Music-focused nonprofit arts organization KEXP will launch three new programs in early 2019. The new shows reflect a deep dedication to the organization’s mission to enrich lives by championing music and discovery, and include new public affairs programming centered on the voices, perspectives, and experiences of members of diverse communities. This programming will host more conversations about the value and impact of music and art in our lives, explore how music and culture intersect with current affairs, politics and social justice, empower young people in public media and music curation, and help listeners engage with new musical genres.
The three new shows include:
- A youth-centered program (Title TBA) created by young community members participating in the newly-launched KEXP Youth DJs program.
- A public affairs program (Title TBA) that uses interviews, artistry, commentary, insight, and conversation to illustrate why music and art matter.
- A specialty show, Pacific Notions, which is a weekly three-hour showcase of the best in neo-classical and ambient music with explorations into downtempo, new age, post-rock, and other atmospheric styles.
“We hear from listeners each and every day about the power that music has in their lives – power to connect, inspire, and heal,” said KEXP Chief Content Officer and afternoon show host Kevin Cole. “The new shows we’re announcing today allow us to examine that power in more profound ways than ever before. We will explore more musical genres, create space for young people to express their musical and cultural perspectives while gaining valuable media and leadership skills, and foster more understanding about the impact music and creativity have in our society.”
The new shows will air in the 6-9 a.m. timeslot on Saturday and Sunday on 90.3 FM in Seattle.