KMFA Classical 89.5 is the all-classical public radio station of Central Texas. KMFA is non-profit and listener-supported. Our mission is to uplift, entertain and educate Central Texans by providing the best in classical music and cultural programming.
KMFA serves approximately 100,000 listeners each week and features both locally produced shows like Classical Austin, Film Score Focus, and Classical Guitar Alive, as well as nationally distributed programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media and National Public Radio.
KMFA supports many regional arts organizations such as the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Austin Lyric Opera with on-air and online promotions, co-sponsorships, and interviews with KMFA hosts. The Listen Local initiative broadcasts Austin's finest classical music performances, making classical music and cultural events available to all. With popular programs like the Fall into Music Instrument Drive and Kids Recording Kids, KMFA encourages arts education and supports the Central Texas community.
As an educational and cultural institution, KMFA strives to enhance the region's cultural environment by:
- Playing a wide variety of classical music of the highest quality
- Developing a greater understanding and appreciation of classical music throughout the community
- Utilizing community musical resources to promote classical music and increase audiences for area artists
- Being responsive to our members while expanding our listener base
- Conducting business with the highest broadcast and ethical standards
The efforts of the Austin community started KMFA. When Austin’s commercial classical music radio station changed suddenly to a pop station, there was an outpouring of support from local businesses and individuals to develop a listener-supported classical music radio station.
Equipment, office space, capital, and time were donated. Nockey Willett was the unpaid chief engineer with the technical expertise and passion to get the station built. Leonard Masters was KMFA’s iconic first announcer. He had a deep, resonant voice, known for perfect diction and excellent pronunciation.
Masters was at the controls when KMFA began on January 29, 1967 with the rousing notes of the William Tell Overture as its first broadcast on Austin’s own community radio station.
Almost 50 years later, KMFA continues to rely on the generosity of Central Texas to keep classical music and cultural programming available to all.