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RockyGrass Broadcast Coverage
KGNU Broadcasts Live from the Sold Out 42nd Annual RockyGrass Festival

The RockyGrass bluegrass festival in Lyons is sold-out, but KGNU radio has once again found a way to sneak everyone inside. Since 2008, the local community radio station has broadcast live backstage from the festival. In this, their seventh year of live broadcasts from RockyGrass, KGNU will expand their coverage again by offering a continuous live stream from the stage on their 24/7 music website http://www.afterfm.com. The non-stop RockyGrass stream will be available through AfterFM starting the morning of Friday July 25th. The stream will unite with the terrestrial broadcasts of KGNU for festival highlights and live performances on 88.5 FM and 1390 AM on Friday July 25th from 9:30 AM-noon, and on Saturday and Sunday July 26th & 27th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. However, when those radio broadcasts end, listeners will be able to continue hearing a direct link to the stage from the dedicated RockyGrass stream.

AfterFM is also home to a collection of RockyGrass archives at http://www.afterfm.com/rockygrass. These archives have been a popular destination for Bluegrass fans locally and around the world. The site serves up highlights from artists such as The Del McCoury Band, Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clynch Mountain Boys, Punch Brothers, Tim OBrien, and more. The online archives were launched in 2012 in conjunction with KGNUs festival coverage. 2014 performances will be added to the archives throughout the weekend as the festival unfolds.

Were thrilled to be working with Planet Bluegrass again to let people get an earful of this amazing festival, and Im really excited that we are expanding our coverage to offer the live stream from the stage this year, says John Schaefer, KGNUs Music Director. This will be a powerful year at RockyGrass. I remember seeing a video online of the festival grounds completely engulfed in the flood. There was a sinking feeling that Planet Bluegrass was literally being wiped from the map. So to have the festival back, and back stronger than ever is incredible.

RockyGrass has built a reputation as one of the nations premiere bluegrass festivals. It consistently sells out months in advance. The devastation of the 2013 flooding created a monumental challenge for the prospect of a 2014 festival.

This is a testament to the resilience of Coloradans. The residents of Lyons have come together in unimaginable ways. It has been an inspirational experience to witness first hand the strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity. explains Brian Eyster, festival coordinator for Planet Bluegrass. All I can say is that this is going to be a very powerful and emotional event. I think its difficult to fully comprehend the impact of the flooding and what it means for all of us to rise up from that experience and rebuild. I think words wont be able to capture it.

Eyster continues, Its one of the reasons we reached out to our broadcast partners at KGNU. We all wanted to try to find a way to expand the coverage. We want everyone to be able to hear what will be happening at RockyGrass.

The artists are also anticipating an exciting weekend of music in Lyons. Nick Forster of the legendary band Hot Rize talks about being able to share their performances to an overflow crowd on the RockyGrass stream. Are you kidding? KGNU, RockyGrass and Hot Rize? Thats like a family reunion! exclaims Nick Forster of the legendary band Hot Rize. Hot Rize is right at home on KGNU. Its where we got our start and its been a big part of our lives ever since. The station is such a great example of what community radio can be really happy to see that theyre expanding their coverage at the newly refurbished Planet Bluegrass site for Rockygrass.

KGNU is volunteer-powered, listener supported, independent community radio. The station has been broadcasting since 1978 with a mix of news, culture, and eclectic music. KGNU provides an open door to the community. Over 250 volunteers program the station and work behind the scenes to keep the radio station running. More than 5,000 listeners support the station financially as members.



Created:07/13/14, Modified:07/24/14, expires:07/28/14, priority:1