Moab resident Josie Kovash will take the helm of KZMU’s music department in September, as current music director Serah Mead moves to the manager position. Marty Durlin, a community radio veteran who served three years as manager, will retire at the end of August.
With decades of on-air radio experience as well as production room savvy, Josie brings strong skills to the music director post. An avid listener and consumer of music, Josie is currently a DJ on KZMU and is also a local musician (electric bass, vocals). She has worked as a stage manager, roadie, and occasional sound tech for a variety of organizations including the Moab Folk Festival, Moab Community Theatre and Telluride Mountain Film. She has a long history of work and volunteerism with Moab non-profits, and currently serves on the board of the Resiliency Hub. Her degree from Stanford is in American Studies.
Community radio is literally in Josie’s blood (see accompanying photo from the early days). Her father, Jon Kovash, was News Director at KOTO in Telluride, served on the KZMU Board of Trustees, and now produces news pieces for Utah Public Radio. Her mother Nancy Kurtz is a DJ on KZMU.
Josie was selected from a competitive field of 11 applicants, and KZMU is grateful to all who applied.