The Home of the Arts and Cultural Community in St. Louis.
Radio Arts Foundation-Saint Louis was created by people who believe a vibrant art and culture scene is essential for our community to thrive. Since 2013, RAF-STL has become a home for the St. Louis fine arts and performing arts to come together, to share ideas and to flourish. Listeners tune in to hear Beethoven, log on to learn about the local arts scene, take RAF-STL with them around the globe via our mobile app, and relish the gem our station has become. Simply said … RAF-STL is the Sound of Art.
Filling a void, providing a voice.
RAF-STL is a one-of-a-kind radio station with a commitment to providing outstanding programming in support of the arts for the benefit of the St. Louis community. Organized as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) entity, the station offers a broad and invigorating format on both analog radio at 107.3 and in hybrid digital at 96.3 HD2.Content is also streamed live on the internet and via the station’s mobile app.
RAF-STL is different. As a community owned station, RAF-STL has created a hub for the arts and culture in the St. Louis region to grow and flourish for years to come. Specific ways the stations is achieving this mission include:
- 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
- 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
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.
The station is located at 7711 Carondelet in Clayton, Mo., in a modern studio with two broadcast studios and a performance space. The studio has the capability to broadcast remotely throughout the central corridor of the St. Louis metro-area.
Board of Directors:
The station is led by a volunteer board of directors. William C. Rusnack serves as the board’s president. Board members include: Thriess Britton, Spencer B. Burke, Carol Commerford, David Diener, Art Fitzgerald, Deanne Lane, David Mayo, Babette Meiners, Noémi K. Neidorff, James L. Nouss, Lisa Nouss, Mabel Purkerson, M.D., John Russell, Michael Scully, and Donna Wilkinson. These individuals work 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 oversee the management and operations of the station.
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.
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 decade. 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.
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, donors, grants, events and promotional activities to fund its operations.
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 includes industry veterans: Jim Doyle, Kathy Lawton Brown and Tom Sudholt.
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