The Arts and Cultural Community Have a New Home.

Radio Arts Foundation-Saint Louis was created by people who believe true art and culture must never perish from the airwaves of St. Louis. Champions who responded to the outcry when our community lost its beloved classical station. Through our radio broadcast and this web site, we intend to build a home for the entire fine arts and performing arts community of St. Louis. Tune in to hear Beethoven. Log on to learn about the local arts scene. Listen. Read. Debate. Relish. We are the Sound of Art.

 

Filling a void, providing a voice.

For over 60 years the sounds of classical music wafted through the airwaves of St. Louis, courtesy of KFUO, Classic 99 FM. But on July 6th, 2010 as the last notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 lingered and disappeared, classical music was effectively silenced and listeners throughout the St. Louis area lost a beloved friend.

RAF-STL is different. As a community owned station, not only have we brought Bach back to the St. Louis airwaves, we’ve created a hub for the arts and culture in the St. Louis region to grow and flourish for years to come. Here are just a few of the ways we’re accomplishing this mission:

• Broadcasts of live performances, both in-studio and remotely, from the world’s greatest musicians, including remote broadcasts from Centene Corporation’s acoustical auditorium furnished with a Steinway grand piano
• In-depth, in-studio and remote interviews with performers, conductors and music personalities from around the globe who are charting the path and course of the classical music today
• Diverse, community-driven programming that includes a wide variety of music genres such as orchestral, chamber, jazz, blues, opera, and symphonic music

 

About:

Radio Arts Foundation-Saint Louis is dedicated to bringing classical music back to St. Louis’ public airwaves. Organized as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) entity, the station offers a broad and invigorating format in 2013, both on analog radio at 107.3 and in hybrid digital at KIHT HD2 (96.3).

Content is also streamed live at www.rafstl.org. As classical music lovers remember, it was a hot night in July 2010 when Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 served as KFUO, Classic 99′s swan song after a 62-year run on the St. Louis airwaves.

RAF-STL is a new, one-of-a-kind radio station that is committed to offering outstanding programming in support of the arts for the benefit of the St. Louis community.

 

Mission:

To support and advocate the growth of the arts and culture in the St. Louis region through the programming and outreach efforts of a classical music station broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 

Location:

The station is located at 7711 Carondelet in Clayton, Mo., in a newly built studio with two broadcast studios, one on either side of a conference room that doubles as a performance space. The studio has the capability to broadcast remotely throughout the central corridor of the St. Louis metro-area. On hybrid-digital (HD) radio, RAF-STL is heard on KIHT 96.3 HD2 and on analog, it is available at 107.3 FM.

 

Programming and Community Impact:

Live performances, discussions and interviews, both in-studio and at remote locations, are an integral part of the station’s programming. The station has access to the Centene Corporation’s 280-seat acoustical auditorium, complete with a Steinway grand piano, and will serve as an important venue from which the station airs live performances. RAF-STL also plays chamber music, vocal music, choirs, opera, symphonic and jazz, as part of its programming line up.

The station is dedicated to fostering the cultural and arts community within the St. Louis metropolitan region. The station has partnered with area cultural institutions, among distinguished solo and chamber artists, to broadcast performances, conduct in-depth interviews, air behind-the-scenes programs, and cover the local arts and cultural scene.

 

Board of Directors:

The station is led by a volunteer board of directors. William C. Rusnack serves as the board’s president. Founding board members include: Thriess Britton, Julian I. Edison, Molly Hyland, Deanne Lane, Babette Meiners, Noémi K. Neidorff, Lisa Nouss, Mabel Purkerson, M.D., and Donna Wilkinson. These individuals are working side-by-side with the Radio Arts Advocacy Council, a dedicated group of long-term community leaders of arts organizations in the St. Louis area, to build the station into an asset for the St. Louis region.

 

Station Oversight:

RAF-STL is organized as a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, is not owned by any single individual or corporation and is incorporated for the public benefit. The board of RAF-STL is responsible for overseeing the management and interests of the station.

 

Economic Impact:

RAF-STL is proud to join in and contribute to the incredible growth the arts in the St. Louis region has enjoyed over the past five years. According to a 2012 study by The Regional Arts Commission, the arts and cultural industry in St. Louis has an economic impact of $582.3 million in the region. St. Louis employment in the arts rose to more than 10,000 full-time equivalent jobs, a leap of 14 percent since 2007. RAF-STL views this as an exciting time to celebrate and promote the arts in the St. Louis region.

 

Operational Support:

The station relies on charitable donations and advertising revenues from the use of a nonprofit commercial license (selling only 72 minutes of paid advertising per day), as well as underwriting, donor and promotional activities, to fund its operations. A friends’ organization is currently being established, as well as plans for fundraising events, the pursuit of foundation grants and various other fundraising opportunities. In addition, RAF-STL is fortunate to have prominent corporate backers, including the Centene Charitable Foundation, which gifted RAF-STL a $1 million start-up grant, as part of the foundation’s philanthropic mission to enhance the communities in which it does business.

 

Station Management:

James (Jim) Connett, former program director at KFUO, Classic 99, serves as the station’s general manager. An experienced staff comprised of a mix of former KFUO, Classic 99 employees and other radio industry professionals manage the day-to-day operations of RAF-STL.

 

On-Air Talent:

Listeners will be delighted to hear both new and familiar broadcasting voices on the RAF-STL airwaves. Personalities who will be part of station’s programming include: Jim Doyle, Kathy Lawton Brown and Tom Sudholt.

 

Website:

For additional information visit: www.rafstl.org

 

Facebook:

Follow RAF-STL on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rafstl/132629966857281

 

Twitter:

Follow RAF-STL on Twitter: @rafstl

 

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