Local Classical Featured Artists – 6/15/20-6/28/20
Hoping to increase the availability of classical music on the radio in 1961, a group of research chemists at Eli Lilly and Company pooled their resources and sought a broadcast outlet for classical music on the air. That first station carried a variety of classical music, jazz, poetry, interviews, folk music, discussions on religion, and editorials. On June 20th, 1968, Norbert Neuss, F. Bruce Peck, Frank P. Thomas and Willis K. Kunz officially formed the “Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis” as a charitable organization.
Continuing in the legacy set forth by our founders (and, of course, under our current name, Classical Music Indy), the organization has grown, providing syndicated classical music radio to 200,000 weekly listeners statewide, serving over 100,000 people in Central Indiana with free community outreach programs each year, publishing NOTE magazine, and distributing classical music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our two streaming channels, highlighting music with Indiana connections and that of living composers.
We celebrate our anniversary with some of our founders’ favorite composers and genres. Some listeners have fond memories of our former tagline, Art for Ears, so we’ve included in our title. Connect with CMI Steaming’s Local Classical channel to enjoy the “Art for Ears Founders Playlist.”