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Classical KCSC's Kimberly Powell Selected as Recipient of Governor's Arts Award

Kimberly Powell

Oct. 10, 2013

Media Contact:  Susan Clark, KCSC-FM, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2120,


The Oklahoma Arts Council named KCSC classical radio’s Kimberly Powell a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards in the “Media in the Arts” category for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Powell serves as KCSC’s mid-day host, director of production and syndication, and host and producer of KCSC’s” Performance Oklahoma.”

Powell will receive the award along with 16 individual and two organizational recipients at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the state Capitol.

Powell will be recognized largely for her development of “Performance Oklahoma,” KCSC’s weekly radio broadcast showcasing concerts and recitals presented across the state.  Airing 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays on KCSC and 8-10 p.m. Saturdays on Public Radio Tulsa’s KWTU, the program features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Classics Series along with performances from the OK Mozart International Festival, the Armstrong Auditorium series, Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, Chamber Music in Oklahoma, Canterbury Choral Society, and guest and faculty artist series offered at Oklahoma colleges and universities, including the University of Central Oklahoma, KCSC’s licensee.

This past year Powell added concerts from Chamber Music Tulsa and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Musical Arts Series, offered two new breakout series, “OK Youth in Classical” and “Community!” and will host Tulsa Opera’s 2013-14 productions in three special broadcasts. 

“In the more than five years Kimberly has been with KCSC, she has forged a new standard of quality for local programming and established strong ties between the radio station and performing arts organizations statewide,” said KCSC General Manager Brad Ferguson. “We are proud of her work and excited that she is receiving this award from the state of Oklahoma, recognition she truly deserves.”

Powell grew up in Oklahoma City and earned her bachelor and master degrees in music from Northwestern University.  She worked for 25 years as a professional collaborative pianist and coach, appearing with artists and performers in concerts across the United States and on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

“Our station has long assumed a leadership role in supporting and promoting the fine arts throughout Oklahoma communities,” Powell said.  “I am inspired to continue this tradition in all that I do and honored to be recognized for an endeavor central to the core of KCSC’s mission.”

This award is the third Governor’s Arts Award to be presented to KCSC 90.1 FM, the region’s premiere public radio station offering a classical music format.

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Cutline: KCSC classical radio’s Kimberly Powell is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Governor’s Arts Award in the “Media in the Arts” category.