WDAV Wins First-Ever Funding from NEA


POSTED June 30, 2011  WDAV Classical Public Radio has won its first-ever funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The station will use the two “Arts on Radio and Television” grants, totaling $165,000, to attract more listeners to classical music with its original over-the-air and online programming.

WDAV receives $90,000 from the NEA to support its Listen Live Fund, which allows the station to capture classical music performances at Carolinas festivals, concert halls, churches, and opera houses, and make them available to public radio stations across the country. The Listen Live Fund supports WDAV’s nationally syndicated productions, including Carolina Live, SummerStages, and NPR World of Opera. An additional $75,000 from the NEA supports Concierto, WDAV’s original weekly two-hour bilingual classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers. Concierto is currently heard in fifteen markets across the United States and is also available as an on-demand stream at concierto.org. (more…)

You Did It – Thank you!

POSTED July 23, 2011 – You did it! During WDAV”s 3-day end-of-fiscal-year on-air membership campaign, 424 members gave more than $79,000. Ninety-five of those members are first-time supporters of WDAV Classical Public Radio. When we add-in gifts received through the mail, WDAV has met our goal of raising $100,000 in June. Thank you for another successful membership year!

WDAV”s fiscal year ends June 30th, and it”s never too late to show your support of classical public radio. – and thank you!

WDAV Premieres SummerStages Sunday, June 5

POSTED June 3, 2011 – For those classical music fans who want to hear the world’s great music-makers performing in a relaxed setting, summer music festivals are the answer! And beginning Sunday, June 5, WDAV Classical Public Radio takes its listeners on the road every week with the debut of its newest show, SummerStages. The 13-week concert series travels from Norfolk’s Virginia Arts Festival to Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA, then to western North Carolina for the Brevard Music Festival before finishing its summer tour in Greensboro at the Eastern Music Festival.

WDAV’s Mike McKay and Lauren Rico host the first SummerStages broadcast on Sunday, June 5 at 4 p.m., featuring an all-Russian program from the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk. The Virginia Symphony, led by JoAnn Falletta, welcomes violin virtuoso Joshua Bell in a fiery performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. The coming weeks on SummerStages spotlight 7 celebrated conductors, 4 world premieres, and solo performances by such renowned artists as violinists Robert McDuffie, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Caroline Goulding, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Andre Watts. (more…)