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  National Initiative Commemorates the Influential Role of Public Radio Music Stations

91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville announced today that it will participate in Public Radio Music Month, a month long celebration in April 2012 highlighting the invaluable role played by public radio stations in supporting music. 

 The initiative will link together public radio stations in communities across the United States. Stations will highlight local events, interviews, performances and other programming elements. 

“WFPK and other public radio stations are an integral part of the local music economy,” said Stacy Owen, WFPK Program Director.  “We provide a unique and increasingly rare platform for new performers and serve as a staging ground for musical discovery. Public Radio Music Month is an opportunity for us to showcase some of the great work that stations like ours do everyday in preserving America’s musical traditions and fostering and nurturing the development of music talent.”

 Across the country and locally…

  • More than 180 public radio stations have full-time music formats and another 400 or more play music as part of their programming lineups.
  • A recent study of the public radio system found that 1 in 3 listening hours was to music.
  • On the whole, local public radio stations air nearly 5 million hours of music per year, the majority of which is local programming.
  • WFPK provides over 120 hours a week of locally produced music programming, including the nationally-syndicated “The Weekly Feed” with WFPK Music Director Kyle Meredith and “Relics” with Louisville radio legend Duke Meyer.

 As part of Public Radio Music Month, WFPK will feature the following events and performances:

 April 6th:         Air an interview with Bonnie Raitt for Live Lunch with WFPK host Laura Shine

April 13th:       Death Cab for Cutie will be in the WFPK studios before their performance at the Louisville Palace

April 14th:       WFPK presents Joan Osbourne at Headliners Music Hall

April 21st:        WFPK presents James McMurtry at the KCD Theatre

April 25th:       11th season of WFPK Waterfront Wednesday kicks off at the Big Four Lawn with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Sugar + the Hi-lows, and The Tunesmiths

 Public Radio Music Month will run throughout the month of April. Tune in to 91.9 WFPK for more information, visit our website at wfpk.org, or visit the Public Radio Music Month blog at publicradiomusicmonth.org.
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Further info is available atwww.wfpk.org.


Stacy Owen                                                                            

Louisville Public Media                                                                      




91.9 WFPK is Louisville’s hub for independent, adult alternative music; an interactive community on-air, online, and at live performances throughout the year. WFPK is community-owned and operated and is part of Louisville Public Media.


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