Founded in 1980 as Roaring Fork Public Radio Translator, Aspen Public Radio has grown from broadcasting the daily hog prices from the University of Wyoming to being considered one of the most relied-upon broadcast news institutions serving Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield counties.
Each weekday, Aspen Public Radio broadcasts 16 hours of national radio programming from NPR, American Public Media, PRX, and WNYC, along with 8 hours of international programming from the BCC and PRX (The World). From 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., local newscasts and radio features are broadcast within national programming. On the weekend, the station broadcasts a schedule of 22 national radio programs along with an evening special each Sunday night at 7 p.m., which often features a locally-recorded community conversation captured in front of a live local audience.
In addition to providing an award-winning, daily local news service, Aspen Public Radio is an NPR member station, making us a partner in producing quality journalism for our nation as a whole. Over the past year, Aspen Public Radio journalists have had their work featured nationally on the NPR network over a dozen times, showcasing local stories which cover a wide range of topics from Special Olympics competitions at the X Games, to Uinta Basin railway protests in Glenwood Canyon, to the wearing of a stole as freedom of speech by a student at Grand Valley High School in Parachute.
With a rapidly increasing population of more than 100,000 people, according to 2020 U.S. Census data, the need is greater than ever to serve the diverse communities of the Roaring Fork Valley by reporting on the complex issues we are collectively working to explore and address – with radio providing a unique and convenient way of delivering daily news and information.
Today our broadcast signal is reliably available on a single signal (88.9 FM) from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, Rifle to Eagle. And since you can take our service with you wherever you might want to go, Aspen Public Radio truly fits the region’s rural mountain lifestyle.
Our public radio style of broadcast journalism allows local reporters to truly go deeper on targeted issues, such as education, the impact of human-caused climate change, and issues of public policy which need attention, by personally engaging with community members and stakeholders, sharing their voices, and identifying critical solutions to pressing issues. And we continue to make investments in regional and national collaborations which allow for a larger distribution of our locally-produced reporting, creating a unique opportunity to advance discussion on critical issues in Aspen and the valley and beyond –throughout the state of Colorado, the mountain west region, the nation, and around the world.