Steamboat Springs Longtime Steamboat Springs radio station manager Brian Harvey has left NRC Broadcasting to join rival Cool Radio.
NRC Broadcasting operates KFMU, KIDN, KQZR and KRMR; Cool Radio operates KBCR AM and FM.
"We believe that any radio station is essentially held in the community trust, and we are absolutely thrilled to have (Harvey) on board," said Tom Dobrez, owner of Cool Radio. "He shows the commitment to what we define as true local radio."
KBCR-FM (96.9) has a country format while KBCR-AM (1230) is ESPN sports radio. Harvey is the general manager for the stations.
"Brian is an extremely high-profile figure in the marketplace," Dobrez said. "He is very dedicated, and he is a Steamboat original. We are very fortunate to have found him and that he was able to make the switch."
Harvey worked for NRC Broadcasting for 10 years before making the switch to KBCR.
"I am excited for the new challenge and excited to be working for a smaller company with a more local vision," Harvey said. "We're going to work on making KBCR more local and listener oriented, and it already is. We are trying to continue with that goal."
Dobrez said Harvey will play a pivotal role in upgrading the station.
"KBCR-AM/FM is back on the map," Dobrez said. "We don't program from afar. The input is local, and the output is local."
The station plans to do more with its sports station and Harvey will have a presence there. He said he is especially happy to be joining forces with Tom Palmer, who has done KBCR's morning show for the past 15 years.
"We thought we teamed up the two best guys in local broadcasting," Dobrez said. "Tom and Brian are very well-known throughout the community and will form the most formidable broadcasting team in Steamboat for sure. This is a good day for Steamboat radio listeners."