Kansas Public Radio received a $100,000 donation from a longtime KPR donor and listener Don Marquis which will be used to create an endowment fund for classical music programming.
Marquis requested that the fund be in memory of the former KPR radio host Jim Seaver. Seaver was a University of Kansas professor whose popular and longtime show Opera is my hobbybegan broadcasting on KANU-FM (now KPR) four days after the station first aired in 1952, and continued to broadcast weekly until Seaver’s death in 2011. Opera is my hobby was the second-longest-running public radio show with its original host, and Seaver was posthumously inducted into the Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011.
Kansas Public Radio listeners who want to invest in classical music on KPR will be able to contribute to the fundwhich will generate more revenue as the principal grows.
Both Don Marquis and Jim Seaver were University of Kansas professors who made a significant impact in their fields of study. During his academic career, Seaver taught Western Civilization and Ancient History at KU for decades. He retired in the late 1980s after 40 years of teaching and scholarship and until March 2011 continued to produce his weekly radio show.
Don Marquis is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Kansas whose primary interests are ethics and medical ethics. Marquis and Seaver were good friends as well as neighbors, who bonded over their shared love of classical music and opera.
Initial proceeds from the fund will be directed to live performances featuring classical music that will be part of Kansas Public Radio’s year-long celebration of their 70and birthday on September 15, 2022.
Kansas Public Radio is the region’s largest station offering locally hosted classical music and regularly features live performances by local, national and international musicians, broadcast from KPR’s live performance studio. The station’s broadcast schedule includes eight hours of classical music each weekday, hosted by Cordelia Brown, Jeff Watson and Marcia Higginson.
KPR, a 20-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at kansaspublicradio.org. KPR also operates KPR2, a news programming feed, which can be heard on an HD receiver or KPR’s website, and on 96.1 in Lawrence and 97.9 in Manhattan.