Dallas-Fort Worth classical music fans can rest assured that their local station won’t go away.
KERA will take over management of WRR 101.1-FM after the Dallas City Council unanimously approved an agreement between the public broadcaster and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture on Wednesday. The city of Dallas owns the station, which was operated by the city’s Bureau of Arts and Culture.
Nico Leone, President and CEO of KERA, said in a press release that they were delighted with the outcome of the vote.
“Throughout the procurement process, KERA’s highest priority has been ensuring North Texas has equitable access to classical music and the arts,” Leone said. “We now look forward to working with WRR on this common goal and building on their incredible 101-year history.”
The agreement ensures that WRR will remain a locally scheduled classic station and will continue to operate from its current location in Fair Park for at least the next seven years, according to the press release.
WRR has been an all-classical station since 1964 and the only commercial classical music radio station in Texas.
KERA has been broadcasting in North Texas for more than 60 years and said it “is an ideal management partner to help WRR grow its audience, keep up with industry and technology trends, and ensure the audience receives the highest quality classical music programming possible”.
The City of Dallas will retain ownership of WRR and KERA plans to resume operations by the end of this year.
This story was originally published June 8, 2022 4:15 p.m.