Letter to the editor: Thanks for keeping classical music alive on Western Slope | SteamboatToday.com

Letter to the editor: Thanks for keeping classical music alive on Western Slope

In the earlier days of Steamboat Springs, a few visionary men had begun carving a ski area out of Storm Mountain and a beautiful new Bud Werner Memorial Library was built at the west entrance to town on the site of the old Cabin Hotel.  Traffic lights had yet to arrive on Lincoln Avenue to regulate the yet-to-arrive chaos of cars and pedestrians of today.

In those simpler ’60s, Ann Rich and Jan Vail listened around the Yampa Valley and heard no classical music. This lack bothered them so they set about rectifying that situation. They obtained a license — no easy task —raised funds,  bought equipment, made a deal with a classical music station in Denver and the result — West Slope FM, 91.1 — was born.

Many years later, Lynn Abbott, Ann’s daughter, took the reins of leadership, and with the help of a dedicated board, kept classical music available to the residents of our beautiful valley. More than 50 years have passed since Ann and Jan hatched their idea and brought it to fruition, and now Lynn is retiring as president of the West Slope FM board. We want to recognize Lynn’s selfless effort and hard work, keeping classical music on the air in our little corner of Colorado.

Thank you Lynn.

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Susie Leeson, Dick Boersma, Cheryl Flagg, Joe Roberts, Christel Houston and Brian Weerts

West Slope FM board

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