A 501(c)3 organization
A nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating educational opportunities and live media experiences for artists and members of the local community, ARTxFM employs sound, music, and conversation to amplify the local art scene and broadcast the international arts dialogue. Unique to Louisville and distinct in the world, ARTxFM combines contemporary art practices with online broadcasting to create a meeting place of sounds and ideas accessible to all those who wish to participate.
At ARTxFM the definition of artist is broad. It includes painters, performers, educators, philosophers, scientists, and more -- the trained and untrained, the local and the superstar. ART FM functions with the belief that the greatest forms of art, like the greatest forms of democracy, flourish within the free and unfettered exchange of ideas.
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ARTxFM currently broadcasts live on 97.1 FM. We also stream live, local programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the website artxfm.com and free "ARTxFM" mobile apps. The daily schedule includes music, talk, and experimental programming. The station provides dedicated airtime for local and international artists interested in exploring new possibilities in broadcasting.
Photograph by Jennifer Waits of Radio Survivor
ARTxFM takes a new approach to an established medium. Nikola Tesla first demonstrated radio transmission in 1892. Encouraged by the intrinsic usefulness of the medium, news, music, and religious programming quickly dominated the broadcast dial and still holds it tight. Since the invention of radio, over a century ago, artists and intellectuals have had little access to the American airwaves.
Futurists in Italy, Dada artists in Switzerland, and Antonin Artaud in France all conducted experiments in the art of radio broadcasting. Financial and social constraints, however, prohibited them from fully liberating radio from its more "useful" informational and commercial transmission purposes. Now, well into the 21st century, the Internet has become an adequate provider of music, news, and religious programming, radio may finally find some space for self-reflection and artistic growth.
ARTxFM recognizes and amplifies the untapped creative potential of radio broadcasting. In 2011, ARTxFM was incorporated as a Kentucky not-for-profit radio station with an emphasis on broadcast arts and a commitment to experimental programming. ARTxFM is currently governed by a Board of esteemed community arts leaders who each bring unique skills, assets, and interests to this new and unprecedented project.
On October 10, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission awarded a Construction Permit to ART FM, Inc. for the development of a new broadcast station. Our assigned frequency is 97.1 FM, our new call letters are WXOX and we are now audible over the air on 97.1 FM in Louisville, Kentucky U.S.A. In the presence of many amazing supporters, we launced our FM singal on February 14, 2016.
Now on the FM dial, expect the same great ARTxFM programming now enjoyed online to continue uninterrupted. We are so proud of all of our DJs and have great confidence in each of their unique shows. While we have been impatient for the grant of our FM Permit, we are thankful that the past two years of online broadcasting have provided us with the tools and experience necessary to bring our station confidently into the Big Time.
The attainment of an FM broadcast license is the result of many years of hard work from ARTxFM Staff and Board of Directors. We congratulate them all. It also could not have happened without the help of REC Networks, Common Frequency, and the Prometheus Radio Project - all of whom worked to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 which made this opportunity possible and provided constant support throughout the application process.
ARTxFM would not be possible without our supporters. We are so thankful to everyone who has believed in us throughout this journey and helped our FM dreams come true! Thank you and Congratulations. 97.1 FM Louisville. This great accomplishment is yours.
With a new studio in the works and an FM signal to get on the air, ARTxFM is currently seeking to expand our operations and keep our noncommerical programming on the terrestrial dial.
Individuals can help by becoming sustainingMEMBERS of ARTxFM. Businesses can participate as FOUNDING PARTNERS. We can't make WXOX happen without the help of our community and we sincerely hope you will take advantage of this ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to build a new kind of radio station for Louisville and for the well-webbed world!
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ARTxFM FOUNDING MEMBERSHIPS
ARTxFM FOUNDING PARTNERSHIPS
ARTxFM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SHARON SCOTT, PRESIDENT
Artist / Author
KYLE ANNE CITRYNELL, SECRETARY
Attorney-At-Law, Seiller Waterman LLC
LESLIE MILLAR, TREASURER
Co-Founder, Quonset Hut
Gallery Director, Hite Art Institute, UofL
Executive Director, St. James Court Art Show
IT Specialist, IEEE
Director of Media & Industry Relations, National Thoroughbred Racing Association
ARTxFM EXECUTIVE STAFF
JAXON LEE SWAIN
Local Music Director
Director of Social Media
Sound Art Curator
VALERIE SULLIVAN FUCHS
Header photograph: Artist Scott Scarboro performing live in the ARTxFM Studio.
ARTxFM / WXOX 97.1 FM Louisville * P.O. Box 5103 * Lousiville, Kentucky 40205