1970

Colorado Public Radio begins broadcasting on KCFR 90.1 FM. This first station is originally licensed to the University of Denver. Listen to the sound of CPR in 1970.

1973

Michele Norris, Robert Siegel, Melissa Block, and Guy Raz, hosts of NPR's "All Things Considered." Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Stephen Voss, Steve Barrett, Steve Barrett, Ron Aira.

Colorado Public Radio starts to carry programming from National Public Radio (NPR), beginning with “All Things Considered.” 

Learn more about the history of “All Things Considered.”

1979

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne, current hosts of NPR's "Morning Edition." Photo credits: Debbie Accame and Sandy Huffaker.

“Morning Edition” begins airing on CPR. Learn more about “Morning Edition.”

1980

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of "Car Talk." Photo credit: Richard Howard.

The first-ever satellite-delivered radio distribution network launches to provide timelier programming through public radio member stations nationwide. 

The satellite system also ushered in a decade that saw an explosion in new national programs for public radio, including “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Fresh Air,” and “Car Talk.”

1983  

For the first time, CPR broadcasts a full week of music using only CDs. Following this milestone week, CPR continued to use records along with CDs until enough CDs were available. Our classical music library is the most extensive in the state, encompassing more than 30,000 CDs.

1984

Colorado National Monument, a National Park near Grand Junction, Colorado. Photo credit: Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau.

KCFR separates from DU and becomes a community-licensed public radio station, one of the first stations in the country to make such a transformation. Operations for KCFR are moved to a different building just off the DU campus.

KPRN 89.5 FM in Grand Junction signs on the air, and with funding from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, builds a series of translators to provide public radio services to western Colorado.

1991  

The boards of directors for KCFR and KPRN merge to form Colorado Public Radio.

Continuing a history of innovation to provide broader access to quality news and classical music programming statewide, CPR delivers programing via satellite.

1991

Neil Conan, host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation." Photo credit: Anthony Nagelmann.

NPR debuts “Talk of the Nation,” convening national conversations on current events. Listen to host Neil Conan's last segment of the show, which aired on June 27, 2013. 

1992

Vail, Colorado.Photo credit: Flickr user followcarl.

Fully funded by the local community, CPR installs a translator to reach central Vail, and work begins to raise funds to build a fully licensed station to better serve listeners in the area.

1994   CPR's network continues to grow. With community funds, a federal grant, and an individual challenge grant, KPRE 89.9 FM in Vail signs on as CPR's third station.
1996

Pueblo's Union Depot. Photo credit: Flickr user Icky Pic.

Colorado Public Radio extends its reach to southeast Colorado, welcoming KCFP 91.9 in Pueblo as the fourth station in the network.

Based on early success expanding to Grand Junction, Vail, and Pueblo, CPR's board of directors develops a five-year plan to establish a statewide news and classical music radio network.

1998

“Eye to Eye,” one of many public art installments in Montrose. Artist: Mary Zimmerman of Paonia, CO. Photo credit: CityofMontrose.org.

Communities in southwest Colorado gain access to Colorado Public Radio's news and information programming as KPRH 88.3 FM in Montrose signs on as CPR's fifth station.

1999

Columbine Memorial in Littleton, Colorado. Photo credit: Flickr user moonglampers.

Colorado Public Radio and NPR provide extensive coverage of the historic shootings at Columbine High School.

2001   Based on 10 years of feedback from audiences statewide, CPR's board of directors announces a plan to provide both full-time news and full-time classical music.
2001

The Flat Irons in Boulder, Colorado, as seen from Chautauqua Park. Photo credit: Flickr user Kevglobal.

CPR launches statewide news on KCFR 1340 AM and 90.1 FM switches to all classical music. KCFC 1490 AM Boulder, KKPC 1230 AM Pueblo and KPRU 103.3 FM on the Western Slope also join the CPR network.

 

2001

Ryan Warner, host of "Colorado Matters."

Colorado Public Radio launches “Colorado Matters,” a daily news interview program exploring timely state issues with Host Dan Drayer. Ryan Warner now hosts the program.

