New Colorado Springs radio station brings back old country roots

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’re tired of new country, Mountain Country Radio’s got something for you, complete with fiddles, steel guitars and mandolins.

“In 2016 it sounds a little bit more like pop, sounds a little bit, maybe sometimes like rap,” said Lo Harris, public relations and on-air talent for Mountain Country Radio.

“Outlaw country; Willie Nelson and Red Dirt. Red Dirt comes from Texas and Oklahoma and there are tons of transplants here in Colorado Springs who know it and love it well already, but some of those names might be Kacey Musgraves, Eric Watson, Casey Donahew Band,” Harris said.

After working for the Air Force’s Academy’s radio station for 11 years, Dave West started to work on a new radio station and quickly realized Colorado Springs didn’t have a pure country station.

“I started talking to people and I heard the same thing over and over. Country music doesn’t sound like country anymore,” said West, the general manager of Mountain Country Radio.

And since it’s locally owned, they have free range to air what they want since their launch in January.

“A lot of the country stations are corporately programmed and they’re working off a list that they’re given by corporate program directors somewhere, and we are not doing that. We are selecting a group of songs, we’re playing a bigger playlist,” West said.

“It’s so much more than getting on the air and playing songs. We play such a huge variety and I love that too, getting back to country roots,” said Derek Shane, marketing expert and on-air talent for Mountain Country radio.

You can check out some of the true country vibes anytime on 107.3 FM and 1530 AM.

Follow Mountain Country Radio on Facebook or check out their website here.

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