Local Stations Across Country Celebrate Second Annual Public Radio Day: NPR


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Local Stations Across Country Celebrate Second Annual Public Radio Music Day

November 10, 2021 – Washington, DC- Today, the noncomMUSIC Alliance is hosting the second annual Public Radio Music Day, a one-day celebration bringing together public radio music stations, artists and fans to honor the unique role that public radio plays. represents in the local and national music community. This year’s theme focuses on “Keeping Communities Connected” and highlights the many contributions of public radio stations during the COVID-19 pandemic. From knowledgeable local hosts to educational programs and community initiatives, local public radio stations play a central role in stimulating artists and musical discovery while enriching the lives of their listeners, even in difficult times.

Last week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Coons (D-DE), along with U.S. Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Don Young (R-AK), introduced a bicameral resolution and bipartite to designate November 10, 2021, Public Radio Music Day. The Senate resolution was passed unanimously, with the House version continuing to gain bipartisan support. The resolution recognizes the service that public music radio stations provide to listeners, musicians and communities across the United States. Over 25 million listeners connect weekly to listen to a large collection of musical styles, including jazz, blues, classical, American, alternative, folk, roots, bluegrass and other regional genera.

To commemorate the occasion, nearly 70 public radio stations nationwide, from Alaska to Kansas to Florida, will host specials and digital programs, such as virtual concerts, studio sessions. , playlists and artist testimonials on the importance of public radio music. Participating public radio music stations can be found on the Alliance’s virtual map, which includes a list of activities taking place on Public Radio Music Day. Fans and listeners can also follow live online here.

Support for Public Radio Music Day

“Public radio stations like Classical KING FM make classical music accessible to everyone and create new audiences for the arts in the communities we serve,” said Brenda Barnes, CEO of Classical KING FM 98.1 in Seattle, Washington, and member of the noncomMUSIC Alliance. Advisory board. “We are honored that Congress has recognized November 10 as Public Radio Music Day, and we will be celebrating by offering performances by our amazing local musicians throughout the day.”

“Over the past year and a half we have been physically separated, but we have continued to stay connected through the power of public radio,” said Kirsten Furlong Scofield, acting manager of WTMD station in Baltimore, in Maryland. “Hundreds of stations across the country provide a home for music discovery and a place where artists and music can shine. Public Radio Music Day is a celebration of the importance of the work we do in our own backyards and beyond.

“You could say my job would be ten times harder without a non-commercial radio station supporting Rough Trade artists and sharing their music with the world,” said Melanie Sheehan, US label manager for Rough Trade Records. “We’ve never had a successful album campaign without these must-have dynamic stations and the enthusiasts behind them.”

“I look to public radio for new musical discoveries, to broaden my mind and to inspire me to make my own music,” said Sean Yeaton of Parquet Courts.

About the non-comMUSIC Alliance

The noncomMUSIC Alliance celebrates the role of local public not-for-profit radio in connecting artists with communities that appreciate and support their music. Created in 2018, the Alliance represents more than 150 partner public music radio stations, all locally owned and operated, but united by their shared values ​​of musical discovery, conservation, preservation, performance and community. To learn more about the noncomMUSIC Alliance, please visit noncomMUSIC.org.

More information on Public Radio Music Day and local events across the country can be found at: PublicRadioMusicDay.org.





Shana Armstrong, [email protected], 202-853-6220

Communications and Engagement Manager, Government and External Affairs, NPR


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