Aspen Public Radio

A nonprofit organization

$5,422 raised by 34 donors

54% complete

$10,000 Goal

About Aspen Public Radio

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. Approximately 18,000 listeners tune in each week to Aspen Public Radio, and the need is greater than ever to serve the diverse communities of the Roaring Fork Valley by investing in local reporting on the complex issues we are working to explore and address –with radio providing a unique and convenient way of delivering daily news. We employ a newsroom of five local broadcast journalists -- covering Aspen to Glenwood Springs, Rifle to Eagle -- and our style of broadcast journalism allows local reporters to truly go deeper on targeted issues, including education, the impact of human-caused climate change, and issues of public policy, by personally engaging with community members and stakeholders, sharing *their* voices, and identifying critical solutions to pressing issues of interest. 

Public radio plays a vital role in providing the information we all need to fully exercise our rights in our democracy. Free, over-the-air public radio broadcast signals cover nearly 99% of the nation’s population and remain the most easily accessed daily news source for audiences across the country —especially in rural communities. Whether it’s a better understanding of the actions of your elected officials, opportunities or concerns around potential policy decisions, the invitation to get involved and participate in community actions, or the introduction of new ideas and creative solutions, free access to news and information and the presence of local journalists are critical to a healthy community. 

  • “Aspen Public Radio’s fact-based news is a comfort during these tumultuous times.” - Peggy and Tripp, Basalt

  • “Aspen Public Radio is where I go to get my news. Thank you!” - Janet, Carbondale

  • We trust the Aspen Public Radio news and love the programming. - Colleen and Tom, Glenwood Springs

  • "I'm a huge fan of APR and have been for more than 20 years. The station provides my primary source of news/information." - APR Listener, Woody Creek

  • "I love the new inclusion of the mountain news reports from all across the West. Those are excellent!" - APR Listener, Carbondale

  • "An invaluable and enriching asset to the Aspen community! Well done!" APR Listener, Glenwood Springs

  • Thanks for the wonderful and essential work you do to help keep our community informed, connected, and vibrant; for making amazing gems like 
    portions of the Aspen Ideas Fest accessible to everyone, and for helping keep civic dialogue and democracy alive."  APR Listener, Aspen

  • "My favorite thing about APR is the feeling that Aspen Public Radio really cares about our community and takes the time to report on what local residents 
    are doing in our Valley."- APR Listener, Rifle

  • Couldn't live without it! Thank you for the great service you provide to the Valley. - APR Listener, Aspen

  • You do amazing things. Thank you for being so centered on community. - APR Listener, Glenwood Springs

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Mission

To support, nourish, and enrich our community by providing informative, entertaining, and educational radio and digital programming in a reliable and professional manner.

Background Statement

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.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Aspen Public Radio

other names

Roaring Fork Public Radio, Inc.

Year Established

1981

Tax id (EIN)

84-0884901

Category

Public & Societal Benefit, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Environment, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Mutual & Membership Benefit

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

110 E HALLAM ST STE 134
ASPEN, CO 81611

Service areas

Aspen, CO, US, 81611

Snowmass Village, CO, US

Basalt, CO, US

Carbondale, CO, US, 81623

Glenwood Springs, CO, US, 81601

Phone

970-920-9000

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