Jaynes is a major donor to the KSUT Public Radio’s capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art station in Ignacio, Colorado. KSUT recently received a $1M matching donation from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The clock is ticking on the match, which will come due October 1, 2018. The new facility will provide a healthy work environment promoting staff wellness, increased productivity and enhanced programming in a number of ways: boost the station’s ability to create public affairs programming, host in-studio interviews and musical performances, improve the sound quality of KSUT’s broadcasts, create a modern multi-media recording and performance studio and provide a 200 seat outdoor venue for concert and presentations.
In 1974 the seed that would become KSUT was planted during a dialogue between Eddie Box Sr. and then Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Leonard C. Burch. KSUT began regular broadcasting in June, 1976 with a 10-watt signal and a mix of tribal news and personal messages in the Ute language. In 1984, KSUT became a National Public Radio Affiliate, expanding its reach across the Four Corners region.