Colorado Public Radio announces new hosts

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Colorado Public Radio welcomes two new hosts to its classic radio station KVOD (88.1 FM), as two longtime hosts are set to depart.

Kabin Thomas joined CPR Classical on Wednesday November 16th. Thomas has decades of experience as a tuba player and taught classical music for over a decade at the University of Arkansas. He also narrated the Emmy-winning film The sound of dreams, a documentary about the Hot Springs Music Festival.

Patty Painter-Wakefield is scheduled to join CPR Classical on Thursday, December 1. She began her radio career at WFDD (88.5 FM) in Winston-Salem while attending Wake Forecast College. After college, she worked for NPR member station KGOU (106.3 FM) while earning a master’s degree in music history. She moved to Colorado in 2013.

Thomas and Painter-Wakefield will take over from CPR Classical hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley, who will leave the station on Sunday, November 27.

“WWe’re thrilled to bring these new voices to CPR Classical listeners, but it also means we’re saying goodbye to two hosts,” said Sean Nethery, senior vice president of content at CPR, on Monday. “David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley left Colorado during the pandemic, but they have continued to provide excellent service to our audiences throughout this unprecedented time. They cannot stay remote from out of state, as CPR hosts must be members of the Colorado community. We are grateful for their superb hosting and for continuing this transition.

In addition to KVOD, CPR Classical airs on a number of satellite and relay stations all over Colorado.

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