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Classical KUCO's Brad Ferguson Selected as Recipient of Governor's Arts Award

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Jan. 18, 2018

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Classical KUCO’s Brad Ferguson Selected as Recipient of Governor’s Arts Award

The Oklahoma Arts Council recently selected Brad Ferguson, general manager of the University of Central Oklahoma-based radio station Classical KUCO, as the recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for his contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Ferguson will receive the award, along with 18 individual recipients and organizations, at the 42nd Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Oklahoma Capitol.

This award is the fourth Governor’s Arts Award to be presented to KUCO 90.1 FM, the region’s premiere public radio station offering a classical music format. In 1997, Ferguson accepted the award on behalf of KUCO, formerly KCSC, the first Oklahoma public radio station to receive a Governor’s Arts Award from the Oklahoma Arts Council. The Media in the Arts Award also was presented to the station’s opera host, Clyde Martin, in 1998 and Kimberly Powell, director of programming, in 2013.

Ferguson began his professional career at KGOU in 1981, establishing new classical music programming there and then was invited to join KUCO to organize the student staff and polish the station’s sound, in anticipation of the station joining the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 1984, he became the station’s first professional program director, and in 1991, he became the station’s general manager.

Under his 26 years of leadership, KUCO has successfully seen the completion of a number of initiatives, with the help of prominent local foundations and support from its core membership, including the expansion and upgrade of its service, the purchase of land in Oklahoma City’s antenna farm in 1996, the installation of a tower doubling the antenna height and reach of the station’s airwaves, and the establishment of a repeater station, KBCW, in McAlester. Other initiatives include the creation of the KCSC Classical Radio Foundation, the addition of HD service and audio stream, a rebuild of its second repeater station, KCSC, in Woodward in 2016 and the installation of a new antenna in the summer of 2017.

Ferguson also has enjoyed success and support for two nationally-syndicated, locally-produced programs, a children’s music show, and two local programs that help support and promote the fine arts in Oklahoma – “Spotlight on the Arts,” which he continues to host, and “Community Curtain Call,” which, in the hands of host and producer Kimberly Powell, later became “Performance Oklahoma.”

“Mr. Ferguson’s support and advocacy for the arts is broad and multi-faceted” said Don Jordan, founding director of CityRep.

“He created and still hosts the ‘Spotlight on the Arts’ weekly radio program, which helps promote awareness of the creative community in central Oklahoma.”

Over the years, Ferguson has worked with station staff to ensure that a quality fine-arts radio station continues to be available to communities across Oklahoma, offering the very best in classical music performances and programming; news briefs, local weather and traffic; and fine arts announcements about Oklahoma concerts and events.  The station marked its 50th anniversary in 2017 and is noting strong and increased financial support from listeners in recent fund drives.

“He has led KUCO to become a radio station that presents high-quality music programming that challenges and educates listeners. It has also served the local community of performing musicians by fostering an audience base that has high standards and broad tastes and acknowledges the importance of the arts in our community,” said Warren Puffer Jones, director of the Kemp Concert Series.

Ferguson served on the boards of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, Oklahoma Youth Symphonies, Chamber Music in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Choral Association and is a member of the Putnam Heights Neighborhood Association and the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.

KUCO 90.1 FM is the only public, locally-programmed and hosted, classical music station in the state of Oklahoma.  The station’s airwaves extend across central Oklahoma, much of southeastern and northwestern Oklahoma, via our repeater stations KBCW 91.9 FM in McAlester and KCSC 95.9 FM in Woodward; across the world, via its audio stream at kucofm.com, and online through platforms including TuneIn, aha Radio, iTunes, Bose SoundTouch, Amazon Alexa and iHeartRadio.

For more information about Classical KUCO, visit www.kucofm.com.

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Cutline: The Oklahoma Arts Council recently selected Brad Ferguson, general manager of the University of Central Oklahoma-based radio station Classical KUCO-FM, as the recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for his contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.