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CPR and Rocky Mountain PBS team up for 9/11 10th anniversary news special

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – August 22, 2011– Colorado’s connections to 9/11 and its aftermath over the past 10 years will be the focus of a news special co-produced by Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and Rocky Mountain PBS. The half-hour feature will air on Rocky Mountain PBS at 7 p.m. on September 8, 9 p.m. on September 9, 7 p.m. on September 11, and on Colorado Public Radio at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on September 9, 7 p.m. on September 10, and 4 p.m. on September 11.

“Colorado Focus” will feature interviews with Coloradans directly affected by 9/11, including a man who was in one of the World Trade Center Towers when it fell, and Sandy Dahl, the wife of United Flight 93 Captain Jason Dahl. The program also will include a look at changes in air travel since 9/11 and comments from Colorado military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This collaboration allows both Colorado Public Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS to connect with a broader audience and present a compelling look at how 9/11 changed the lives of people in Colorado,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR news director and executive producer of the program. “The program is unique because it’s new territory. CPR has always been dedicated to local news coverage, but this project enables us to bring our editorial focus to television.”

“Teaming up with Colorado Public Radio is natural and synergistic,” said Rocky Mountain PBS Chief Content Officer Donna Sanford. “Both organizations are known across the state as trusted, reliable sources of in-depth news and accurate information. This is a perfect opportunity to combine our resources to produce high-quality programming with even wider reach.”

For more information, visit www.rmpbs.org or www.cpr.org.

Rocky Mountain PBS: Each week, 1.2 million people throughout Colorado turn to Rocky Mountain PBS to discover inspiring local, national and international programming; find diverse viewpoints; score front row center seats to world-class performances; and experience lifelong learning opportunities.

Rocky Mountain PBS celebrates its 55th anniversary on the air this year. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). To learn more, visit rmpbs.org.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 450,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, Spring / Fall 2010). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses, and foundations.

Colorado Public Radio In-Depth News: Denver 90.1 FM and 1340 AM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.CPR.org.

Colorado Public Radio Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 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.CPR.org.