Being on WQXR

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 02:13 PM

Long before I took my first piano lesson, I was drawn to music.  Aside from the sound, I was moved by the effect I saw it having on those around me, especially in church.  I was amazed at the gamut of emotions music evoked there, and this curiosity has led to a life-long relationship with music.  To this day, I'm just as thrilled and appreciative when I hear incredible, inspiring music, whether it was written centuries ago or earlier this morning.

I'm looking forward to being on WQXR, and given the station's legacy, I am honored, too.  I’ll be playing some of the best recordings of your favorite works, and I’ll introduce you to music you may not have had a chance to discover before.  And because the station will be member-supported, I’m especially looking forward to hearing back from you.

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Comments [212]

Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

No Choice but to put this on every Comment page:

(January 13, 2010 – New York, NY) – WQXR Classical 105.9 FM, New York City’s sole dedicated classical music station, ranked the highest cumulative audience among public radio stations in the December Arbitron ratings book, with 842,200 weekly listeners. The second-ranking public radio station in the December book had 833,400 weekly listeners.

WQXR achieved this milestone in only its second full month as a public radio station. In October 2009, WNYC Radio acquired WQXR from The New York Times Company as part of a three-way deal with Univision, which entailed moving the WQXR signal from its longtime home at 96.3 FM to 105.9 FM.

WQXR’s December ratings are comparable to those the station enjoyed as a commercial station…

Jan. 13 2010 09:33 PM
Lina P. from NYC

While listening to WQXR on the CAR radio, I am frequently "naming that tune". BTW: it is the only station I listen to. My kids listen to others like WPLJ that stream the name of piece and performer while it is playing. Can your station do that?

Jan. 08 2010 03:09 PM
Larry Thomas from Ypsilanti, Michigan

One of the 'new' things on WQXR is the rich voice of Terrence McNight. The programming has broadened, maybe because of his being part of it. One sour note is the habit of playing works on end, with no announcement between. This is especially bad when, like tonight, one of the composers (Stravinski) was not announced at the end. This is more confusing than educational.

Jan. 05 2010 10:31 PM
Geoff Bresnick

On a different subject, the gentleman who announces in the evenings seems to be quite knowledgeable about the lives of musicians but you might suggest to the announcer he learn how to correctly pronounce the words he speaks. For example, its Mag Yar not madge yar for Maygar. This is just one of the many mispronunciations he makes each night as he parades his conceit and 'erudition' over the air. Is his radio show meant to be a music education program or a music listening program?

At least the other announcers not only know what they're talking about but do so without thrashing that audience into submission by their having to prove to the listening audience that they know more than the audience.

Jan. 05 2010 04:38 PM

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Jan. 04 2010 10:24 AM

Will you never learn to say "Adelaïde" correctly? Why don't you simply listen to how the singers pronounce it and follow suit? I mean, like, duh!

Dec. 19 2009 10:17 PM
Joseph J. Lieber, MD from Queens, New York

As I have said before, hosts like Steve Sullivan really do deserve credit for manning the key overnight spot where some great music is heard.

Further, Terrence is really great!!!I Really love the way he integrates the music with key facts of interest without becoming verbose. Atlanta's loss is our gain!!!

Dec. 08 2009 05:54 AM


We are currently creating the Classical Countdown, it's just not available quite yet.

Dec. 06 2009 06:42 PM
Lewis Shrady

Hasn't anyone noticed? It appears that the Classical Countdown has been scrapped. This was one of the most popular features, drawing thousands of votes each December since 1980. The new regime has no use for this, like so much else.

Dec. 06 2009 04:51 PM
Dominique Pauyo from Brooklyn, NY

Hello Terrance,
I've just started listening to you host classical music on WQXR, even though I've been a devout listener since my college years @ Pace University and I love it!!...I used to play the flute, and even centered my psychological study on the correlation between music and personality to obtain my BA degree in Psychology several years ago...And, I must say you've breathed new life and brought verve into the station!!...:)

Dec. 01 2009 10:17 PM
terrance McKnight from harlem

To Serge, the playlist for my saturday show is listed under "Programs" click on "Q2 with Terrance McKnight" thanks

Nov. 29 2009 09:48 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

Please ask whoever is responsible for updating of the playlist to do a better job, particularly on weekends. Case in point: yesterday, Saturday, between 10:30 and 11Pm, you played a beautiful piece called Apalachian waltz, I think, which to my astonishment, succeeded in doing something only Bethooven's adagios do to me: it put me in tears of joy. Even more, you followed that by an even better piece with soulful, stirring vocals (which I can't remember the name). Yet, nothing of these 2 pieces appeared, even now, on the playlist for yesterday, which is stuck at David Garland's program and does not go further than 9:30. That is not the first time this happen on Saturdays. I previously complained through an e-mail to listener services. Now I must turn to you, since it is about pieces played by you and they are not still available for purchase on Archiv Music because the damn playlist is again and again not updated. HELP!!! PLEASE!!!

Nov. 29 2009 09:32 PM
Francoise from New York City

and....if it ends up being true that debates are unproductive and useless here, then the publicly supported station is not truly publicly supported after all and instead it is representing itself falsely... no?

Nov. 29 2009 02:27 PM
Francoise from New York

The new owners did not bring salvation to qxr. (addressing an earlier comment)
I think it's called mutilation in English.
Debates are not supposed to be useless or unproductive, because this is a publicly supported station. They should not bite the hand that feeds them, no?
The real test will be shown in what amount of funds are raised to pay for the $15 million purchase of WQXR.

Lovely American holiday, to give thanks, and we can give thanks that through failure of WNYC, good things will happen. I am positive of this. Wait for the journalists to do investigative reporting on that station.
It's going to be, how do you say, food for fodder, including the mention of censored comments.

Nov. 29 2009 02:20 PM

Terrance, Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra composed many symphonic-like works, but only actually called his masterpiece,Eldorado, a symphony. I know it seems I've tuned in to the wrong radio station, but hey, its all music.

Nov. 28 2009 11:45 PM
Lewis Shrady from Irvington,NY

I just returned from Thanksgiving, and frankly I strongly second Françoise's comments. Parlez beaucoup plus, s'il vous plaît!

I attended the Nov. 19 meeting of the Community Advisory Board at the Greene Space. After adjournment, one of the members pointed out to me something very disturbing. He noted that if WQXR proved too much of a headache, management could always "flip" the station to another buyer for considerably more than the $15 million purchase price. This would not only turn a tidy profit but also get rid of a rising tide of naysayers. Thus management has no incentive whatever to address complaints!

The only real deterrent to such thinking is the enormous scandal to listeners and performing artists alike that would result. The whole of public broadcasting in New York would get a huge black eye that would persist for many years thereafter.

Nov. 28 2009 05:36 PM
Richard S. Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Archive Music is not cheap. So, like, don't do me any favors.

The things about Amazon are, first the good things 1.) that it is often very inexpensive especially on a per track basis for larger albums and 2.) the download is easy, you download first their own downloader. Then the albums. Once you register with a credit card, they will always recognize you. Be careful not to just accept their genres on New Music.

And, now the bad things: 1.) Amazon automatically puts stuff into Windows Media Player. If you want to store in in an external HDD, you need to copy it over to that drive and then delete the download. And 2.) If a track (s) is no longer available when you buy an album, it is just tough, And, Amazon will keep trying to download that track(s) forever. If that happens, delete the installed downloader and re-install it.

Over all, very little trouble ever, very worthwhile to use.


Nov. 28 2009 03:18 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens NY

Thanks, Richard. I am going ot order it right away. Amazon is also where I buy all my books. I just try to order my music from Archiv Music because it is a direct link from this website, it is easy and I am told (tough I don't know how) it benefits QWXR.

Nov. 27 2009 11:06 PM
Richard S. Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


You can order "Bridge of Light" at Amazon, at least in .mp3, which is where and how I choose to buy everything.

It looks like it may be available in CD also.


Nov. 27 2009 07:02 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

I have no intention of indulging in useless, unproductive debates. After this comment, I will be silent on this blog, for a while, and let the unproductive repartees settle down. The new owners ( WNYC ) may not have brought progress. They have brought something exceedingly more important: SALVATION.
I am still waiting for the suggestions concerning "Bridge of Light". That would be more productive.
By the way, I do not support censure either, and if it is true some comments were deleted, I strongly urge that they are put back as soon as possible.

Nov. 27 2009 01:35 PM
Francoise from Francoise,

To clarify my poor English:
I mean that WNYC has a lower standard for selecting hosts, and that is very disappointing to me... especially in New York City where I expect a certain level of sophistication and excellence.
My home is Paris, but I am living in your wonderful city for part of the year.
Please don't say that the old WQXR is gone and that we should "let it be" this way.

I think this mentality is weak and inviting poorer quality, when it does not have to be that way.

I will write more after consulting my English dictionary. You have not heard the end of me.

Please do not delete my comment !!!!

Nov. 27 2009 12:10 PM
Francoise from Paris

"The old QXR is gone; it will not come back."

And saying that we can choose to "forge ahead" is ludicrous also. I'm sorry, but this kind of attitude is nothing but settling for less. It is complacent and absurd at the same time. By thinking the new owners (WNYC) have brought progress is pure fiction. And it was already said that

I remind you of what you Americans call ingenuity which made the US possible and a certain level of excellence: that is the thinking needed here. Otherwise you are inviting mediocrity Mr. Ledan. You started your comment saying that " It is undoubtedly true that some speakers on the new QXR would not even pass the door of the old QXR. " That much alone supports a lower level of quality... a lower level of professional standard. (Please excuse my poor English.)

Since I notice there were comments deleted before, I am not attacking anyone. I am giving my opinion... and I agree with Joseph who is very angered that our opinions are being censored.
I thought this was a publicly supported station. How can the management grow support by deleting these blog comments?

I hope this one is allowed to stay.


Nov. 27 2009 11:52 AM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

It is undoubtedly true that some speakers on the new QXR would not even pass the door of the old QXR. How about some reality check: The old QXR is gone; it will not come back. We can either choose to live in the past or forge ahead in the present and the future. I chose the latter. Sometimes in life, " it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness ". I chose the former.
On a side note,yesterday on QXR, I heard a beautiful piece by Keth Jarret, entitled "Bridge of Light". When I tried to order it from Archiv Music, I received an e-mail telling me the distributor was not producing it anymore. Any suggestion on where and from to order this? perhaps? or some place else? Thanks in advance.

Nov. 27 2009 10:18 AM
Joseph Cacace from NY, NY

On Wednesday, I posted a short note explaining the reasons why I feel Mr. McKnight has NO place on WQXR. By yesterday, it had been deleted. Being censored is not something I take lightly.

As a result of this action, I now feel that there is NO place for me here either. After 20-odd years of listening, I will NEVER return to WQXR again.

I urge all of you who are unhappy with the direction the station has taken and it's decision to place amateurish, unqualified hosts on the air to vote with your wallets. DO NOT send them a penny in support... and tell them WHY.

