What started as a chance encounter has evolved into a long-term love affair. If you’ve tuned into Aspen Public Radio on Saturday evenings for Aspen Hot Wax or Sunday nights for Jazz from Aspen, you’ll know why.
After giving up a commercial pilot career, Stan Bialek came to Aspen from Maryland in January 1974 for a month to learn to ski. After returning home a few months later, he decided to make Aspen his new home later that year.
In 2000, Stan was dropping off his daughter at a gymnastics class next door to Aspen Public Radio when he ran into his good friend Scott Harper. After hearing about Scott’s weekly gig at the station, Stan was enthused. Stan credits Scott and Andrea Young for sharing their broadcasting and musical knowledge with him to set him on the path.
Stan says the experience of volunteering at the station has been priceless. He’s proud to have made a name for himself picking up the oldies show Aspen Hot Wax which allows him to pay tribute to great music for the pioneers of rock and roll forward.
Today, Stan is partially retired from his job as owner of The National Publishers Service. Stan spends his off air time supporting the station during pledge drives, offering his pilot services as a “thank you” gift to donors and attending station events. For his dedication, Stan received the 2008 Ned Cochran Volunteer of the Year Award.