The station will put the money towards education and outreach.
Among the largest bequests to a public radio station in broadcasting history, it was outlined as part of the anonymous donor's estate. "She had shared with me once or twice, kind of casually, that she had made plans for KEXP in her estate," KEXP director Betsy Troutman told the Seattle Times. "But she was young and I said, 'Oh, that's amazing. Thank you very much.' I didn't think that it would come when I was here."
Most of the money will be placed in a long-term reserve and a board-directed strategic initiatives endowment. They'll focus their spending on educating and involving young people in radio, the station said in a blog post. This includes "programming for emerging artists, media creation experiences for aspiring DJs and music journalists and outreach activities aimed at deepening KEXP's connections to local communities."
Apart from their radio broadcasting, KEXP is known for their live in-studio performances, which they record and post on YouTube. They've hosted appearances from the likes of Jon Hopkins, Moderat and Orbital.
Watch Jon Hopkins performing live in the KEXP studio.