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As part of the shift to nonprofit news media operations that Ark Valley Voice (AVV) began last August,  AVV and KHEN Radio announced this week that they have entered into an agreement for Ark Valley Voice to provide a weekly local news segment as a podcast on both KHEN Radio and on AVV.


KHEN, Salida’s Community Radio at 123 East Third Street. Photo by Merrell Bergin

“This demonstrates two media organizations’ willingness to collaborate,” said KHEN Executive Director Mark Schoenecker. “We get the news and the reporting and AVV gets the exposure. It really is a win-win for both of us.”

The weekly segment will feature a few of the most-read news stories of the week, recorded and presented by AVV Reporter Elliot Jackson. It will be covered during a 9:45 a.m. Thursday morning news slot on KHEN, and also available to listen to as a podcast on both KHEN and AVV.

“Ark Valley Voice’s mission is to give truth a voice,” said AVV Publisher and Managing Editor Jan Wondra. “Both organizations are nonprofits. This is a local collaboration that meshes our fact-based newsroom mission with the KHEN radio goal to bring the community together.”

AVV,, is a 501(c)(3) digital news media publishing six-days-a-week with offices in Salida, CO. As a five-year-old, award-winning nonprofit news organization, it provides local, regional, and state-level news coverage of issues at no cost to readers.

Its parent organization Truth Has a Voice Foundation provides programming on civics education and media literacy as hallmarks of democracy.

AVV Reporter Elliot Jackson will deliver the weekly AVV news brief. Jackson is our Salida reporter, and she pioneered news segments for KLZR radio (91.7, Wet Mountain Broadcasting) in Westcliffe.

KHEN  is a 501(c)(3) low-volume radio station that began 20 years ago and continues as an entertainment media in southern Chaffee County. Tune in at 106.9 FM, or go to either for its lineup of live shows or to listen to the station’s podcasts.

Editor’s Note: AVV Publisher/Managing Editor Jan Wondra has also served on the board of KHEN Radio for the past six years.