Roger Adams

News Director

Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Roger grew up with radio. His father was a HAM radio operator, and there was always a radio room in his house. He started listening to public radio in the late 1970s while in college and started volunteering at community station WMNF, Tampa, Florida in 1980. He went on to become News Director. Since, he has served as News Director for WDET, Detroit Public Radio and most recently as Program Director for Wyoming Public Radio. In Panama he was an avid water-skier but is embarrassed to say he has never been on snow skis. He loves the West and enjoys fly-fishing, horses, photography, sculpture and poetry. His daughter is a Junior in college while his teenage son is a Junior in high school. 

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Valley Roundup
3:58 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

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Photographs
1:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Frackers

Two rigs, the H&P 318 drilling rig with white derrick, and a yellow snubbing rig drilling out plugs from a recently fracked well. There are 22 wells planned for this pad.
Roger Adams

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere. In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.

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Telluride Bluegrass
5:08 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Book: 40 Years of Festivation

Pastor Mustard and book - Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation
Credit Roger Adams

In July of 1974 a bluegrass festival opened in Telluride, Colorado.  It cost two bucks to get in and from a small shed like stage eight mostly unknown bands played a mix of country and bluegrass music.  Posters for that show ambitiously proclaimed it the first annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

The organizers were on to something and the festival has celebrated on for four decades.  A central figure in the festival for most of that time has been Aspen’s Dan Sadowsky better known to Aspen Public Radio listeners as Pastor Mustard host of our Sunday morning bluegrass show.   In the persona of Pastor Mustard he was the MC on stage. 

Now he has written the narrative for a book documenting the years of music called Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Forty Years of Festivation.   He spoke with APR's Roger Adams about the book, the festival and the music.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday July 4, 2014. 

This week we feature a single interview on the show.  Admiral Mike McConnell retired this week from his post as Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1990’s.  He was Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama and was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. 

It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell told us that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction. 

McConnell was in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival and we spoke in his room at the Aspen Meadows.  Note: an edited version of this interview aired earlier in the week.

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U.S. Intelligence
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Interview: Admiral Mike McConnell

Admiral Mike McConnell, retiring Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama. APR's Roger Adams (L)
Credit James Fischer - BAH

Admiral Mike McConnell retired yesterday.  McConnell was Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it now as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama.  He was director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996.   McConnell was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.  It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell said that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction.  McConnell is in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

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