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50 Years of KVNO

Omaha’s home for classical music turns half a century old this year! Our station has experienced many changes in the past five decades, but our dedication to bringing you a full, diverse and vivid classical experience has never wavered. Let’s toast to this legacy and look toward a future of many more milestones ahead.

Join Us in Celebration

Throughout 2022, we’ll be commemorating our historic 50th season on and off the air through one-of-a-kind programming and events you won’t want to miss. 

Upcoming Events

Season 2 of The Sound of 13 Runs Through September 6

Host Garrett McQueen is back with season 2 of The Sound of 13, a program that opens a conversation about race using classical music and the 13th Amendment as a guide. This 13-week series will air Tuesday nights at 9 and Saturday afternoons at 4 beginning June 14.

Find out more about The Sound of 13.

The Top 50 Greatest of All Time Classical Works – Vote July 1 – August 15

Help us name the 50 Greatest of All Time Classical Works! Voting is open through August 15, and we’ll play back your top 50 GOAT on Friday, August 26, one day before our actual anniversary.

Click this link to vote!

Metro Arts Showcase – August 27

August 27 is our actual 50th anniversary! Instead of self-congratulatory pats on the back, we’d like to turn the focus on the incredible arts community in the metro. We’re producing special programming for that day including three one-hour specials on the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and the Omaha Conservatory of Music. It’s a chance to go deeper into their mission, performances and exciting future.

See the schedule below for more details, and be sure to listen to Arts@830 the weeks of August 22 and 29. During the weeks on either side of our anniversary, we’ll feature shorter stories on the wide variety of arts organizations we have in the Omaha metro.

August 27th Schedule

9 a.m. – Omaha Symphony

10 a.m. – Omaha Conservatory of Music

11 a.m. – Opera Omaha


Otis Twelve Face on the Barroom Floor – September 16

Tickets are now available for the Omaha Press Club’s Face on the Barroom Floor honoring none other than Otis Twelve. The event will be held on Friday, September 16, with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the roast at 8 p.m. Otis’ roasters include Dave Webber, Carol Schrader and Patrick Stibbs.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $85 for general public and $75 for OPC members. Reserve your seat online (the event name is Face on the Barroom Floor), or call the Omaha Press Club at 402-345-8008 to make a reservation. Proceeds provide journalism scholarships in the Omaha area.

Read the OPC press release about Otis Twelve. 

Launch of Season Two of The Silent Canon – September 20

Dr. Anthony Trecek-King returns with season two of The Silent Canon, a program that highlights the incredible work of past and present Black composers and performers from around the world. This 13-week series will air Tuesday nights at 9 and Saturday afternoons at 4 beginning September 20.

World Premier of “Anniversary Overture” – September 23/24

KVNO has commissioned a work from former KVNO Classical Kid, pianist and composer Winston Schneider for our 50th anniversary. “Anniversary Overture” will be performed by the Omaha Symphony in their season opening Masterworks Concert. KVNO will broadcast this concert live on September 24th with Winston joining us in the broadcast booth and on stage with Maestro Bahl.

Find out more about this concert.

The Official KVNO 50th Anniversary Celebration – October 21

KVNO and the Omaha Symphony join hands to celebrate our 50th anniversary!

The Symphony will perform the world premiere of another KVNO commissioned work, “Berko’s Journey” from American composer Stacy Garrop at their Masterworks concert on October 21 and 22. KVNO will hold a ticketed reception prior to the concert on October 21, featuring talks by Stacy Garrop and Otis Twelve.

We will also host a live broadcast on October 22, and both nights will feature surprises for the audience, so be sure to check back to find out more.

Let us know what KVNO has meant to you!

We’d love to hear about a cherished memory you’ve had with us. It can be a shoutout to a specific host, a general note of appreciation or a tribute to the station as a whole. Write a short comment or record a 60-second tribute you’d like to share (click “record” below) — you may just hear it on air!


Press the record button to start recording, click stop when done, and click save to submit.


Thank you to our listeners, supporters and incredible staff who’ve been a part of our journey. YOU are the reason KVNO is made possible — and we’re just getting started. Cheers to 50 more.