Colorado Independent Koch story nabs national radio play

The Colorado Independent’s story Monday on the Koch brothers influence in environmental politics has gone viral in a radio version produced by Kathleen Ryan for Public News Service.

Ryan interviewed Colorado Independent reporter Troy Hooper for her report, which she broke into two segments, which ran Monday and Tuesday of this week.

She said she will know by the end of the week how many stations carried the stories and how big the total audience was. Ryan said that at least 37 radio stations in Colorado ran Monday’s story, with a total audience of about 590,000 people. As of this morning, a similar number of Colorado stations had aired part two of the story.

Additionally, Clear Channel Communications picked up the stories both days for distribution to 460 radio stations nationally. Ryan said at least 10 stations in Oregon ran Monday’s story, with a combined audience of about 159,000 people.

Hooper was also interviewed on Aspen’s public radio station, KJAX.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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