Gillian Coldsnow

Program Director

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. She became Assistant Manager of Programming and Operations in 2008, before taking her current position.

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 and travel, and her work as Board Vice President of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in Moscow.

Ways To Connect

UPDATE: The NPR News service translator in Ellensburg at 89.9 FM was back on the air on Wednesday evening.

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:

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. 

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.

 

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.
 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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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