Brenda Barnes, president of USC Radio, which operates Classical KUSC in Los Angeles and Classical KDFC in San Francisco, is this year’s recipient of Public Radio Capital’s Public Media Visionary Award. The honor was presented by Lyn Grinstein, chair of Public Radio Capital’s board of directors, at its annual meeting on Oct. 31.
The award cites Barnes’ “commitment to imagining what does not exist, to believing in what has yet to be seen, and to nurturing those projects and individuals who positively impact the future of public media.”
In accepting the award, Barnes said: “Receiving recognition like this from an organization I respect and admire as much as Public Radio Capital means more than I can possibly express.
“Public Radio Capital was critical in our efforts to preserve classical radio in the Bay Area, and working with them was one of my most rewarding professional experiences,” she added. “So many public media organizations have been able to expand and extend their services thanks to Public Radio Capital, and all of us in public media owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”
Public Radio Capital and Classical KUSC have worked together to expand the reach of Los Angeles Classical KUSC, including extending service to San Francisco and the surrounding region.
Barnes has been president of Classical KUSC since 2002. One of the largest and most listened to public radio and nonprofit classical music stations in the country, KUSC has been broadcasting for more than 60 years.
Public Radio Capital is a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive consulting services for strengthening, expanding and financing public media in communities nationwide.