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A Radio Station Swap in Colorado Springs

CPR and Pikes Peak Community College strike a mutually beneficial deal


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Colorado Public Radio and a local community college will exchange radio signals in Colorado Springs.

CPR and Pikes Peak Community College said that early next year, the college’s station KEPC will change call letters to KXRE and air on 102.1 FM and 1490 AM, while CPR’s “Indie 102.3” will air on 89.7 in Colorado Springs and 93.3 in Pueblo.

“Indie 102.3 began broadcasting in Colorado Springs in April 2020 and has seen steady audience growth in the region,” said CPR President/CEO Stewart Vanderwilt, who made the announcement with PPCC President Lance Bolton.

“We’re excited to expand its reach through this trade while also establishing a paid internship program for students from Pikes Peak Community College.”

PPCC students will have the opportunity to intern with KRCC, the news station operated by CPR in southern Colorado.

Bolton said CPR gets a stronger signal, and the students get new internship opportunities at KRCC.

“Meanwhile, the college’s station, now called Xtra Music 102.1, will continue to play the maximum variety of tunes that our campus community loves.” That station is run by faculty and operated by students. Its interns are enrolled in the Broadcast and Electronic Media Program at the school.

CPR and station KRCC will also provide engineering assistance to PPCC’s tower and infrastructure.

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