KMFA Press Releases



KMFA Classical 89.5 Recognized at 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards

August 27, 2014 (Austin, TX) The Austin Chamber of Commerce  announced KMFA Classical 89.5 as the winner of the Austin Aztex Soccer Most Uniquely Austin Award at the 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards on Wednesday. (Read full press release...)



Listen local initiative makes classical music accessible to all

August 20, 2014 (Austin, TX) – KMFA Classical 89.5, the all-classical public radio station for Central Texas, has expanded its Listen Local initiative which presents local classical music performances to larger audiences by broadcasting them on KMFA Classical 89.5. (Read full press release...)



KMFA 89.5 elects mandy dealey board chair

October 1, 2013 (Austin, TX) – Mandy Dealey was elected the first female chair of the KMFA Board of Trustees at the September board meeting. (Read full press release...)



Instrument drive to help underserved Austin music students

August 16, 2013 (Austin, TX) – KMFA 89.5 is proud to be a media sponsor and drop off location for the inaugural Fall Into Music instrument drive, an initiative from the Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts to help underserved music students in Austin, from September 4 - 8. (Read full press release...)


National radio program to do live taping at texas state university

May 22, 2013 (Austin, TX) – KMFA 89.5 is a proud media sponsor of a live taping of “From the Top,” a National Public Radio weekly program celebrating extraordinary young musicians, at the fourth-annual Texas State International Piano Festival on June 8 at 7:30 p.m.(Read full press release...)




March 18, 2013 (Austin, TX) –­ From March 19 - 28, KMFA 89.5 will offer listeners an opportunity to help restore the fire-ravaged forest areas of Bastrop while supporting Classical Public Radio in Central Texas. For its spring on-air pledge drive, KMFA will partner with Arbor Day Foundation and the Bastrop Lost Pines Recovery Project to help restore the loblolly pine forests that were destroyed in the wildfires of 2011. Efforts have been underway since then to replant some 4 million trees over a 5-year period.(Read full press release...)


Classical 89.5, KMFA Names Ann Hume wilson president and general manager

December 12, 2012 (Austin, TX) –­ The Board of Trustees of KMFA 89.5 has named Ann Hume Wilson its President & General Manager. Wilson has been serving as Interim General Manager at KMFA since mid-October. In her new role, she will oversee station management and operations, audience development, fundraising, outreach and marketing, as well as working with the board and staff to develop and implement long-range planning and strategy. (Read full press release...)


Classical 89.5, KMFA Names Ann Hume Wilson Interim General Manager


October 15, 2012 (Austin, TX) –­ The Board of Trustees of KMFA 89.5 has named Ann Hume Wilson as Interim General Manager. Wilson steps in for past General Manager, Joan Kobayashi, who was named VP of the national public broadcasting service organization DEI in June of this year (Read full press release...)


KMFA welcomes program director Cheryl Dring

May 25, 2012 (Austin, TX) –­ After a nationwide search, Classical 89.5, KMFA-FM General Manager, Joan Kobayashi, announced that Cheryl Dring has been named Program Director. As Program Director, Ms. Dring will oversee talent development and production quality, manage special programming/community engagement initiatives, and participate in the continued development of KMFA’s overall broadcasting service to the Austin and Central Texas community. Ms. Dring will begin her position in August of 2012. (Read full press release...)

KMFA Music Director Sara Hessel WIns Gracie Award®

February 23, 2011 (Austin, TX) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) has announced the 2011 winners of the annual Gracie Awards®, and Classical 89.5, KMFA’s own Sara Hessel is among them! Ms. Hessel is a 2011 Gracie Award winner for her program, Michael Nyman: Motion and Emotion, produced and broadcast from the studios of KMFA. (Read full press release...)


in memory of jeff krys


April 13th, 2010 (Austin, TX) – Classical 89.5, KMFA sadly announces the passing of former General Manager, Jeffrey Krys. Mr. Krys passed away early on the morning of April 12th, 2010, at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. (Read full press release...)



KMFA Announces Young Violinist Competition Winner

March 17, 2009 (Austin, TX) - KMFA 89.5 FM congratulates Phillip Finkle, winner of the 2009 KMFA Young Violinist Competition & Award held at the KMFA studios on Saturday, March 7, 2009. In his sophomore year at McCallum High School, Phillip Finkle has been awarded the year-long use of the KMFA violin, handcrafted by William Townsend and donated by The Amati Foundation. The violin is a replica of a 1742 Guiseppe Guarneri del Gesu violin, and is valued at over $8,000. (Read full press release...)


