From the General Manager: A farewell to Jules – stay tuned for new voices!

July 31, 2014 at 10:35 am 1 comment

Our music library provides a virtual tour of half a millennium of musical creativity.  We want to share the full range and breadth of classical music by striking a balance of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. You may be hearing some changes to the rich musical mix of KMFA’s daily playlist – we’re paying a bit more attention to choral/vocal repertoire, and to music of the last half century. In any given hour or two on KMFA, you can be sure that you will hear music that you love, and we hope you’ll also discover something new and unexpected.

You will also notice some changes to our weekday announcing line-up.  Last Friday, KMFA bid a fond farewell to afternoon host Jules Brandon, who leaves us after five years to pursue her ever-expanding career in voiceover work.  We wish her all the best – and you’ll still be able to hear her as host of Pianoforte, Saturday 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m.

There will still be a very familiar voice filling the afternoon airwaves.  Beginning August 18th, Jeffrey Blair, who has been handling the crack-of-dawn shift for 14 years, will be our new afternoon host from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  Not only does this provide Jeffrey with a chance to sleep in, it will also afford him more time to fulfill his expanding duties as Production Manager for our growing Listen Local series of live concert broadcasts. The morning program will now be anchored by KMFA’s new Content Director, award-winning broadcaster John Clare.  His easygoing style and musical knowledge have already won plaudits from a number of listeners during occasional guest shifts since joining the station in May. From 5:00-8:00 p.m., KMFA’s new Music Director, Chris Johnson, will guide you through rush hour and into the evening. Plus, we’ve added more local programming with “Night Music” from 10:00 p.m – midnight.

Very soon, you will also notice a change in KMFA’s online presence, as we put the finishing touches on a brand new web site scheduled to launch in September.   As requested by many of you, the new site will feature a greatly improved and more reliable “now playing” feature, as well as archived copies of your favorite programs like Ancient Voices and Choral Classics. The site will celebrate classical music’s role in Austin and beyond with interesting articles, more music streams, suggested playlists for special occasions, and an expanded calendar of cultural events.   We are grateful to The Still Water Foundation for helping to make the new web site possible.  With our new mobile app already available for download, and the coming new web site, KMFA is excited to be keeping pace with the exciting possibilities that technology offers in reaching into this increasingly tech-savvy community.

Change is exciting, challenging, and inevitable.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts as we continue to fine-tune our efforts to make KMFA a truly “Classically Austin” experience, and thank you as always for your support.


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  • 1. Scott K  |  August 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I’ll miss Jules, but best wishes to her on her future endeavors.


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