Chris Kresge won’t stop producing the Colorado Playlist. (Photo by Bobby Deal)

By Kyle Harris, Westword | Chris Kresge’s life revolves around music. He’s a musician, radio DJ and the brains behind the Colorado Playlist (once called the Colorado Sound), a weekly program of music from the state, broadcast on more than twenty FM radio stations.

When social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 became public policy, 105.5 KJAC — where Kresge works as a part-time DJ and on-air talent — laid him off for ninety days. The station wanted to reduce how many people came into the studio, he was told.

The bars where he once played music are closed; his gigs are canceled. Even teaching is no longer an option — at least not in person.

“Everything I do professionally in my life is music-based,” he says. “Other than the Colorado Playlist, which is produced in my home studio, all my other activities are on hold until further notice.”

That means that, like so many people right now, Kresge is experiencing what he describes as “a devastating loss in revenue” — made even more desperate if closures and social-distancing protocols stretch into summer.
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Follow Colorado Playlist on the program’s website and Facebook page; if you’re interested in sponsoring the show, contact Kresge at coloradoplaylist@gmail.com.


Read the rest of the story here – and how to submit your music:

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Kyle Harris quit making documentaries and started writing when he realized that he could tell hundreds of stories in the same amount of time it takes to make one movie. Now, hooked on the written word, he’s Westword’s Culture Editor and writes about music and the arts.

[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]

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