Moving to a Sound Future

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Spokane Public Radio is rehabilitating a historic Spokane treasure, Fire Station No. 3 on North Monroe and Sharp. It will provide a community hub with a state-of-the-art performing and recording studio. It will double working space and triple SPR’s production capacity. We will grow the news, arts coverage, and local programing you depend on. Your gift to the Moving to a Sound Future project will secure, build, and grow our service for generations to come.

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After more than 35 years operating from the Hoban Building, SPR spent two months removing traces of having been there. SPR occupied the second floor of the building at Monroe and Carlisle from late 1979 until February 2016.

Engineer Jerry Olson led the expedition through cables, false walls, and equipment that wasn't crucial to initial broadcasting at SPR's Fire Station.

Don Hamilton / Hamilton Studio

Spokane Public Radio's studios and offices are located at 1229 N. Monroe St. at Sharp, just north of downtown Spokane. Fire Station No. 3 is on both the National and Spokane Registers of Historic Places.

These images below show highlights of the occupied building, as it looks the week of SPR's 36th Anniversary and Open House. The production staff had just moved in and all three stations -- KPBX, KSFC, and KPBZ -- were independently working.

Hundreds of members, listeners, and well-wishers came to the Grand Opening of SPR's Fire Station No. 3 on January 23, a few days after Spokane Public Radio's 36th Anniversary.

Tours continued almost non-stop from noon until after 4 p.m. The building was mostly silent around 1 p.m. as the guests crowded into the new Performance Studio to witness the "Plug-In" Ceremony.

SPR began broadcasting KPBX 91.1 on Jan. 20, 1980. As part of the birthday celebrations, the new studios at the Fire Station No. 3 will host a trio of live music broadcasts the week of Jan. 20, 2016.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 during Morning Classical 10-11 a.m. we hear the Spokane String Quartet: the first ensemble to play live at the first home, the Hoban Building. SPR takes our programming full circle.

The largest and most crucial stage of moving the stations of SPR to Fire Station No. 3 began on Tuesday afternoon, January 12. The most noticible sign? KPBX programs were heard on all three SPR stations. See the KPBX schedule here.

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