KMFA Classical 89.5

Organizational Overview

KMFA Classical 89.5
3001 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78705

Mission Statement

Classical music inspires and restores the human spirit. KMFA handcrafts exceptional classical music experiences on-air, online, and in community.

In 2017, KMFA celebrates its 50th anniversary, marking it as one of the oldest continuously operating, listener-supported classical radio stations in the country. A rare resource in the shifting world of public media, KMFA is one of a handful of independently licensed stations in the country that broadcasts an all-classical music format with an emphasis on locally curated, locally produced content.

KMFA has planned "50 Events for 50 Years," which includes a free public birthday party, a mayoral proclamation, a world premiere by the Austin Symphony, and a host of live and broadcast special events, community engagement events, and public appearances throughout the year.

"We want to encourage the entire community to enjoy classical music throughout the year-on the air, online, and in person," says KMFA President & General Manager Ann Hume Wilson. "We see this as a celebration of Austin, and its commitment to classical music, because that's what's kept us on the air for 50 years-the support, love, and engagement of the Austin and Central Texas community."

A complete listing of "50 Events for 50 Years" can be found at

Impact Statement

As Austin's only all-classical public radio station, KMFA engages listeners in the city's cultural life.

• KMFA reaches over 80,000 Central Texas listeners each week via on-air broadcast, and many thousands more who listen locally and globally through apps and internet streaming.
• Programming ranges from locally produced shows like Classical Austin, Ancient Voices, Film Score Focus, Icons of Broadway, and Classical Guitar Alive (now globally syndicated), to nationally distributed programs such as the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts and From The Top.
• KMFA provides more coverage and support of its local arts and culture scene than any other public broadcasting entity in Texas.
• Live and produced broadcasts of Austin Opera, Conspirare, the Austin Symphony, La Follia, Austin Chamber Music Center, Huston-Tillotson University Choir, Austin Classical Guitar and more help to shine a spotlight on the excellence and distinctiveness of the Austin classical music community.
• KMFA also supports Austin arts organizations through on-air and online promotions and interviews, and encourages arts education through its annual Fall Into Music instrument drive and Kids Recording Kids summer camp.

Needs Statement

Any gift is a generous gift! Now is the time to show your support!

• $15 provides 24 hours of streaming from
• $60 covers one day of electricity to run the transmitter
• $150 provides one day of nationally syndicated radio programs such as "From the Top," "Sunday Baroque," and "Performance Today"
• $200 provides one child a scholarship to the Kids Recording Kids Camp
• $400 is the cost of an upgraded professional CD player for our recording studio
• $500 buys a portable mixer for remote broadcasting
• $2,000 is the cost of one Listen Local Broadcast
• $5,000 covers three months of electricity to run the transmitter

"KMFA keeps me sane in a crazy world." - Richard, KMFA Listener

"I've never found another classical station with such a varied repertoire. Many classical stations around the country stick mostly to light, safe, rather bland selections, but I hear music composed from the 1200s all the way to this year on KMFA all the time. I admire y'all's courage in playing classical music other stations wouldn't dare to touch. It's a unique quality and worth preserving!" - Zack, KMFA Listener

"I'm a camper at the Kids Recording Kids camp...I've had so much fun learning how to produce a radio show. Thank you for being a part of my musical journey!" - Lori, 2014 KRK Camper (Age 14)
Amount: $5000.00
Sponsored By: KMFA Member Challenge Fund

Any gift made to KMFA through Amplify Austin will double thanks to the KMFA Member Challenge Fund!