Colorado College and 91.5 KRCC are pleased to announce that Kyle Cunningham, who has served as the interim general manager of 91.5 KRCC since January, has been named general manager.
Cunningham joined 91.5 KRCC, Colorado College's NPR-member station, as membership manager in 2016.
"I am truly honored to serve as 91.5 KRCC’s next general manager," Cunningham said. "My pledge is to further strengthen KRCC and cement its role permanently as the region's source for news, music and NPR programming. I believe Southern Colorado deserves a public radio station that meets listeners and members where they are, shines a spotlight on our vibrant news, music, arts and culture scene, and tells the stories that highlight our unique region.
"KRCC is in many ways already doing these things," he said. "My mission is to ensure that we do even more. As Southern Colorado grows and changes, 91.5 KRCC also must grow and change to meet the community's needs. I’m extremely excited by the potential at the station and believe there are great things ahead of us."
The radio station, which currently is housed at 912 N. Weber St. and slated to move to a new home at 720 N. Tejon St. next year, serves a 25,000-square-mile area: southeastern Colorado including Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo, and La Junta; the mountain communities of Buena Vista, Salida, Westcliffe, Gardner, Villa Grove, and Trinidad; and Raton, in northeastern New Mexico. It airs numerous public media favorites such as "Morning Edition," "Fresh Air," "All Things Considered," "This American Life," "BBC World Service" and "Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me," as well local favorites such as "Music with Vicky Gregor," "Air Check," and the "Late Night Music Mix."
The station was started in 1944 by a Colorado College professor as a two-room public-address system on the CC campus. It became the first non-commercial educational FM radio station in Colorado in 1951, and joined the NPR-member station system in 1984.
Cunningham started working in public media as a student at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. While a student at OSU, he worked as a membership assistant at KOSU, the university’s public radio station. Upon graduation, he was promoted to a full-time position at KOSU, assuming more responsibility in the membership department.
Working in public radio "turned from a job into a passion when I experienced my first fundraising drive," said Cunningham. "I was instantly enthralled with the public-radio funding model — hundreds of listeners making the choice to support an independent news and music service, which they not only listened to, but engaged with directly. In an era when 'grassroots' funding is in vogue, public media stands as a testament to what a real, community-funded public service looks like. Since my first pledge drive, I have never lost that spark and that passion for our mission as a public media organization."
While at KRCC, Cunningham has built a strong membership program that has continuously broken records, cultivated a new Summit Club giving level, enhanced engagement with members and listeners by hosting events to meet reporters and editors, "star parties" for fans of the "Looking Up" astronomy segments and a major event featuring national "Morning Edition" host David Greene. He emphasizes the importance of community connection.
"I have grown to treasure Southern Colorado deeply, and I am very excited about the opportunity that I now have to serve this community in a greater capacity," he said. "I look forward to partnering with our staff, members, listeners, volunteers, Community Advisory Board members, members of the Colorado College campus community and many others to make even greater growth a reality."
The college conducted a national search for new station leadership, with Cunningham one of several strong candidates.
"It was clear that Kyle was the right person to lead our growing NPR-member station," said Jane Turnis, CC's vice president for communications. "He brings a commitment to listeners and community, strategic vision, track record in building an outstanding membership program, great leadership, creativity and relationships with the station's very talented staff; and most important, his fire: He's truly motivated to take the station to greater heights with fresh content, engagement, student opportunities and more."
About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its approximately 2,100 undergraduate students take one class at a time in intensive 3½-week segments. In 2016, Colorado College announced an alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the following year the two became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, providing innovative, educational and multidisciplinary arts experiences for the campus and Colorado Springs communities. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit www.coloradocollege.edu
Colorado College is 91.5 KRCC's licensee.