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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Northwest Music
10:04 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Remembering Toby Saks

Acclaimed cellist Toby Saks led the Seattle Chamber Music Society's popular festivals for years. She was 71 when she died on August 1, 2013.
Credit Seattle Chamber Music Society

Northwest music lovers are mourning the death of Toby Saks, founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. A major figure in the musical and civic life of the Pacific Northwest, Saks was well known in the region's classical community. Two of Northwest Public Radio's classical announcers remember her:

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New Program Schedule
9:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

New Program Schedule Begining July 1 On NPR News Service

Starting Monday, On Point moves to 10 AM, followed by the new two-hour broadcast of Here and Now, 

Mondays through Thursdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. Science Friday with Ira Flatow will remain in its regular slot.

In the evenings, All Things Considered will now continue at 6 PM, to be followed by a repeat broadcast of Marketplace. 

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Frequency Change
1:55 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Pullman's 89.9 FM Translator Now On 93.3

The translator serving Pullman and Moscow on 89.9 FM moved to its new frequency on 93.3 FM, on Friday morning.

Broadcasting Northwest Public Radio's NPR News service 24 hours a day, 93.3 FM will have a stronger signal than 89.9.

 

KVTI
4:14 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

KVTI Temporarily Operating At Reduced Power

The NPR and Classical Music service in the Tacoma area on  KVTI 90.9, is currently running at reduced power.


Some parts in the aging transmitter stopped working.  We are broadcasting with a lower power backup transmitter to keep the signal on the air while we obtain parts from the transmitter manufacturer.


Our engineers hope to receive the replacement parts and restore the signal to full power in about a week.
 

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TedX Tacoma
3:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

TedX Tacoma Explores Concept Of 'Desire'

The annual TedX Tacoma returns on May 3 in the spirit of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) to share “ideas worth spreading.”

Sixteen visionaries, thinkers, and achievers from the greater Puget Sound area will be speaking on this year's theme of Desire. Northwest Public Radio's Aki Wright emcees at Tacoma's Theater on the Square. 

Details and ticket information

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Station Announcements
2:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bellingham Translator Briefly Off Air Tonight

The translator carrying our NPR News service to the Bellingham area on 104.7 FM will be off the air for about an hour beginning at 8 PM. This is to allow the owners of the site to carry out maintenance work.

During this outage, Bellingham listeners can still tune in to the NPR News service online on this page.  Another choice is to tune in to the NPR and Classical Music service at 91.7 FM, KZAZ. 

We regret any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.  

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Station Announcements
10:46 am
Fri March 29, 2013

NPR Announces End of Talk Of The Nation

After 35 years at NPR, Neal Conan, has decided to step away from the grueling world of daily journalism

Like many of you, Northwest Public Radio learned on Friday morning that NPR will cease production of Talk Of The Nation with Neal Conan  at the end of June.  This announcement blindsided many public radio stations across the country, and leaves a significant gap in the weekday program schedule.

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Station Announcements
1:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Meet NWPR's Thom Kokenge In Ellensburg

All Things Considered host Thom Kokenge spent several happy years living in Ellensburg, and is very excited to go back there to meet Northwest Public Radio listeners, on Thursday February 28 and Friday March 1.

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Arts
4:51 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Remembering Isaiah Sheffer, Host of Selected Shorts

Isaiah Sheffer, founder of Symphony Space and host of Selected Shorts

Isaiah Sheffer, the warm resonating voice from Selected Shorts, passed away in Manhattan on November 9. The New York Times reported Mr. Sheffer's death resulted from complications of a stroke.

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Wash. Governor Debate
4:37 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Washington Gubernatorial Candidates Debate In Spokane

Wash. gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna will face off in their first debate on Tuesday in Spokane.
Northwest News Network

Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee sparred in an hour-long debate heard on Northwest Public Radio this afternoon, and again at 7 PM Tuesday. Listen to the debate.

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