Steamboat's KBCR 1230 AM and 96.9 FM gets new station manager

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— Craig Koehn has been added as a market manager for Steamboat Springs’ KBCR 1230 AM and 96.9 FM.

A news release stated that Koehn is coming to Steamboat after a stint as program director for two country stations in Colorado Springs. The release also notes his experience with mountain radio as a part of Radio One satellite radio networks in Vail.

“Having the opportunity to move my family to Steamboat is a dream come true. Creating true local radio that benefits our community in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, what more could I ask for?” Koehn said in the release.

The news release touts new, locally focused plans for 1230 AM and 96.9 FM.

Koehn will have a morning show, and 1230 AM, which was the home of ESPN Radio until it recently moved to 98.9 FM, will have a “revolutionary new radio station format,” according to the release.

“We learned a lot from broadcasting the sports format in Steamboat. We feel we can add to the locals’ interest in national sports with broad-topic talk formatted shows appealing to a wide variety of local residents,” Cool Radio owner Tom Dobrez said in the release.

The release states that Steamboat residents will get a chance to meet Koehn at the annual Halloween Stroll.

Cool Radio LLC news release

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO: Cool Radio LLC announces the addition of Craig Koehn as market manager for their properties in Steamboat Springs CO including KBCR 1230AM and 96.9FM.

Mr. Koehn is long time Colorado resident whom has worked with some of the premiere radio companies in America and has championed local country Radio for over two decades. Koehn most recently was program director for 2 top country stations in Colorado Springs owned by Clear Channel and Cumulus. Craig also has several years of mountain radio experience with a stint at the Radio One satellite radio networks in Vail.

Koehn is looking forward to taking KBCR Big Country and 1230AM The Boat to new heights promotionally while contributing to the community and lifestyle that Steamboat enjoys.

“Having the opportunity to move my family to Steamboat is a dream come true. Creating true local radio that benefits our community in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, what more could I ask for?” said Koehn.

Cool Radio’s Vice President of Operations Tony Mauro commented on the impact of this announcement, “KBCR is a vital part of every Steamboat resident’s day and bringing in a leader with Craig’s background and skill makes it an important day for the locals.”

Mr. Koehn has worked with country radio personalities like Rodney Atkins and Garth Brooks but keeping it local is his main objective.

“Radio is still the choice for local consumers for information and entertainment on a day to day basis. It is imperative that we expand our presence in the Steamboat market by reaching out to a wide variety of interests that is the dynamic that makes this town great,” said Mr. Koehn upon his appointment.

Immediate plans for the radio station includes an expanded locally focused programs and news through Koehn’s own morning show and a revolutionary new radio station format to be launched on the 1230AM signal- the former home of ESPN Radio. Complete details of the new radio stations launch were still being kept under wraps.

Cool Radio owner Tom Dobrez hinted at what’s to come on the AM signal. “We learned a lot from broadcasting the sports format in Steamboat. We feel we can add to the local’s interest in national sports with broad topic talk formatted shows appealing to a wide variety of local residents,” said Dobrez without revealing too much about the new station’s programming and branding.Dobrez hinted that Steamboat residents will get a chance to meet the new station and station manager at the annual Steamboat Halloween parade.

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