The scholarship program was established in the spring of 2008 during the celebration of Aspen Publuc Radio's 20th anniversary of local programming. The goal of the scholarship is to help inspire young people to learn how to tell the stories heard every day on public radio. When long-time Aspen Public Radio employee John Noonan passed away in August of 2008, the staff and board of the station renamed its annual scholarship the John Noonan Memorial Scholarship in honor of John's 14-year tenure at Aspen Public Radio.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded each spring to a graduating senior who plans to study broadcast journalism and/or communications in college. The scholarship is available to students graduating from any high school with APR's local listening area.
John was hired by the founder of Aspen Public Radio, Sy Coleman, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he began his long running show, Aspen Media Review, with co-host Cara Daniel. He would later co-host the program with Brian O'Neil. The program was a local favorite and ran through March 2006, making it the longest running local show in the station's history. In addition to hosting Aspen Media Review, John also worked at the station as news director, underwriting sales director, morning host and development director.
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