Gillian Coldsnow

Assistant Manager of Programming and Operations

Gillian Coldsnow traces her radio  roots back to her early days in Singapore.  Shortly after graduation from the National University of Singapore, where she majored in English and Philosophy, Gillian began working for the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation as a classical music host and producer.  She started the country’s first classical music magazine program for children. Along the way she picked up several awards including a special commendation from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Gillian moved to the U.S. in 1987, first to Tillamook on the scenic Oregon coast where she hosted the morning show at KTIL-FM and AM, which had a mix of pop, big band music and news with a very strong focus on community. In 1993, she moved to Pullman to become Northwest Public Radio’s classical music host in the afternoon. In 1997, she became the Operations and Traffic Manager, then hosted Morning Edition for eight and a half years before taking her current position in 2008.

She says it is a joy to provide exceptional programming for NWPR’s listeners, and believes public radio employees go to work with a strong sense of mission.  “We are paid for our minds,” she likes to say, “but we give our hearts for free.”  Gillian’s other joys come from her children, opera, cooking, travel and her work as Board Vice President of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in Moscow.

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Solar Outage
12:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Fall Solar Outages May Affect Radio Signals

Credit Image by Reed Michaelsen / Northwest Public Radio

Solar outage time is here again. This occurs twice a year, when the sun moves directly into the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. When this happens, a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. So you may hear your radio signal becoming fuzzy, you might hear static, or the signal may go completely silent.  This fall, the interruptions are most likely between October 9-12, at about 11:13  AM each day. You won’t have to do anything.

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Classical Music At World Cup
4:37 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Placido Domingo, Soccer Fan, Will Sing At World Cup Final

Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo is a dedicated soccer fan.

Soccer fans may not immediately bring images of classical music to mind, but for a sixth time Placido Domingo will sing before the World Cup final. He made the announcement that he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11.

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From the Top
12:20 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

From The Top’s Teen Musicians Thrill NWPR Audience

18-year old violinist Sophia Stoyanovich of Bainbridge Island
Credit From The Top

“His hands were moving so fast, all I could see was a blur,” said Judy of 15-year old pianist Derek Wang of Needham, Massachusetts. And Richard, speaking of 15-year old cellist Jeremy Tai’s arrangement of a piece for his cello quartet, declared it “absolutely brilliant!”

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Super Thursday
5:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Super Thursday Success!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE! Twelve and a half  hours – that’s all the time it took to reach the Super Thursday goal of 2,000 pledges!

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KNWR Low Power
10:53 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Wenatchee, Chelan Signals Experiencing Problems

The transmitter serving Wenatchee and Ellensburg on 90.7 is running at low power and the signal is very weak. As it serves as the audio source of KHNW 88.3 in Chelan/Waterville/Manson, that signal is also compromised.

Engineers are unable to access KNWR to investigate and fix this problem, because the road tothe transmitter site is impassable due to deep snow and ice. They're keeping a close eye on temperatures, and as soon as warmer temperatures allow access, they are ready to take the snow cat up the mountain.

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Commentaries
11:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Designing Better Asphalt

Bioasphalt, made from watse cooking oil, would be gray instead of black and wouldn't emit smoke in hot weather.
Credit Hitchster / flickr.com

Asphalt: It’s everywhere and it’s expensive.  And its production is tough on air quality.  But a researcher at Washington State University may have a better way: asphalt made from waste cooking oil. "Rock Doc"  Kirsten Peters explains.

Dr. Haifang Wen grew up in a rural area of Shandong province, in eastern China. In his youth there were not many paved highways in the Chinese countryside.

“Lots of the roads were gravel,” he told me recently. “They were muddy when it rained. I remember riding a cow on them, or going along in a wagon pulled by a donkey.”

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From The Top Tacoma
12:56 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

From The Top Auditions Due

From The Top joins Northwest Public Radio April 24 in Tacoma's Rialto Theater.

Young classical musicans: send in your audition tape now! Submissions are due at the end of the month.  

Northwest Public Radio is seeking applications from young musicians across the region to be on the April 24 show, at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma, sponsored in part by Ted Brown Music and the Broadway Center For The Performing Arts.

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New Programs
3:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New Programs on News Service Sundays

Three new programs are coming to Sundays on the NPR News service.

With listener feedback as our guide to this year’s program changes, some new and exciting programs have joined the Sunday lineup on the NPR News service, while reducing the number of repeat broadcasts.

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KJEM Launch
10:32 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NWPR Launches Jazz Station

Listeners on the Palouse can hear KJEM on 89.9 FM. It is also streaming online.

Northwest Public Radio is now in the jazz business, with a third program stream airing on its newest station, KJEM.  (LISTEN). Click here for current on-air playlist.

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Bellingham 104.7
4:39 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Bellingham 104.7 Equipment Problem Recurs

A signal receiver has failed again, leaving the Bellingham translator unable to broadcast a clean feed of the NPR News service. We are working with the manufacturer to get a replacement as soon as possible, but briefly, 104.7 will air the NPR and Classical Music service instead.

We are deeply disappointed in the repeated equipment problems associated with this translator, and apologize for any inconvenience.

During this period, you can listen to the NPR News service on this page.  

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