Welcome to The Copper Chronicle

Bisbee is a town rich in history from the city’s mining heritage to the current creative class. On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, KBRP Community Radio and the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, brought this varied past to the airwaves through a new collaboration. This program, The Copper Chronicle, will record and archive the stories that make this rich history relevant to our citizens and visitors.

The launch of The Copper Chronicle, hosted by Bisbee native Charles Bethea, reveals a distinctive narrative created through extensive research in the library of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. Mr. Bethea, a member of the Museum’s governing board of directors who has recently returned to his hometown after a successful arts administration career, conjures a sound that is reminiscent of storytellers familiar to listeners of public and community radio.

KBRP Mission

The Bisbee Radio Project Inc. is an independent, non-profit, noncommercial, public access community media center dedicated to creating an awareness of local interests and socially responsible programming.

The Bisbee Radio Project Inc., through it cooperative structure, aims to entertain and enrich listeners with a broad mix of education, culture, art, humanities, and music.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum Mission

The educational mission of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is to preserve and communicate the history of Bisbee, Arizona. Long a world-class, copper mining center, Bisbee’s history traces the effects of industrial history and historical ideas upon individuals and community life.

The Museum encourages visitors to recognize the similarities and differences to their own lives and to tie our shared past with the present. .

KBRP History

Currently, KBRP (96.1 FM) broadcasts a 24-hour program clock of locally based news, public affairs, and artistic programming to the community of Bisbee. KBRP is dedicated to making the airwaves available to the entire community.

The station offers a wide array of programming presented by community volunteers, Bisbee youth, collaborations with outside agencies, and local media education opportunities. This programming represents more than 100 hours of original content a week.

In addition, the station provides arts and public affairs-based programs focused on Bisbee, Cochise County, and the State of Arizona. These programs concentrate on providing information that is not available through other media outlets with specific attention given to arts and cultural programming that is local and relevant to the lives of residents in Bisbee and Cochise County.

KBRP's programming has been recognized regionally and nationally for its unique and critical content. These recognitions have repeatedly commented that KBRP helps provide the type of arts programming that expands cultural understanding and urges critical communications between community members in Bisbee and beyond.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum History

Once known as "The Queen of the Copper Camps", Bisbee nestles among the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona, world renowned for its diverse minerals and wealth of copper. Although its mines closed in the 1970s, the town's legacy has been preserved not only in its architecture and mining landscape, but in a museum that has welcomed, educated and entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Bisbee's storied past is recorded, reflected and retold in this museum like no other; it is one of only 2,000 sites nationwide honored as a National Registered Landmark. Once the corporate headquarters of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company (eventually purchased by Phelps Dodge Corporation), the museum is at the center of town and at the heart of its history, an evolving tribute to the community, its determined citizens and the industry that helped build it.

What's more, it's part of the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate. Since 1998, this has been a growing partnership between the nation's largest museum and one of its smallest.