KRVS should be the 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 the Cajun Music Festival and the Festival International de Louisiane, as well as producing and airing live broadcasts of the Louisiana Crossroads series.
We play Cajun music, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Swamp Pop, Swamp Rock, Louisiana singer/ songwriter music, and many other types of music created and played in Louisiana. Countless numbers of musicians have come into our studio, Cypress Lake Studios, to play live and talk about their work--musicians such as 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 others!
KRVS serves a region known as Acadiana due to its 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.