Movers and shakers — Taos businesswomen to know

Katie Speirs Megan Bowers Avina

PRESIDENT/OWNER KTAOS SOLAR RADIO

101.9/LUNA 96.7 FM

INDUSTRY: BROADCASTING

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE HELM?

“September of 2004, I was hired as the production director. In February 2005, we moved into The KTAOS Solar Center. The following year, LUNA was born, our adult contemporary station. By 2010, Brad Hockmeyer, founder (KTAOS), sold his legacy locally. I originally purchased the station(s), property and liquor license in 2010. This has been the greatest career experience of my life.”

WHAT IS THE TOWN OF TAOS DOING RIGHT FOR BUSINESS?

“We have found that the town of Taos works within the limits of town boundaries. Our town mayor, Dan Barrone, comes on air once a month to interview with Paddy Mac. We have a 300-mile broadcasting range and are happy to help the town reach the business community.”

WHAT MORE COULD THE TOWN BE DOING TO HELP GROW BUSINESS?

“In order to live and work comfortably in our community, it needs to become more affordable (believe me — business owners want to pay more, it’s basic supply and demand economics). Taos is not easy to get to, and eventually, it could be through infrastructure to easily fly here and inevitably change the economic dynamic. I see this as a way to offer positive growth for our community and local businesses. Even though the airport is located in Taos County, I personally see this as beneficial to all.”

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?

“I have a hard time with ‘favorites’: My parents; my husband, Dave; Brad Hockmeyer; radio industry and personal close friends; and musicians, particularly the artists I know personally and who have supported the stations. They are heroes.”

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