HD Radio: The Original Vail Plan

As noted in this July 24 More Messages blog, former Colorado Public Radio board member Frances Koncilja, who resigned from the organization over her objections to a series of planned moves, is part of a new website that largely focuses on CPR. For proof, check out a recent entry revealing inside information about a plan to bring HD Radio to Vail.

Judging by a June 20 document entitled "CPR Board Information Item," supporters of the proposal were rather confident of victory. Here's the communications plan timeline:

April 18: CPR/CPRN staff meetings.

May 1: Transmitter equipment ordered

May 7-June 6: HD radios distributed to staff, experiential research.

June 14: Staff survey results compiled, recommendations (if any) incorporated into plan.

June 20: CPR Board vote: Assuming approval:

June 21-July 9:

Notify CPR underwriters, appropriate VIPs. Contact all key constituents who should hear about the change from us personally, rather than through public channels.

Line up sources for radios and antennas, ideally with discount deals for CPR listeners.

Record and schedule on-air promos, prepare print ads & posters.

Prepare Eagle County member postcard mailing.

Establish front-desk procedure, escalation process, and standard responses for listener calls/e-mails. Set up voice & e-mail boxes for HD tech questions.

Week of July 9: Drop postcard mailing to CPR members in Eagle County for July 16 delivery.

July 16: Meet w/editor of Vail Daily.

Update website.

Start on-air promos (Vail only).

Hang posters in Vail.

August 1: Notify FCC of change.

September 4: Go live.

In all likelihood, only a few of these steps were taken. Thanks in part to a presentation Koncilja made at the June 20 board meeting, the board declined to rubber-stamp the Vail proposal. However, the scheme will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion at the next board get-together, slated for September. Expect to hear more about that session as it draws nearer. -- Michael Roberts

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts