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Airwaves, a listener publication from Colorado Public Radio.

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

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DONATE YOUR INSTRUMENT, GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC



Today through March 31, join CPR's Annual Instrument Drive and support music education by donating your gently used band or orchestra instruments at any of nine locations in Denver, Boulder, Golden, and Grand Junction. CPR will refurbish as many instruments as possible and distribute them to deserving school music programs throughout Colorado. Learn more about the program and find a drop-off location near you.

Studying music in school has been shown to improve academic performance. It also has a positive effect on students' self-discipline, self-esteem, as well as thinking and listening skills. Meet some of the students who benefited from the previous instrument drive … watch and share a short video about the CPR Annual Instrument Drive.

Photo: Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada received instruments from CPR's 2009 instrument drive. This fifth grade student plays violin in the orchestra. Photo credit: Chris Woodley of Mountain Media.

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BALANCING THE COLORADO STATE BUDGET: IT'S YOUR TURN

What are your ideas for closing the state budget shortfall? Tell us what you think through our Public Insight Network. Tune in to CPR for the latest news on this important issue as we continue our Budget Breakdown series, looking closely at how state money is spent and how potential fixes could affect Coloradans. 



Photo: Colorado State Capitol.

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CULTIVATING A LIFELONG INTEREST IN MUSIC

Classical Music Host Richard Ray shares how he “fell in love with radio listening to my little transistor picking up AM stations late at night from far away places like Chicago and Oklahoma City. Story telling and music are still magic to me.”

Get to know Richard by listening to CPR's classical music each weekday afternoon, including “Five O'Clock Bach” at 5pm. Or read more about him on CPR.org.

Photo: CPR Classical Music Host Richard Ray.


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CPR SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: DENVER ART MUSEUM CURATOR TIMOTHY STANDRING

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) brings artists, exhibitions, and artwork to Colorado that enhance residents' quality of life. Through underwriting, DAM connects with CPR listeners who are “committed to education and culture in their communities.”

For Timothy Standring, DAM's Gates curator of painting and sculpture, “it's inconceivable to imagine life without the expansive content that CPR and its programming provide for us day in and day out!”

Standring especially appreciates political analysis from NPR's Mara Liasson and the comforting banter of Scott Simon, host of NPR's “Weekend Edition Saturday.” Who are your favorite hosts and reporters? Share yours with the CPR community on Facebook and Twitter (use hashtag #cprfaves).

Photo: Timothy J. Standring, PhD, Gates Foundation curator of painting and sculpture for the Denver Art Museum. Photo credit: Denver Art Museum.