Nov. 27 2009 08:41 AM
Richard S. Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Nov. 26 2009 07:13 PM
martha walker from New York

Happy Thanksgiving to all the bloggers here... and even to 'ezagroba'.
It has not gone unnoticed how comments were deleted here.
When we all return from the holiday weekend we will address how these actions were made and how some other comments are allowed to remain. but I must talk nicey nice here to quote someone else.

I do send good wishes to all.
Please no preaching after this about where we will be happier. I'm laughing and enjoying this.
Don't eat too much turkey.

Nov. 26 2009 11:59 AM

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Nov. 25 2009 11:44 PM
Richard S. Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

I have been listening to Terrance since he came to WNYC. The most important thing that he was able to do for us was to not screw up the great strides made in bringing the influence of wnyc2 - now Q2 - into Evening Music.

The depth and breadth of what he gave us was astounding. Some - many - WQXR listeners would most likely not liked that programming at all. But is was Terrance's genius at putting great traditional Classical composers against great New Music composers against great Jazz composers.

We are fortunate to still have Q2 doing exactly what wnyc2 did. Every so often, we hear a thread of this influence coming into the current night scene, like last week the Philip Glass Symphony No 8. I think that piece of music is tremendous.

Elliott Forrest played some John Adams a wee bit ago. I was thrilled.

But, hey, there's an idea for you: John Adams was commissioned to write a piece for the inaugural concert of the L.A. Phil under Gustavo "The Dude" Dudamel. You might have seen or captured it from Great Performances on WNET.
Well, he may have written for the L.A. Phil, but you will hardly hear him on KUSC, Los Angeles Classical Public Radio. They have a great 128kbit mp3 web stream.

Maybe you all would be happier with KUSC, patch it into your audio system from your solund card and enjoy it.

Nov. 25 2009 08:13 PM
Francoise from Paris

Mon commentaire a été adressée à Serge Ledan.


Nov. 23 2009 08:06 PM
Francoise from Paris

Monsieur, si vous êtes un membre bienfaiteur, c'est votre faute.

et je ne suis pas d'accord avec votre opinion.

Il est ridicule que vous sommes reconnaissants à WNYC.

Nov. 23 2009 12:11 AM
Henry from Manhattan

Mike Stone made a VERY GOOD POINT.


Nov. 22 2009 11:48 PM
martha walker from New York City

Mike is right!

-the other Ms. Walker

Nov. 22 2009 10:36 PM
Mike Stone

Sorry. I think a minimum requirement for any classical host, especially in New York City, should be to the ability to pronounce everything correctly.
No one would have gotten through the door of the old WQXR with this kind of delivery. This is not a personal attack - it's a fact.

Nov. 22 2009 07:23 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

Serge Ledan-

I commend you for your excellent post and your excellent attitude. We are all making do. I love some of the music you love. I love some of the music you do not love. You might think you are getting too much of that; I think I am not getting enough of it. Yet here we are and we all all make do.

We will all be fine.

Thanks for commending Helga, she has taken some hard shots here by some unruly people. She really know a lot.

Listen also for Nadia Sirota. She is almost encyclopaedic in her knowledge.

Nov. 22 2009 07:04 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

Serge Ledan here. I am a sustaining member of the new WQXR. I am grateful to NYC to have saved us!! I am a trraditional classical/romantic QXR listener. I don't even like, set aside understand Stravinsky, Shostakovich, serial music, and disharmony. The last "modern" I can tolerate and even love, is Sergei Rachmaninoff. Needless to say, it takes some effort to enjoy some of your choices on WXR. I have trouble with Helga Davis's affectations in articulation but when I can pass that, her comments are informative and highly educated and so are yours. So I think it is silly and petty to complain on rare mistakes in pronunciation. I have no signal problem. My Bose radio is perfect with an added FM antenna. So all in all, I am grateful and happy!! Keep up the good work!! I am and will be overlastingly grateful to NYC. Thanks a million!!

Nov. 22 2009 03:25 PM
Henry from New York

You're not alone.
Check out the blog comments on:


Nov. 21 2009 02:02 PM
nero from midtown

WQXR stinks. My reception in midtown Manhatten is lousy. My internet signal with the fast cable modem breaks every few minutes. It is a disgrace. I am sorry i sent in my contribution. I will not do so again, unless the problems are corrected.

Nov. 21 2009 01:35 PM
S Wilkinson from East Hampton, NY

propinquus vestri os quod utor vestri mens

Nov. 21 2009 10:01 AM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey


"Non illigitimae carborundum est"


Nov. 21 2009 08:05 AM
Henry from New York City

I just read another blogger write something on the David Garland blog, and that person had a GREAT IDEA!!!!!

The blogger wrote that WNYC would be better off at this point to admit failure and sell the WQXR station to a company which could operate it better.

Oh.. please let this happen, please.

Nov. 20 2009 11:48 PM
Richard Yentsky from New York City

I don't know why WQXR made you play Vivaldi's L'autunno tonight.
It was tiresome to hear, so I turned off your program.
I wasn't thrilled to hear the spiritual either.
(now, please no one else make a comment about mine, because I won't respond. LOL)

Nov. 17 2009 10:03 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey


The Glass tonight on Symphony Hall is terrific. Mor power to you.

Nov. 17 2009 08:41 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, the land of insanity

I am listening to the opera The Birds, and it's not what I expected. In general, the music banned by the Nazies was horrible, but on a scale of 1 to 100 with a passing grade of 50, this music should have passed with 55-60 as acceptable. It is not that so called "modernist" music, which completely ignores harmony and the rules that create such, which I am convinced that were written by composers that where tone deaf, but went around in nice dresses and socialized themselves to be accepted as composers.
An interesting example is Stravinsky, the real Stravinsky was not tone deaf and wrote some pieces that were acceptable, till he was arrested by the NKVD and replaced with a double, to penetrate the forming resistance against Stalin. He got the proper cover, but his music was horrible, he may have been a good agent, but he was tone deaf. The cover he was supplied with made him famous in the Soviet Union, after all, Stalin "hated him" therefore he must be a "good man"...
In the 20th century there were no great composers, most of them were "gone" musically, just like neorealist painters, that painted something that is called in psychiatry "inc spots" and is used in diagnostics; one projects it's inner mind on something that does not represent anything. Just like music written by tone deaf composers, so are the paintings mentioned now. They are not art, and if art could be policed, probably would be banned as such by any society. Because the Nazis did such, does not mean that these are art. Before anyone writes answers to me, consider that these are just my opinnions, without being a Nazi, but oh my god, such opinions are as dangerous as was calling collectivization idiotic, in a communist country. The one that holds the gun, is always right and can impose it's view in anything. I don't hold such, period.

Nov. 14 2009 01:49 PM
SusanW from NYC

Totally, Pete! Let me know when you get back to NYC (sorry, I hate FL and warm weather in general) and we'll have a cocktail and discuss the merits of old v. new and all sorts of interesting yack. Tapes, hey - I've got jazz tapes I would not part with for the world. And now I am off to the Cabinet of Curiosities in B'klyn, where I expect to find some of the old hosts (kidding, kidding).

Nov. 13 2009 06:22 PM
Peter Hogarth from Palm Beach, FL

hhumm SusanW,

I think that Freud and his followers would find your comments redolent with meaning.

But on a serious note,

I don't think the programming selections on WQXR today are contributing to the "constantly evolving" or "beyond the radar" taste at all. Many of the music selections actually fail on these counts. They are not challenging and really belong in the hum-drum category.

When it comes to the FORMER WQXR hosts, one could say they had intelligent ways of clarifying music. They shared with listeners their diversity just as Sanyi mentioned when he remembers how Nimet and Candice had rich experiences singularly worldly and based in music studies, both present day and historical.
Beyond that, their voices and their diction had the qualities other companies employ for voice-overs. This is because they usually had the acumen for professional expression, and were highly trained for live audiences. Simply put, they knew their music material, AND they also sounded good on the air. At the new station I think there are several hosts which fall quite short when you discern for these qualities. Certainly the management of this new station did screen applicants' voice recordings and interviewed them personally. However, they chose people altogether different than the likes of Nimet, Candice, and Annie or Clayelle.

Now, it's time for a bedtime snack in our household, but I will check in with you again after a swim and a walk tomorrow. I hope you all endure the rain up in the Northeast. It is going to be 74 and sunny here in the next few days.

However, I must add that when we return to our place in NYC I do not plan to listen to my "DVD/tape/turntable" < tape ??? ...and why not the 8-track while we're at it, just kidding > or my home entertainment system as a substitute for good radio listening. There is no such thing (good radio listening) on the radio waves in New York City at the moment. I imagine I will attend some live performances by young budding composers and musicians coupled with a good balanced dose of Alan Gilbert at Avery Fisher or some music at the Met Opera.

And one more thought: In an era that offers us the option of satellite radio and Internet, why should any of us limit ourselves to broadcasts of such compromised quality and awkwardly presented as those from today's WQXR???

Palm Beach

Nov. 13 2009 12:02 AM
SusanW from NYC

I, for one, am loving the new format. I find I have to shake out the cobwebs every now and again and open myself up to new things and new ways. Nothing stays the same, we are constantly evolving (even classical music stations). If I were wholly disgrunteled, I would just turn off the radio and play my preferred music on my DVD/tape/turntable. I think Terrance is a marvelous host and hugely enjoy his music choices. Even when I am not thrilled with a piece, it gives me pleasure to know that I've listened to something beyond my radar and given it a chance. I like growing and I feel more open, more game in this new format. Bravo, Terrance!

Nov. 12 2009 09:59 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn... where am I

Dear Margaret, I'm with you... Candice Agree spoke at least 3 foreign languages, Nimet spoke more the 10 foreign languages and she lived in most of those countries, she was always telling nice stories about and related to the music played, she was a real professional, and if I Emailed her, she alway found a way to let me know that she got the Email, mostly laughing, or by other means.
Candice Agree sounded very nice, very young, and in my case, extremely seductive. I wrote tons of Emails to her, since around 1993 the time she worked at WNCN, she never answered them of course, but she found ways too, to let me know that she got the Email. When I called her Candy girl, her voice melted instantly, ha, ha, no question about it. So in a way, I made her day less boring for her and for myself too.
I still have an Email address for her, but I have the feeling it's being intercepted by some idiotic investigators, the very same investigators who in fact, had to do with her firing. Real idiots !!! Hope they will play less politics and more esthetics.

Nov. 12 2009 08:24 PM
Margaret from Southampton, NY

If I'm not mistaken, this new station was formed about a month ago. I have read quite a lot of blogging on this site which runs the gambit of great frustrations.

Like many of you, I miss some of my favorite hosts that used to work on 'the original' WQXR.

Sad to say, I'm not wild about the sound of voices of the new hosts, and I don't like the amount of short recordings played, or the mispronunciations by some hosts along with their less than professional delivery at the microphone.

