KRVS is an indispensable source of information, ideas and cultural experience that enables people to fulfill their potential as citizens of south Louisiana.
Who we are
We are a listener-supported public radio station, located in Lafayette, Louisiana. We broadcast live annually from area music festivals, and produce and air live broadcasts of music series throughout Acadiana.
We play Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Swamp Pop, Swamp Rock, Louisiana singer/songwriter music, and many other distinct musical styles created and played in Louisiana. Countless musicians have joined us in Cypress Lake Studios to play live and talk about their work, including: Sonny Landreth, Michael Doucet, Zachary Richard, Steve Riley, David Greely, Christine Balfa, Dirk Powell, the Magnolia Sisters, Keith Frank, the late Beau Jocque, Mark Broussard, Henry Butler, the Red Stick Ramblers, Terrance Simien, Marcia Ball, Buckwheat Zydeco and many more.
KRVS serves a region known as Acadiana, with a distinct French language, culture and traditions. By focusing on indigenous Louisiana programming, KRVS provides an important local resource for the Creole and Cajun residents of south Louisiana.
Broadcasting from the heart of French Louisiana, KRVS is committed to artists and performances unique to the language, culture and music of south Louisiana. We also air programs synonymous with public radio such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, World Café, Thistle & Shamrock, American Routes and This American Life.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
KRVS is a regional public radio facility licensed to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Housed on the campus, KRVS began broadcasting in 1963 with a power of 10 watts and a coverage area of about six city blocks. Located in Burke-Hawthorne Hall, KRVS now broadcasts at 100,000 watts providing service to 651,000 Louisiana residents in 12 parishes across the southern portion of the state. In addition, KRVS' programming is available worldwide via www.krvs.org.
As a non-commercial, non-profit public radio station, KRVS is supported by listener contributions, station fundraising activities, program underwriting, corporate and business support, gifts and endowments, institutional and foundation grants.
Transparency and Compliance
Local Content and Services Report
1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
KRVS broadcasts 30 hours per week in the French language unique to Louisiana's Acadian and Creole cultures. We also broadcast two hours per week in Spanish for the Hispanic community. Programs include: Bonjour Louisiane, Zydeco est Pas Sale, Rendez-Vous des Cajuns, Le Reveil, Dimanche Matin, FranoMix, Espacio Latino and LaVellonera. We've also begun a video music series specifically for webcast which has brought an entire new audience and support. We also produce music programs not found anywhere else within our market that educates the audience on the culture, music and history of Louisiana and the surrounding region. Programs such "Funkify Your Life", "Dirty Rice" and "Freetown Radio" are just a few of the stellar programs loved by our audience.
2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
KRVS has collaborations with ACA (Acadiana Center for the Arts), PASA (Performing Art Society of Acadiana), LPSS (Lafayette Parish School System), Center for Louisiana Studies, Vermilionville, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Festival Internationale de Louisiane and Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. Key initiatives are the PASA art and dance workshops, LPSS operation of a broadcast academy and online radio station at Northside High School, the promotion and playback of archival material from the Center for Louisiana studies and annual complete live broadcasts of Festival International and Festivals Acadiens 'et Creoles.
3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.
To paraphrase David Cheramie, executive director of Vermilionville "The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District is the governing body that oversees the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park. Many of our initiatives overlap KRVS's mission as a promoter and purveyor of southwest Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cultures. Our target audience is aligned with KRVS' audience and that provides a valuable service for our benefit. Every Sunday afternoon our dance features a Cajun, Zydeco or Swamp Pop band, three musical genres indigenous to our area. KRVS is one of the only media outlets that feature this music prominently. The underwriting we provide definitely is to our benefit because we know that many of our regular patrons are also avid listeners of KRVS. It is difficult for us to conceive that our success is not in large part due to our shared mission. We would certainly lose visibility and revenue if it were not for our partnership.
4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2013, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2014. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
KRVS broadcasts more than 30 hours per week in the French language and at least two hours per week in the Spanish language. We also produce two weekly programs specifically aimed for the Creole community. The Spanish programming is gaining ground in our region and as our market grows we will grow with it.
5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?
The CSG is crucial to our station's ability to carry national news and high quality entertainment programming. Especially important is the in-depth coverage of news from NPR, APM, PRI and PRX as well as other major production and distribution networks. The cultural music programs we purchase with the CSG contributes well to our own offerings and they bring a wealth of knowledge to our audience who may otherwise not have access to these programs.
As a licensee of the University of Louisiana - Lafayette we adhere to the policy of the university. The mission of the Office for Campus Diversity is to foster inclusion, appreciation, and understanding of diversity throughout the university by advising the president and the university community on diversity related initiatives, issues and goals. Diversity issues include those of various races, religions, national origin, citizenship, disability, gender, sexual orientation, ages and socio-economic background.
The office provides leadership to attract and maintain a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff in order to promote a quality and diverse learning and social environment.
E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert, chair
Jimmie “Beau” Martin, Jr., vice chair
Edward J. Crawford, III
Dr. Kelly Faircloth
John O. LeTard
Jimmy D. Long, Sr.
Carl G. Shetler