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New talent boosts Colorado Public Radio’s digital and on-air capacity

CENTENNIAL, Colo. Dec. 8, 2014Colorado Public Radio (CPR) today announced the addition of two new hires for the organization that will increase CPR’s online and on-air capacity, providing the Colorado community with even more in-depth news and music discovery. Hart Van Denburg is the digital editor for CPR News, while Aaron Johnson joins as a new on-air host/production and fundraising coordinator for OpenAir.

Van Denburg will lead the development and execution of CPR’s digital news strategy, establishing the daily online news agenda and overseeing a digital team that creates a variety of multi-media content to enhance CPR’s online storytelling. The digital team includes producers Nate Minor, who came to CPR from Minnesota Public Radio earlier this year, and Megan Arellano, who was previously the editor of Homicide Watch in Washington, DC.

“Hart's award-winning work in Minnesota makes him an ideal leader to expand news coverage on our website,” said Vice President of News Kelley Griffin. “He’ll help ensure that our digital storytelling goes deeper, visually reflects what’s happening in the Colorado community and reaches our audience in ways consistent with the changing media landscape.”

While CPR’s digital efforts continue to expand, the organization remains committed to serving on-air listeners. The addition of new host Aaron Johnson, who will be heard on weekend mornings, will provide the OpenAir audience with insight and commentary about local musicians, new albums and upcoming events happening across the Denver-metro area. Johnson will also manage OpenAir’s fundraising strategy, helping to build the case to support CPR’s services to the community by increasing individual membership and donations.

“Aaron is a true veteran of the local music scene, having co-founded CU’s student-run Radio 1190 and is the leader of the Denver-based band Ukulele Loki’s Gadabout Orchestra, ” said Mike Flanagan, OpenAir’s program director. “His experience and passion for music will be a huge benefit to our listeners, helping them tap into music discovery, while also providing context about Colorado’s thriving new-music community.”

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in humanities and theater with an emphasis on literature, film studies and production from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Van Denburg has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He played a key role in Minnesota Public Radio’s website being named the nation’s best overall website for large market radio stations two years in a row by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, which honors exceptional achievements in digital journalism.

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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.