River Radio


 River Radio

Join award winning radio host and DRBA Board President Sam Carter at 7:30 AM on the second Thursday of each month for The River Trip, a monthly program on community radio station KSJD, where we highlight stories, events, and issues about the Dolores River.  You’re sure to catch a few characters, and a view from the river

A Boating Spill Into The Lower Dolores River? Maybe…

Apr 14, 2016

The big question on many boater’s minds is if there will be a spill into the Lower Dolores River from McPhee Reservoir this spring that would allow for recreational flows. River Radio host Sam Carter talks with Vern Harrell, manager at the Bureau of Reclamation, about the prospect for a boating spill this spring, and the factors that go into deciding if a spill is appropriate given the various demands on the water in the Dolores River.


River Guiding In Patagonia, Chile

Mar 10, 2016

In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter visits with Chilean river guide Francisco Valle about the Bio Bio River and Parque Pumalin in the Patagonia region of Chile, and the issues that are facing these rivers and other waterways of South America.


Growing Up Boating The Dolores River: The Klema Brothers

Feb 11, 2016

In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Nate and Matthew Klema, brothers who grew up boating the Dolores River and have spent much of their lives running rivers around the world, about their recent speed record through the Grand Canyon, and how their experiences have shaped them.


Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia Clothing Company

Jan 14, 2016

In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia Clothing Company, about his land conservation efforts and love for the world’s wild places.



rig_to_flipA New Film about the Dolores River

In this episode of The River Trip, new host Sam Carter talks with Cody Perry from Rig To Flip, filmmakers from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, about a new film they will be making in 2015 about the Dolores River, why they are interested in making this film, and how movies about rivers are made using modern digital equipment.



Lessons Learned From The Gold King Mine Waste Spill

In this episode of The River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Peter Butler of the Animas River Stakeholders Group about what has been learned about the effects of the Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August, how it has brought more attention to river contamination from mining, and where we go from here.

Archaeology on the Salmon River


In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Jeff Adams of Interior West Consulting about his work as an archaeologist along the Salmon River in Idaho, the prehistoric and historic sites that are located there, and how the Salmon River corridor was used over thousands of years of human history.

Paddling with Purpose


In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Stefanie Wessel of Paddling With Purpose about her trip to the Rio Marañón in Peru, the largest tributary to the Amazon River, resistance to an effort to build a series of dams along the Rio Marañón, and a documentary film that will raise awareness about the river and its current threats.

Federal Protection of Colorado’s Rivers


In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Rafting, Kayaking, and Fishing Expeditions, about the recent designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River in central Colorado, and Amber Clark, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group, about a proposed National Conservation Area for the Dolores River Canyon.

A Boating Accident Caused By A Cable Across The Dolores River


In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Josh Munson and Jessica Mulvihill-Kuntz, boaters who were involved in a boating accident on June 2nd caused by a cable that was strung across the Dolores River. They describe what happened when the cable forced them off of their raft, resulting in serious injuries to two of their fellow boaters. In the second half of the show, Sam talks with Montezuma County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John Hancock and Undersheriff Jim Kingery about their investigation into the incident, and what they have learned about why the cable was placed across the river by adjacent landowners.

Climate Change and the Future of Lake Powell

Join DRBA Board President and River Trip Host, Sam Carter, on KSJD Dry Land Community Radio for his discussion with Chief Hydrologist Katrina Grantz today of the Bureau of Reclamation who manages the Glen Canyon Dam.  This is a show not to be missed!


Remembering Martin Litton

In this episode of The River Trip, host Lee-Ann Hill and Grand Canyon river guides Andy Hutchinson and Tim Cooper remember Martin Litton, a Grand Canyon river runner and longtime conservationist, best known as a staunch opponent of the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and other dams on the Colorado River.

Man Rowing a Dory

An Interview with the River Queen

 Catch an interview with passionate river activist, actress, writer, and folksinger Katie Lee about her unabashed love for rivers, and her involvement in the recent films “Damnation” and “Wrenched” on KSJD on Thursday, November 13th at 8:30 AM, or listen to the archive here.