author of “The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers about people throughout history who have spent their lives studying outer space and star systems. – with the How on Earth collective.
  • Tue, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. Alan Watts – “Learning the Human Games”
    A program of unparalleled popularity on KGNU, Alan Watts is known for interpreting and popularizing Indian and Chinese traditions of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy for a Western audience. This offering includes a selection of Watts musings.
  • Wed, March 9 at 8:04 a.m. Morning Magazine – Steve Jones author of “Nourishing Waters, Comforting Sky”
    Conversation with Steve Jones, author of “Nourishing Waters, Comforting Sky: Thirty-Five Years at a Sandhills Oasis.” – with Brigitte Mars.
  • Wed, March 9 at 8:35 a.m. A Public Affair – Dave Zirin, author of “The Kaepernick Effect”
    Sports Editor for The Nation Magazine, Dave Zirin talks about his book “The Kaepernick Effect” which chronicles accounts of activism and courage both on and off the field from a broad cross-section of professional, college, and high school athletes and coaches. – with Dave Ashton.
  • Wed, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. Alternative Radio – Ralph Nader on Chronicles of Dissent
    At 87 years young, American political activist Ralph Nader is noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform causes. This program is special edition of Alternative Radio with Ralph Nader on Chronicles of Dissent. – with David Barsamian.
  • Thu, March 10 at 8:15 a.m. Radio Nibbles Bumper Edition
    If a little Radio Nibbles is tasty, then a Super-Sized Radio Nibbles is bound to satisfy. Join host John Lehndorff for a food filled program. We’ll have some select food-related thank you gifts on hand. – with John Lehndorff.
  • Thu, March 10 at 8:45 a.m. A Public Affair – Dana Thomas author of “Fashionopolis: the secrets behind the clothes we wear”
    An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it. Author Dana Thomas on the hidden costs of fast fashion and clothing waste. – with Shannon Young.
  • Thu, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. Metro – John Leshy author of “Our Common Ground: A History of America’s Public Lands”
    “Our Common Ground: A History of America’s Public Lands” explores the story of how the U.S. government came to hold nearly one-third of the nation’s land and manage it primarily for recreation, education and conservation. Available March 1, Leshy, a leading expert in public lands policy, discusses the key political decisions that led to this, beginning at the very founding of the nation. – with Dave Ashton.
  • Thu, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Special Edition of It’s the Economy
    KGNU’s “It’s The Ecomomy” Denver team celebrates International Women’s month by talking with two of Denver’s successful Latina restaurateurs; Dana Rodriguez, owner and chef at Work and Class, Super Mega Bien, and Cantina Loca; as well as Tamil Maldonado Vega, VP of Development at Raíces brewpub in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. – with Verity Matthews.
  • Fri, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. – Connections –  “The Future: Democracy or Autocracy Here and Abroad” with Stephan Schwartz.
    Special guest Stephan Schwartz, national and international security expert discuss this timely topic. – with Duncan Campbell.