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Airwaves, a listener publication from Colorado Public Radio.

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

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BEHIND THE SCENES: "TALK OF THE NATION" LIVE FROM CPR'S PERFORMANCE STUDIO

NPR host Neal Conan was recently in Colorado for the Aspen Ideas Festival and brought his mid-day news talk show “Talk of the Nation” to CPR's performance studio for a live broadcast in front of 30 guests. The show featured discussions with listeners across the country on a range of topics, including agricultural subsides, independent book stores and the Chicano movement in Denver. Neal also sat down with CPR's General Assignment Reporter Megan Verlee to talk about medical marijuana laws. Listen to the full two-hour broadcast.

“Our goal is to capture what people are talking about, what's the daily buzz and what issues are important,” said Conan. “When we're on the road it takes a little more preparation and planning, but we always look to bring relevant discussions about important issues to the forefront.”

This event was also a reunion for Neal and Megan Verlee. Megan spent three years working as a producer, booker and editor for the show in Washington D.C. The two have remained close friends and Neal officiated at Megan's wedding 10 months ago.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of CPR's broadcast of “Talk of the Nation.”

Photo: Neal Conan speaks with Megan Verlee on “Talk of the Nation,” broadcast from CPR's performance studio.

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SCHOOLS AND MUSIC PROGRAMS TO RECEIVE DONATED INSTRUMENTS

Thanks to the help of our partners, many of the 1,300 instruments donated during our Annual Instrument Drive will soon be on their way to more than two dozen schools around the state. The Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (CIOMIT) has completed repairs on about 550 instruments and continues to work on the rest. Meanwhile, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MOHF) is helping us identify schools to receive these instruments in the fall.

“Colorado Public Radio is truly a champion for classical music and music education,” said Felice Mancini, executive director of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “Many organizations have sponsored events to help put more instruments into schools, but CPR's results were astounding.” MOHF has reviewed applications from organizations that applied and will select schools and music programs to receive instruments based on financial need, interest in promoting music education, and availability of resources to actively use and maintain the donated instruments. Schools receiving the instruments will be announced once the selection process is complete.


Photo: A student from Barney Ford Elementary School practices on a donated trumpet.  Photo credit: The Denver Post.

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NEWS FROM THE PLAINS:
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

Colorado Matters" Host Ryan Warner and Producer Pat Mack came up with a creative way to capture clear digital sound for an interview with tornado-survivor Mary Reinert of Holly, Colo., roughly 240 miles from CPR's studios near Denver.

Pat called everyone he could think of who might have sound recording equipment in Holly, but had no luck until he found someone with an iPad. It turns out most smartphones and tablet computers have digital sound recorders or support apps that create radio-quality sound. Ryan interviewed Mary over the telephone while her comments were being recorded on the iPad. The recording was emailed to CPR where Ryan and Pat synced it with the recording of Ryan's questions from the studio. Thanks to technology, CPR was able to provide a unique perspective from a remote area on the Colorado plains.

Photo: Ryan Warner and Pat Mack showcase the latest recording technology on their smartphones.

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A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST-EVER LIVE BROADCAST FROM CENTRAL CITY OPERA

The Central City Opera House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973 after local gold miners built the jewel box theater in 1878. CPR added another first to the building's long history on June 25 with the first-ever live broadcast. Charley Samson and Monika Vischer hosted the event, which featured the opening performance of "Carmen" to kick off Central City Opera's 2011 Summer Festival. "It was truly an unforgettable performance, what a way to debut a live broadcast event," said Monika. Highlight of the night? "It has to be the music," said Charley. "The cast is great. I was so inspired that I decided to attend the Denver performance with my daughter."

Photo: A scene from “Carmen.” Photo credit: Central City Opera.