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How Local Radio Stations Help Denver Bands

Dragondeer is a quickly rising star among Denver bands, playing sets at SXSW and Red Rocks (for Film on the Rocks) earlier this year. But when members Eric Halborg, Cole Rudy, Carl Sorensen and Casey Sidwell stepped into OpenAir's spacious studio last winter to record a live session, they had none of those accomplishments on their collective résumé. In fact, they'd only written a couple of songs and didn't have any recorded material. "We were pretty new," says Halborg. "But they had seen us play live and asked us to do an in-studio [performance]."

Since it started in October 2011, OpenAir (1340 AM) -- a branch of Colorado Public Radio with a focus on the local music scene -- has hosted more than 300 bands in its Performance Studio, sharing the resulting audio recordings with listeners on the air and videos online.

See also: OpenAir Live & Local Is a New TV Show Featuring Some of Colorado's Best Music

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Isa Jones is an editor in Jackson Hole; her writing has appeared all over the Internet and occasionally in print.
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