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Airwaves, a listener publication from Colorado Public Radio.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011

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OVER 400 DONATED INSTRUMENTS HEAD TO COLORADO SCHOOLS THIS FALL

Hundreds of instruments donated by listeners during CPR’s Annual Instrument Drive will be distributed to more than 30 schools and music programs across the state this month. CPR collected more than 1,300 instruments, three dozen of which were considered rare or valuable. Some of these special instruments have been reserved for use by students with extraordinary musical talents.

Among these reserved instruments is a high-quality clarinet donated by jazz and classical music enthusiast Turpin Rose of Denver. The clarinet will go to the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). The first beneficiary of Rose’s donation is 11-year-old Ellington Jenkins, a gifted clarinet player named after the great jazz musician Duke Ellington. The clarinet will be Ellington’s to play as long as he’s at DSA. Once he leaves the school, the clarinet will stay at DSA for the next rising star to use.

Students and teachers from many of the recipient schools will be presented with instruments during a special event at DU’s Newman Center on August 20. This marks the first wave of distribution as repairs of additional instruments continue.



Photo: Ellington Jenkins admires this special clarinet, donated by Turpin Rose.

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CPR, ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS TEAM UP FOR NEWS SPECIAL ON UPCOMING 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

CPR and Rocky Mountain PBS will work together to present a half-hour news special focused on the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the impact 9/11 has had on people with Colorado connections.

“This is a unique project in that it's new territory for both CPR and Rocky Mountain PBS,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR's news director. “What makes it so special is that we'll be able to connect with a broader audience on a different level. Of course, the essence of radio will always be important to our storytelling and reporting; but partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS on this project allows us to take advantage of visual elements, too.”

The program is slated to air separately on Rocky Mountain PBS and CPR before the 9/11 anniversary. Stay tuned for updates from CPR as the date draws closer.

Do you have a 9/11 story or memory you’d like to share? Join the Public Insight Network and help us tell the story by contributing your thoughts and experiences.



Photo: Ground zero several years after 9/11. Photo credit: Flickr user eschipul.

 
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MATT WEESNER: CLASSICAL MUSIC HOST, TECHNICAL GURU AND TALENTED MUSICIAN


Matt Weesner was recently named CPR’s newest classical music host and music assistant. He’s everything you’d expect from a CPR host; classical music aficionado, experienced radio host and accomplished musician in his own right. What you might not expect is that Matt also has extensive knowledge and expertise with the technical operations of CPR. Since 2004, he’s worked as manager of the Technical Operations Center. His combined passion for music and radio led him to his new position at CPR. 

“For me, radio is first and foremost about the music,” he said. “Because of my technical experience, I can really appreciate all that goes into making radio sound great. But what really matters is playing music for people to enjoy. My new role at CPR will enable me to join my love for music and my passion for high-quality radio, which really is a lifelong dream realized.”

Outside of radio, Matt is also an accomplished professional musician who regularly performs with one of Denver's premier live groups, The Hazel Miller Band.

Photo: Matt Weesner, CPR’s classical music host and assistant. Photo credit: Bob Schenkein.

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