Colorado Public Radio
|Colorado Public Radio|
|Type||Public Radio Network|
|Affiliation||National Public Radio|
|Colorado Public Radio|
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.
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.
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.
|Aspen||101.5 FM||K268BJ (KVOV)||Classical|
|99.9 FM||K260AL (KVOD)||Classical|
|Colorado Springs||94.7 FM||K234AJ (KCFP)||Classical|
|Cortez||102.5 FM||K273AE (KVOD)||Classical|
|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|
|Ouray||91.5 FM||K218BE (KPRN)||News|
|Parachute||88.3 FM||K202BI (KPRN)||News|
|Rangely||91.1 FM||K216BO (KPRN)||News|
|Old Snowmass||93.9 FM||K234BJ (KVOV)||Classical|
|Thomasville||93.7 FM||K229AI (KVOV)||Classical|
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