The two hosts which remain from 'the original' WQXR, Jeff and Midge, well, they are coping the best they can. Even so, their hands are tied with the programming given them and the stuff they are scripted to say.

I have given this new station a shot, but I'm kind of finished with the thought of supporting it.
I'm sorry to say this. It really is a shame.

Just a word of advice: If you go to some internet streaming stations besides this one I think you will be a lot happier. I did this, and I'm a lot more pleased with what I hear. KING-fm is only one of them; there are many, with good hosts and nice works of music. The hosts are well spoken and professional. Their pronunciations are spot on.
I don't think it's asking a lot of WQXR to have hosts with the same high level in their craft, but I think the management wants a different feel to their new station. I wish them luck.

Happy listening, whether you remain with this station or go elsewhere. I send good wishes to all.


Nov. 11 2009 09:21 PM
Peter Hogarth from Palm Beach, FL

I don't think it is worth worrying about replies from "ezagroba", a name which sounds like a disease.

See my blog comment in

and then you will understand why I don't think you should waste anymore time with the foibles of ezagroba. The real weakness and disaster to blog about is that of WQXR itself.

It's 81 degrees here in Palm Beach. We're expecting showers, but when that happens I'll have the convertible top back up... and listening to beautiful music from another classical music station... not this one.

Nov. 11 2009 09:28 AM
Richard Yentsky from New York City

Re: ezagroba

After a day, no response from him/her, who is tending to this blog and has probably returned to an office cubicle, soon enough to appear in another talk-down to another blogger.

Nov. 11 2009 08:46 AM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

Ditto Richard Yentsky.

Playing parts of works is not good.

I love the second movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony> But, I do not want to hear it except in its proper setting.

Similarly, the fourth movement of Mahler's 5th symphony. Gorgeous. But, I do not want to hear it alone, except, of course, as sung by Sarah Brightman.

Nov. 10 2009 02:48 PM
Richard Yentsky from Bellport, NY


I disagree with you when you said to George: "While we appreciate your concern, it does not compromise the integrity of the piece to perform only parts of it."

I'm sorry, but that is your opinion, dear. You have made it sound like it is a fact that performing only parts do not compromise the piece. Again, I must correct you that yours is an OPINION.

George is entitled to his opinion too. Yes, you can sight where Alan Gilbert discussed this historical reference of playing only parts of a piece in the past, but if someone feels that something is lost in his/her enjoyment of music because some parts are left out, well, PLEASE, allow them their opinion. Otherwise your claim is a collection of quack quack. I also think your credibility as an authority on this declines with the kind of response you gave.


Nov. 10 2009 10:40 AM


The terms of our license no longer allow us to pre-publish playlists. For more about this, see the comments on this page:

Alan Gilbert, in a conversation with the audience for the NY Phil after a performance a couple weeks ago, addressed the issue of performing all movements together. He explained that recitals before the 20th century, if they included multi-movement works, often broke up the movements of a piece with other works rather than performing it from start to finish.

Nov. 10 2009 10:07 AM
Richard Mitnick from HIghland Park, NJ

Joseph J. Lieber, MD-

You are so correct about the bio spots on the web site. This is a failure that goes way back at WNYC.
For example, both Steve and a fellow named Brad Cresswell subbed at WNYC. No bio item for either.

Also, in some cases, no email address for some of these people.

Thanks for your comment.


Nov. 10 2009 07:49 AM
Joseph J. Lieber, MD from Queens, New York

Sounds like Steve Sullivan does a good deal of your overnight broadcasts. Really enjoy listening to him!!
I wish he got some credit on your hosts area of the website!

Nov. 10 2009 06:18 AM
george brief

I would like to use your good services to induce the radio station to list full programs for the day. So, one could plan to set time aside for some interesting pieces or performers.The old QXR had this useful listing.

Also, if possible stop the practice of playing 1 or 2 movements of masterpieces. Those movements are connected, have a life together and should be played the way the composer gave them to us.

Nov. 09 2009 06:24 PM
Richard Yentsky from Bellport, NY

The selections today were wonderful. They were full of flavor and quack quack. Love it.
Keep up the good work.

Nov. 09 2009 06:10 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

For those of you not familiar with RSS feeds, signified by that little orange thingy, you can keep track of all of the comments at WQXR by getting an RSS reader, and not need to click into the WQXR web site and navigate to the comments pages to see who says what.

I currently recommend Google Reader. I like MyYahoo! better, because it is more configurable. But, lately it has not been working.

Everything I am laying out is for Google Reader. But it is all very similar in any RSS aggregator.

You need a GMail account, which you never ever have to use for mail. Then you go to Google Reader and subscribe with your GMail user id and password. You can get both the GMail account and Google Reader right from the Google opening web page. The GMail link is right up top. The Reader link is under "more".

Once you have the Google Reader account, open it. Then open another web page right next to it, and on that page go to the WQXR web site and comments page or pages of your choice. Right-click the orange thing and select "copy link location". Take that to the Google Reader page and left-click on "+Add a subscription", and r9ight click and paste the link in and left-click "Add". Do this for any one or all of the WQXR comments pages.

Save the Google Reader as a bookmark (Firefox, SeaMonkey, Opera) or favorite (IE8).

Then, all you need do is click on the bookmark and all will spill out for you.

You can configure Google Reader for only new stuff, one day, one week, etc.

Everything I have laid out for Google Reader is similar in all of the RSS aggregators. Google Reader is free, as is MyYahoo!. There are pay readers, which you do not need.

Nov. 08 2009 06:52 PM
Sanyi to Rich from Brooklyn ,Boro Park

Dear Rich,

I have a suggestion, now that the sound of Big Ben was removed, they should install one of these Shabes sirens there, (the kind I have here on some roof tops, with ear piercing screams every Friday). I'm sure the Jewish establishment police will not remove it, no matter how many complaints you might make, do to "freedom of religion". I just hope that beating up non Jews on the streets, will not become part of this sectarian religion, because then, the law will not do anything about it either, because of "freedom of religion". Be seeing you all...

Nov. 06 2009 02:34 PM
Rich from The Bronx

Just a note about the new sound of Symphony Hall. I am glad someone finally ditched the chimes of Big Ben. This is New York City not London. The use always seemed a bit pretencious to me. I,m sure there are enough famous church chimes in this city that could have been used. The audience sound is a good idea but perhaps something a bit more ear catching in the future?


Nov. 05 2009 12:55 PM
Larry Stoler from SStamford, CT.

Terrance: it is a pleasure to hear you on WQXR. I knew you were hosting Evening Music on WNYC but until WNYC purchased the station from the NY. Times, I had never heard you. This was because when I tuned into WNYC, the music you were playing seemed so out there that I had trouble getting into it.

As a lifetime listener to the station and a former broadcaster, I can certainly understand how honored and proud you must feel to be a part of the new version of WQXR as it is now non commercial and listener supported.

I look forward to spending many evenings listening to you and your great musical offerings.
Larry Stoler

Nov. 05 2009 11:34 AM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, China.

I am just listening to Beatrice and Benedict from Houston grand opera. I can't believe that they don't have an electronics engineer to do something about the hum in the background. It seems to me that they never heard of microphone preamplifiers that run on batteries and not on power supplied by the equipment, this way they don't pick up any AC "through capacitance" hum. And if they don't have money to buy such equipment, then they should improvise a very sharp notch filter, and cancel out, or filter out the hum.
But considering that they are not at liberty to hire just any "capitalist imperialist pig electronics engineers" (so they would not ruin the good relations with China), I guess they have no choice but to hire some "good reliable" engineer with stolen identity, but a good communist ("a good man"), who doesn't know the difference between hum and ham.

Oct. 31 2009 03:07 PM
Barbara from ny, ny

I did like the Terrance of NYC more than the QXR one, but I still enjoy the show. On Saturday night (Oct. 24) you devoted a show to the clarinet, it was a treat. The Mozart clarinet piece was way way more romantic than the Beethoven, interesting.

Oct. 29 2009 12:13 AM
Sean Mahoney from Rye, NY

Tonight I found it much more rewarding to listen to Bill McGlaughlin on WWFM.. streaming to me at 128 Kbps. from 7PM-8PM. And I like his voice and expertise much more than what WQXR offered at this hour.
Sorry, Terrance. It's not all your fault, you know.

So friends, try WWFM.

The New York Philharmonic re-broadcasts are delivered in 128 Kbps there also!!!

I don't feel like giving money to WQXR now. I would really rather not,

and I guess it's better to use the old saying, "never complain and never explain."

Oct. 28 2009 08:06 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Did you voice your interest in the various weblogs that dealt with this change during the months leading up to it?

We WNYC listeners could have used more voices. Maybe someone would have listened. The WQXR people were there in droves.


Oct. 28 2009 01:52 PM
Sean Mahoney from Rye, NY

I saw this on the web, and I think that other listeners should be aware of it.


Oct. 28 2009 11:06 AM
Alexandra from Dobbs Ferry

Dear Terrance:

I always used to be able to count on your show on WNYC to bring me music I had never heard before - 20th and 21st century composers I had never heard of, or hidden gems by well-known composers. You introduced me to obscure vocal works by Sviridov, Britten, Mahler and brand-new composers whose names I can't even remember, all mixed in with your brilliant, erudite and sophisticated commentary. I used to feel that I was learning something new and important every time I listened to your WNYC show.

I am so disappointed when I now turn on your WQXR show and find you are playing the old warhorses: i.e, the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin last night, instead of some never-before heard obscure gem. Maybe I am being unfair, but it feels l as if every time I have tuned in, the piece on the air was as close to "easy listening" classical music as you can get. This is not what I have come to expect from your quirky and innovative track record at WNYC.

What has happened? If you are under pressure from the station to choose more "plain vanilla" works, please resist! You can let them know that at least one devoted listener is VERY unhappy with this programming change.

Oct. 28 2009 10:45 AM
Joseph Lieber from Queens, New York

Love Terrance McKnight!
Like Nadia Sirota we are fortunate to have these two bright, musically very knowledgable announcers who really add one more dimension to the great music!

Oct. 27 2009 10:28 PM
Frank Feldman

Please give the overnight hosts their own blog. Ms. Sirota and esp. Ms. Agbari are the smartest, most musically literate on-air personalities you've got.

Oct. 27 2009 01:17 AM

Did I miss it or did you mention that both Strauss's Thus Spake Zarathustra and the Ligeti you played right after were both used in "2001, A Space Odysey?" At least I'm 99% sure. Are there things you would have mentioned on WNYC you can't mention on QXR?

Oct. 26 2009 09:10 PM
F Williams from nyc

I should learn not to scroll through those blogs
Anyway, I attended the High School of Music and Art, when Richter was the head of the music department. But, one should not mention Richter without an equal mention for the brilliant and beloved Mr. Russ, who always cast a large shadow over Richter.

