David Fender

Audio Producer

David Fender is an audio producer at Colorado Public Radio.


Bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film, University of North Texas (UNT); graduate work at UNT and University of Florida.

Professional background:

David has been involved in public radio since 1987, first signing on the air as a morning DJ for KNTU in Denton, Texas. He went on to fill many different roles at that station, from positions in production, news, and engineering to working as the assistant program director. He later served as the Morning Edition host for WUFT in Gainesville, Florida.Along the way, David has worked a number of other outside jobs to support his love of working for public radio stations, including managing parking facilities, driving school buses, freelance book editing, and directing liturgical readings for a Catholic parish.

In his own words ...Why I got into radio:

Growing up, I loved radio's ability to bring voices and music from all over the world into my bedroom in small-town Iowa. On cold, winter days we would listen to KMA in the mornings hoping for that rare occasion when our school would be on the list of closings, and in the springtime we'd tune in to find out whether the thunderstorms and tornadoes would blow through or pass us by.The mixture of the local and the world fascinated me. I remember getting a Mr. Microphone for Christmas one year and spending hours pretending to be a DJ over my transistor radio.I discovered public radio in high school by accidentally stumbling across one of the early episodes of “A Prairie Home Companion” one Saturday night. That lead me to “All Things Considered,” which led me to some of the specials NPR used to produce, like their versions of War of the Worlds and Star Wars. I was hooked.Later, I started college as a music major, but when it became clear that path wasn't going to work for me, I didn't want to give up my love of sound and music - so radio was the natural choice for me.

How I ended up at CPR:

My wife's career brought us to the Denver area. When one of our vehicles died and we had to get rid of it, we decided to donate it to CPR. While I was on the website to find out more information about how to do that, I stumbled across the job openings, found this position, and jumped at the chance to apply and get back into public radio.


Sundays at 2pm and Mondays at 9pm Effective May 12th, our rotating selection of Showcase documentaries has been replaced with weekly airing of NPR’s TED Radio Hour.

Showcase: Poetry

[Logo courtesy of The Academy of American Poets] This program originally aired April 24, 2011 The Academy of American Poets designated  the first National Poetry Month in April 1996.

Colorado Represents at SXSW

This time each spring, a large percentage of the Colorado indie music community travels south to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference.

Here Runs Santa Claus

[Photos: David & Cynthia Fender/CPR] The town of Breckenridge kicked off the holiday season last Saturday with its 2nd annual “Race of the Santas.”

Faceman’s Feeding Time

The Denver group, Faceman, is made up of guitarist David Thomas Bailey, drummer Dean Hirschfield, and a frontman who simply goes by “Steve.”

The Swayback – Double Four Time

The Swayback‘s new album was almost 3 years in the making. They recorded in several different studios in Colorado and California–where they got some help from British producer Andy Johns.


Like a lot of teenagers, CJ Macleod, Ethan Hill and Molly Bartlett talked about forming a band.

Ian Cooke’s ‘Fortitude’

Since he released his debut solo album, “The Fall I Fell,” four years ago, Denver cellist, pianist, and singer Ian Cooke has received national acclaim for his music and shared […]