Reno Radio Vets Return To New Station KXNV
January 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM (PT)
Longtime RENO, NV, radio veterans STEVE FUNK and BRUCE VAN DYKE, along with DON "DONDO" DARUE, have returned to the local airwaves at OPEN SKY RADIO CORP Non-Commercial KXNV (RADIO FREE NEVADA).
The idea for the station was hatched seven years ago with the PROGRESIVE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE OF NEVADA, FUNK told the RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL. "It's one piece of the broadcast puzzle our community needed. ... We have this opportunity to bring the whole community into the conversation."
The station went on the air OCTOBER 16th and was at full power OCTOBER 27th.
FUNK began his radio career as a CARSON CITY high school student in the late '60s, working at KOZZ in the '70s and '80s, then helped start ROCK 104.5 and later hosted the KUNR "Take Names Later Blues" show. He is host of the "Grow NEVADA Team" radio show WEDNESDAYS at 1060 AM.
"KXNV RADIO FREE NEVADA is building bridges with BURNING MAN and others to cooperate with arts projects," said FUNK. "Arts and culture is really the core of this radio station."
VAN DYKE began his RENO radio hosting career at KOZZ in the '70s and '80s and helped start KTHX (100.1 THE X). He is one of the founders of OPENSKYRADIO.ORG. "It appears we're going to carve out a music niche in the area. It's being constructed, fine-tuned and tweaked. Total eclecticism."
KXNV operators hope to get a permanent RENO broadcast studio and add community news and discussion to the programming. Eventually, according to FUNK, there will be half a dozen or so employees including a news director, volunteer coordinator and underwriting specialists.