the Governor's Arts Award Winners

KHFM Radio 95.5


2008 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

Since its founding in November 1954, KHFM Radio 95.5 has been broadcasting classical music and promoting and showcasing the arts in New Mexico.

This unique radio station, one of the longest running classical music stations in the United States, provides an up-to-the-minute Arts Calendar for a number of New Mexico communities, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Roswell, Ruidoso and Rio Rancho.

The station serves as the official radio outlet and broadcasts performances for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, as well as promoting upcoming concerts.

The station has never been driven by profits or ratings, but rather a commitment to classical music. The station helps support the Santa Fe Opera by previewing all of the summer season's operas, including informative discussions of upcoming performances, as well as supporting other New Mexico summer festivals such as Music at Angel Fire and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

KHFM has long had a commitment to encourage the participation of young people in the arts by producing a weekly children's program, "Classics for Kids," which introduces children to music they most likely would not hear anywhere else on the radio. KHFM also conducts musical instrument drives in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in which instruments are collected from listeners, repaired and then given to middle school students who are interested in music but cannot afford to buy or rent instruments.

In his letter of support, Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe called the radio station "a great blessing to our community." Sheehan said: "I am a great fan of classical music as I think it is uplifting to the soul. I wake up every morning with the KHFM music, and KHFM is the last thing I hear before drifting off to sleep every night."