By Rachel George, Contributor
UNO’s classical music station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, celebrated the 39th anniversary of its first broadcast on Aug. 27.
“We are celebrating all year, on the way to our 40th anniversary, Aug. 27, 2012,” Kim Balkovec, media development director for KVNO, said.
The station’s first celebration kicked off with a listeners’ Top 40 list. KVNO opened voting to everyone interested until Aug. 26. KVNO plans to publish the results as a Top 40 list on their website.
“The top 10 will be compiled on a custom CD to be offered during the October membership drive as an incentive for listeners who take that next step and become members, which simply means making a donation to ensure the classical music art form remains accessible on the radio for generations to come,” Balkovec said.
Financial donations from the community total over half of KVNO’s revenue, allowing the radio station to continue to operate.
“We wouldn’t be here without our members and sponsors,” Balkovec said. “We care a great deal about the perceived quality of the one-of-a-kind public service that we provide. We wanted to give our listeners and supporters the opportunity to tell us what they love, and then actually take that input and create something just for them.”
Balkovec reported that the Top 40 poll received hundreds of votes.
“Not just votes for the major composers that everyone knows, like Mozart and Beethoven, but also for a great many of lesser-known composers from a variety of eras, which really speaks to the knowledge of and passion for classical music that our listeners have,” Balkovec said.
The list will be posted to the KVNO website sometime this week.
The Top 40 list and Top 10 CDs are not the only things KVNO has planned to celebrate the trek to its 40th year. Aside from the membership drive from Oct. 3 to 14, UNO Television will produce a documentary on KVNO’s 40 years of history.