OpenAir 1340 AM set to launch on Halloween

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Open Air 1340 makes its broadcast debut this Monday, October 31
Update (10/31/11): OpenAir 1340 made its broadcast debut this morning, and the signal sounds pretty strong from where we're at. Appropriately, the station hit the airwaves this morning at 5:59 a.m. with "Colorado" by Paper Bird. And the playlist thus far has been pretty standard indie fare from the likes of Crooked Fingers, Lykke Li, Sufjan Stevens, Sonic Youth and Twin Sister, with some Pictureplane thrown in for good measure. Have you listened yet? What do you think?

Original Item (10/26/11): So the new music-driven public radio station we've been hearing about that's being programmed by Mike Flanagan is set to launch this Monday, October 31. Flanagan has assembled a core staff of five individuals, most of whom all did stints at KVCU/Radio 1190, where Flanagan spent half a dozen years as GM. Below is introduction to the staff of OpenAir 1340, as the station's been dubbed, so named with the input of prospective listeners.

From OpenAir 1340:

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Mike Flanagan
Mike Flanagan, program director, has more than thirty years of experience in radio at all levels, including eight years as a classical-music host at Colorado Public Radio in the 1990s. Flanagan comes to CPR after spending six years as general manager of the University of Colorado's nationally recognized student radio station, Radio 1190.

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Jessi Whitten
Jessi Whitten, music director, began her radio career as traffic director at Radio 1190 and also hosted the station's morning show on and off for three years. Before arriving at CPR, Whitten spent two years as music director at Radio 1190 where she planned daytime music programming, produced content for the web and reviewed CDs.

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Alisha Sweeney
Alisha Sweeney, morning show host and assistant music director, is a seasoned on-air personality with 12 years of experience working in radio. She's worked for stations in Denver, Boulder, Jersey City, N.J. and London, England and won several awards, including a nod from Westword in 2001 for best radio DJ.

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Corey H. Jones
Corey H. Jones, announcer and producer, was first involved with radio in college, working as a DJ, news and sports director and host of Radio 1190's weekly local music program, "The Local Shakedown." With a background in journalism, Jones brings an investigative spirit to OpenAir and looks to uncover and share stories about Colorado's local music scene.

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Brandee Castle
Brandee Castle, announcer and web director, began her career in radio as a 17-year-old intern at Radio 1190. She spent six years there as a DJ before launching a career in writing and editing. Castle is a digital media specialist, most recently developing social media strategies as an associate with the Governor's Energy Office of Colorado.



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Woody
Woody

I'm shocked to see the negative comments...the Clear Channel employees must have been instructed to comment? Whether you like the music or not, having an independent music station in town (one that doesn't follow the 3 songs, 12 commercials rule) is a breath of fresh air. 

Brit
Brit

"...and hopefully will add another group of loyal fans to the CPR family of stations." Aye Aye corporate public radio guy! I'll stick with the real local stuff that served as the blueprint for this thing y'all call 1340 AM. Nothing against these five Radio 1190 expats who inexplicably have their own station, they all seem nice. But I'm already sick of their indie iPod and they've only been riding with me for 3 days now. File under: Bad Road Trip.

Thanks for your market research though, and for targeting me as a young consumer! I do appreciate it!

El Gusano
El Gusano

Awwww quit hating you internet hipsters. This is a great thing for Colorado and hopefully will add another group of loyal fans to the CPR family of stations. Better than simulcasting the news on 1340 like it was before the switch.

Jenny B
Jenny B

Yeah... it really was an incredibly boring debut. Not sure why this is happening, and maybe for the next set of pictures for your site you can turn down the dimmer... it's a freakin' white out! Professor Mikey, yeah i almost forgot about that guy's "awkward charm" anyway. If they are counting on people streaming it, why wouldn't they just stream KEXP (which is better) or The Current?

Kirk Wilde
Kirk Wilde

God. Good thing I didn't certify that AM 1340 will consistently reflect the new Melodic music revolution. KVOQ flails about with anything experimental however forced and disjointed.

It might be OK to jar you to new places on a drug trip; otherwise, it's a cocophonous mess. Its audience will be limited to Dadaists.

Beavis
Beavis

Broadcast radio? That's so twentieth century.

Memo to Mr. Flanagan: The future belongs to Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and other music services. Using radio for music (and AM at that) is a waste of spectrum.

Homestar Runner
Homestar Runner

Wow! This is so unique! I'm really excited to tune in to Radio 1190 on it's new mainstream, sanitized, and comercialized frequency. Thanks Prof. Mikey!!!

Loves silver haired foxes
Loves silver haired foxes

So it appears that if one hasn't worked at Radio 1190 they are not qualified to work for this station.  I saw Nepotism.   Also, it's nearly an all female staff.  I say the the old guy that runs the deal has a harem!!  Lucky, uh, guy.

Kevinmccrumb
Kevinmccrumb

So for Woody it's just about no commercials on the station.   KVOQ could put anything on (which they seemingly have) and Woody would be happy because there aren't any commercials.  The station is flat and lifeless with amateur hosts who don't deserve the pay they get.  

Woody
Woody

Thanks for speaking for me Kevin! 

I do enjoy the music. It's bands that I know and listen to on my own. But yes, I do enjoy the lack of commercials, because i like listening to music. I also liked MTV better when they played videos.

It's not 'just anything' it's indie music. It's not the music that the machine shat out and said "you shall listen to this." I gather than you don't care for the music (or haven't bothered listening for more than a few minutes), and that's fine, because guess what? This station was clearly not designed with you in mind.

Kirk Wilde
Kirk Wilde

The problem is that KVOQ is unfocused. Modern radio is inescapably niche. You have to  pick your niche. Nobody will like every style KVOQ is playing, which means everybody will be tuning out pretty soon. We need a tighter KVOQ plus 2 more stations. 

Whip
Whip

I hope this isn't untoward but there's a Denver focused indie-ish internet station called Post303radio.com.  And, yes, it's mine.  I created Indie 1015 so it's in that vein.  So if you like OpenAir there's a chance you'll like us, too.  Please give it a try and let me know what you think    Whip@post303radio.com 

Kevinmccrumb
Kevinmccrumb

Woody, you are welcome.  If somebody has to be your mouthpiece, your spokesperson, then I will take on that role.  Simply say the word."Indie" has become such a bastardized term.  Let's play semantics!  Indie refers to bands on independent labels, no majors, right?  There's only like 4 major labels left.  So saying something is "Indie" is like including every band.The station is lifeless.  It's a flatline with very little passion.  Please don't take that personally, Woody.  

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