Harper Louden leaves radio station
KBCR news director terminated after 10 years; new director has no comment
August 23, 2006
Steamboat Springs — Harper Louden, longtime news director at KBCR AM/FM, said she was terminated Tuesday morning from the radio station.
Louden said new KBCR station director Brian Harvey told her at about 7:30 a.m. that the station “has eliminated its news position,” and that the decision was effective immediately.
Louden said she was given no advance warning that the station was eliminating its news position and that she was not consulted before the decision was made.
“I was assured by management that there would be no other changes to the station. Clearly, that was not the case,” she said. “It’s hard for me because that was 10 years of my life, and it’s even harder for me to accept the way it happened.”
Louden said she did not know whether the station was going to continue covering local news, but that she heard Harvey was taking over the job.
When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Harvey declined to comment, saying, “It was not my decision.” Harvey deferred comment to Tom Dobrez, owner of Cool Radio, the company that owns KBCR.
Dobrez would not comment on the termination, saying the company “has a policy not to comment on former employees.”
Harvey began work Monday as KBCR’s general manager. He recently moved to KBCR after being demoted from the same position for the Steamboat radio stations operated by NRC Broadcasting – KFMU, KIDN, KQZR and KRMR.
Louden, who recently started Bench Mark Trial Consulting, said she was looking forward to the future, and she may still consider staying in the Yampa Valley radio circuit.
“I’m not shattered by what happened, I’m certainly shocked,” she said. “I’ve been approached by other stations, so I’d be open to see if those opportunities fit with my other endeavors. I’m not going anywhere.”
Louden recently finished her master’s degree in forensic psychology from Regis University in Denver. Bench Mark Trial Consulting specializes in preparing local attorneys for trial, performing mock trials, dealing with jury selection and preparing trial exhibits, she said.
Louden also has worked as a news reporter at KFMU and the Steamboat Pilot & Today as a reporter.