Cary Boyce

President & General Manager

Cary Boyce has been the President and General Manager of Spokane Public Radio since 2012. Before coming to SPR he was Station Operations Director at WFIU Public Radio. Born in Santa Rosa, California in 1955, Cary Boyce studied at California State University, Sacramento, took his Master of Music degree at University of North Texas, and he earned a doctorate in composition at Indiana University Bloomington. He has been an active participant in diverse artistic and musical outreach endeavors of his community, not only as a composer, but also as a producer and music essayist with public radio, online journals, major orchestras, and community presses.

Cary Boyce is artistic co-director and composer-in-residence of the production group and new music ensemble, Aguavá New Music Studio, which specializes in projects involving contemporary music. His music has been heard around the world in concerts and festivals in more than 25 countries, on nationally syndicated public radio and television, and in two films. His oratorio, Dreams within a Dream, was the subject of a public radio special released in 2004. Boyce’s music, often performed by Aguavá New Music Studio, has also been featured on such syndicated shows as Harmonia, Center Stage from Wolftrap, CD-Tipp (Europe), and syndicated on Deutsche Welle. His cantata, Ave Maris Stella, was premiered by Aguavá at the International Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and subsequently broadcast throughout Latin America by the BBC.

Ways to Connect

Season's Greetings 2017

Nov 30, 2017

Dear Listeners,

Happy Holidays! At the close of the year and the beginning of another, there will be several significant changes to our programming lineup beginning January 1.

Because of YOUR support, SPR just completed the 2017 Spring Fund Drive. Not only did you pledge the $500,000 operating costs for the next six months, you continued to pledge an additional $5000 for equipment.

More than 300 people became new members during this drive.  Welcome to the public radio family!

SPR has members who have been with us for more than three decades.  Thank you for sticking with us to build a great public radio service. 

Our sustaining membership level is nearing 40 percent—about double the national average. 

Underwriting Guidelines

Nov 29, 2016

Dear Mr Brookbank,

Thanks for the very interesting questions.

It’s a daunting task—packing up years of stuff and carting things to a new home. After 35 years SPR has a lot to move.  As construction on SPR’s studios at Fire Station No. 3 wraps up, the staff is packing in earnest.

The biggest concern is the logistics of moving Spokane Public Radio’s services without turning them off for the move. Chief Engineer Jerry Olson is in charge of keeping all three stations alive during the process. It’s an intricate dance.

Hamilton Photography

The building that once housed the busiest fire crew in the city is almost ready for its new life as the broadcast home of Spokane Public Radio. Over the next several weeks, SPR will complete construction, and finish the long list of final details.

The new facility is on the National Historic Register and has recently been added to the local Spokane Historic Register. Brass fire poles have been restored, the upstairs maple floor refinished, brickwork and windows repaired or replaced, foundation and joists reinforced, and so much more.

Spokane Public Radio is participating in NPR’s national initiative to increase the Morning Edition audience and listening hours. You might hear a few more “spots” promoting various stories and about the program itself.  Both SPR and NPR would like to know what you think.

If you have thoughts you’d like to share, please do send us a note to  We’ll collect your comments and pass them along to NPR.

Fire Station
Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography

Online Donation Form

The Moving to a Sound Future project will secure, build, and grow our service for generations to come. Our total goal is $5 million, and while we're coming very close, we're not there yet. We must complete our state grant match—about $1.6 million—as soon as possible to help us meet construction obligations and deadlines.

The time is now. Your gifts and your vision for public radio help secure this essential service—now and for the future.

I’ve received various questions about underwriting practices on Spokane Public Radio and NPR. This is a good opportunity to talk through some of the complex issues surrounding seemingly simple questions.