Classical South Florida to Build Support for Classical Music with Knight Foundation grant

Miami, Fla. – (December 4, 2008) – Classical South Florida announced today it will use a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build listener support for its all-classical public radio station in Miami and West Palm Beach.

For six years, South Florida was the largest U.S. urban area without an all-classical public radio station. Classical South Florida was created by American Public Media to bring classical music back to South Florida's air waves. The all-classical station, heard on 89.7 in the Miami area and 101.9 in the West Palm Beach area, was launched in October of 2007. Building a strong base of support is central to ensuring the viability of this essential community institution. The Knight Foundation grant will challenge audiences by matching listeners’ donations up to $250,000 over the next two years.

Listeners are motivated to give when they know they can leverage another donation. This challenge grant comes at a critical time for us as we build support for the only classical music radio station in the region.

Classical South Florida, like all public radio stations, is listener-supported. It partners with organizations in the thriving cultural community of South Florida to engage with its audiences in innovative ways, providing insight and making classical music relevant in today's world.

About Classical South Florida
Classical South Florida is a nonprofit 501c3 public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music. Its program schedule includes broadcasts of nationally renowned classical programs such as Performance Today®, SymphonyCast®, Pipedreams® and Saint Paul Sunday®. Classical South Florida began broadcasting in South Florida in October 2007. Its program service is broadcast on WKCP 89.7 FM Miami and on a lower-powered repeater station at 101.9 FM West Palm Beach. It is owned and operated by American Public Media.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities in the United States where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

Contacts
Classical South Florida: Jason Hughes, 954-226-9771
Knight Foundation: Marc Fest, 305-908-2677.