James Lopez, General Manager

James is a native of Colorado spending his formative years working at KCSU in Fort Collins. After graduating CSU, he bounced back and forth between Non-Profit work and consulting in everything from coffee and start-up tech sales to non-profit management and volunteer engagement. James was active in the music scene and connected to Spokesbuzz, the Fort Collins Musician Association, and other local music related organizations. James has recently become heavily interested in storytelling and podcasting and is looking to bring that to KRFC to help provide a platform to tell the stories and share the experiences of Northern Colorado. You can contact James at

Maya Jairam, Volunteer Coordinator

Maya is a Fort Collins native who considers herself a global citizen, with Japanese being her first language and having also studied Esperanto at MIT. She has a BA in Psychology from Emory University and is a published medical author through her tenure at the CDC–both of which taught her she wanted to do neither. She has been heavily invested in nonprofit and community outreach since she was able to walk both in Fort Collins (she dressed up as a monkey for the CSU International Studies Department when she was 5 as part of an outreach event) and abroad (Habitat for Humanity in South Africa and volunteered at an orphanage in India). An avid dancer, with a proclivity towards many an art form, she is thrilled to be embedded in the arts scene through KRFC, having served on its Board for 3.5yrs before coming on as interim Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Maya at

David Vacek, Music Director

David attended Hastings College and the University of Nebraska Lincoln, with an emphasis on Speech Communications.  He’s been a Fort Collins Resident since 1986.  David is a Vocalist / Musician, and enjoys Organic Gardening and Exploring all the grandeur that Colorado has to offer.  After working Music retail for 12 years and in the Financial Services Industry for 27 years, David wanted to give something back to the people of the City of Ft Collins by participating at KRFC.  In addition to his position as Music Director, he is an On Air Programmer, and also is one of the Hosts for “Live & Local”. Contact David at

Chris Lanphear, Director of Digital Media

Chris has been involved in arts and entertainment for nearly twenty years, having worked on several films and television series that have played worldwide at film festivals such as Fantasia, Brussels, Toronto After Dark, and Tribeca, as well as airing on cable television on USA Network and G4TV in the US and Channel 4 in the UK. Since 2000, he has been working in digital media for New York’s Troma Entertainment — the world’s oldest independent film studio. Chris is also deeply involved in the local theatre scene, serving as a director, producer, and on the Board of Directors for OpenStage Theatre & Company in Fort Collins. Chris owns two local businesses: Smiling Peanut, which provides brand storytelling and consulting services to entertainment companies, and Locked Groove Recording Company, a record label specializing in rare and obscure music.