Now that I'm here; a long time listener to the "old" QXR; briefly, I;m 20 blocks from the Empire State Bldg; the reception is good in one room, fair in others.
I'm thinking now that there is not much that will be done about that.
One request, as so many others; just return Clayelle Dalaferes to the midday weekend spot. I can't believe you are going to leave all of the fall and winter Opera programming in the hands of the current announcer.

Oct. 26 2009 08:02 PM
Gerilyn from Larchmont NY

The day the music died for me was the day WQXR moved up the dial to 105.9 and WNYC became a cable-like talk radio station. I live in Larchmont NY and have 2 Bose radios and a Cambridge Soundworks radio; none of them can pick up WQXR. Since there is no longer evening music on WNYC, I no longer have access to music in the evening. I am berefit. The last thing I want to hear in the evening particularly on WNYC, is another pundit, no matter how "insightful".
Plus, I am dining this evening with a previously devoted WQXR listener who lives in Glen Cove Long Island. He can no longer pick up WQXR.
What are you going to do about this? You are losing listeners and you will be losing contributors like myself. No music in the evening is unacceptable and a huge loss in our lives.

Oct. 23 2009 08:17 PM
Joelle Shefts from NYC

Dear Terence,
When you first began at WNYC, I was slightly put off by the fact that you often didn't say what had just been played before going on to something else. but very quickly, the complexity of what you were putting together made my objections disappear. I got used to your style and came to really appreciate it and the wide ranging repertoire.
I just wanted to tell you, in all of this upheaval due to the inclusion of WQXR, it's quite something to search around on the dial (especially in the car where the radio is not automatically set to QXR) and find your voice like an island amid a sea of meaningless sounds and commercial junk.
Just, please, fight for the same amount of time and the same wide range of music.
Joelle Shefts

Oct. 23 2009 04:39 PM
Chris Hobson from NYC

I really like your choices and announcing style, but I have a strong preference for breaks to announce each piece instead of segues to the next. Last night (Wed. Oct. 21), for example, you finished Beethoven's op. 81 sonata and segued to a Schubert song. The tone and "feel" are entirely different. This listener, anyway, welcomes a break to recalibrate. Once one has heard three pieces (there was another after the Schubert) whatever impressions there were from the first have faded, learning who the performer is has lost its immediacy, etc. If this programming choice is yours rather than station policy, please reconsider.

Oct. 22 2009 11:31 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Chris Potter-

There are no "small-time" webcasters. Please tell us how we can access your stream.


Oct. 22 2009 11:14 PM
JP from Queens

Keep up the good work! I thoroughly enjoy listening to your selection and programming! Once in a while you select some amazing "performances" and wonder why we cannot have more. So one request Id like to make is for you to perhaps spend an hour or so playing more interesting performances rather than sticking to the mainstream performers/performances, or even a segment on your favorite all time pieces by particular performers. I dont mind what time you care to do that, I will definitely make time to listen. Thanks!

Oct. 22 2009 11:00 PM
christine potter from Valley Cottage, NY

Hi, Terrance--

First of all: my organist/choirmaster husband and I have called you "Our Terrance" since you first got your gig at NYC. I'm a small-time (internet) broadcaster myself, and I had to smile as we listened to you find your voice (and fight the mixing board and CD players) at NYC. We listened most nights over supper.

Of course, you knew that there was going to be a caca storm over whatever you did at QXR; the old NYC mix would have been way out in left field and the QXR mix (even sans the pre-need funeral ads) would have caused eye-rolling among the NYC crowd. This is not rocket science.

I think you're making your peace with the two camps better than you think--and probably better than you're reading in this blog. Loved the Ives this evening--a perfect choice, I think.

One minor complaint: don't mock the chimes!! I'm a New Yorker (well, a suburban one, but still) from birth. When I was a tiny girl, back in the 50's, my mom put a radio in the bedroom with me and my younger sister, tuned--of course--to WQXR. The intent was to lull us to sleep with the world's finest music. The reality was that both my sister and myself were TERRIFIED of the guy who said "SYMPHony HALL!!" at 8PM, and the chimes were a part of our terror. We tried with every fiber of our being to be asleep before he came on each night.

So, all these many years later, Susan and I tuned our fancy digital FM receiver to the old frequency for the last time on the last night it was on the air. I got a little teary when I heard the chimes. She still looked kind of worried--but she is a little younger than me.

My point is that many native New Yorkers have (if not fodder for decades of shrink sessions) a connection to those things, and singing "ding dong" is probably Not A Good Idea. I've had enough therapy that I'd be OK if you brought them back.

Keep on keeping on! You'll do fine.

Chris Potter

Oct. 22 2009 10:29 PM
Dylan Skolnick from Huntington, NY

I am a longtime listener of classical and new music on WNYC. Initially I was overjoyed at the news that WQXR was being taken over by WNYC. I looked forward to having WNYC’s more adventurous programming being presented in WQXR’s 24-hour music format (minus the commercials).

However, when I tuned into the new WQXR, I was surprised when the first thing I heard was a commercial for the Jonas Brothers concert tour, followed by a commercial for gastric bypass surgery. The reception here in Western Suffolk is terrible. The signal fades in and out due to interference from a rock station in Connecticut.

On the few times when I have gotten a vaguely decent signal, the programming has been much less adventurous than it was on WNYC. I know you have to make some concessions to WQXR’s more conservative listeners, but please don’t water down the music programming we have come to love on WNYC. With 24-hours to play with, there should be time for all kinds of music.

This changeover has been a disaster for me. I have lost most of the music shows that I enjoyed on WNYC, can’t listen to the replacements on WQXR, and have found them disappointing on the rare occasions when I have been able to hear them.

I am writing to ask two questions: Are you going to do anything to boost the 105.9 signal? Will hosts like Nadia Sirota, Terrance McKnight, and David Garland ever be able to start playing great, adventurous music again?

At least there is still New Sounds…

Oct. 22 2009 07:02 PM
Bob S from Chestnut Ridge NY

Hi Terrance,
Last night's Symphony Hall was superb. I learned much from your introduction to the Jupiter Symphony including aspects of Mozart's final years that I was not totally aware of. The recording with the Berlin Philharmonic was excellent. Now, all I ask of you for one more time is to bring back the Symphony Hall chimes at the beginning of the program.

One last word, WNYC and WQXR should both be playing music, WNYC at least part of the time. The classical umbrella is made up of many parts, and what some appreciate in one sphere, may not be looked upon kindly in another. When you were with WNYC we always had choices. Why not remain with WQXR, but put your other programming back on WNYC.

Reception: Daytime is better than at night.

Oct. 22 2009 05:52 PM
martha walker from New York City

written previously: "Winnifred - let me assure you that the criticisms simply have to do with him not being very good."

I second the motion.

Martha (the other Ms. Walker)

Oct. 22 2009 03:58 PM
MIke Stone

Winnifred - let me assure you that the criticisms simply have to do with him not being very good.

Oct. 22 2009 03:16 PM
winnifred lamptey from new york

I thank the person responsible for selecting Dvorak's 8th to announce/advertise Mr. McKnight's programme throughout the day. I don't know who did that particular recording; I've always loved Dvorjak's 8th, but this particular recording is simply superb - and somehow it works quite well with Mr. McKnight's voice.

By the way, I think the negative comments about Mr. McKnight may be due to the fact that the "offended" listeners / writers resent hearing a different accent from what they are used to hearing / what they feel "comfortable" with - dare I suggest? I think I'm right.

One more thing - it'd be nice to hear that lovely tune bit announcing every hour on the old QXR, please.

Thank you.

Oct. 22 2009 02:33 PM

Just improved my reception significantly. A friend advised me to attach a cable from my cable company to the "ohm" receptor on the back of my Cambridge Soundworks radio. I got a splitter and a 50 foot long cable (the longer the cable the better the reception) from Radio Shack and attached it to the radio. At first things were worse than ever, than I flipped the antenna switch from "external" to "internal" and it improved. When I draped a piece of the cable over the radio - voila - excellent reception. (I'm only 7 miles from the transmitter).

By the way, it's legal to attach any peripheral to the cable company's box.

Hope you will have the same luck. Advice came from a western university's posting on the internate. Sorry I don't remember the site. I'm posting this to most of the blogs.

Happy again. in Washington Heights.

Oct. 22 2009 01:28 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Karen- re: "The Old Terrance"

On the computer:

First, the Q2 stream is the old wnyc2 stream, which you will enjoy.

Next,, Marvin Rosen "Classical Discoveries" Wednesday 6:00AM-8:30AM and 11:00AM-1:00PM

Beyond that,, a paid service (very cheap, just reduce your WNYC/WQXR membership by about US$5.00/month - 5 streams of new music from American Composers Forum

Counterstream from American Music Center


Postclassic - Kyle Gann's stream, if he is still having it up.


Oct. 21 2009 04:08 PM
Eileen Pollock from New York, NY

Your pronunciation needs an upgrade. Symphony - the first syllable is not coming through clearly. Many mispronunciations of foreign words and names, as other listeners have mentioned. This can be fixed! Have someone help you with pronunciation. Unfortunately, these glitches indicate that your background is not classical music. I feel you'd be great for a jazz or contemporary music show.

Oct. 21 2009 01:41 PM

I warmed up to your style on the "old" wnyc very quickly. I'm really sorry that your approach to music has been reduced to one hour a night.
The old war horses are wonderful - but now there is no place on the dial - except for one hour a night - where contemporary, or even modern, classical music can be heard. Sad. very sad. Especially in NYC where so many fine contemporary LIVING composers reside.

Oct. 21 2009 12:51 PM
Nickalf from Nu Joisee ;)

Hi Terrance,

Took over an hour for the activation process to work on your Website, so too late for the show..

You mentioned that there was no radio when Alexander Borodin was alive...


The first radio transmission in America was by Mahlon Loomis, of Washington DC, from the Catochin Ridge, Va. in October 1866.

C U 2morrow... :)
Nick. . .

Oct. 20 2009 11:05 PM

Terrence, I am devoted to your show, It is the best thing on radio, a brilliant, eclectic mix of beautiful, fascinating sound. Long live evening music!

Oct. 20 2009 10:17 PM
Dan Kulkosky from A bunker in an undisclosed location

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. For the old WQXR crowd, the Evening Music selections are too adventurous. For the WNYC crowd, the choices are too timid. From the comments in this blog, I would not be surprised if a civil war is the next step. Doubtless many chardonnay bottles will be broken and much brie flung.

I much prefer the old WNYC Evening Music. Nothing wrong with the old classics, but how many times do I need to hear Mozart's 41st or Tchaikovsky's 4th (much better than 5th)? On WNYC you get to hear many new things as well as the standards. I don't like every new thing Terrance plays, but I love the discoveries. For example, I had long ago decided I didn't like Messiaen (I won't repeat what I thought as it's very impolite). One night TM played an organ piece by Messiaen called, I think, "The Death of Our Lord." The radio was on in the background while I was doing things around the house. The sound immediately caught my attention and had me mesmerized. I changed my mind on Messiaen right away. I don't see how that could have happened on WQXR.

