February 3 update: Our expert technicians are busy pulling 16,000 ft of cable, testing microphones, and plugging consoles — and our Music Director and volunteers are packing our CD collection! All will be ready by February 21, when we pack our boxes, cross the street to Seattle Center, and start broadcasting from our new home! In just a couple weeks, you will hear our new sound! Thank you for your amazing support that makes it possible.
October 16 update: Construction has started! We are on track to finish the construction phase by Thanksgiving, and will then start installing the equipment that we need to bring you the music that you love! Our announcers can’t wait to talk to you from Seattle Center in February!
June 18 update: We are thrilled to announce that we have signed a lease to relocate our studios to the Opera Center, Seattle Opera’s civic home on the Seattle Center Campus.
This long-term lease with Seattle Opera (up to 24 years) allows us to make long-term investments, and we are excited to move into this brand new building and build state-of-the-art studios. In addition to a dedicated suite for Classical KING FM studios and offices, some spaces will be shared with the opera. Click here for the press release with more information.
KING FM does not own the space that it currently occupies and our landlords have sold the building which will be demolished to make way for new development in February 2020. Prior to that, KING FM needs to raise $3 million to build and soundproof new studios and purchase new equipment.
Moving a radio station isn’t like moving a normal office space. There are miles of wires, broadcast equipment, recording and performance space, refrigerator sized servers, and soundproofing we need to account for. A radio station is unique which also makes it expensive.
Classical KING FM is a young non-profit and does not have an endowment or special reserves to pay for these unexpected expenses. 100% of the funds needed to move and build the new station must come from our listening community and on a very short timeline. When our landlords told us about the sale of their building, we immediately launched an off-air capital campaign and have made significant progress thanks to the support of many listeners and the greater community. But we aren’t there yet. KING FM still need your support to build out our new home. It’s a huge challenge with a very short timeline, but a tremendous opportunity to secure the future of classical music in our region.
With a diverse audience of 250,000 listeners each week, KING FM introduces more people to classical music than any other organization in the region. All classical music performers in the Puget Sound region rely on KING FM to help them develop audiences.
This $3 million project is critical to the future of Classical KING FM, and requires the support of all classical music lovers in our community.
For more information, please contact Blandine Van de Velde at email@example.com or 206-691-2975.
Campaign steering committee
Campaign Honorary Co-Chairs
Leslie Jackson Chihuly
Lyn & Jerry Grinstein
Chris Bayley, Board President
Jim Duncan, Board Vice-President, Facilities committee Chair
Steve Mowe, Development Committee Chair