Heart of the Rockies Radio and Media Group is the premier media company in Central Colorado. Our radio stations (four FM and one AM) reach the entire Upper Arkansas Valley as well as South Park and the San Luis Valley. Combined with our state of the art website and social media pages, no other media outlet reaches more people in the region.

Award-winning Excellence

Every year, Heart of the Rockies Radio and Media Center is recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with multiple Awards of Excellence.

Staff

Dan R

Dan R

News Director & Operations Manager

Danny “Dan R” Ridenour has been in radio and television broadcasting for over 40 years, starting as a senior in high school in Rogers, Arkansas. His radio career has had stops in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and eventually, Colorado. Dan enjoys being involved in the community, having been a member of the Upper Arkansas Service Club and is currently on the board of directors for the Salida Community Center and is a member of the Chaffee County Fair Committee. He and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing and skiing. They’ve raised 3 children and have 2 grandchildren.

Andrew Stossmeister

Andrew Stossmeister

Sports Director

Andrew has been blessed to work in TV and Radio for the past two decades in five states. He says there’s nothing like being home in Colorado. He’s done play-by-play sportscasting for big-time events and has been fortunate to work with many amazing people. For Andrew, the players, the coaches and the families don’t just make each day exciting to go to work, they also make being part of the community so special.

D.J. DeJong

D.J. DeJong

Staff Reporter

D.J. DeJong’s family has owned property in Chaffee County since 1964, and she spent her summers here as a child. D.J. attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also earned a teaching certificate and enjoyed a 25-year teaching career in Denver and then moved to Chaffee County in 2013. For the next ten years she worked for the local newspaper, including six years as as a full-time reporter. She enjoys connecting with the community and is excited to get back to writing community and human-interest stories highlighting the people of Central Colorado.

Arlene Shovald

Arlene Shovald

Special Correspondent

Arlene Shovald is an avid historian who immediately dove into Salida history upon moving to the area in August of 1979. She worked as a newspaper reporter for 44 years and is currently on the board of directors of the Salida Museum.

Joe Stone

Joe Stone

Natural Resources Correspondent

Joe Stone is an award-winning journalist and science writer with an extensive background in water and public lands issues. Joe has reported on local, regional and state water issues for more than 20 years, and he wrote and edited numerous reports about water, ecology and environmental issues while working at Oak Ridge National Lab. Joe’s background also includes serving on the South Platte River Basin Roundtable, the Chaffee County Planning Commission, the Friends of Browns Canyon Board, and the Harris Park Water and Sanitation District Board. Joe is currently the editor of “Forest News,” where he researches and writes about issues affecting our national forests.

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