Hang in there Terrance.

Oct. 20 2009 09:58 PM
stanley goldstein from scarborough ny

You continute to play the world's best music and I am truly grateful that you are keeping the station alive.
One improvement which was available to you was to reduce the "talk time" from 20% to a far lower number. Yes, you got rid of some awful sounding advertisements but the total non-music time is unchanged partly because the announcers are talking too much.

Oct. 20 2009 09:20 PM
John Koster from Glen Rock, New Jersey

Terrance -- Great introduction on the Beethoven! I never realized he wrote that piece in a bombproof cellar -- that explains a lot. Heard the same bombardment made Haydn so angry he had a heart attack or otherwise died of psychosomatic health damage. Your narratives really bring my favorite warhorses alive -- keep up the excellent work and keep 'em galloping. NB -- a little more accent on final E in German and you'll have it got the right idea -- it's a sort of UHHH and not a hard A like in Spanish.

Oct. 20 2009 08:35 PM
Constantine from NYC

The quartet Opus 3 No. 5, though long attributed to Haydn, is now believed to be the work of one Roman Hofstetter. (See

Oct. 20 2009 08:04 PM
Richard Mitnick from HIghland Park, NJ

So is 32 going to be the big number for WQXR on the internet?

105.9 stream at 32kbit MONO!! Good grief. Do you expect any internet listeners to accept that when the 93.9 stream 7:00PM-5:00AM was 128bit STEREO????

Q2 the WNYC web site home page shows it at 32kbits. ARE YOU NUTS??? This is the wnyc2 stream which was at 128kbit stereo.

I don't know about the WQXR listeners; but you are going to, excuse me for the vulgate vernacular, piss off the WNYC internet audience, that's the 93.9 music audience, the wnyc2 audience.

Have you guys been reading Greg Sandow again???

Wake up.

You all have my email address, maybe someone can respond directly to me, if not here at this weblog, and tell me what's happening.


Oct. 20 2009 05:51 PM
martha walker from New York City

Correction on my earlier typo:

Describing the Y-cable:
It is a 1/8" stereo male to dual RCA male plug in a 6 ft. length.

Oct. 20 2009 05:31 PM
len goldenson from New York, NY

The fact that they moved Terrance McKnight to WQXR even though he can't pronounce the names of some of the composers is an insult to the listeners - but you're right, nearly as insulting as thinking they will put up with the lousy signal and the increased audio compression.

Oct. 20 2009 05:22 PM
WFC from Jersey City, NJ

I am amazed by the comments telling Mr. McKnight how to pronounce this and that or how much they miss the hourly chimes while many listeners, including myself, cannot even get a good reception from WQXR’s 105.9 frequency, even though I live right across the Hudson River on the NJ waterfront. I will write a check to WQXR on two conditions: 1. Boost up 105.9 signal ASAP 2. Change WQXR’s rigid formula and let Mr. McKnight freely choose his own style and music selection.

Oct. 20 2009 04:28 PM
martha walker from New York City

You might be right about the future of this new WQXR.

From comments we read here, other bloggers have written about their fine listening experiences via streaming audio from OTHER stations like WWFM and KUSC, and there are so many stations from which to choose in cyber world.

One can select streams at 128 Kbps on a whole host of stations, and all around the world (too bad the new WQXR is streaming at only 32 Kbps).

When you visit a station online which you like, there is usually a choice for broadband connections (if you have high speed access) at different speeds.

Remember this too:
when you find the station you like, and perhaps with a host who pronounces composer names correctly... maybe you should reward them with financial support. You decide. It's your prerogative and your privelage to support the programming you like.

None of us has to rely on WNYC or WQXR if we don't want to. We are lucky there are lots of choices.


For people who want to connect their computer systems to any room of an office or home stereo speaker: just visit a Radio Shack and purchase an inexpensive 6-ft. audio Y-cable (1/8" stereo mail to dual RCA male plug cable). Plug this into the headphone jack of your computer and the "RCA" plug into the stereo system.

Oct. 20 2009 03:37 PM
len goldenson from New York, NY

The lead story on the WQXR web site should offer you a glimpse into the future. It's a long piece about a contemporary jazz artist. I predict the long term plan for this station is to turn it into some kind of fine arts hodgepodge that won't be devoted solely to classical music. I'll bet Terrance gets to do his own kind of show again and there will be more shows like it. So fans of the WQXR legacy should think again before writing a check to contribute to this thing.

Oct. 20 2009 02:09 PM
Luis from nyc

Please upgrade your reception

Oct. 20 2009 01:14 PM
David from W. Village

Terrance, it's great to have the move to its new spot and format allow WQXR to include you! Great voice and manner, and wonderful insights!

I'm generally pleased at who was brought over from the old QXR but wish the fill-in host, Vinnie Marino, could be included. Like yours, his presence was cool and hip -- and smart.

Oct. 19 2009 11:09 PM
Still Distraught from Manhattan


PLEASE bring back the hourly chimes with which 96.3 used to mark every hour. This was one of the signatures of the Old WQXR and it is sorely missed.

Oct. 19 2009 09:13 PM
Mike Stone

Now I know why you play American composers all the time on your other shows. You cannot pronounce any of these composer names.

Oct. 19 2009 09:13 PM
John Koster from Glen Rock, New Jersey

Warhorses are good, eclectic music is fine if it's reasonbly melodic -- too much Shostakovich and Copeland gets to be tiresome. Terrance McKnight's narratives are entertaing and informative -- keep up the good work! (But remember, that in German, final E is's Das Lied der Erd-eh.." So glad QXR is still around!

Oct. 19 2009 08:41 PM
Constantine from New York, NY

The "s" at the end of "Saint Saens" is pronounced (like a "hard" s, not like a z).

Oct. 19 2009 08:27 PM
Nat S. from Somers

The loss of the 6,000 watt signal is sad. I am 48 miles north of NYC. Using a vintage and refurbished Kenwood KT8300 tuner and a large FM specific rooftop antenna on a rotor, back in the 93.6 era I was able to pull in an absolutely clean, glorious signal from WQXR. Result? Incredible analog sound. Now that all we get is a measly 600 watt transmission, even my high end "DX-capable" rig can't pull in a signal that doesn't contain low-level static and clearly weaker stereo separation. I'm glad to know that the boom-box crowd is now enjoying Latin hip-hop on an audiophile-capable signal at 96.3

Oct. 19 2009 01:03 PM

I dunno, but I really liked those hourly chimes (sounds like a harp or harpsichord, one or the other) they used to play on the station. Could they bring them back? Just trying to make the transition a bit smoother.

Oct. 18 2009 08:58 PM
Lynne from NJ (for the moment)

The night QXR shifted frequencies I was reading "The Golden Spiders," a mystery by Rex Stout, published in 1953. In it, Archie Goodwin is questionning a woman about her whereabouts on the day of a crime. She says, "I came right back and told Peckham, the butler, I was tired and was going to bed, and went up to my roon and turned on WQXR for the music, and went to bed." I have often done the same (minus the butler) and I am very glad QXR has joined public radio.

Oct. 17 2009 08:22 AM
Gordon Roth from Manhattan


The idea to "run a wire from your computer to your stereo amp" is great, HOWEVER other bloggers have already explained that the Internet sound provided here is only in MONO. NG ... not good.

(Go read Richard Mitnick's comment in this blog.)


Oct. 17 2009 02:50 AM
Chris Potter from Valley Cottage, NY

Oh, for heaven's sake.

If you're out of FM range, there is an internet stream for WQXR. I'll admit it's a loss to not have the station in your car...but the Times is out of money. So NYC saved the place.

Meanwhile, all you have to do is run a wire from your computer to your stereo amp if you want it through good speakers. Go down to Radio Snack and ask them for the details. They'll sell you a patch cord for pocket change. I'm an internet broadcaster (dreaded rock and roll, but I love classical music, too) but no technician. I'm here to tell you that getting internet radio through your stereo is No Big Trick--and there's a wild world out there of good classical programming. QXR is especially wonderful though, of course.

The new QXR sounds a lot like the old one my folks put me to bed with every night back in the mid 1950's. I have to tell y'all that my sister and I were AFRAID of the 8:00 chimes for Symphony Hall. Don't know quite why--it could have been the deep-voiced announcer why came on right afterwards scaring the snot out of us, but there you have it. We listened to the chimes together on the last night they were on. I felt nostalgic; they still bugged heck out of my sis. She's younger. What can I say?

I think the WNYC announcers sound terrific on QXR and I'm delighted to NOT hear pre-need funeral ads on the station. Or a zillion cancer care places advertising.

Hang tough, Terrance!!

Chris Potter

Oct. 16 2009 10:27 PM
Bob S from Chestnut Ridge NY

Oooops. I will write Beethoven 100 times.

Oct. 16 2009 04:37 PM
Bob S from Chestnsut Ridge NY

Dear Terrance.
I heard last night's Symphony Hall, and was glad that you anounced it as "Symphony Hall" giving many of us a sense that maybe some of the tradition of WQXR will yet survive. Now, bring back the chimes that were used to introduce the program.
The actual performance of the Betoven Symphony #3 as played by the London Philharmonic was a little wanting. It did not have the dynamics that I hear in a Cleveland Orchestra recording that I have. I wonder if this was the actual perfomance that I am reacting to, , or whether it was the distortions that the new signal of WQXR produces.

Oct. 16 2009 04:35 PM
Susan Heitner from Brooklyn. NY

We have loved your extraordinary program on WNYC and are relieved that you are safe and sound on WQXR. We want to continue to hear your fascinating mix of all musical disciplines. So hearing that your program is called Symphony Hall, I want to urge the station to rename the program to reflect your diverse taste and talent.

We will financial support this station if it keeps you and those other talented people on the air. Good times to you, Susan Heitner

Oct. 16 2009 03:07 PM
Russell Livermore from Vestal ny

Sir's, Glad to have the station back. Not quite as good as the old. But, But I miss Annie you should put her back on at 10am I enjoyed listening to her everyday. It is not the same and never will be till she is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct. 16 2009 11:34 AM
Kitty Skrobela from Brooklyn, NY - online

Too bad the city can't afford two listener-supported classical music stations! When I first heard of the acquisition I thought that's what would happen. As it is, there seem to be two camps: bring back QXR! Bring back NYC! I think that people who turn their radios on and then go about their lives tend to want to have one kind of stream, either familiar or new, sweet or adventurous. I wonder how it will all settle out...

Oct. 16 2009 11:34 AM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey


Welcome to WQXR. Now, please repeat those letters ("WQXR") as many times as you need to to get them correct!! "WQRX" sounds like an alternative rock station!

I like your discussions of Beethoven, and it's not your fault that Candice Agree got the axe and we were robbed of the possibility of choosing between two stations to listen to at night, so I will give you a chance to play music that people will want to actually listen to!

