Monday, August 28, 2017

KRCC station manager Delaney Utterback honored, remembered

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Delaney Utterback, longtime KRCC office and general manager, passed away late last week at age 45.

Friends and family will host a memorial service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Colorado College's Shove Memorial Chapel. Gifts in support of travel assistance to out-of-town guests wishing to attend, as well as Utterback's mother, Gaye Schaefer, can be made via this Delaney Utterback Memorial Fund.

As well, friends will host a Celebration of Life Party for Delaney Utterback from 4:30 to 10 p.m. that same day.

Several of Utterback's colleagues at the station, who worked closely with him up until he left for other pursuits in mid 2015, honored him on this KRCC posting, noting the many hats he wore over the years as well as a legacy that continues thanks to his pioneering efforts.

Adding to her thoughts on that thread, music coordinator and Evening Music Mix Host Vicky Gregor tells the Indy:
I've been thinking non stop about Delaney and what to contribute to his story. I keep coming back to his depth of emotion and passion, his incredible intellect (part Vulcan) and his unwavering trust in those who inhabited his world, whether friend, co-worker or committed ally. He introduced me to countless bands and records. My musical lexicon is defined by most of them; in fact, they are, in many ways, my daily sustenance. You could say he saw me. I fell in love with KRCC, seeing it through Delaney's eyes.
click to enlarge "Delaney Utterback was many things" according to co-worker and KRCC Program Manager Jeff Bieri. - DELANEY UTTERBACK
  • Delaney Utterback
  • "Delaney Utterback was many things" according to co-worker and KRCC Program Manager Jeff Bieri.

More recently, Utterback was involved in work with another local community radio station, KCMJ. Founder and Chair Dennis Apuan says:
The KCMJ radio family is saddened to hear of the passing of Delaney Utterback on August 24th. He was a valued associate, and served KCMJ with passion, dedication and integrity. We will miss him and his devotion to the cause of community voices through community radio.

Several of us on the Indy staff had the opportunity to work briefly with Utterback as well, via a period of media partnership between KRCC and our paper. Publisher Carrie Simison recalls:
Delaney was KRCC when I first started in a management role at the Indy and up thru 2015. He saw the synergy between the station and the paper and was a big proponent of us sponsoring each other’s events, supporting each other’s missions and seeing if there were projects we could work on to combine resources and get more out of our similar independent voices. He was generous, creative, funny, a pleasure to work with … and had truly outstanding taste in music. 
Organizers of the upcoming remembrance say Utterback described himself as a "Designer, Writer, Introvert, Loather, Partner, Struggler [and] Friend to Many Wonderful People." They write: "His heart was pure and giving. His life touched so many people from different walks of life."

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