For CPR’s first-ever music fellow, Andrew Randall, music is a creative outlet with few boundaries. He uses his bedroom as a studio to produce electronica music, often integrating the sound of French horn, which he played in band and orchestra. In his new role at CPR, he’ll have opportunities to explore the power of music while learning from the music enthusiasts behind CPR Classical and OpenAir.
Launched earlier this year, the CPR Fellowship Program offers two year-long, paid positions—one with a news focus and one with a music focus—for recent college graduates to learn while working alongside CPR’s team of award-winning journalists and music hosts. The program will develop the skills and expertise of the next generation of journalists and music hosts.
In collaboration with the Colorado College Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP), CPR selected Randall for the CPR Music Fellowship, and he joined CPR shortly after he graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor’s degree in arts and music. Just a month into his fellowship, he had already produced CPR Classical’s “Colorado Spotlight This Week,” assisted in editing OpenAir on-air promotional spots and started updating the digital playlists that support CPR’s live music streams.
“I’m excited to contribute to CPR and to have a hand in the production of radio,” he said.
Randall has been a lifelong public radio listener. As he was growing up in Hingham, Mass., the radio in his parents’ car was often tuned to WBUR. As an adult, Randall is inspired by “This American Life” host Ira Glass and wants to write, produce and mix his own podcast one day. He also dreams of hearing one of his original pieces played on NPR during the musical transitions between programs.
For Randall, CPR is the perfect environment to set him on the path to his goals and dreams. “I love being surrounded by so many interesting and intelligent people who share a love of learning.”