The purpose of Classical KING FM is to support the broadcasting of classical music in Western Washington and thereby further the education and involvement of the general public audience in classical music and advance the appreciation and performance of opera, symphonic music and chamber music using a wide spectrum of technologies to deliver the highest quality experience.
In order to accomplish this purpose Classical KING FM will:
- Provide financial support to Classic Radio Inc, licensee of Classical KING FM 98.1, through obtaining listener support
- Distribute classical music programming by broadcast on the radio 24/7 and any new distribution sources that will grow the audience.
- Support arts education programs
- Inform and educate the general public about classical music
- Underwrite the recording and broadcast of local classical concerts
- Promote local arts performances
- Underwrite the use of new technology in order to cultivate new listeners
More of the Music You Love
The listener-supported model creates more time for great classical music. KING FM is be able to offer you more in-depth programming of a broader collection of pieces, genres, and composers. We are continually expanding our opera, choral, chamber music, and broadcast concerts from around the world.
No matter where you are in the world, you can access our music through your computer, iPhone, or Android mobile device. Our website and Mobile apps include 98.1 KING FM Online, the Evergreen Channel, Symphonic Favorites, Seattle Opera Channel, as well as special thematic channels and our Arts Channel, which features interviews with local arts personalities from theatre, visual arts, literary arts, dance and music.
For those with HD radios, you can also enjoy our programming at 98.1: KING FM Online (HD1), the Evergreen Channel (HD2) and Symphonic Favorites (HD3).
KING FM continues to be a pioneer in using new technology to give you more access to the music you love.
More Live Broadcasts
You will continue to hear more local concert broadcasts--up to 80 a year--including groups such as the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle Pro Musica. We also feature a live element to our NW Focus programming. NW Focus LIVE presents live broadcasts every Friday from our studios featuring music and interviews with prominent Northwest performers.
The Saturday evening opera broadcasts now air 52 weeks a year, adding to our Met Opera and Seattle Opera live broadcasts, on-air and through our online KING FM Seattle Opera Channel.
If you miss a live performance, you will be able to enjoy concerts through our upcoming on-line concert archive, featuring exclusive local concerts of the best classical ensembles in the Northwest.
More Community Partnerships in the Arts
KING FM is committed to supporting other music and arts organizations across the region.
For arts groups, this means we continue our NW Focus programming, where we feature concerts by Northwest performers including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Baroque Northwest, Tacoma Symphony, UW World Series, and many more. In addition, we feature more recordings by local groups throughout our programming day. Without a stable local classical station, there would be no place for these talented groups to get airplay in our community.
More Support for Arts Education
Classical KING FM has expanded its mission to support arts education - a critical mission that is receiving less funding in schools today. All the region's arts groups will benefit from increased exposure and the ability to extend educational opportunities through KING FM's multiple channels to the public.
In support of arts education, we currently produce Explore Music, hosted by Lisa Bergman, every night at 6pm. We continue to expand our live and recorded broadcasts of youth groups like the Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade Youth Symphony, and Seattle Northwest Boychoir.
Classical KING FM is committed to working with the arts community to foster future generations of musicians and audiences.