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Dan Mitchell
Weekdays 3 - 8pm
Sunday 9 - 10am

Dan Mitchell has been talking to Denver’s rock radio listeners for 32 years. He’s been voted favorite rock radio personality by readers of the Denver Post and won numerous Colorado broadcasting honors. Just as he was as a music loving teen, on the radio Dan is that guy who really wants to share the songs he likes with you. Now, his ultimate goal is for you to like them as much as he does! And Dan’s got a rather sizeable music collection to share with you weekday afternoons on The Mountain! Read more...

3 Questions:

1. What is your guilty pleasure television show? Why do you love it?
If by “guilty pleasure” it is implied that I feel a bit naughty after I watch it then my answer has to be Archer on FX. It’s perhaps the smartest and filthiest cartoon in prime time. And the big plus is the nostalgia factor with visions of Bond, Matt Helm and our man Flint dancing in my head. Not to mention all the swingin’ chicks that were part of the package!

2. If you had to choose between a zombie apocalypse and an alien invasion, which would you choose and why?
My answer is Zombies. My first reason is they are slow and stupid. Have you ever seen a fast Zombie…the answer is no. Hey, those creatures in”28 Days Later” don’t count, they were just poor, infected humans…NOT Zombies. Aliens on the other hand are totally unpredictable. I’m not comfortable with them. They might be friendly and speak English like on Star Trek or they might want to pop out of my chest and eat my face. I’m just not going there!

3. If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?
Born at an Early Age

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Weekdays 3 - 8pm
Sunday 9 - 10am

Dan Mitchell has been talking to Denver’s rock radio listeners for over 33 years. He’s been voted favorite rock radio personality by readers of the Denver Post and was honored as Denver’s Best Radio Personality earlier this year at the Colorado Broadcasters Awards.

For Dan, being on the radio is a natural extension of his lifelong love of music which started as a kid in his Dad’s pool hall. It was called “The Eight Ball” and it was on Kipling and Colfax attached to Holiday Bowl. The music was always blaring from the jukebox! Dan would open up one of the pinball machines, ring up a bunch of games and play all day while he nursed a couple of Dr. Peppers and soaked up the tunes.

Move ahead 15 years and Dan was starting his radio career in the summer of 1980 at 71 KERE here in Denver. He was hired to work 10 to midnight Monday thru Friday. So he walked in for his first shift not really knowing how all this radio machinery worked. To give himself time to figure it out, Dan’s first three tunes on a station with no commercials were; Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Peter Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do” and Elton Johns “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.” Nearly 45 minutes later, he cracked open the mic and uttered his first ever words on the radio…”71 K-E-R-E Denver’s Music Radio, I’m Dan Mitchell…Hi!”

Well, Dan now knows how all the “radio machinery” works and he’s a bit more talkative these days. He so much enjoys sharing his love of music with you every weekday afternoon on The Mountain. It’s been a long and fantastic trip…so far.

Thanks for checking him out and…”Have a Day!”

The List
The Producers
On Wednesday, Dan rolled out a list of albums produced by Mutt Lange…thought got him thinking!  So, today’s list will feature 5 more gentlemen who can count themselves amongst rock’s greatest album producers.  George Martin...
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​Pop Goes The “Power-Pop”
Today at 3 on the List…”Pop” goes the Power-Pop.  Memorable licks, succinct lyrics and hooks that won’t let go…pull that out of your rock and roll hat and you have got some Power Pop.  Dan’s got 5 of...
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​Here’s to Mutt! (Albums produced by Mutt Lange)
His name if Robert, friends call him Mutt1  Today at 3 on The List; join Dan as he lays out Mutt’s credentials as an album producer.  With bands like AC/DC, Def Leppard and The Cars on his resume , Mutt was a “Star-Maker” in...
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​Disturbing Songs People Love
The songs on the list today are very disturbing.  You might be singing along innocently enough and not ever know what it is you’re embracing.  Dan’s gonna set you strait when he gets into “Disturbing Songs People Love”...
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​Tower of Power Baby! (songs with T.O.P. Horn Section)
It’s a trip to the “Tower of Power” today on The List.  The Tower of Power horn section that is.  Dan’s got his ears on some tunes featuring rocks greatest horns for hire.  He’ll even get you...
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​Dancing Days are Here Again
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug today at 3 on The List.  It’s a solid demonstration of songs you can dance to, with “dance” in the title.  Above and beyond that, you’ll also learn why Led Zeppelin...
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​It’s kind of “iffy”
Today at 3…Dan’s got a List that is just a bit “iffy.”  If he doesn’t deliver…please let us know!   If I Ever Lose My Faith in You-Sting If I Needed Someone-Beatles If I Had a Rocket Launcher-Bruce...
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Rocks Greatest Quartets
Are you ready for countdown.  Today at 4 on The List, Dan is naming his top 5 quartets in Rock.  Only one of them, the band that comes in at number 3, is American.  U2-New Years Day The Clash-London Calling CCR-Fortunate Son Led...
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Top 5 Career Saving Albums
If you don’t give us a hit album, we’re going to drop you from the label.”  If you’re in a band, the previous is a sentence you don’t want to hear.  Today on “The List”…join Dan as he features...
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​The Ones That Got Away
Today at 4 on The List, Dan will be dealing up some heartbreak.  Join him at 4 as he features 5 rock classics about the one that got away.  It’s love, lust, 3 chords and a ball of dust today on The List.   Jessies Girl-Rick...
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The Bucket
The Transit of Venus-June 5th 2012
THE TRANSIT OF VENUS IS TOMORROW-Time to dust off your eclipse glasses, binoculars and posterboard, or pinhole camera and witness the transit of Venus, a once in a lifetime event! (Actually, it's a twice in a lifetime event, but if you missed it...
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Kids and Smart Phones-the hidden danger!
This morning while checking my personal facebook page, I noticed a picture had been posted from my Droid phone...but not by me.  How can this be I asked myself.  I then realized that my Grandaughter Jada (she is 2) had been looking at pictures...
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Happy Record Store Day!
The fifth annual Record Store Day takes place Saturday at independent record stores around the country. Retailers will be offering up exclusive vinyl albums and singles as well as having in-store signings and performances. Here in the Denver arep...
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Everything you need to "Spring Clean" on one annoying list!
Okay, here is your spring cleaning check me when you're done! FOYER Dust lighting fixtures. Wash walls and trim Wash doors, knobs and switch plates. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench...
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Doing our best to help you waste time!
INTERNET FINDS OF THE YEAR The pepper-spraying cop seen at the UC Davis protest and other "Occupy"...
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Now that's a lot of Lights!
They set a record for most Christmas Lights on a residence.  338, 038 to be exact.  Good story! Thoughts-I certainly wouldn't like to find which...
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Let us get Golden Globey!
GOLDEN GLOBES: The Nominees Are In Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Gerard Butler have just...
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If this is true...
Penn State Scandal: Jerry Sandusky Rumored to Have 'Pimped' Boys to Donors and that Sandusky was told that he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up.  If you look at the makes sense...  Click here to read the story on Huffington...
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Fall colors for your viewing pleasure
Welcome to Autumn in Colorado and fall foliage has already begun to show up in some parts of the state - particularly in the high country. Peak color in the mountains occurs during the last week of September and first week of October -- but also varies...
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Yoda Dollars coming soon to a small South Pacific Island not so near you!
Newser) – Move over, Queen Elizabeth: Luke Skywalker and friends will soon be sharing a spot on the currency of a tiny Pacific island. Yoda, Leia, and Darth Vader also will appear on the flip side of the soon-to-be-minted coins for the island of...
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