I also know it's not your fault that the feeble new frequency allows me to eavesdrop on more pilot to tower communications than I ever thought I would want to hear, but I'll thank Laura Walker for that.

Oct. 16 2009 10:42 AM
WFC from Jersey City, NJ

Hi Terrance,

Like many other WNYC Evening Music devotees, I will follow you to WQXR and wish you all the best luck at this new turf. Let's hope that as time moves on, you'll be able to gradually restore your original style and music selections. Time has changed, WQXR has to change as well in order to reflect and to follow the new music scene, to be more worldly and inclusive, especially in a city like New York. Listening to the repetitive Classical 101 music from WQXR made me feel like sitting in a suburban nursing home. Please don't quit on us. Thank you for the past great work at WNYC and I’ll be looking forward to getting more from you at WQXR!

Oct. 16 2009 10:09 AM

I would like to hear less experimental noice and more of the classical music people actually enjoy. I like harmony not discord. Did you ever hear of Mozart?

Oct. 16 2009 07:40 AM
jonathan kaplan from Valley Stream

Hi Terrance,

I am primarily an Evening Music listener and am thrilled that you continue to give New York inspiring, thought provoking and adventurous music with your one and only style, insight and commentary. I hope that you'll be able to fearlessly expand our sonic universes for longer than an hour at a time. You are awesome!

Oct. 16 2009 12:09 AM
Shara Gilman from Manhattan

I am primarily a late night and overnight listener and I'm so disappointed that you've done away with the "war horse music" (as another commenter called it). I like warhorses; they're played more frequently because they're the "gold standard" of classical music and so relaxing during the quiet hours. Please reconsider replacing the "eccentric" with the more traditional.

Oct. 15 2009 10:20 PM
Andrea R. from Westchester County, New York

I will follow you, Terrance, wherever on the dial you may roam ...

Oct. 15 2009 10:11 PM
Tom, Cooper Sq.

Here, beside the spire-carillon on B'way, the sound of the blog remarks rings out as plangent urban 21st century harmonics, rich in cravings, radiant in constructive inharmonicity. There will be a time for us to once again savor the 21st century's dynamic creativity, and for the improvisations of ingenious intermix. Our serene zenith-only cousins can resensitize in gentle time, and not just in the evening hours, please. It's up to us listeners to 1) bring on the aggressive potent material support to get this listener-driven enterprise through the maiden voyage; and 2) to keep requesting more progressive, more adventurous classical. Classic is relentlessly inventive, and that's no secret to the WQXR staff, one and all, I bet. Be of your characteristic persistence, Terrance and David (there's longing here for Nadia, too). The current dust storm is a natural; and shortly the cragy city vista will once again open so that the advanced energetic and intercultural music programming can be activated and advocated. This is New York blinking city, not a metroplex morgue. Impatience is our citizen right, don't ya know. ;) I also vote that Richard Mitnick is quite correct about the 96kbit stream needs. Ciao, T

Oct. 15 2009 10:04 PM
Renee Kertesz from S. Orange, N.J.

As a devoted fan of your and David Garland's programs, I was somewhat uneasy about the move; but as soon as I turned on WQXR, and heard your voices, I was home!

Oct. 15 2009 09:49 PM
Alexandra Whitcombe from NYC

WHERE THE HECK ARE THE BEAUTIFUL 8 PM CHIMES????? and following symphany hall opening music???
I am 40 years old and have been a dedicated listener since I was in kindergarten. My mother has been a listener since the stations inception. We were both ballet dancers. I am a huge fan of the station, or had been, it is on constantly in my house, always.
So, obviously, all of this change has been totally unpleasant for me. I am sort of fine with it at this point, more resigned than anything.
I am deeply distressed and disappointed by a couple of seemingly small changes.
I have always looked forward to the soothing chimes at 8pm. Immediately followed by the opening music and announcement of Symphony Hall. Right now Mr. Mc Knight acknowledges Symphony hall in passing as if it's no big deal, the 8 o'clock hour comes and goes with no acknowledgement at all. No familiar chimes, no nothing. He doesnt even seem to understand the music he is announcing.
This evening Mr. Mc Knight said "oh, were already into symphony hall."
What the heck is going on here? Why the change from such a pleasant, dignified and elegant format to such mediocrity and so-whats'-ville?? I don't get it. Why change a good thing?
In addition to that the play list in the evening has been far from soothing.
If this doesn't change I said to my son Ill be forced to buy CD's of old symphony Hall and listen to that at night.
So, far , at night, it's been far from being as good as the old QXR...In addition to that moving Exploring Music to 11 PM...when most of us are asleep because we have to get up in the morning...was a dumb mistake.

Oct. 15 2009 08:30 PM
jack bittner from 2 fifth ave. ny ny 10011

Dear Mr. McKnight, On Thursday October 15 at about 7:45 PM you played Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto. Could you tell me who was the soloist and give me enough data on the CD so I can buy it? Thanks for all your good work. Sincerely, Jack Bittner

Oct. 15 2009 08:29 PM
Dano from Chelsea NYC

Hi Terrance,

Glad to hear you on this all classical venture. I'm excited to hear what all of you have planned. I enjoy your sensitive takes on the old and the new, but do want to ask you to tweak the pronunciation of one word--Magyar (what the Hungarians call themselves) spoken tonight in regards to the Boston symphony concert.

To my Hungarian-American ear, it always grates to hear it pronounced "Mag-Yaar". A closer-to-Hungarian phrasing is "Mudge-are" (emphasis on the 1st syllable), and you have to admit that this is a more mellifluous sounding word, something a musician like yourself can appreciate.

Beyond that, keep up the good work!



Oct. 15 2009 08:24 PM
jim brenner from dover nj

Why don't you go back to where you came from with all the other psuedo intellectuals who don't mind mistakes in pronunciation and provenance, and appreciate non-musical music? You new guys sound like zombies; like Mozart, you have no soul, no inspiration to bring us.

Oct. 15 2009 08:10 PM
Evan Wallace

Radio rule No. 1. Get the call letters right.

Oct. 15 2009 07:54 PM
Lenore from NY, NY

Hey, Terrance, it's not WQRX.

Oct. 15 2009 07:29 PM
Dale from

Beethoven's favorite corresponds to my favorite: the Seventh (7th) Symphony!

Oct. 15 2009 07:28 PM
Constantine from NYC

I know he said he preferred the Eighth to the Seventh, but I think he might have had his tongue in his cheek. (I love both of them anyway.)

Oct. 15 2009 07:28 PM
david gross from Central New Jersey

The reception that I am getting in Central NJ is constantly being interrupted by communication of pilots with their control towers. (I'm not sure which airport it is coming from). Also, I can get reception downstairs facing north but cannot get reception upstairs facing south.
So far as the programming: I find that not having the entire day's schedule is a real bummer. What good is it to just know what was played and is now being played? I would like to know what will be coming up during the day so I can plan on my listening.
I also miss: previous programs such as Symphony Hall and the Office Hour where you always could count on a great work and the announcers that are no longer on the new station.

Oct. 15 2009 07:26 PM

I miss the choice I had before the buyout. If I didn't like something Terence McKnight was playing, I could switch to WQXR. And when I was bored with the same ol' same ol' of QXR, back to NYC I went. And overnight? I still miss George Preston, who always presented a well-balanced show of new and old, adventurous and safe. Now we're stuck with the amateurish Nadia Sirota and exasperating Helga Davis overnight. Ugh.

Oct. 15 2009 06:59 PM
Evan Wallace

What happened to Candice Agree who was on 96.3 on the weekends? She knew the music and did not sound stodgy or stilted. Seems like that would be the balance you would want on 105.9 going forward.

Oct. 15 2009 03:10 PM
Sammy from Westchester

The music in the evening that Mcknight has been offering is really unnerving. I miss the wonderful melodies and fine music of the old WQXR. If these pieces that McKnight selects and plays cannot fill a music hall with concert-goers why should it be foisted upon all of us in the radio audience -- especially when there's not other place to listen to fine classical music on New York radio.

Oct. 15 2009 02:50 PM
marianne from W Hgts

We've been encouraged to listen to WQXR on our computers. I used a website that calculates the cost of operating various devices in the New York City area. Remember that we've all been asked to lower our energy use.

Here's the results for 24 hours of use per mo/yr

Clock/radio 3KWh/mo $0.54 mo $6.48 yr

computer w/17"CRT 149KWh/mo $27.00 mo $324 yr

computer w/17"LCD 112KWh/mo $20.00 mo $240 yr

laptop 33KWh/mo $5.94 mo $71 yr

Seems like irresponsible advice.

Oct. 15 2009 01:49 PM
Eileen Pollock from New York, NY

Many of the commenters miss Terrance McKnight's Evening Music program on WNYC with more adventurous contemporary music. I always listened to WQXR so Terrance McKnight is new to me. But if so many WNYC listeners feel Terrance is misplaced on the new WQXR, maybe they have a point. I miss traditional WQXR announcers like Clayelle Dalferes, Candice Agree, and Elliot Forrest. Their more authoritative, structured delivery were consistent with the WQXR musical sound, whereas Terrance McKnight seems a bit uncomfortable announcing "warhorses". I miss the substance that Midge Woolsey brought to her evening announcing spot, clearly giving information about the piece, performers, composer. And her enunciation of unfamiliar languages was to my ear, quite perfect. Perhaps Terrance McKnight will grow into the classical side, but for now, both he and David Garland do not yet have the sound and the substance needed in this slot.

Oct. 15 2009 10:35 AM
Bill from Bedford, NY

I hope that you will pass along our total frustration that we cannot get your signal in Bedford, NY. WQXR was our lifeline to good classical music during the daylight hours. Now it is unavailable.

Bill and Wendy

Oct. 15 2009 01:18 AM
Bill from Bedford, NY

What a disaster that we cannot pick up your wonderful programming and classical music in Bedford, NY.

Boo Hoo!

Bill and Wendy
October 14th, 2009

Oct. 15 2009 01:12 AM
martha walker from New York City

BTW, Did anyone see this on the Internet ?

(copy and paste it in your browser and visit the site ! )

Just remember where the money is going the next time WNYC begs you to support the important work that they’re doing.

…and here is the reality: Listeners from the old WNYC and the former WQXR are not happy. Both audiences are now “disenchanted”, to say the least !

Oct. 14 2009 11:58 PM
Cheryl from Brooklyn, New York

I've been listening to WQXR for years. I must say that it is refreshing to hear a soulful voice for a change.

Thank you!!

Oct. 14 2009 11:04 PM
Bob S from Chestnut Ridge NY

Dear Terrance,
Hi. Had to leave my radio and come down to my computer to hear KING and WFMT. The choices are there but I prefer to lie in bed at night listening to radio.
The problem that has been created is that when you were on WNYC, we had choices. At times I preferred what WQXR was playing and at other times what you or WNYC hosts were playing.

