Colorado Public Radio

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Colorado Public Radio
Type Public Radio Network
Country  United States
Founded 1991
Broadcast area
Affiliation National Public Radio
Official website
Colorado Public Radio
The Colorado Public Radio studios in Centennial, Colorado.

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) is a public radio state network based in Denver, Colorado with transmitters in some other parts of the state. CPR consists of three services: News & Information, Classical Music and "OpenAir", which plays adult album alternative music.


The first station in what would become Colorado Public Radio, KCFR (90.1 FM) in Denver, went on the air in 1970. The station was initially licensed to the University of Denver. In 1973, KCFR began carrying programming from National Public Radio (NPR), beginning with "All Things Considered." "Morning Edition" was added in 1979. More NPR programming was added the following year when the network began to distribute programming via satellite.

KCFR separated from the University of Denver in 1984. That same year, KPRN in Grand Junction signed on the air. In 1990, KPRN merged with KCFR, forming the new entity Colorado Public Radio. The original plan was to tailor some of the programming for Western Slope listeners, but within a few years all the KPRN volunteers and news staff were gone and it became a satellite station of KCFR.[1][2]

CPR added more satellite stations in the following years, including KPRE Vail in 1994, KCFP Pueblo in 1996 and KPRH Montrose in 1998. CPR also began adding other low-power translators, sometimes in competition with existing public radio stations. Stations in other areas not served by CPR, like KDNK in Carbondale, complained that CPR would also send out fundraising solicitation letters to KDNK listeners leaving the impression that they could thank CPR for receiving popular NPR programs like All Things Considered or Morning Edition, sometimes resulting in misdirected donations.[1]

Until 2001, CPR's format was a mix of NPR programming and classical music. However, in 1999, CPR bought Denver classical music station KVOD, a prelude to splitting into an all-news network fronted by KCFR and an all-classical network fronted by KVOD.


*NOTE: Italics denote low-power translator stations. Many of the listed translators are owned by county cooperatives, and may change stations and/or frequencies with little notice.

Location Frequency Call sign Format
Aspen 101.5 FM K268BJ (KVOV) Classical
Boulder 1490 AM KCFC News
99.9 FM K260AL (KVOD) Classical
Carbondale 90.5 FM KVOV Classical
Colorado Springs 94.7 FM K234AJ (KCFP) Classical
Cortez 102.5 FM K273AE (KVOD) Classical
Craig 88.3 FM KPYR News
Delta 103.3 FM KPRU Classical
Denver 90.1 FM KCFR News
88.1 FM KVOD Classical
1340 AM KVOQ "OpenAir"
Dove Creek 88.7 FM K204DZ (KVOD) Classical
Glenwood Springs 100.1 FM K261AI (KVOV) Classical
Grand Junction 89.5 FM KPRN News
Gunnison 88.5 FM K203BB (KPRN) News
89.1 FM K206BE (KVOD) Classical
Meeker 91.1 FM K216BP (KPRN) News
Montrose 88.3 FM KPRH News
Ouray 91.5 FM K218BE (KPRN) News
Parachute 88.3 FM K202BI (KPRN) News
Pueblo 1230 AM KKPC News
91.9 FM KCFP Classical
Rangely 91.1 FM K216BO (KPRN) News
Old Snowmass 93.9 FM K234BJ (KVOV) Classical
Thomasville 93.7 FM K229AI (KVOV) Classical
Vail 89.9 FM KPRE News


  1. ^ a b Michael Roberts (1997-06-12). "Feedback - - Music - Denver". Westword. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  2. ^ Steve Behrens (1991-05-27). "Battle of Grand Junction, 1991". Retrieved 2013-08-12. 

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