Carrie Saldo

A native of Stamford, VT, I call(ed) the Berkshires of western Massachusetts my home. The Berkshires are a culturally rich area -- I’m talking pass the butter and heavy cream -- rich.

Degrees in English and Theatre from Manhattanville College (thanks mom) have been useful when I need to look good on paper. Toss in life-long dance lessons and two failed attempts at guitar mastery (sorry, dad) and you’ve got the broad brush strokes of how I landed here in Colorado.

I am the arts and culture maven for KUNC, RMPBS, and KUVO, which means I have a business card that folds out. The nuts and bolts of the gig go like this: host the weekly arts magazine television show, Arts District on RMPBS. Report on all things arts and culture for NPR member stations KUNC and KUVO.

Colorado’s arts and cultural scene is robust and diverse, at least that’s what Google tells me, and I suspect that’s the reason the bosses at all three organizations saw fit to craft this Transmedia position.  

Before I packed up my stuff, drugged my cat, and said “Westward, ho!” I was the host, writer, and a producer of Connecting Point, WGBY-Springfield’s nightly magazine program. While there, I busted out my backpack and video equipment to report on some serious stuff, the impact of the 2010 earthquake on a small village in Haiti, and some seriously fun stuff, the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail.

Nitty gritty: More than a decade of journalism experience, first for something called a daily newspaper and then on the airwaves of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Shout outs from: the Associated Press and the Edward R. Murrow foundation.

In Denver, the arts and culture scene has grown so much in the three years that I've been here, and it's also matured, which has been so gratifying to watch.  But as this is going on, it's interesting to see the impact that the maturity of the community in general has on the arts and cultural scene.

Jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis visited Denver and the KUVO studios in December. Arts District caught up with him as he was preparing to perform at Baur's Listening Lounge. In the audio below (as heard on the KUVO morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis"), hear Marsalis comment on technology and fame, and Carlos shares an Ellis Marsalis story.History Colorado, under the leadership of the newly appointed State Historian Patty Limerick, wants ideas from the public about future exhibits.

image and some text from culturehaus.denverartmuseum.org

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 AM as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from January 21, 2016.  

"Sex with Strangers" at Curious Theatre

MaryLynn Gillaspie

For 30 years, KUVO has helped local, national, and international audiences keep up with the beat.

Downbeat named the station one of five reasons to love jazz radio. Across the pond, London's Telegraph newspaper named KUVO one of the top three jazz and soul internet radio stations worldwide.

MARYLYNN GILLASPIE

Did you know that KUVO  was the first Hispanic-led public radio station in the country?

Get an inside look at of our 30-year history Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 PM MT on Rocky Mountain PBS's Arts District! 

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