NPR personalities in state to fundraise, tape in Santa Fe
Santa Fe is the site of the 2005 American Handel Festival, scheduled for March 17-20. KUNM, 89.9 FM, will play host to NPR’s Marty Ronish and Fred Child, who will be in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque fundraising for the radio station between concerts scheduled at the festival.
Five concerts featured during the festival will be broadcast on NPR later in the month.
“Guest host Fred Child from NPR will be broadcasting Performance Today live from Albuquerque during the American Handel Festival,” Ronish said.
Ronish said that NPR will broadcast two Performance Today shows from KUNM featuring several musical groups including Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Chamber Music Albuquerque, and possibly, the New Mexico Symphony.
Richard Towne, KUNM general manager, said, “It’s terrific that Marty went from here to NPR. She’s doing a great job with classical music at NPR,” Towne said.
Flying Star Café’s newest location, 723 Silver SW – site of the former Southern Union Gas Company – is the locale for the first fundraising event, scheduled Thursday, March 17 from 5-6:30 p.m.
A second fundraiser will be held in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Owens-Dewey North Gallery.
Tickets are $50 each and a limited number are available for each event. Call 243-0030 for tickets.
Jean Bernstein, vice president, Flying Star Cafés, said she likes KUNM, in part, because it’s local and she likes the programming they offer. The company chose to host the event, she said, because it makes good business sense. “KUNM and NPR reach our demographic. It’s a good fit.”
KUNM’s aging facility in Oñate Hall on the University of New Mexico campus is currently undergoing massive remodeling. Funding has been provided through listener contributions and by the Lannan Foundation, said Richard Towne, KUNM general manager.
“The fundraiser will augment those resources and offset costs for classical music programming,” he said.