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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-06-04 03:58 PM
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What classical station do you listen to the most?
For me it is probably www.wwfm.org (Mercer County College radio) or http://www.wrti.org (Temple public radio) because they are the only two classical stations in my area. Both are really good, play a great variety of music and you can stream them online. WRTI is great because after 6pm it switches to Jazz so I can get my Jazz fix as well.

What are your favorite stations?
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-06-04 05:44 PM
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1. CBC 1 CBC 2
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-06-04 11:08 PM
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2. I'm frustrated with my choices.
Locally, we do have a commercial radio station which plays classical and an NPR station which plays some classical. However, I got sick of the commercials on the one, and the other plays classical mostly when I'm at work. :-(

One of my solutions is to turn on Classic Arts Showcase on the local college station and listen to/watch that. They run it when I'm having breakfast or unwinding on the weekend.

Of course, I can always go with a CD or two...
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-26-04 07:12 AM
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3. our local NPR station
only one in area that plays classical...

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Tangledog Donating Member (312 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-20-05 09:14 PM
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4. WWFM is a great station
I listen to their Ocean County twin, WWNJ, whenever I visit my parents. They've got a very interesting variety of programming, plus I get a kick out of their IDs going through all those relays in Pennsylvania and Colorado ("Translator WX9832J, in a bluebird house in Lebanon State Forest").
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Fleurs du Mal Donating Member (511 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-05 08:11 AM
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5. KVOD - Denver
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-05 11:59 AM
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6. MostlyClassical.com
MostlyClassical.com is really about 95% classical, I play it through the Radio Station Guide feature of MS Explorer. A nice selection of music, and the website will tell who and what is playing. I get surprisingly good stereo sound on this Dell desktop as I work.

"There are currently 7277 people relaxing to the sounds MostlyClassical.com"

WETA is the local NPR classical/news station, but I really just listen to the news on this one.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-05 11:28 AM
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7. We used to have two choices in the Twin Cities:
Edited on Thu Jan-27-05 11:29 AM by Lydia Leftcoast
KSJN, one of the NPR stations, and WCAL, which was owned by St. Olaf College.

However, a few months ago, Minnesota Public Radio bought WCAL in a backroom deal that took everyone by surprise, including the employees and other stakeholders. The official story is that this "saved" the station from being bought by a fundamentalist broadcaster, but in fact, the station was not for sale before MPR made its offer.

I really liked WCAL, because it carried Performance Today and From the Top, and did a lot for local classical musicians, such as interviewing them and broadcasting recordings of their concerts. That's all gone.

What MPR did with WCAL was simulcast KSJN's programming for a few months, and then, just this week, it premiered its new service, which is very much like a college radio station, only more professional sounding. It's not bad, but I hate the fact that WCAL was sacrificed to make room for it.

However, for those of you in the Pacific Northwest, there's KBPS-FM, 89.9 Portland, an indpendent non-commercial station that plays mostly locally programmed classical music 24 hours a day. I used to volunteer for them, and they're good people. They're available online at

http://www.allclassical.org
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:11 PM
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8. WBJC in Baltimore
DC's classical stations stink. One of them airs the same standards ad nauseum, and rarely plays a complete symphony. The other does NPR most of the time now, and I'm really pissed about that because we've already got a station which does NPR broadcasts...they cut way back on their jazz programming to accomodate them. :grr:
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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 01:55 AM
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9. KDFC 102.1 - San Francisco
This is the only choice for classical music in the Bay Area. They have a great feature at their web site under "now playing". If you hear something new that you like, you can zip over to their web page and buy the CD in under 3 minutes. LOL!

streaming link: http://www.kdfc.com/new/stream2.cfm
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MikeH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 07:05 PM
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10. Several Stations
Here in San Diego there used to be one powerful station that was the classical music station; KFSD at 94.1 on the FM dial. It was an excellent station with good programming and a variety of classical music.

In 1996, I think after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed, the station was bought out by a large company, I think based in the midwest. In January 1997 the classical format ended on that frequency.

Immediately after the call letters KFSD went to a weaker FM frequency at 92.1, in Escondido, California, 30 miles north of San Diego. And they started using a network for most of the classical music programming. In 2001 the classical music and its call letters moved from 92.1 FM to 1450 AM, but kept the same format. I definitely like the music that they do play from the network, but it is rather limited in variety.

Also a more powerful AM station, XBACH, 540 on the AM dial, with transmitters in Mexico, started in 1997, and it had programming closer to the original 94.1. However the classical format on that frequency ended in 2000, made a brief comeback in late 2001, and ended in early 2002.

