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KRCC's General Manager Kyle Cunningham has announced that he is stepping down from his position, effective March 6. The announcement comes less than a month after Colorado Public Radio (CPR) entered into a management agreement with Colorado College, which owns KRCC's license, to oversee the station.

For decades, KRCC has served Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico with rigorous and award-winning reporting, impactful storytelling, cultural events and thoughtful music curation. KRCC's mission is to serve those seeking knowledge and an authentic connection to Southern Colorado and the world at large.

The Top 5: A Look Back At Our Most Popular Stories Of 2019

Dec 19, 2019
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As we prepare to close the books on another year, we'd like to take a moment to look back at some of our most popular stories and interviews from 2019.

Below are the local and regional pieces from the past year that drew the most traffic to our website, with comments from our reporters as they reflect on the stories.

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KRCC will be keeping it festive this holiday season with NPR's Tinsel Tales on Christmas eve and Christmas morning.   You'll hear stories from the NPR archives as well as new features that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present tell stories of the season.

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APM's Turkey Confidential comes to the rescue on Thanksgiving Day from 10am to noon, and Arlo Guthrie gets rejected in KRCC's traditional broadcast of "Alice's Restuarant".

With Turkey Confidential you'll find the help you need with cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year. Francis Lam will be joined by special guests Melissa Clark, Samin Nosrat, Kwame Onwuachi and Shauna Sever to talk about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, memories, and to join Francis in answering your questions - have a question (or disaster story) to share with Francis and her guests? Submit it via the Turkey Confidential contact us form. You can also tell your Thanksgiving tale or as a question via Facebook, Twitter, or call the live show at 1-800-242-2828.

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KRCC has added a third webstream to accommodate special programs and breaking news from NPR.  

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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.

91.5 KRCC News Wins Three PRNDI Awards

Jun 19, 2019
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91.5 KRCC News has received three awards from PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. The national organization annually recognizes top journalism from throughout the public radio network.

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91.5 KRCC News has been recognized for our reporting with two awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA).

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If you are a listener of 91.5 KRCC, you have likely heard mention of the "Chili Challenge" during our on-air fundraising efforts over the past decade.  The "Chili Challenge" became a regular, and very successful fundraising appeal, brainstormed by longtime contributors Dinny and Terri Weber, (who are, coincidentally, Chili's parents).

Over the years, Chili and the Webers would visit the station during NPR's Morning Edition, and Chili would offer her "biscuit allowance" as challenge money for new and renewing members of the station. Chili and her biscuit money certainly won the hearts of all of us here at KRCC, and her lovable Golden Retriever demeanor translated well over the radio. (I suspect that even though Chili's biscuit money may have been diverted to KRCC for operational expenses, she likely got her biscuits regardless....)

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As part of the Mountain West News Bureau, 91.5 KRCC is committed to bringing you stories from across the Rocky Mountain West about the issues that tie the region together. From public lands and the environment to the people and places that make up the region, we explore the issues that define us and the challenges we face.

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Reporting from the 91.5 KRCC Newsroom has been honored with two awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

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On Friday, April 12, NPR's David Greene was in Colorado Springs for a 91.5 KRCC member event hosted by Abigail Beckman, 91.5 KRCC's local host for Morning Edition.

As part of the Military Voices Initiative from Story Corps, 91.5 KRCC will air the stories of veterans who live in our Southern Colorado community in the week leading up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 

Beginning this Saturday, Sept. 15, 91.5 KRCC will be airing The Politics Show from NPR from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Politics Show from NPR is the definitive guide to the 2018 midterms--a one-hour roundtable discussion airing for nine weeks that presents a deep dive on the major races, themes, and issues defining these historic elections.

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As a member of the Mountain West News Bureau, 91.5 KRCC is committed to bringing you news on important issues from across the region, ranging from public lands and the environment to wildfires and recreation, culture, and more.

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Starting next Monday, August 13th, the show 1A with Joshua Johnson will be moving to 9 a.m. following NPR's Morning Edition. The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega will move to 11 a.m.

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91.5 KRCC is pleased to welcome Sean McKee to its staff as the station's new finance coordinator. Sean holds a degree in accounting from Colorado State University and brings expertise in nonprofit finance to the role. 

The Mountain West News Bureau Featured On 1A

Jun 14, 2018

91.5 KRCC's Ali Budner will be featured on 1A this Friday as part of the program's weekly news roundup. The segment will highlight the Mountain West News Bureau and the work it does to highlight this often overlooked region in national news coverage. 

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91.5 KRCC's Jake Brownell has won first place in the Best Feature Story category from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association for his story "Guns To Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares." The awards honor the best in radio and television reporting across 13 western states. 

91.5 KRCC Hires New Morning Edition Host

Apr 24, 2018
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91.5 KRCC is pleased to announce that Abigail Beckman will be joining the station as its new Morning Edition host. Beckman will also work as a reporter in the newsroom.

91.5 KRCC and Pikes Peak Library 21c are hosting the StoryCorps mobile recording studio April 30th through May 11th as part of the Military Voices Initiative.  

Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories, and in doing so, we will honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we - as a nation - are listening.

Jake Brownell earned a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence this past weekend for his news feature Guns to Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares.

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91.5 KRCC is pleased to announce the hiring of Ali Budner as part of a journalism collaborative focusing on the Mountain West. 

Budner comes to 91.5 KRCC from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her award-winning reporting has covered the state of California on a range of topics from health and the environment to homelessness and immigration.

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American Public Media has announced that it is ceasing production and distribution of the popular Saturday morning program Dinner Party Download in 2018.  Luckily, there is a silver lining in almost every cloud, and the program Milk Street is the bright new program addition in this scenario. 

Notice of 91.5 KRCC Community Advisory Board Meeting

Dec 10, 2017

The 91.5 KRCC Community Advisory Board (CAB) is meeting Tuesday, December 12th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at 912 N. Weber St., Colorado Springs. 

Questions: Please call 719-473-4801 x30

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"Alice's Restaurant" is a satirical, storytellin' (and mostly true) song by Arlo Guthrie, which has become a Thanksgiving Day staple for many public radio listeners. The song begins with the tale of a littering mishap at a refuse dump which was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and follows the hearing and legal citation that ensued. Arlo Guthrie comically leads the listener to the Vietnam-era draft board in New York City which ultimately rejects his military conscription based on his crime of littering. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, the deadpan monologue delivery and fingerpickin' style of the song reveals a strong anti-war theme.

The Public Broadcasting Act Of 1967 Turns 50

Nov 7, 2017
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Today, public broadcasting in America turns 50, and 91.5 KRCC joins our country in saluting this national treasure.

In signing the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy “America’s appetite for excellence” and “enrich man’s spirit.”

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Be sure to catch longtime 91.5 KRCC listener and volunteer Tim Everett as he grabs the jazz baton from Dick Fairley Sunday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting this Sunday evening.

Tim Everett is a third-generation Colorado native who began to eagerly explore music (old and new) early in his career. As a long time listener of all that 91.5 KRCC offers (namely NPR, This American Life, Radiolab, late night music mixes and not least of all, Dick Fairley’s Jazz Excursion), Tim always found his own fondness of Jazz odd, considering it began at a young age.

He now reverently accepts the position left by Dick Fairley as jazz host, after so many years of admiring Mr. Fairley’s indispensable knowledge of jazz history. Dick decided to retire from his hosting duties.

As a humble fan, he endeavors to share what he knows and commit to ever widening his scope of understanding for jazz music, for his and your entertainment. 

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

91.5 KRCC joins five other public radio stations to launch a regional news consortium, covering issues spanning the Rocky Mountain West, to include Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

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