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Aspen Public Radio is conducting a brief survey about how our audience is doing during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is input from listeners like you that help us better understand how you’re feeling and how we can better serve you. We appreciate your participation and invite you to weigh in with your opinions.

Giving Tuesday Now

May 1, 2020

Update as of 9:00 a.m., May 6: Thank you to our listeners for your incredible support on #GivingTuesdayNow. Your financial support is what makes the critical reporting needed now possible. And thanks to you, our friends at Clark's Market were able to donate 100 emergency bags of food to local pantry, LIFT-UP. Thank you again for your commitment to Aspen Public Radio, and to each other, here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Update as of 8:00 p.m., May 5: We are closing in on 100 gifts and we are overwhelmed by the positive community support! There is still time to give on #GivingTuesdayNow. Please donate on and for every gift made, Clark's Market will give a bag of food to LIFT-UP to support families in need.

Update as of 2:20 p.m., May 5: Thank you to everyone for donating so far! We are one-quarter of the way toward our goal with over 50 gifts and we are excited that Clark's Market will be giving 50 emergency food bags to LIFT-UP.

Update as of 10:00 a.m., May 5: We sent out an email first thing this morning to announce our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. For every gift made on today, Clark's Market will donate a bag of food to LIFT-UP to support families in our valley who are in need. Please help us meet our 200-gift goal and support two causes with just one gift. Thank you for supporting fact-based, trusted news (and our community) during #GivingTuesdayNow.

Society of Professional Journalists

The Aspen Public Radio news team has received four 2019 “Top of the Rockies” awards from the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

*By submitting your story to the Aspen Public Radio & Aspen Public Radio "Quarantine Stories" project, you agree to it being aired on Aspen Public Radio and archived for future use by Aspen Historical Society for educational and archival purposes as set forth here.

Educational and Archival Uses. Aspen Historical Society shall have the right to use all or any portion of the submission (“Work”) for educational and archival purposes.  These uses shall include, but are not limited to:

Aspen Public Radio is airing a nightly hour of special programming about the global pandemic from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. The National Conversation with All Things Considered is hosted by NPR's Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin. During this hour NPR presents a live national conversation,  engaging with listeners and answering questions focused on the coronavirus crisis, and talking to NPR reporters and national experts to get you the latest and best information. Do you have questions about the coronavirus pandemic that you would like NPR reporters to answer?

Our New Year's resolution is to give you more opportunities to get the news and information you need during this election year. We're updating our schedule to reflect an even greater commitment to bringing you the best in public radio programming at times that work for your schedule. 


Our New Year's resolution is to give you more opportunities to get the news and information you need during this election year. We're updating our schedule to reflect an even greater commitment to bringing you the best in public radio programming at times that work for your schedule. 


Aspen Public Radio is committed to objectiveness, truth and fairness in reporting. We currently follow and subscribe to the ethics policies laid forth by the following professional organizations:

Public Media Code of Integrity
Society of Professional Journalists
Public Radio News Directors Inc

Aspen Public Radio's Use of Personal Data

Nov 14, 2019

Aspen Public Radio ("Aspen Public Radio" or "we") is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. This Privacy Policy sets forth the manner in which Aspen Public Radio uses any information you provide to us. The information that we request from you is designed to enable us to improve your experience with the Web sites owned or operated by Aspen Public Radio (the “Site”) and the content, material and data (the “Content”) available on or through the Site. 

Aspen Public Radio Commenting Guidelines

Nov 14, 2019

Aspen Public Radio seeks to foster an engaged community built on civility and dialogue. As you comment on our social media pages, please be considerate of one another. Certain issues and news pieces can become heated and controversial; however, Aspen Public Radio seeks to maintain a respectful thread of commentary.

We will delete inappropriate content, which includes any content that:

Basalt Area Gives Campaign Underway

Oct 31, 2019

The Basalt Area Gives campaign is currently in full swing, and its founders are hoping Basalt residents will donate a portion of their TABOR tax refunds to local community organizations.

Audio Problems

Oct 16, 2019
Daniel Costello / Aspen Public Radio

12/10/2019: We installed new equipment at the airport, and have restored our audio to Comcast Channel 8 in Pitkin County.

10/17/2019: Our engineer replaced the failed piece of equipment for the KCJX 88.9 transmitter, so we are back on the main transmitter and at full power. Please let us know if you hear any further problems, and thanks for your patience.

10/16/2019: Pitkin County translator engineers made adjustments to remove distortion on 90.9 serving Snowmass Village and 91.1 serving the ABC. Please let us know how they sound!

Twelve candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination face each other Tuesday evening for the fourth debate of the campaign. 

Aspen Public Radio will broadcast the three-hour event, hosted by CNN and the New York Times, beginning at 6 p.m. MT. 

Stopping by the grocery store to pick up your essentials? You can support your essential public radio station, Aspen Public Radio, every time you swipe your Plus Card at City Market.

King Soopers Community Rewards donates to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday, at no cost to you!

Once you link your card to our organization, all you have to do is shop and swipe.

To participate in this program, follow the steps below:

Aspen Public Radio is delighted to present the nationally syndicated program 1A (airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) host Joshua Johnson for a free public event on the Red Brick Center for the Arts lawn at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26.

Aspen Public Radio Reporter Christin Kay will interview Joshua about hosting a daily national show, the challenges of reporting and how his career path led him to Washington D.C.

Our event is a picnic-style event - bring some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (water provided) and get an insider look at public radio programming.

1A will be broadcasting live to the nation from our studios Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25, and Joshua is moderating several events at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Sponsorship for this event is generously provided by Alpine Bank of Aspen.


As an Aspen Public Radio listener, you're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past several years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio and technology landscape.


We're writing now to ask for your opinion. Our goal is to continue to provide great content the way that you want it on the platforms you use most often, so we're inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey.


Summer classical music host Chris Mohr is coming up to Aspen for his sixth summer on Aspen Public Radio. He has loved classical music since he was twelve.

“And I owe it all to radio,” Chris explains. “I grew up in a farm town east of Cleveland. Most of the music I heard growing up was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and other favorites of my parents. 

Dear Listeners,

We are writing to share exciting news about our program schedule. Beginning Saturday, June 1st, we’ll be introducing new shows on Aspen Public Radio, bringing new voices, fresh personalities and diverse perspectives.

We’re updating our schedule to reflect an even greater commitment to bringing you the best in public radio programming.

Here are some highlights, and you can view the complete schedule here.

Tammy Terwelp / APR

The Aspen Public Radio news team recently won three awards of excellence and two certificates of merrit from the Colorado Broadcaster's Association for work done in 2018.

Aspen Public Radio's John Noonan Memorial Scholarship

Mar 12, 2019

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.

3/19/2019: 91.1 near Aspen appears to be back to full power.

3/15/2019: 91.1 near Aspen continues to go off the air sporadically. The Pitkin County translator service is aware of the problem, but it may be some time before they are able to return consistent service from this transmitter site. Please try tuning to 91.5 or 88.9 instead.

3/14/2019: 91.5 near Basalt has been repaired and is back on the air.

3/11/2019: 91.1 near Aspen is back on the air, although it may be at a lower power than normal.

Lessons from Paradise: Kirk Siegler, Correspondent on NPR’s National Desk

Kirk Siegler will be in conversation with Aspen Public Radio’s Executive Director Tammy Terwelp, Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM, at The Temporary in Basalt.