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In a time where we can't be with people in person, Aspen Public Radio would like to thank our listeners and donors for making our reporting and our community connection possible this year.

In 2020, thanks to your support, we provided critical information relating to COVID-19, the Grizzly Creek Fire, election 2020 coverage, new Spanish-language translation of stories, and support for our community.

Aspen Public Radio is pleased to announce the hiring of Ariel Van Cleave as news director. Van Cleave, who will be relocating from Chicago, officially starts this August 4th.

Van Cleave is currently the senior editor of audio news at WBEZ in Chicago, and boasts sixteen years of experience in public media. Prior to her time with WBEZ, Van Cleave worked as the producer of Morning Edition at KNKX in Seattle, and also served as Morning Edition host and reporter at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Aspen Public Radio is launching a new community-based smart speaker program aimed at serving senior citizens on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Aspen Public Radio founder and former station manager Sy Coleman died Monday from a heart attack in Cusco, Peru where he lived most of the year.  He was 77. 

Coleman moved to Aspen in 1980. A year later, he brought the Roaring Fork Valley its first non-commercial radio, using a chain of mountain-top translators to broadcast NPR programming from the University of Wyoming station KUWR. 

Aspen Public Radio is committed to objectiveness, truth and fairness in reporting. We currently officially follow and subscribe to the NPR ethics policy.

We also consult with the doctrine laid forth by the following professional organizations:

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

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.


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.