The 1450 AM frequency is a local frequency. I live in the northern part of San Diego, and the station comes in well during the day, but the reception is crappy at night, with interference from other stations of the same frequency. Elsewhere in the city and county the reception is just barely OK during the day and nonexistent at night.

There is an FM classical music station, XLNC1, at 90.7, in Tijuana, Mexico, whose frequency is unfortunately the same as that of Pacifica station KFPK in Los Angeles. Especially driving in my car, depending on where I am I might get one signal or the other.

Public Radio station KPBS, 89.5 FM plays classical music at night, usually 7:00 PM to 4:00 AM.

I usually listen to KFSD AM 1450 during the day, and KPBS during the night for classical music. Sometimes I listen to XLNC1 90.7; I can usually get it in my apartment.

In my car I occasionally listen to KUSC, 91.5 FM, in Los Angeles for classical music; the reception is good where I am in my car.

I like listening to a listener request show every Friday on KFSD AM 1450, 2 to 6 PM. They preempt the usual network programming with a local announcer playing listener requests.

I do miss the one station KFSD at 94.1, which was the staple for classical music in San Diego for many years.
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 12:08 AM
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11. Usually public radio
This is my first time in the group. Hi! :hi:

Mostly the local public radio station but there are quite a few other stations that may have something decent on.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-30-06 10:43 PM
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12. I recently found out that the BBC stations are available online
:-)
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-01-06 05:49 AM
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13. Plus several programmes can be listened to
on demand up to a week after broadcast. :D
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-01-06 05:59 PM
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14. Yes, the BBC stations are great!
In fact there whole internet music section is a treasure trove of good stuff.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-03-06 08:51 PM
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16. I think I'm in love with BBC3!
:loveya:
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-01-06 10:24 PM
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15. KING-FM in Seattle
I also like www.allclassical.org that someone on this Forum mentioned several months ago, as well as the BBC classical stations. I haven't had a chance to search for it, but apparently there is a good classical station in Buenos Aires. I did not have a radio when I was there to check it out, though.
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-25-06 02:15 AM
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17. KUSC-FM in LA
Great station which is totally wonderful except when they hold pledge drives. Then they are totally unlistenable.

Also, they have Jim Sveda who is usually great, often maddening, and always extremely knowledgeable.

Awesome station.
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-10-07 09:47 PM
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20. KUSC FM 88.5 Palm Springs
Lots of Beethoven
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:41 PM
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18. It has to be Minnesota Public Radio
KSJN

In my humble opinion, the BEST classical station I have ever heard.
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shenmue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-06-07 06:10 PM
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19. WUSF, Tampa
They have a great show where the guy tells stories about all the composers. I also like XM Classics.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-04-08 08:26 PM
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21. WETA, my NPR
Edited on Sun May-04-08 08:27 PM by stuntcat
There used to be another classical station for DC beltway but they changed, and some of their dj's and most of their music moved to WETA, now it's the only classical station. I've seen their music library and It Is Enormous :o
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-27-09 01:46 PM
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22. WKSU-FM, NE Ohio
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-27-09 05:03 PM
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23. KUSC Los Angeles with Jim Svejda but most importantly, RIch
Caparella, who came over from KMZT(K Mozart)when they folded up and went horrid hill billy.
This is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California, a non profit listener supported station, and now has 4 slave stations in San Luis Obispo, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks, in addition to the central station in Los Angeles.
You may also listen worldwide online.
Do remember that the pledge drive is the most important time of the year, because that is where the money comes from to keep this station and this music on the air. It is basically not commercially feasible otherwise, unless the listeners are willing to directly support the station.
There is no longer enough demand for this music, but from an educational or academic point of view, and a historical point of view, probably by far the most important music in the world today.
All the little pop ditties come and go, but this is music that has endured for 100's of years.
dc
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-08-09 07:35 AM
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24. I can't believe this thread has been going for years!
Nowadays my area is served by two classical stations, one of which comes in well in my town, WETA FM I was thrilled when WETA went back to its classical format after a gradual chipping away of it, then total conversion to talk only. Now it has programs that include Choral Showcase and From the Top, as well as a classical music library that incorporates the area's former commercial classical station, WGMS.

All in all, I'm much happier now that WETA FM is back. :loveya:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-20-10 11:21 PM
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25. MPR Classical Fargo-Moorhead, 91.1 FM.
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