CENTENNIAL, Colo. Jan. 5, 2015Colorado Public Radio (CPR) announced today that OpenAir will begin broadcasting on 102.3 FM starting Jan. 27. Currently available on 1340 AM, the new FM signal will significantly improve Colorado Public Radio’s new music service in Denver and Boulder.

"This is the natural next step for OpenAir's evolution," said Colorado Public Radio President Max Wycisk. "It meets an expressed listener need to strengthen the quality of the service while also making it more accessible across the Front Range."

OpenAir’s programming will continue to focus on highlighting Colorado’s music community, with hosts offering insight and commentary about local musicians, new albums and upcoming events. OpenAir will also continue to present recordings from local, national and international bands that visit the CPR Performance Studio. Almost 200 local bands have performed in CPR’s studio, including hometown favorites Nathaniel Rateliff, Ark Life and Paper Bird.

“Building on its three-year history, OpenAir remains committed to enriching the Colorado community through music discovery and deepening engagement with our local music scene,” said Wycisk.

An application has been filed with the FCC for the purchase of the FM signal from Front Range Sports Network, LLC for $5.75 million. Public Media Company represented CPR in the transaction. The purchase will be financed through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds, which is the same financing process CPR has followed for the past 15 years. Over time, the loan will be paid off by increased listener support.

OpenAir will simulcast on 1340 AM in Denver. For more information, find us on Facebook, Twitter and all OpenAir sessions in the CPR Performance Studio on YouTube.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that enriches the Colorado community by providing news, information and music for people who want to be informed, enlightened and entertained. More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses, and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 89.9 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cprnews.org.

Classical: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Vail 89.1 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cprclassical.org.

OpenAir:  Denver 1340 AM and online at www.openaircpr.org