In the first edition of “Colorado Matters,” CPR featured interviews with Basalt gardener Jerome Ostentowski about sustainable agriculture; and Golden resident and author David Wann about “affluenza,” or the desire for material goods with damaging effects for individuals and the environment.

2003

Charley Samson, host of "Colorado Spotlight," interviewing world-renowned concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

Colorado Spotlight” begins airing five nights a week on Colorado Public Radio's classical music service, featuring interviews, special performances, and recordings by local musicians and visiting artists. CPR's Charley Samson continues producing and hosting the program today.
2003

A view of the State Capitol from Sherman Street, March 2003. Photo credit: city-data.com.

A late March blizzard registers as the most expensive snowstorm in Colorado history. Colorado Public Radio reported on the damage estimates.
2004

Hot springs pools in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo credit: Flickr user no body atoll.

Leaders from Aspen Public Radio and KDNK in Carbondale collaborate with Colorado Public Radio to bring KVOV 90.5 FM in Glenwood Springs on the air as part of CPR's growing statewide network.
2004

Bridges Broadcast Center in Centennial, Colorado. Photo credit: John Fielder.

Colorado Public Radio moves its headquarters to the 35,000 square-foot Bridges Broadcast Center after receiving a generous donation from Barbara Bridges and Rutt Bridges. CPR’s Board of Directors conducts a successful $5.25 million capital campaign to renovate the facility and build new studios.
2005

Yumi Hwang-Williams, concertmaster for The Colorado Symphony, prepares to perform in the performance studio as CPR Recording Engineer/Audio Producer Martin Skavish sets up.

CPR's performance studio opens, featuring a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano and state-of-the-art recording capabilities. Colorado Public Radio begins hosting both local and visiting artists for on-air performances and interviews in the performance studio.

Listen to unique recordings from CPR's performance studio every weekday and Sunday evenings on “Colorado Spotlight.”

2006   Colorado Public Radio successfully completes a $1.5 million campaign to enhance local news coverage. CPR's news team doubles in size, allowing CPR to provide listeners with hourly local newscasts and in-depth reporting on issues with the greatest impact on the state and region, including: health care, local government, and education.
2008   Colorado Public Radio moves its news programming to 90.1 FM and 88.1 FM becomes the home for classical music programming in Denver.
 
2008

From the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Flickr user kimbet.

Denver hosts the Democratic National Convention, and Colorado Public Radio welcomes several journalists visiting from NPR. CPR teams up with Minnesota Public Radio, which covered the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, to provide listeners in both states with news and information on both events.

Search “Democratic National Convention” to find CPR's stories covering the event.

2009

Photo credit: RockyMountainNews.com.

Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports on the Rocky Mountain News printing its final edition, just 55 days short of its 150th year anniversary.
2009

Columbine Memorial in Littleton, Colorado. Photo credit: Flickr user moonglampers.

Colorado Public Radio's news team produces “Ten Years After Columbine,” a series of news features on the anniversary of the school shooting, including: a student's audio diary; interviews with parents of victims who, after the event, dedicated themselves to school safety; and how teachers incorporated the event into lesson plans.
2009

Internationally-acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma helped CPR raise money for The Colorado Symphony.

Colorado Public Radio seeks and obtains a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to host a one-time-only, on-air fundraising campaign called “Bringing the Music to Life,” generating more than $625,000 to sustain The Colorado Symphony.
2010

The view from the tower site for KPRN 89.5 FM, delivering CPR's news and information programming to Grand Junction, Colorado.

CPR celebrates 40 years of listener-supported news, information and classical music programming.
2011

CPR Classical Music Host Monika Vischer leads a flute lesson for students who benefited from the instrument drive.

More than 1,300 instruments are donated to CPR’s Annual Instrument Drive to promote music education in Colorado.
2011

 

Colorado Public Radio launches OpenAir, a new-music station on 1340 AM in Denver and online at www.cpr.org/openair.