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89.9 WDAV to Celebrate Public Radio Music Day on April 16

by | Apr 15, 2020 | News, WDAV

Stations across the country showcase how local public radio music stations keep listeners, musicians & communities connected – even through difficult times.

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio announced today that the station will participate in the first-ever Public Radio Music Day on April 16, 2020. WDAV joins fellow noncommercial music stations, performers, and fans across the country to recognize public radio’s essential community service and unique role in the music world locally and nationally. WDAV will honor the occasion with a virtual edition of their Small Batch concert series.

On the decision to participate, Frank Dominguez, General Manager and Content Director said: “Now more than ever, local, community-based, artist-oriented public radio stations like ours are finding new ways and shared experiences to connect audiences with music, musicians, and each other. We’re working overtime to provide a trusted, comforting and uplifting presence for our listeners, and to support artists, performing groups, and the local music economy during this crisis.”

More than 20 million listeners tune in weekly to hundreds of local public radio music stations like WDAV across America to discover, learn about, and enjoy a mix of music selections, artists, and genres that are, in many cases, available only on public radio. Announced this past February with the introduction of bipartisan Congressional Resolutions, Public Radio Music Day was created to raise awareness about public radio’s contributions to audiences, artists, and communities.

Although the COVID-19 health crisis has placed constraints on live and on-site events, WDAV is proud to move forward with Public Radio Music Day and continue engaging music fans, artists and musicians through their virtual spaces. On April 16, WDAV and stations from nearly 30 states will host special broadcast and digital programming, such as virtual concerts, dedicated studio sessions, handcrafted playlists, and fan and artist stories, to help connect their community with local musicians and artists.

WDAV is celebrating the first national Public Radio Music Day with a virtual Small Batch concert, this time featuring Baroque cellist Barbara Krumdieck. In keeping with the spirit of the national #StayAtHome effort, WDAV invites viewers to #ImbibeInPlace while they enjoy a stunning program including works by Bach and American composer Jay Ungar, plus original compositions written for Krumdieck.

Details for WDAV’s Small Batch concert featuring cellist Barbara Krumdieck can be found at the Facebook event page. WDAV suggests clicking “Interested” on the event posting to get a reminder before the live stream starts.

WDAV thanks the sponsors of their Small Batch concert series; Free Range Brewing, Steinway Piano Gallery, and Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center! WDAV also thanks WDAV Advisory Board Member Richard Krumdieck for his support of the Small Batch series.

About WDAV: WDAV Classical Public Radio is dedicated to building a community focused on classical music by providing easy access to the art form, as well as opportunities for exploration and discovery. In addition to producing 149 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD-1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including Concierto, and, in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s main source of operating revenue comes from annual member contributions. The station’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranges from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the WDAV Classical Public Radio app, or the TuneIn, NPR Music, or Public Radio Player apps.

About Public Radio Music Day: Public Radio Music Day is hosted by the noncomMUSIC Alliance and its partners. The noncomMUSIC Alliance celebrates nonprofit, local public radio’s role in connecting artists with the communities who enjoy and support their music. Established in 2018, the Alliance currently has nearly 150 partner public radio music stations, all locally owned and operated, yet united by their shared values of music discovery, curation, preservation, performance, and community. To learn more about the noncomMUSIC Alliance, please visit noncomMUSIC.org.

More information about Public Radio Music Day and local events across the country is available at PublicRadioMusicDay.org.

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