Dallas radio station WRR-FM to remain classical, but with new management

Posted on: June 9, 2022

“The Dallas City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to transfer management of WRR-FM (101.1), the city-owned classical station, to public television and radio operator KERA, ending a tumultuous yearlong process that saw the station face a possible sale,” writes Tim Diovanni in Wednesday’s (6/8) Dallas Morning News. “WRR will be run by KERA, but owned by the city. WRR will remain a classical music station and will operate from its Fair Park studios for at least the next seven years. ‘We’re so honored to be selected to take over management, and continue a great, free, accessible classical service for the people of Dallas and all our artists,’ said Nico Leone, president and CEO of KERA, after the vote….. In public comments, a total of 10 WRR supporters and representatives from KERA, WRR and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, speaking both in person and virtually, urged the City Council to vote yes. Speakers repeatedly emphasized the importance of WRR in making classical music accessible to Dallas listeners…. After eight years of WRR running a deficit, Dallas started looking for new management last June. The Office of Arts and Culture received proposals from the Dallas Symphony Association and KERA, ultimately picking the latter.”