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
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Valley Roundup - May 16th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today is Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

There was a big turnout this week for a board meeting at Aspen Valley hospital.  Many in attendance are still angry about the change in surgeons at AVH.

The Aspen Homeless Shelter is fundraising to keep its doors open the rest of the year.  Until last year the shelter was funding through the Aspen valley Foundation. 

Also, this week more evidence that the real estate market in the upper valley is hot. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary.  Net neutrality, cat videos and the Internet of Things.

Its all just ahead on Valley Roundup.

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Aspen Homeless Shelter
3:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Safety Net

Dr. Vince Savage; Executive Director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter
Credit Roger Adams

 The Aspen Homeless Shelter sent out a fundraising email this week asking for donations to meet the shelter’s budget.  Last year 120 different people spent at least a few days at the shelter where they were able to take baths, wash their clothes and eat a meal.  This was all accomplished on a shoe string budget of less than $250,000.  

Until last November, the shelter was fuly funded by the Aspen Valley Foundation (formerly the Aspen Medical Foundation.)  Now on its own, the homeless shelter has had success so far in meeting its budget needs.  

Dr. Vince Savage is the shelter’s executive director.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams about the myths that surround homelessness.

The broadcast version of the interview is here:

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Benzos and Opiates
5:20 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Addicted to Scripts

Prescription Pain Medication - Oxycontin

When you hear the phrase drug addict what might come to mind is a disheveled man or woman in a back alley at night sharing dirty hypodermic needles.  The truth is you might be hard-pressed to spot one in a crowd.  More and more, addicts look like everybody else in part because they are addicted to medications prescribed to them.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

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Valley Roundup
12:35 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Valley Roundup - May 9th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times.

A public comment period on oil and gas leasing in and around the Thompson Divide closes next week after a series of public hearings that drew deeply divided audiences.  Today we’ll look at what those differences really are

After a controversial election this week the Crown Mountain Recreation District has a new member of its board of directors.  She has pledged to bring more transparency to the district.

Also, this week that Pitkin County says no to legal marijuana operations in Woody Creek.  We wonder if Hunter S. Thompson is spinning in his grave.

And, we bring back one of our favorite Downloads with Rob St. Mary.  Its all ahead on Valley Roundup.

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Aspen Music Festival and School
9:53 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Interview: Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher
Credit Roger Adams

  When the Aspen Music Festival and School opens for the summer on June 18th it will be the start of the 66th season of classical concerts and performances.  Year over year, the festival has featured well-known conductors, composers and musicians and paired many of them with students.  Some of those students have gone on to become world renown and then return to Aspen for the summer to teach the next generation.  For audiences the festival offers hundreds of performances.  Alan Fletcher is the president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School he spoke about the summer’s events with A

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