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Airwaves, a listener publication from Colorado Public Radio.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012

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STAY INFORMED THIS ELECTION SEASON 

With less than a month until the Nov. 6 election, political races in Colorado and across the country are heating up. In addition to NPR’s national reports, CPR News also has ongoing coverage surrounding the stories and issues impacting Colorado. 

“As a swing state that has the power to impact the political landscape nationally, candidates are spending a lot of time and money here in Colorado,” says Kelley Griffin, CPR’s vice president of news. “With so much information for people to sift through, our goal is to bring focus to the stories that affect Coloradans and look for ways to get listeners involved in our coverage.”

Stay tuned to CPR throughout the month for more election news as part of our political series, “Colorado Votes,” which includes reports on Colorado congressional races, local ballot measures and conversations about how redistricting could change the make-up of the state’s General Assembly. 


Photo credit: Flickr user TheNerdDilettante.

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WISH OPEN AIR A HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY

CPR is giving you one more reason to celebrate Halloween this year: It’s OpenAir’s first birthday! The station signed on Oct. 31, 2011, to offer listeners a destination for musical discovery. It’s been going strong ever since.

“The first birthday of OpenAir is an exciting milestone because it gives us a chance to look back and see just how far we’ve come in one year,” says Mike Flanagan, OpenAir program director. “We’ve been able to launch a brand new station, raise the visibility of musical talent here in Colorado, introduce listeners to music they may not have heard of, and, on top of all that, we’ve managed to have a lot of fun along the way.” 

Since the launch, OpenAir has created a new space for listeners to connect with today’s local music scene. More than 80 bands, most of which have local ties, have visited CPR’s Performance Studio to record their music and share insight with OpenAir hosts. Having access to this type of dialogue allows listeners to explore a new and thriving generation of Colorado artists. 

“Since day one, OpenAir has focused on showcasing our state’s music community,” says Doug Clifton, CPR’s vice president of music. “A year ago, people weren’t able to experience this music on the radio, and that’s one of the main reasons why CPR launched OpenAir—to provide music enthusiasts with a service that wasn’t previously available.”

If you like what you’ve heard over the last year, be sure to check out OpenAir’s newest CD, “Colorado Live and Local Vol. 2,” available during the Fall Pledge Drive. And visit Facebook and Twitter on Halloween to wish OpenAir a happy first birthday and celebrate as we look ahead to the coming year! 

Photo: The OpenAir staff celebrates the station’s first birthday.

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NEWLY RELEASED: 19 LIVE AND LOCAL BANDS FEATURED ON SECOND OPEN AIR CD

With more than 80 bands visiting CPR’s Performance Studio in the last year, OpenAir hosts faced a big challenge when it came to selecting songs for “Colorado Live and Local Vol. 2.”  

The second volume of OpenAir’s “Colorado Live and Local” includes exclusive tracks from 19 local artists like Bad Weather California, Tennis and longtime favorite Dressy Bessy, a group that’s been on the Colorado music map for decades. 

“This CD has a lot of depth and variety, which I think represents the Colorado music scene well,” says Doug Clifton, CPR’s vice president of music. 

While building on the unique sound of “Colorado Live and Local Vol. 1,” the second volume also gives listeners a sense of the energy that’s associated with Colorado’s growing music scene. 

“There’s a lot of originality on this second album,” adds Alisha Sweeney, assistant music director and OpenAir morning show host. “It’s impossible to say which band I like best because they are all so different, but I guess if I had to choose I’d say Slim Cessna’s Auto Club because they really define the ‘Denver sound,’ what people think of as ‘gothic Americana.’”

Celebrate the sound of OpenAir’s first year with both volumes of “Colorado Live and Local” when you support CPR during the Fall Pledge Drive, Oct. 10-18. 

     

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LISTEN TO THE FALL PLEDGE DRIVE AND ENTER TO WIN

The Fall Pledge Drive is offering one lucky winner a chance to experience Rome, Florence and Venice during a seven-day trip for two to Italy, valued at $10,000. It’s one of many exciting sweepstakes featured during the drive, which begins this Wednesday and runs through Oct. 18. 

More than 800 listeners already made a pledge during the Warp Drive on Oct. 2, giving CPR a big boost toward the Fall Pledge Drive goal of 9,100 pledges. That means we’re already almost 10 percent of the way there, and you still have plenty of opportunities to tune in and support your favorite programs. 

Start or renew your membership and support the programming that matters to you. Pledge Now.

Photo: Sunset view of the Venetian canals. Photo credit: Denver Travel.

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