Colorado Public Radio Announces New Hosts


Colorado Public Radio is welcoming two new hosts to their classical radio station KVOD (88.1 FM), as two long-time hosts are set to depart.

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

Patty Painter-Wakefield is set to join CPR Classical on Thursday, December 1. She started 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 for CPR Classical hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley, who will leave the station on Sunday, November 27.

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

In addition to KVOD, CPR Classical airs on a number of satellite and repeater stations throughout Colorado.


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