KOHM signed on in 1988 as the South Plains' only
classical music/fine arts station, as well as the area's only non-commercial
public supported radio broadcaster. Originating with a paid staff of only
two and operating only twelve hours a day with a volunteer staff and locally
programmed classical music, KOHM has expanded to a staff of five, twenty-four
hours of continuous programming, and since November 1991, status as a
National Public Radio member station. Its programming ranges from network
news to locally produced educational and cultural programming on the level
of nationally syndicated offerings.
In 1994 KOHM joined New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc. and KGNU (Boulder, CO) in commissioning composers Alvin Curran, Rinde
Eckert and Helen Thorington to create new works for radio. The commissions
were funded with a grant from the Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning
Program, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the
Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The works were distributed as part
of NEW AMERICAN RADIO's 1995 season and will be heard in an upcoming (January
1996) "Third Millennium."
In addition to providing eighteen hours of news
reporting and analysis a week, and daily classical music programming...
- KOHM has a bi-weekly arts affairs program,
ArtBeat, featuring interview with local artists and representatives
of arts organizations, as well as a local arts calendar.
- The station maintains standing promotional
relationships with local arts organizations, including the local orchestras,
museums, galleries, the Texas Tech School of Music and Departments
of Art, Theater and Dance, and the Lubbock Arts Alliance, to name
just a few.
- KOHM provides access to new trends in music
and other audio arts via "Third Millennium", a weekly show feauturing
audio art, text and performance art, and music from the latter half
of the twentieth century. It includes nationally syndicated programs
New American Radio and Sounds from Chicago, as well as new works solicited
independently from composers. Host: Jerry Powell.
- Programming is offered
from classical superstations WFMT and WCLV, as well as NPR's "World
of Opera" and "Jazzset", weekly broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera
and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and specialized interest programs.