SOURCE: All Classical 89.9 KBPS

July 01, 2008 23:55 ET

All Classical 89.9 Names Jack Allen, Public Radio Broadcast Veteran, New President & CEO

Allen Takes Helm as KBPS' $5.5 Million FCC License Capital Campaign Concludes and the Stations of All Classical FM Look to the Next 25 Years

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - All Classical 89.9 KBPS, a non-profit 24-hour classical music station serving Oregon and Southwest Washington, announced that its board of directors has named public-radio veteran Jack Allen as its new CEO.

Allen is a former executive and host at industry bellwether Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), an American Public Media subsidiary, and was most recently head of the nonprofit classical station in Austin, Texas -- Classical 89.5 KMFA.

KBPS' board began a national search to fill the CEO position last fall after naming former OPB head Maynard Orme the station's interim president and CEO.

"Jack has both deep experience in classical music radio and the entrepreneurial spirit needed to take All Classical KBPS to the next stage," said Johnathan E. Mansfield, chair of KBPS' board and an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. "Having Jack at the head of KBPS is great news for the entire arts community in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and for our listeners world-wide on the Web."

Allen will manage KBPS' $2.4 million operating budget during an era of newfound independence for the station. As of the 25th Annual Anniversary dinner on June 21st, Orme proudly announced the successful completion of the $5.5 million FCC License acquisition capital campaign.

The campaign was launched to help KBPS fulfill the commitment it made in 2003 to raise the principal amount of $5.5 million to purchase Portland Public Schools' federal broadcasting license. The license allows KBPS to operate as an autonomous nonprofit radio station independent of the district, according to Sally Lewis, KBPS' vice-president of development and marketing.

Allen will spearhead KBPS' work to further expand its reach, which now extends to the Central Coast and Columbia River Gorge, and implementation of a second digital channel.

"I am thrilled to be chosen to lead this wonderful and rare all-classical station at this auspicious moment in time," Allen said. "Stations like KBPS are competing in a complex and rapidly evolving media environment where many choices confront the listener. It is clear to me that KBPS in particular is endowed with a great staff, vibrant board and reaching a very significant regional audience with excellent content. KBPS is strong and well-positioned to be a leader on the national and international classical music stage. Perhaps a veteran cab driver whom I recently met on a trip to the City of Roses said it best, 'Portland is classical music!' I would have to agree and maybe even add -- KBPS is Portland!"

Austin's KMFA, like KBPS, is a listener-supported radio station with a mission to "uplift, entertain and educate Central Texans by providing the best in classical music and cultural programming," according to KMFA's Website.

During his tenure as general manager and program director at KMFA, Allen is widely credited with supervising unprecedented re-branding and re-positioning of the heritage station as well as overhauling programming and announcing approaches, which caused steady growth in revenue and audience. He leaves the station much stronger after securing its first ever Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Allen spent seven-plus years in St. Paul with MPR, the nation's largest regional public radio network with more than 800,000 weekly listeners. Allen most recently served as director of radio for news and music at MPR and previously played a role in increasing the reach of its syndicated Classical 24 program from 85 stations in 1995 to over 200 in 2000 as the program's manager.

Allen also served as national music host for MPR's Classical 24 and, earlier in his career, as program director/music director at WMRA 90.7 FM, an NPR news and classical music radio station in Harrisonburg, Va.

About All Classical 89.9 KBPS

All Classical 89.9 is Portland, Oregon's 24-hour non-profit classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical 89.9's mission is to provide classical music and fine arts information to listeners in Oregon, Southwest Washington and the world via the Internet. It strives to increase audiences for local performers and performances, thereby further enhancing the region's cultural environment. The station also publishes The Daily Muse, a classical music blog. KBPS' signal is rebroadcast in the Hood River region through KQHR, in The Dalles via a translator on 96.3 FM and in the Central Coast via its repeater station 88.1 KQAC Gleneden Beach. KBPS and KQHR are non-commercial public radio stations and rely on listener contributions, which provide more than 68 percent of their budgets. The stations also receive financial support from local businesses and arts organizations that underwrite programming through on-air sponsorships. A small portion of the stations' annual budgets comes from various foundation grants and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Contact KBPS at 888-306-5277 or visit the station online at http://www.allclassical.org/

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