Though KDHX called South City home for over two decades before recently relocating to Grand Center, the station has always been rooted in a community that reaches far beyond the St. Louis area. For a freeform radio signal, KDHX's is among the strongest in the country. The broadcast tower in Arnold carries our signal well past Hermann to the west, St. Genevieve to the south, Grafton to the north, and on a good day as far northeast as Carlyle Lake. With that signal also streaming through kdhx.org, the shows on our station find their way into communities across the country and even world. (During my first show I received a complaint call from Belize.) None of that changes the fact that KDHX's 2013 relocation to the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media meant for us a new commitment to Grand Center as both an arts district and neighborhood. KDHX is about to deepen that commitment with the inauguration of KDHX Fest on May 22, with performances and merrymaking at the Stage and in Strauss Park. As in past years with Midwest Mayhem, this festival is a way of thanking the volunteers and donors who have sustained KDHX as we adapt to our expanded responsibilities and new location. KDHX would not be here without the time and money our community has contributed. To that community we owe daily thanks, hourly thanks -- gratitude down to every second we broadcast. But even as KDHX Fest celebrates community giving by extending special invitations to our donors and volunteers, the choice of venue also extends a broader invitation to our listeners to explore the historic district into which we're branching our roots.
Dark days are over for fans who can’t handle the end of Hudson and The Hoo Doo Cats' 25-year run.
Unless you've sung in a choir or played in a concert band, you probably know Gustav Holst (1874-1934) only as the composer of his popular orchestral suite The Planets, Op. 32, a performance of which concludes the St. Louis Symphony's regular season this weekend. Singers will probably know Holst's many choral works, and recovering band geeks like yours truly are likely to be familiar with his two suites from 1909 and 1911, or his Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo from 1930. For everybody else, it's The Planets.