To deliver meaningful news, music, and cultural experiences to everyone in Colorado using the power of the human voice in all its forms.
Colorado Public Radio was launched on the University of Denver (DU) campus in 1970. As Denver's first non-commercial public radio station, KCFR joined the NPR network in 1973. In 1984, KCFR separated from DU. That same year, KPRN-Grand Junction began broadcasting as a part of a public radio extension plan adding services to western Colorado.
In 1991, the boards of directors of KPRN and KCFR agreed to merge, forming Colorado Public Radio. Over the next two decades, new stations were added to the CPR network, funded in large part through direct financial support from the community. Stations played a mix of news and classical music until 2001, when CPR announced a plan to offer both full-time news and full-time classical music.
In 2011, CPR added a third service, OpenAir, offering new and independent music, exposing listeners to up-and-coming artists and highlighting Colorado's local music scene. OpenAir became Indie 102.3 in 2019 and can now be heard from all along the Front Range and from Denver to Glenwood Springs.
In 2019, CPR purchased the hyperlocal news site Denverite, furthering its commitment to strengthen local journalism and reach new audiences with in-depth news. And in 2020, CPR and Colorado College announced a new partnership to bring Colorado Springs-based KRCC into the CPR network.
Over 90% of the population of Colorado can access news or music from one of CPR's radio signals. Additionally, CPR provides robust online news, original podcasts and cultural events to inform, inspire and entertain the people of Colorado and beyond.
Access to accurate information is a cornerstone of a functioning democracy, and supporting a freely accessible and reliable source like CPR is an easy decision.
For the past four years I have been trying to find a source of factual, unbiased reporting that covers both local and national news. As it turns out, the answer was right in front of me when I realized I listened to CPR during 80% of my commuting time. It was time to step up and support this valuable content.
Supporting CPR is important to me because I depend on it for real news, objective news. I support CPR because it informs me, entertains me, educates me.
I wake up to the classical music station and listen to CPR news in the car on the way to work. I love the variety of stories on CPR and I believe strongly in maintaining public access to classical music. Thank you for all you do for our community!
Your station is one of the few where classical music still lives a vibrant life.
Indie 102.3 has led me to find so much amazing local music. I feel a strong connection to the city's music scene when I get to see a small artist play at UMS and then I hear them on 102.3! Thank you for your contribution to our city.
We very much appreciate the quality of the daily communication of Denverite, which is valuable to anyone that lives and works in Colorado. We also appreciate your ongoing improvements in the information provided; such as Air Quality and COVID-19 Statistics! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK!!!!!!!!
I just moved to Colorado Springs and this was the first radio station I found. You make the workday go by quickly with your insightful and engaging programs. I feel like a more informed and enlightened citizen because of you and I deeply appreciate your work. Thank you!
Our values inspire, inform and guide our everyday actions. They serve as a set of expectations and a promise we make to ourselves, our partners and audiences.
Creative: We conduct our work with a commitment and drive for creativity in everything we do. We are committed to a culture where everyone is encouraged to explore new approaches.
Curious: We must be as curious, or more so, as the people we serve. As curious human beings, we choose to ask, listen and learn, and seek multiple points of view.
Ethical: Commitment to accuracy, integrity, trust and fairness matters deeply and drives us to be ethical in all that we do. We expect ethical behavior from each other and those with whom we partner.
Inclusive: Diversity, inclusion and equity are core values of our workplace and essential to our mission and vision to bring together many voices in serving all Coloradans.
Respectful: We strive to create a culture of trust. Treating others fairly, with civility and kindness defines us for our audience communities and ourselves.