Chris Aaland

Development Director; Music Blend & 'Tales of the New West' Programmer

Chris Aaland is the Development Director at KSUT Public Radio. He also hosts the Monday Afternoon Blend and the Wednesday evening specialty show Tales of the New West.

Chris spent the past two years as KSUT’s Membership Manager. Prior to that, he served at Fort Lewis College for 21 years, in roles such as Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, Director of Communications and Publications, and Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications.

He was a volunteer DJ at Fort Lewis College station KDUR for nearly 20 years, hosting that station’s popular Cask Strength program. He also served two stints on the KDUR Board of Directors.

Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Durango Acoustic Music, a Colorado nonprofit organization that has presented concerts in Durango and surrounding communities since 1990.

Ways to Connect

David McClister

I spoke with Lucinda Williams about her powerful new record "Good Souls, Better Angels" in advance of the virtual concert she's doing for KSUT Friday night. We discussed songwriting, in particular her new found passion for topical and political songs. As a hopeless romantic, she's best known for songs about love and loss. But in recent years, she's become politically outspoken in her writing.  We also discussed her musical influences, life in Nashville during COVID-19, and reactions from fans. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. - Chris Aaland

 KSUT is pleased to announce that Jaynes Corporation has been selected to be the general contractor for KSUT's new home. Jaynes was an early supporter of the KSUT Capital Campaign and has a reputation as an experienced contractor, having worked on numerous high-profile projects in our region. Jaynes will begin work in mid-to-late July, with a four-and-a-half month timeline for the complete renovation of the existing 5,000 square foot building that will become our new home.

Thanks to hundreds of KSUT listeners and members, our spring fund drive was a great success!  We reached our goal of a total of 1,200 sustaining members, and we nearly doubled the challenge match of $3,750 from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.
We’re close, but still short of our $60,000 overall goal for the drive, and you could help put us over the top. Pledge now here, or return your membership mailer.

It’s the season to reflect on the past year and take stock of what we value. Loyal listeners and friends like you are the foundation of KSUT’s success. This was never more true than in 2018, when you helped us meet a $1 million matching challenge from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to raise funds for our new building. 

Tune in to KSUT at noon on Friday (Oct. 25) to hear this week's feature CD, Amos Lee's "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song." For his fifth album, Lee took a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city with a new producer, while, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him. The 12 songs that resulted — the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell — bring Lee into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing.

Congratulations to Karen & James Fischer, who won the VIP passes and camping to next weekend's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. The Fischers are regular attendees at this event, but have never had the VIP experience. They were so excited that they drove out to the station within a couple of hours of winning to get those hot little tickets into their hands.

Want to win a VIP package to the 18th annual Four Corners Folk Festival, to be held on Labor Day weekend on Reservoir Hill?

If you pledge to KSUT between now and noon on Friday, Aug. 23, you'll automatically be entered into the earlybird drawing for a trip for two to festival. We'll draw on-air that day and you don't need to be listening to win.

One lucky donor in KSUT's fall membership drive will win the grand prize of a trip for two to the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival grand prize includes a pair of festival passes, air travel from Durango and four nights lodging in Austin, plus festival schwag.