KMFA Program Producer Kathryn Mishell Wins Gracie Award®

February 25, 2009 (Austin, TX) - American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) has announced the 2009 winners of the annual Gracie Awards®, and Classical 89.5, KMFA's own Kathryn Mishell is among them! Ms. Mishell is a 2009 Gracie Award winner for her program Into the Light, produced from the studios of KMFA and broadcast every Sunday evening at 9pm. (read article in PDF format)


KMFA Young Violinist Competition debuts at McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy
Prizes include master class with world-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

February, 2009---Austin, TX--- KMFA 89.5 FM, Austin's classical music radio station, is pleased to debut its KMFA Young Violinist Competition and Award at McCallum High School, which features Austin's only fine arts academy embedded in a public high school. As a flagship beneficiary, McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra was identified as a critical starting point for introducing the new program to the Austin community, focused on young violinists playing in school orchestras. (read article in PDF format)



KMFA to Broadcast Conspirare’s Long Center DEbut

May 23, 2008 Classical 89.5 is happy to announce the LIVE broadcast of Conspirare’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem from the Long Center for Performing Arts on June 21, 2008. Brian Newhouse, host of American Public Media’s SymphonyCast, will host the LIVE broadcast from the atrium of the Long Center beginning at 7:30pm. KMFA’s Dianne Donovan will co-host.(read article in PDF format)


Austin's Own KMFA and WNYC in SXSW Collaboration

March 4, 2008 Classical 89.5 welcomes fellow public radio station WNYC to its studio space during Austin's busy South by Southwest festival in March. Soundcheck, a program which airs on WNYC, broadcasts a daily talk show about music covering all genres. Host John Schaefer will interview various SXSW bands out of KMFA's Studio 2000 March 12th and 13th. (read article in PDF format)



Classical 89.5, KMFA secures full funding for High Definition (HD) Conversion

October 1, 2007 Classical 89.5, KMFA-FM continues its 40th anniversary year long celebration by announcing directed gifts and grants totaling $182,000 designated to fund its conversion to High Definition (HD) by September of 2008. (read article in PDF format)



September 6, 2007 As is now widely known, legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti died early this morning. He was 71 years old.  The staff of KMFA quickly took steps to honor his musical legacy and share it with his many fans in Central Texas. (read article in PDF format)


American Women in Radio and Television Honors Women in Local, Public and Student Markets

June 29, 2007 American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) honored KMFA’s own Kathryn Mishell for her work on Into the Light at the 2007 Gracie Awards Luncheon held at New York’s historic Tavern on the Green June 19, 2007.  For a complete listing of Gracie winners, visit   Acclaimed New York news anchor Roz Abrams hosted the event with special guests Liz, Monica and Sheila Dolan from ABC Radio Network’s Satellite Sisters. (read article in PDF format)



KMFA Program Producer Wins Gracie Award®

February 27, 2007 (Austin, TX) –­ American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) has announced the 2007 winners of the annual Gracie Awards® - and Classical 89.5, KMFA’s own Kathryn Mishell is among them!  Ms. Mishell is a 2007 Gracie Award winner for her Into the Light program, produced from the studios of KMFA and broadcast every Sunday evening at 9pm.  Into the Light recognizes the treasure trove of great works by women composers. (read article in PDF format)



January 31, 2007 (Austin, Texas) – In celebration of its 40th birthday, Classical 89.5, KMFA held a 3 day birthday membership drive to raise $40,000.  The drive ended 8 hours early on Wednesday, January 31st, over its stated goal by close to $2,000! (read article PDF format)


Classical 89.5 KMFA Celebrates 40 Years in Broadcasting

January 4, 2007 ( Austin, Texas) – Classical 89.5, KMFA-FM kicks off 40 years in broadcasting January 29th with a three day birthday membership drive and open house.  Listeners are invited to tune in between January 29th and 31st for a special recreation of some of the music that was broadcast on January 29th, 1967.  A variety of anniversary activities will go on throughout 2007 as well. (read article in PDF format)


Classical 89.5 KMFA receives first grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

August 14, 2006 (AUSTIN, Texas) - Classical 89.5, KMFA-FM has been awarded its first-ever Community Service Grant (CSG) from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The estimated grant for 2007 is $116,000 and will represent the largest single grant ever received by the station. (read article in PDF format)


Classical 89.5 Launches Accessible Website and Online Streaming

AUSTIN, Texas - has a new look - AND sound! On December 6th, 2005 at approximately 12:30 pm, KMFA 89.5 launched it's newly designed, disability accessible website - AND it's programming could be accessed as an online audio stream for the first time! (read article in PDF format)


Classical 89.5 Holiday Season Broadcasts - KMFA - Your Holiday Home for the Classics!

November 17, 2005 (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Helping to keep Austin - Classically Austin - KMFA 89.5 is kicking off its holiday season programming schedule with Giving Thanks 2005: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude - hosted by John Birge. Airing November 23rd from 7pm - 9pm and again November 24th, 10am - 12pm. Giving Thanks is a perfect accompaniment to Central Texas gatherings of family and friends and is made possible, in part, by Jackson Walker, LLP. (read article in PDF format)


Classical 89.5, KMFA and The Amati Foundation Announce Violin Performance Competition for Local High School Juniors.

August 16, 2005 -- Classical 89.5, KMFA, Voice of the Arts for Central Texas, and The Amati Foundation announce the inception of the KMFA Violin Competition and Loan Program for central Texas high school students. (read article in PDF format)



Classical 89.5, KMFA's Thank Goodness It's Familiar! Grand Prize Runner-up at Fine Arts Radio International Awards

May 12, 2005 -- Classical 89.5 is pleased to announce that the syndicated program TGIF! - Thank Goodness It's Familiar! was named official runner-up for the Grand Prize in the 2004 Fine Arts Radio International Awards. Each year the competition recognizes individuals and radio programs for their contributions to classical music education. Winners are selected by the Klassix Society board of directors. First place went to The Creole Romantics from WILL-FM of Urbana. (read article in PDF format)