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
- 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 has always worked very hard to understand and respond to the needs of our culturally rich and diverse populations in south Louisiana. Because of the deep, local musical and linguistic traditions here, KRVS broadcasts 25 hours per week in the French language unique to Louisiana's Acadian and Creole cultures. Some of the French-language programs include Bonjour Louisiane, Zydeco est Pas Sale, Encore, La Lou Jukebox, Dimanche Matin, and FrancoMix. We also produce unique music programs that educate the audience about the variety of cultures, music and history of Louisiana. Programs such "Funkify Your Life", "Dirty Rice" and "Freetown Radio" are just a few of the locally-produced programs that delight and inform our audience. And, because of the growing Hispanic community in south Louisiana, we produce and broadcast two programs in Spanish--Espacio Latino and La Vellonera. Dr. David Kim's K-Pop (Korean Music) program has been reaching a previously un-addressed interest and audience along with Japan Jukebox which is produced from Japan. In addition to the music and cultural programs, we also produce interview shows. “Bayou to Beltway” focuses primarily on Louisiana government, politics and current issues. "Apres Midi" addresses cultural, artistic and literary ventures in the community. Also, KRVS produces a student-run sports show called "The Vermilion Sports Show". We also help to facilitate the production of “Out to Lunch” an interview show recorded on location with business leaders in our area.
- We created a video music series called “Local Produce Live” featuring local musicians specifically for webcast that has attracted a new and supportive audience to KRVS.
- 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.
- Key initiatives include the promotion and dissemination of archival material (interviews and music recordings) from the Center for Louisiana Studies, and our annual live broadcasts of Festival International and Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in their entirety.
- In addition, KRVS has numerous collaborations with ACA (Acadiana Center for the Arts), the UL Lafayette School of Music, LPSS (Lafayette Parish School System), Center for Louisiana Studies, Vermilionville, Lafayette Science Museum, Festival Internationale de Louisiane and Festivals Acadiens et Creole. With programs “Bayou to Beltway” and “Apres Midi”, KRVS has been creating new collaborations with more local and state governmental offices as well as cultural and non-profit organizations.
- We collaborate with parents and teachers in the local French Immersion schools to assist with and to showcase the work and progress of the students in these programs.
- 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.
- “Bayou to Beltway” has definitely increased our audience’s awareness of local and state politics and of social and governmental issues—we have had a lot of response and appreciation for the program. As of now we are planning to increase our talk based programming because of the response from Bayou to Beltway. Our support of local francophone and fine arts culture through “Apres Midi” enhances and supports numerous community artists and organizations.
- "KRVS provides us with the opportunity and the medium that helps us reach our prospective audience for all the programs offered by the Acadiana.
- 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 2019, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2020. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
- KRVS is committed to meeting the linguistic and cultural needs of diverse audiences in south Louisiana. Not only do we produce and air more than 25 hours a week in French, those programs reflect the diversity of French spoken here—we have programs in Cajun French, Creole French, and programs created and hosted by the young French-speakers of the area. These young hosts, producers of “Francomix”, “Encore”, “La Lou Jukebox” and “Dimanche Matin” have attracted and inspired younger audiences to explore their unique heritage and language.
- 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 absolutely crucial to our station's ability to carry national news and high quality cultural programming. Especially important is the in-depth coverage of news from major public broadcasting production and distribution networks. The cultural programs we purchase with the CSG complement our many locally-created programs, which insures an indispensable mix of entertainment, information, and a larger world perspective to our community which it would otherwise not encounter.
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.
James Carter, chair
Elizabeth Pierre, vice chair
Jimmie Clark, parliamentarian
Olivia Bailey, student board member
Alejandro "Al" Perkins