First statewide prison radio station launches in Colorado

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The station’s programming is created by incarcerated producers in manufacturing studios in 3 Colorado prisons.

LIMON, Colo. — The first statewide prison radio station in U.S. historical past launches Tuesday, March 1.

“Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio” reaches over 14,000 incarcerated listeners through the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) closed circuit TV community. The radio station broadcasts music, tales, information, and leisure into all amenities in the CDOC.

The public will be capable of hearken to the simultaneous sign starting Tuesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at ColoradoPrisonRadio.com and on the Inside Wire app on Apple and Android.

A project of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI), the radio station’s programming is created by incarcerated producers in manufacturing studios in three prisons: Limon Correctional Facility (LCF), Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF).

“There’s such a wealth of stories and perspectives behind the walls,” said Ryan Conarro, DU PAI staff member and Inside Wire’s General Manager and Program Director. “Radio is the proper medium for this surroundings. We actually consider that listening and sharing are important human acts, each in and out of prison.”

“The reality is that 90-95% of incarcerated people will be released from prison and return to communities as our neighbors,” stated Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Dean Williams. “It’s important that through programs like Inside Wire, incarcerated people have the opportunity to maintain a sense of connection with each other, with the community, and have a purpose and focus in their life while they are serving their time.”

Inside Wire’s 24-hour program schedule features a weekday morning music present out of LCF and a weekly present “Up to the Minute with Dean Williams,” billed as “an unfiltered conversation between residents and the CDOC executive director.”

“The idea for this radio station took shape for us a year ago, during the first winter of the COVID-19 global pandemic,” stated Hamilton. “We were asking, ‘How can we create meaningful experiences for people inside prison, when isolation is at an all-time high? How can we continue to create community and meaningful creative experiences for folks inside, even during this time?’”

In anticipation of the March 1st, 11:00am launch of DU PAI’s prison radio station Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio, we…

Posted by DU Prison Arts Initiative on Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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