Kegan Warner

Kegan joined Colorado Public Radio in November, 2011 as a part-time host on OpenAir. After about a year, he was named web director, responsible for maintaining digital content and managing social media activity. While in this roll, Kegan has continued to showcase new and local music on the air as a regular OpenAir host.Prior to landing at CPR, Kegan worked at Radio 1190, the campus radio station at University of Colorado, Boulder. During his two-year stint at Radio 1190, Kegan filled several roles, including volunteer, volunteer coordinator and host of the "Local Shakedown." He also assisted in fundraising and helped launch the station's social media presence.Q & AHow did you become interested in music?I used music early on as an escape from the typical stresses of teenage life. I was one of the first in my high school with an iPod and I wore out dozens of headphones clocking thousands of plays of every album I got my hands on. I'd say my diverse taste in music stems less from my interest in any given genre, but more from my need for constant musical refreshment.How did you get into radio?Your average musical resources didn't cut it for me. There was never enough diversity, and I couldn't stand commercial radio because it clearly pandered to the top 40 (long before I even knew the term "focus group"), so of course I naturally ended up at an obscure college radio station searching for enlightenment. I started at Radio 1190 in Boulder as a volunteer, then a DJ, then as their volunteer coordinator before making the transition to OpenAir as host and web director in 2013.Favorite music?I don't have a favorite genre, band, or song, but I will say that my musical interests are tied very closely to the seasons. Winter is a more mellow folk or electronic season, while summer brings me back to classics in every genre. Seasonal changes really seem like the best way to enjoy the variety of music available.

  • After Of Montreal’s nearly 2 decades together, and with just of a dozen records behind them, frontman Kevin Barnes sought new inspiration for this latest album by temporarily relocating to San Francisco to write the songs. They also adopted a new recording process modeled off of methods typical of the 60s and 70s.
  • Minneapolis’ Caroline Smith has released her inner diva for her new album, Half About Being a Woman. She’s shed the Good Night Sleeps and the folky sound she’s been known for in favor of good ole fashioned R&B pop.
  • Registration for the Denver Music Summit, taking place November 22-24, 2013, is now open for music professionals and the general public. The three-day event features live performances, workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions aimed at promoting creativity and discussing the music landscape as it stands today.
  • OpenAir helps you expand your musical horizons by offering up a new song to download for free every week. The latest OpenAir Download of the Week is "Find A Love" by Gringo Star.
  • Directed by Joshua McQuilkin, the official music video for "Nobody Follow Me" from the Denver band Glowing House.
  • OpenAir is offering the rare opportunity to come see a live set by Deer Tick in the CPR Performance Studio. Get a behind the scenes peak at OpenAir's session process, enjoy some cake with your favorite OpenAir hosts, and most importantly, take in an intimate performance from Deer Tick as they play songs from their latest release, Negativity. To enter, just "like" OpenAir on Facebook and look for the ticket giveaway app to sign up - it's that easy!
  • Ten years ago today, renowned singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died of an apparent self-inflicted knife wound at age 34. His death came as a shock to many musicians, friends, and fans in the indie rock world. Smith's life is reviewed in a documentary, Searching For Elliott Smith, directed by Gil Reyes and Alisha Sweeney interviews him here.
  • OpenAir helps you expand your musical horizons by offering up a new song to download for free every week. The latest OpenAir Download of the Week is "I Think I'll Shout" by StaG.
  • The Yawpers were in the CPR Performance Studio last year before the release of their latest full length album Capon Crusade.
  • Ark Life joined us in the CPR Performance Studio recently. Featuring Jesse Elliot formerly of the band These United States, Ark Life has written quite a few songs, but OpenAir has had the pleasure of being the first to record their new material.
  • OpenAir helps you expand your musical horizons by offering up a new song to download for free every week. The latest OpenAir Download of the Week is "Audition Tapes", The title track from T. Hardy Morris's new album.
  • Join CPR on Santa Fe, Oct. 24, to celebrate OpenAir’s 2nd birthday with an intimate musical showcase at Artwork Network. The event will feature Colorado singer-songwriters Esmé Patterson of Paper Bird, Jesse Elliott of Ark Life, Jonny 5 of Flobots, and Patrick Dethlefs.
  • Patrick Dethlefs joined us in the CPR Performance Studio just before the release of his new EP While You're Carrying The Weight in September. Listen to the full session!
  • 1 Another Self Portrait - Bob Dylan 2 I Hate Music - Superchunk 3 AM - Arctic Monkeys 4 The Silver Gymnasium - Okkervil River 5 Uncanney Valley - Dismemberment Plan 6 Yes, It's True - Polyphonic Spree 7 S/T - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 8 The Blue Rider EP - Blue Rider 9 Negativity - Deer Tick 10 The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight - Neko Case
  • Sean Tillmann brought his band and alter ego Har Mar Superstar to OpenAir belting out some songs off "Bye Bye 17," his soulful first new album in five years and fifth album to date.
  • OpenAir helps you expand your musical horizons by offering up a new song to download for free every week.