During the day I heard your annoucements that Symphony Hall would be on 8. Try listening to some old presentations on the former WQXR. Symphony Hall came on with an air of authority. The name of the hour was announced followed by four chimes such as some concert halls may still do to start a program. It has the sound of dignity and formality which classic symphony music deserves.
All the comments about technical problems, missisng hosts, and watered down programming hold true for me too.
I write this pretty uncertain that anyone will really pay attention to any of the comments posted here.

Oct. 14 2009 09:57 PM
Ron from Astoria

Re the weak signal, my Bose radio gets 105.9 well, but my other (lower prestige) radio gets 105.9 combined with some annoying guy from some other station talking at the same time. Kind of makes listening in that room pointless.

Oct. 14 2009 09:47 PM
Katherine from Way, Way Downtown

I look forward to relaxing at the end of the day, after all the noise and chaos, with some good music. The changeover is bumming me out. I can't listen when the reception is bad. Terrence, what did you do to get yourself and the show banished? I'm a fan and will keep trying but for now I turn to my own library.

Oct. 14 2009 09:46 PM
Nancy de Flon from Metro New York

Hi Terrance, I'm working at my computer and listening to you and thinking, I really should welcome him to WQXR, and now you're playing Sibelius which you prefaced with a little talk about him, so I really HAD to write to welcome you and thank you for the Sibelius! He is my favorite, even if Bernstein's conducting is not. Well, welcome to WQXR. I like your voice.

Oct. 14 2009 08:09 PM
J. Taylor from Manhattan - Upper West Side

YES. I agree with John.

PATHETIC choice of music this evening.

Oct. 14 2009 07:46 PM

This music is awful...what happened to the real evening heart is broken

Oct. 14 2009 07:27 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

How about an RSS feed for just the comments, so we do not need to keep scrolling through the old ones?

Oct. 14 2009 05:37 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Hey 105.9 listeners who are listening on the internet:

Winamp, my player of choice is reporting the 105.9 web stream at 32kbit MONO! This is not to be tolerated.

Minimum acceptable these days is 96kbit stereo.

WNYC with Streamguys definitely has this capaibity, they used a 128kbit stream for Evening Music and Overnight Music for WNYC, so it is there.

Start bombarding with demands for decent service for the 105.9 stream.


Oct. 14 2009 03:05 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

No disrespect intended to WQXR listeners who favor traditional Classical selections, nor to x-WNYC listeners who favor more 'newer" music:

But, WNYC types, where were you in the blogosphere when this principles-ideas battle was going on? I mean, who knows if Mr. Capella or anyone was reading or if it would have made a difference. But the WQXR folk were out in droves, all over the internet, commenting like crazy for their hosts, their musical tastes. I felt like I was abandoned.


Oct. 14 2009 02:51 PM
Kate Kohli

I lost my music
I lost my home
I lost my fun
I lost my friend
I lost my love
I lost my education
I lost my hope
I lost my sock!

Oct. 14 2009 01:50 PM
Fred Zimmerman from Yonkers

Terrance was NEVER shy or bashful - if there's one thing that bugged me for a while it was his "being out there" in a way that seemed gratuitous.... But I've come to respect him - certainly, he was and is music-knowledgeable without being pedantic.

NOW HIS SILENCE speaks volumes. I think they "made him" "do a blog," but he got up to speed in a hurry. You'd think that after hearing 5 or 10 people (in writing) say, "Where are you, Terrance?" "We miss you, Terrance." ... he'd pipe up!

But it really DOES look like some folks got together - why do I think that it was a meeting with more "suits" than music-lovers in the room - or that it was anything but one person, one vote - and decided the following:

There's no way in heck that folks on the WNYC side are going to be inclined to support the new "station," since for them, it's just another body blow - "You want classical music? Alright, we'll put it on a frequency that is inaudible to many and unlistenable (for classical music) to most.... And we'll insult your intelligence by telling you that we SAVED CLASSICAL MUSIC broadcasting."

But - they must have thought - while it's still a stretch, WQXR migrants are virgin soil. They might very literally buy into the "upgrade" spin-of-the-month - certainly, their listening experience (those, of course, who can hear the new QXR one way or another) *IS* dramatically improved by the replacement of some of the world's worst and most incongruous commercials by promos and such that ARE less odious.

But one of the commisars - for want of a better word - a bureaucrat who wants to play it safe more than anything - must have decreed that a "hybrid" - going with QXR's "style" 7 AM-7 PM and switching to WNYC's well-thought out style the other 12 hours per broadcast day would be "confusing."

What an insult to the intelligence of the entire listening community and what a way to "reward" the WNYC listeners who HAVE supported the station over the years.

To ghetto-ize classical music MAY!! be understandable in a world where money has stopped growing on trees. But to pipe stuff into the ghetto that's lighter than light - in place of adventurous programming - calls to mind that old sitcom title, "Just Shoot Me!"

Join the "I pledge $9.63" contingent - to let the station management know that you think they "sold out" classical music when they allowed 96.3 to die (for our purposes) and NOT keep the faith with Emanuel Ax, the Greenes and the listeners who really thought that WNYC cared 2 cents about classical music.

Oct. 14 2009 11:59 AM
David Marcus from Northen New Jersey

terrance mcknight's evening music selections on wncy were agitating, overly percussive, often featuring the repertoire's orphans which had been properly ingnored and mostly forgotten. Fortunately there was the option to tune into wqxr's programs. I've read that he is targeting a younger audience but it is certainly not me. I just can't get into this guy, his novice delivery style, his musical selections and his boring commentary drive me wild. Being a regular listener for more than 20 years to both stations (wnyc + wqxr) I am extremely disappointed that he has moved onto WQXR - especially in a prime listening spot (if you have to keep him let put him on at 2:00 am). It is looking like I will have to subscribe to Sirius radio.

Oct. 14 2009 11:42 AM

I have not listened long enough to know if the new format is boring.
However, here in northern Westchester, the new frequency is weaker, cuts out or is sometimes drowned by a competing station, and has static ALL the time. These conditions are true whether it is my high-powered bedroom radio, car radio, or boom box. The new signal is just inferior to the old one.

Oct. 14 2009 10:59 AM
Rayna from West Orange, NJ

Ditto what Sean says. Terrance, I miss your quirky and eclectic music choices and commentaries (as well as David's on his evenings). Symphony Hall just doesn't cut it - we NEED you to host the old Evening Music - where do we protest besides here?

Oct. 14 2009 10:56 AM
Sean from Newburgh, NY

Does anyone have any suggestions for a program in the evenings that is similar to the original Evening Music? I see above WBGO mentioned, but is there anything else? I can not deal with anymore talk in the evening, and QXR just doesn’t cut it. And while Q2 would suffice for background music (much like a Pandora), the host’s explanation of the pieces is what I most enjoyed from David and Terrance.
My listening to WNYC has dropped considerably to the point where membership is no longer feasible. Please respond with any suggestions for alternatives.

Oct. 14 2009 09:59 AM
Abraham from Westchester County

Signal is great in New Rochelle except on my cheap clock-radio. Good in moving vehicles. The Bartok piece at 10:30 was a little raucous for that hour. Now that we are listener supported, why is it necessary to play excerpts e.g. the 2nd and 3rd movements of a Mahler symphony? What would be so terrible if the news were presented at 10 minutes after the hour, so that we could finish a complete quartet etc ? TY.

Oct. 14 2009 09:51 AM
Dguthwin from NYC

Please, when announcing a piece by Mozart, do not say "Here's some Mozart."
He composed more that 600 works.
It would be nice to know the exact name of the piece, the performers, when recorded , and maybe when written and some relevant biographical anecdote.
Do you have a memory of "Listening with Watson," from another NYC station, possibly WBAI, from many years ago?
Does Bill McLaughlin's musicologically informative broadcast, formerly on from 7-8PM, have a new time-slot?

Oct. 14 2009 08:01 AM
Harry Miner from Brooklyn, NY

Note for Jeff Spurgeon -
The clarinet suite played a few minutes ago is also the music track on the Radio Shack CD laser lens cleaner.
Harry Miner, Brooklyn

Oct. 14 2009 06:45 AM
suzanne Soehner from Manhattan

Terrance: I'm in mourning. Please come back. The new format is horrible. If I wanted to listen to 53 minutes of a symphony I'd play a friggin' CD. This is not why I listen to the radio. I fell in love with you on WNYC. I'm not interested in "background music." On WNYC you inspired me, made me think, turned me on to new worlds of music I had never explored. Now, this show is boring the crap out of me. Please come back.

Oct. 14 2009 12:41 AM
Lisa from United States

I must echo what Barby Cohen, Kitty Skrobela, Hambone, and others have so eloquently said: please let the talented WNYC alums do their creative thing. In the past week, I have gone from excited and hopeful about the new (old) station to utterly, completely bored. Of course, we all love the greats, but this programming could not be less adventurous. Most painful of all has been the loss of Nadia Sirota's fantastic overnight program of largely contemporary music. She is now reading promos and playing Mendelssohn. It breaks my heart. An oasis of vibrant classical music has been lost. If this continues, I will again find myself turning away from classical radio. A great loss.

Oct. 14 2009 12:05 AM
Kate from Brooklyn

I miss you Terrance--playing your great selections of interesting music on Evening Music. I have QXR on, just to hear your voice and comments, but I am not a fan at all of the sameness of the QXR music format...
And your final shows last week on WNYC were sad, because you sounded so sad, having to say goodbye to hosting a show of music that you did so well. Evening Music with Terrance McKnight is very missed in this house!

Oct. 13 2009 11:51 PM
Kitty Skrobela from Brooklyn, NY

I don't quite know where to start or what to say or even where to address whatever I may have to say. I am trying to find my way around the new world of these radio stations. I am hoping things will change around some and settle, that I will learn to find a happy balance for myself, that the balance will change, that what I will like is out there somewhere and I will find it.

I stopped listening to WQXR a few years ago because I got tired of hearing the same old warhorses over and over. WNYC had good music on all day, a variety of good music. I liked it that music would come on that I didn't know, as well as some that I knew and loved. Then 9/11 happened and the AM and FM stations were stuck doing the same programming. Talk replaced a lot of the music, and some of the music never came back when WNYC got its towers back. Well I learned to like some of the talk shows: Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate especially, John Schaefer's Sound Check - half talk and half music and definitely What's Happening.

I was there (on the computer) when they threw the switch, listening to Orpheus live. Exciting! When it was over I went down and re-tuned my radio to 105.9 to find... the old warhorses and a weak signal! And back on WNYC my favorite talk, but repeats, repeats, repeats!!!

And over on QXR, poor Terrance stuck playing the warhorses! How about Q2? Well, there's the surprise music. But NO talk. And it seems like the identification of the music playing is behind, so I know what I just HEARD but not what I am HEARING, unless it's long. The music seems a little "safe" to me, pretty, not very challenging, but at least not warhorsey.

Honestly, I'm not sure what I would like to see happen. I see that you can't just say "Bring back WNYC" because then what happens to the folks who loved WQXR and counted on it?

