WQXR is at 105.9 on the FM dial in the New York City metropolitan area and at 90.3 FM in Westchester, NY. Here's how you can tune in.
The nation's first commercial classical radio station began in 1936 when W2XR owner and founder John Hogan joined with advertising executive Elliott Sanger to create the Interstate Broadcasting Company. The company's chief asset was W2XR. In December 1936, W2XR's call letters were changed to WQXR. The FM station signed on in 1939 and both were sold to The New York Times Company in 1944. The Times Company completed the sale of the AM station to Radio Disney in 2007. The sale of WQXR-FM to WNYC was approved by the FCC on September 8, 2009 in a multipart deal including Univision, which closed on October 8, 2009. On July 29, 2013 WQXR completed purchase of a repeater station located in Ossining, NY. The new station with call letters WQXW broadcasts WQXR to Westchester Country. To learn more about WQXR through the ages, see our Visual History Slideshow.
The "new" WQXR sounds largely familiar to longtime WQXR listeners, though it takes a more deliberate approach to the "best of the best" of the classical core, with a particular focus on live music from New York’s unparalleled cultural scene. Music is hosted by Jeff Spurgeon in the morning, Midge Woolsey in the afternoons and Elliott Forrest during the weekend "brunch" hour. WNYC's David Garland and Terrance McKnight, formerely heard in the evenings on WNYC, host classical music in the evenings on WQXR. Naomi Lewin, the new afternoon host, joined WQXR from WGUC, Cincinnati's Classical Public Radio. Lewin has also produced Met Cameos for the Metropolitan Opera's international radio broadcasts. Click here to learn more about our hosts.
Listeners continue to hear many of their favorite shows at the same times as in the past, such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, The Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings, and Symphony Hall each weeknight. They also hear more programming from the city's cultural organizations such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Exploring Music, hosted by Bill McLaughlin, is now heard at 11 PM. Read more about our programs.
At the same time that Classical WQXR 105.9 was launched, a new online radio station called “Q2 Music” debuted. This new online radio destination features "Living Music. Living Composers." and is programmed by Q2 Music's Producer, Alex Ambrose. With a contemporary focus and commitment to emerging repertoire, it features large-scale festival programming, live Webcasts from venues around New York, including WNYC's new performance studio, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and thematic shows including a 4-hour weekday show from 12-4 pm with new-music superstar Nadia Sirota. Other shows include Hammered!, Cued Up and The New Canon. To learn more about Q2 Music, visit Q2 Music homepage.
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WQXR can be heard 24/7 at 105.9 FM. To learn more about listening to the station through a radio, computer, or mobile device, see Audio on WQXR.
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