Colorado Public Radio’s New-Music Station Named Open Air, To Launch Oct. 31

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Sept. 26, 2011– Colorado Public Radio (CPR) has named its new-music station on 1340 AM in Denver Open Air. It will begin broadcasting on October 31.

Open Air will provide a comprehensive music experience focusing on new and recent music of the past 15 years with a Colorado perspective.

“The name Open Air was based on listener input and represents who we are and what we’ll be doing,” said Mike Flanagan, program director of Open Air. “The goal is to provide a space for listeners to be open to new ideas, new bands, new sounds and new possibilities.”

“Open Air is natural extension of CPR’s mission to offer an in-depth exploration of music,” Flanagan noted. “So, in a given hour you might hear a mixture of rock, country, soul, folk, world, roots, and blues. It’ll be a fun and educational destination, complete with interviews, performances from Open Air’s studio, vinyl classics and much more.”

Flanagan has more than 30 years of experience in radio, including eight years with Colorado Public Radio in the 1990s as an on-air and Midday Mozart music host. In addition to his role as general manager of Radio 1190, Flanagan served as an adjunct professor in CU-Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

CPR announced plans in June to convert 1340 AM in Denver from all news to a new-music station. CPR will continue to broadcast in-depth news on 90.1 FM in Denver and classical music can still be found at 88.1 FM in Denver.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 450,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, Spring / Fall 2010). More than 90 percent of CPR’s funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses, and foundations.

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