Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and Pikes Peak State College (PPSC) today announced they
are trading signals in Colorado Springs. PPSC’s radio station, KEPC, will now change
its call letters to KXRE and air on 102.1 FM and 1490 AM, while Indie 102.3, the independent
music discovery station from CPR, will air on 89.7 FM in Colorado Springs and 93.3
FM in Pueblo. The switch will go live in early 2022.
"Indie 102.3 began broadcasting in Colorado Springs in April 2020 and has seen steady
audience growth in the region,” said CPR President and CEO Stewart Vanderwilt. “We're
excited to expand its reach through this trade while also establishing a paid internship
program for students from Pikes Peak State College."
As part of the agreement, PPSC students will have the opportunity to intern with KRCC,
the southern Colorado news station operated by CPR.
“This trade represents a win-win for CPR and our students,” said PPSC President Lance
Bolton. “CPR gets a stronger signal, and our 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.”
In addition, CPR and KRCC will also provide engineering assistance to PPSC’s tower
Until the trade is complete, both stations will continue to be available at their
current FM and AM signals. Additionally, both stations are available to stream online
from their respective websites (PPSC/Xtra, Indie 102.3) or via smart speakers.
About Pikes Peak State College
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPSC offers
associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and three bachelor’s
degrees. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education
centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPSC provides access to a quality, affordable
and flexible education to more than 20,000 students annually with both credit and
About Xtra Music 102.1
Xtra Music 102.1 is faculty run, but student operated, so every voice you hear on
the air is a future broadcaster of America! The KXRE student interns are all enrolled
in the Broadcast and Electronic Media Program at Pikes Peak State College, and being
on the air is one of the many opportunities extended to them on their journey towards
their Associates of Applied Science degree. PPSC’s college station has a rich history
of preparing students for both full and part-time positions in commercial radio. One
only has to listen around the dial in Southern Colorado to hear former students excelling
on the air at a number of popular stations. Catch them on the road to success as they
hone their skills each semester.
About Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization delivering meaningful
news, music, and cultural experiences to everyone in Colorado using the power of the
human voice in all its forms. Roughly 95 percent of CPR’s funds come from the private
support of listeners, businesses and foundations. For more information, visit www.cpr.org.