National Initiative Honors Connection between Public Radio and Artists

Vermont Public Radio has partnered with NPR in the second annual Public Radio Music Month to celebrate public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

Public Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists, and audiences in communities across the United States. Stations and their partners are featuring exclusive interviews, performances, and more throughout the month of April.

“Vermont Public Radio and other public radio stations are an integral part of the local music economy,” says VPR President & CEO Robin Turnau. “We provide a unique platform for musical discovery and for genres of music not typically heard in today’s radio landscape, such as classical, jazz, and folk. Public Radio Music Month is an opportunity for us to showcase the rich tapestry of music found on public radio today, and the work that stations like ours do everyday in preserving America’s musical traditions.”

Public radio has a substantial footprint in music. Consider these facts:

Across the country, more than 180 public radio stations (including VPR Classical) have full-time music formats and more than 650 (including VPR News) play music as part of their programming lineups.
One in three public radio listening hours is to music.
Public radio stations air more than 5million hours of music per year, the majority of which is local programming.
Vermont Public Radio broadcasts 177 hours of music per week on VPR Classical and VPR News.
VPR Classical is Vermont’s only statewide classical music network featuring local hosts throughout the day. Kari Anderson, Walter Parker, and Joe Goetz share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday, and A Passion For Opera with Peter Fox Smith airs every Saturday at noon.
VPR Classical can be heard on 15 stations around the state, as well as on HD radio, VPR.net, and VPR’s mobile site and apps.
VPR News features eclectic, locally-hosted music programming on weekend evenings, including Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson, My Place with Joel Najman on Saturdays, and All The Traditions with Robert Resnik on Sundays.
VPR.net offers two around-the-clock music streams, VPR Classical and VPR Jazz24.

Listen to VPR Classical and VPR News throughout April to hear special programs, conversations, and more to celebrate public radio’s contributions to Vermont’s musical landscape. NPR will also capture and share examples from around the country at publicradiomusicmonth.org, including this week’s post about VPR Classical’s new Student Composer Showcase. Other features include:

Guest hosts will join Joe Goetz, Walter Parker, and Kari Anderson on VPR Classical as well as Reuben Jackson on Friday Night Jazz and Robert Resnik on All The Traditions to chat about music in a segment we’re calling “Studio Buddies.”
Reuben Jackson will pay tribute to Duke Ellington, whose birthday is also this month (4/29), with reflections and recommendations for CDs and books, audio from his recent talk about Ellington, and photos.
Joel Najman’s lecture on Darlene Love.
VPR Classical’s Beethoven Project.
Live music performances from Vermont Edition by Anais Mitchell, Dwight & Nicole, and After The Rodeo.

For more information on Public Radio Music Month, listen to VPR or visit VPR.net. Learn more about station events across the country on the Public
Radio Music Month blog at publicradiomusicmonth.org.

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