AUSTIN, Texas — A studio honoring Austin bombing victim Draylen Mason is currently under construction in East Austin.
At an event on Monday evening, KMFA 89.5 provided details about their new facility that is currently under construction, including a 135-seat performing and recording space called the Draylen Mason Music Studio, honoring the young composer and instrumentalist.
Mayor Steve Adler, KMFA President and General Manager Ann Hume Wilson, campaign co-chairs Soriya Estes and Steve Moore, philanthropist Lynne Dobson and Mason's mother, Shamika Wilson, were all in attendance at the event.
Wilson said Mason always said he would leave a lasting impact on his community.
"'I am going to leave a legacy, watch.' So, he's saying, 'Look, I told you so' because that's what he was. He wanted you to know that 'I was right, and I'm going to let you know I'm right,'" Wilson said.
This studio is not the first lasting memorial created for Mason. Earlier this year, Mayor Adler officially declared March 3 as "Draylen Mason Tribute Day." The Hispanic Alliance also has a Draylen Mason Fellows Program, and the Austin Youth Orchestra has a scholarship in Mason's honor.
Back in June, KVUE reported that KMFA, Austin's oldest classical music radio station, would be getting a new permanent home in East Austin. The new facility, located at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center just east of Interstate Highway 35 on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake, is about three times larger than KMFA's building on the corner of North Lamar and West 30th Street. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
KMFA has been on the air in Austin since 1967.
The radio station is raising money to build its new facility. It needs more than $13 million, but already has a little more than half of that.
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