About KEDM

90.3 KEDM is the listener-supported public radio station for Monroe, West Monroe, and all or parts of eleven parishes of northeast Louisiana and four counties in southeast Arkansas. The station broadcasts a lineup of in-depth NPR news, Classical, Jazz and a variety of other musical genres, along with special entertainment and other enriching programs.

KEDM began serving the Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas area on April 23, 1991. On the station’s 18th birthday, April 23, 2009, KEDM became the first station in its region broadcasting in digital HD Radio™.

Mission

  • The University of Louisiana Monroe operates KEDM as a public service.
  • We work to provide the citizens of our coverage area with quality news and entertainment programs, so that the public is informed about the events that shape our lives and enriched by the culture that sirs our souls.
  • We support the region's local arts groups, civic groups, and other organizations that seek to increase the quality of life in our community.
  • Our work strives to enhance the social, educational and cultural reputation of the listening area.

Programming

KEDM is affiliated with two public radio networks: National Public Radio (NPR) and American Public Media (APM). NPR provides KEDM with programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Car Talk. APM provides quality programs such as Marketplace. KEDM also utilizes programming from independent producers, and produces a number of local programs and features as well.

KEDM broadcasts information programming 24/7 on HD Radio channel KEDM Ideas.

Funding

Funding for KEDM comes from several sources:

  • Memberships - Monetary support by individuals, referred to as "memberships," play an important role for KEDM. Because KEDM does not air commercials, the support received from listeners help ensure the continuation of quality radio programming for our region.
  • Underwriting - Financial contributions provided by businesses and nonprofit organizations are acknowledged by brief on-air announcements. KEDM’s underwriters appreciate the station’s unique contribution to our community, and value the distinctive qualities of our audience.
  • University of Louisiana Monroe - KEDM’s licensee provides annual in-kind support in the form of services, facilities, and utilities. The university also provides direct support.
  • Grants - Public radio stations across the country receive partial funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967. The support KEDM receives from CPB is determined in part by the amount of nonfederal funding the station raises. Other occasional grants fund capital projects for equipment acquisition and facilities improvements.
  • Events - Friends of KEDM conducts a number of special fundraising events each year to generate revenue for general station operations.

CPB Information

Alejandro Perkins, Chair
Mark Romero, Vice Chair
James Carter, Parliamentarian
Edward J. Crawford, III
Jon Condos
Lola Dunahoe
Pamela Egan
Thomas Kitchen
Jimmie "Beau" Martin, Jr.
Johnny McFerren
Shawn Murphy
Elizabeth Pierre
Benjamin Rice
Virgil Robinson, Jr.
Robert Shreve
Winfred Sibile