Susan Gatschet

Shows - Jazz with Susan Gatschet | Tuesday-Friday 10am

What started out as a love of music turned into a career for Susan Gatschet in 1997, when she first stepped foot in KUVO.

Gatschet moved to Colorado from Kansas City, Missouri in 1988, a single mom, who fell in love with Colorado after numerous vacations in the Rocky Mountains.

KUVO was the first station she found on her radio. Growing up, Susan spent many summers at her grandparent’s theatre, the Bell Road Barn Playhouse. Broadway musicals were always popular, from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, Susan learned all the standards. Family reunions always included music, from James Taylor to Jobim, aunts and uncles and cousins would all sing together. She and her brother Charles took guitar lessons, Susan did not have the discipline to practice, but Charles did, and before long he was listening and playing along to Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. Susan recalls, “I was hearing all this jazz music coming from my brother’s room, and I decided to check out some of the musicians. The first jazz album I purchased was “The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall” with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach.”

Fast forward to 1997, when Susan started as a volunteer at KUVO. “When I met Carlos Lando, I told him I thought there should be more women’s voices on KUVO and asked for any opportunity to get on the volunteer sub list. I came in on the weekends to learn how to run the board and before I knew it, I was on the radio.”

Since then, Susan has been a part of the KUVO family, becoming a full-time staff member in 2000. As Music Producer, Susan schedules bands for the Bonfils-Stanton Performance Studio. She is the Technical Director and Editor of Stories of Standards, Producer of On Stage and serves as the Production Assistant.

Susan is passionate about supporting live music and nurturing her grandchildren’s love of the arts and Colorado’s great outdoors.

Tune in to Jazz with Susan Gatschet, Tuesday-Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm for a program truly all about the music.

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