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City Hall gave several proclamations Thursday, February 1, 2007. In addition to KMFA's 40th Anniversary, other events and people honored included: the renaming of Northeast Park, Black History Month, Distinguished Service Award to David Gruell, Engineering Week, and Love Austin Music Month.
Mayor Will Wynn reads from the Proclamation which dedicates all of 2007 to KMFA's 40th Birthday and celebrations! KMFA staffers Laurie Turner, Joan Kobayashi, KMFA member Doug Shands, and mid-day announcer Dianne Donovan standby in support of the proclamation proceedings.
General Manager Jack Allen accepts the Proclamation on behalf of Classical 89.5 and its trustees. ". . . here in Austin, Texas, a handful of folks had their own vision to build a non-profit radio station to -in essence- push art through speakers – into the homes, offices and cars of Central Texas. Their hope was . . . to simply make Central Texas a better place to live."
"In a competitive and complex media environment, KMFA, in Austin, Texas has survived, and thankfully, today, thrives - thanks to a loyal and appreciative community. And, with a little help from another Texan’s [ Lyndon B. Johnson] vision for a “great society, the CPB is assisting KMFA to dream dreams and visualize the future. . . I would like to thank those who went before us…that President from Texas and an appreciative community, and you for this generous proclamation in honor of KMFA’s 40th Anniversary."
The Proclamation reads: Be it known that Wheras, On January 29, 1967, a group of visionary Ausitn citizens launched a non-commercial FM station to provide Klassical Music for Austin - and, thus, KMFA was born; and, Wheras, KMFA has provided Austin's only full-time, classical music programming service for four decacades and is one of only 11 all-classical stations in the US; and, Whereas, KMFA has survived and prospered for 40 years in a competitive media environment thanks to support from the Central Texas community - which the station proudly represents: Now, Therefore, I, Will Wynn, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas do hereby proclaim The Year 2007 as KMFA's 40th Anniversary.