I do miss Evening Music though, both of them.

Oct. 13 2009 11:12 PM
Judy Cooper from NYC

Forgot to say, I listen in Manhattan and the signal is atrocious. Evening music should be back on 93.9.

Oct. 13 2009 11:11 PM
Alan M. Hirschman from Yonkers, NY

Good luck on your new program. However, must you talk over the first few seconds of the piece you're about to play? This is standard on rock and roll stations, but should be Verboten on classical stations. Is this your shtick, or policy of the station? Either way, cut it out.. BTW, all you guys complaining about the signal and demanding an improvement, read the FAQ on that states that WNYC is prevented from boosting the signal by law. If you don't get the signal now, you'll never get it, so use the internet or bye-bye.

Oct. 13 2009 11:07 PM
judy cooper from Manhattan

I listened to Evenng Music on WNYC every night. My heart is breaking that your wonderful format is gone. Please bring it back. Put the standard stuff on Q2 for a few hours and give us back our program.

Oct. 13 2009 10:47 PM
Hambone from Brooklyn

Oh man, Terrence... Having been a station manager at a NYC radio station in the past, I've been through the drama and deluge of complaints that always seem to accompany schedule and format changes, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

That being said, I'm gonna pile on anyway... I know we only had a few hours of your new show on WQXR, and I know that your programming choices are being dictated from on high, but I'm very worried that we may have lost something that was wonderful and very promising for the music scene in NYC and for "classical" music as a whole.

For several decades now, the traditional mainstream classical world has been committing slow-motion suicide. Even at 34, I still feel like a teenager compared to most of the audiences I see at classical shows. But I'd started to have some hope over the past couple of years as your show in particular seemed to breathe new life into the very conception of what classical music is.

So I'm really, really hoping that you can go back to bringing your wonderful eclectic programming. I love Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Haydn and Mendelssohn as much as the next guy. But where are we going to hear Nico Muhly, Jacob T.V., Thelonious Monk, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Arvo Part and the countless others that help make your show on WNYC so engaging??

If there is to be any hope for classical music to live on beyond the next decade or two, it needs to embrace the amazing work that is being done by composers that are living and creating in OUR world, not that of the past. I hope that WNYC will realize that it had a really good thing going before this change. It's future audience isn't with the traditionalists at WQXR, who are, literally, dying off. The future is with the living, dynamic and incredible music being made now.

So, Terrence, anything you can do to try to bring this back would be amazing. There are a lot of us hear mourning the loss of Evening Music.

Oct. 13 2009 10:14 PM
Dayna from Brooklyn

Is this how Terrance's show is going to be from now on? Where is the creativity, the passion, the surprise, the SIGNAL?

Evening Music with TM was a sound-treat for sore ears. Now it sounds like an old fashioned classical radio station, only with a better announcer.

I was a member for over 20 years. Now my few bucks are going to WBGO--they don't waste their money buying weak bandwidth and exploiting great announcers.

Oct. 13 2009 09:43 PM
Dan Kulkosky from Washington Heights

I was trying to leave a comment about the Berlioz just played (near 9 pm Tuesday), but could not find a way to do it. Is this no longer an option?

I do hope that Evening Music will not lose its diversity. I have always preferred WNYC, because WQXR had less adventurous programming, more like "classical music's greatest hits."

Oct. 13 2009 09:03 PM
James Gary from Brooklyn

Re: Programming--"The Four Seasons?" "Symphonie Fantastique?"


Oct. 13 2009 08:54 PM
CW from Brooklyn

Trying to listen from Ft Greene, Brooklyn and it's a terrible connection. I am currently listneing to live stream, but it's not the same.

Are the station engineers going to resolve this problem soon? I hope so.

Oct. 13 2009 08:25 PM
Mike Stone

Let QXR be QXR. Move Evening Music back to NYC and let Terrance and David do their thing. No one listens to talk radio at night. If people want talk, they’ll watch cable TV news. Bring back Candice Agree and other QXR hosts to 105.9. The good will could help people put up with the weaker signal.

Oct. 13 2009 04:52 PM
LSR from CT

I am in withdrawal from Terrance at 8:00 on 93.9. This is a loss of major proportion-the programming was so harmonious and brought so many threads together; the new station is trying to please too many and most definitely offends this long term listener.

Oct. 13 2009 12:52 PM
James P Francois from Yorktown Heights, NY

My wife and I (she a psychologist and me, a social worker) were musicans in our school days: she- piano and viola, whilst I, also viola, became a virtuoso at playing the radio. No longer. Not enough signal. No repeater anywhere near. Not even a FM antenna correctly aimed helps. Help! Finally, by computer, I heard Ms. Woolsey give a non-commercial commercial for a law firm, followed immediately with a statement about being "commercial free." Who writes her stuff, why such nonsense? Please, if WQXR cannot clean up its signal, perhaps WQXR can clean up its act.

Oct. 13 2009 10:53 AM

Static is bad when listening to anything, especially classical music. It is hard to believe in this age of technology that no one realized there would be significant problems with the signal. Reading the comments from listeners in New York City, looks like all the pre-changeover fanfare was for naught. I'm in Nassau County and cannot get a decent signal. Unless something can be done, suggest you fold your tents and go home. Hardly anyone will be listening.

Oct. 13 2009 09:26 AM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

So, I am right now listening to the NPR archive of Dudamel's premiere concert at the Disney.

The first piece is a symphony by John Adams (the San Fransisco John Adams, not the Alaskan John Luther Adams) specifically commissioned for this concert.

Now, you cannot tell me that the L.A. audience is more sophisticated than the N.Y.C. audience, I am an ex-KUSC member, prior the wnyc2.

So, let's hear some John Adams.


Oct. 13 2009 07:28 AM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


The WQXR-F stream, the 105.9 stream, not Q2, is reported in Winamp as 32kbit mono. This will not fly. Minimum acceptable is 96kbit stereo.

Oct. 12 2009 10:49 PM
Frederick Shriver from New York City

A very special concert tonight -- the LA playing Mahler with Dudamel conducting. A great performance, worthy of the great Mahler conductors of the past. The Adams piece will require more listening, but is certainly a worthy piece.
There seemed to be some transmission problems, listening on W. 12th St between 5th and 6th Aves. in Manhattan. I am not complaining, but if there are still problems at WQXR, I hope they'll be fixed.

Oct. 12 2009 10:00 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

I erred in my list of composers I thought would be useful,

I said, Bela Fleck-Edgar Meyer-YoYo Ma.

I meant to say, Mark O'Connor-Edgar Meyer- YoYo Ma.

I meant the Appalachian compositions.


Oct. 12 2009 09:21 PM
Sarah from Brooklyn, NY

We miss your show on WNYC! We have listened to you every night since our baby was born, now there is a lot of talk in between these live performances they are doing. We just want our Terrance back! We cannot afford to buy computer equipment to listen online, we just really treasured your voice, variety and thoughts throughout the night. It was really such a treasure and a wonderful way to expose our boy to music. Please come back!

Oct. 12 2009 09:13 PM
Tadeusz Tucholski from Matawan, New Jersey

I extremely need the old format of playlist music guide. It was very helpful to planing my day with listening music. Please forward this comment to the WNYC

Oct. 12 2009 08:49 PM
Tadeusz Tucholski from Matawan, New Jersey

I extremely need the old format of playlist music guide. It was very helpful to planing my day with listening music. Please forward this comment to the WNYC

Oct. 12 2009 08:45 PM
Bob L. from Scarsdale, NY


Don't change your style even though you've moved up the dial.

Oct. 12 2009 08:38 PM

I found the old WQXR Playlist music schedule listing each piece of music that would be played and the time it would be played for the entire day every day.

I found this feature extremely helpful in planning my listening. Can I look forward to WNYC reestablishing this excellent music broadcasting guide?

Oct. 12 2009 07:58 PM
Andrew from South Orange, NJ

Brother McKnight -- I really enjoyed your evening music on 93.9, and I'm scared to even try tuning you in on 105.whatever that hardly anyone can receive, it seems.

You brought such a wonderful stream-of-conciousness announcing style, and a great mix of music. I can only imagine that your ecclecticism is bluntly shackled at a "classical" station. It was good while it lasted.

Oct. 12 2009 07:58 PM
Julius H. Greene from New York, N. Y.10031

My employers building has 21 stories on 8th ave and 27th street, manhattan. I get the best static on the lower west side. When the transmission is corrected, I have a few suggestion that you may like regarding other classical performances and excerpts from many composers compositions.
My homes zip code and my employment zip code has the same static problem.

Oct. 12 2009 10:05 AM
Frank Feldman

Hi Terrence,
I must say, I was a tad cynical of your Columbus Day show at its beginning, but you won me over. It was very well-informed and entertaining. I do hope that you will be sensitive to the needs and wishes of your mostly former WQXR audience and rein in your admirable adventurous programming a tad-and keep the old farts happy.

Oct. 12 2009 12:37 AM
Brid Schenkl from Brooklyn

Having become a loyal evening listener to you Terrance and David I am dismayed to find a bad signal here in Brooklyn (NY 11226). The computer is not an option, I just want to turn the radio/music on... but WNYC is all talk now and WQXR is krickcranckkrack.... I am pretty depressed.

Oct. 11 2009 10:04 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highlad Park, NJ

When I left a list of composers whose work would be approachable but challenging, I for got to mention one of the best:

Duke Ellington - The Suites:
Black Brown and Beige
Latin American Suite
Such Sweet Thunder
The far East Suite.

Oct. 11 2009 08:43 PM
alice from web

Please have someone check the links on the new website. The only music that streams at 8:30 pm, Sunday night, is Performance Today--even if I select Q2.


Oct. 11 2009 08:35 PM
s harris

I am afraid that WQXR may have shot itself in the foot. The reception on 105.9 is very bad. Good aim if this is what you wanted to do.

Oct. 11 2009 07:04 PM
Joyce Coward from Brooklyn

I listened to you last night for the first time and you are an absolute winner. It is so nice to have the level of taste and intelligence that you bring to the station and you reflect a level of ecletisism (if there is such a word) that appeals to me. Thank the station for bringing you on. I should add that I have listened to WQXR for about 50 years and this is the best it has ever been.

Oct. 11 2009 05:13 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

The switch over was very smooth for the listener.

I understand the need to be attuned to the listening habits of the WQXR listeners. That does not mean that "The Q" needs to be boring. Here is a list of composers who fit the standard Classical music mold, e.g., not Osvaldo:

Alan Hovhaness
John Adams
Olivier Messiaen
Aaron Copland
Bela Fleck-Edgar Meyer-YoYo Ma
Mark O'Connor
Leonard Bernstein
Philip Glass - (Glassworks, Glasspieces)

Oct. 11 2009 09:57 AM
Wilken Nancy from NY/NJ

After (3) days of a poor signal & inability of reaching announcers, like Midge Woolsey, who wrote "keep on listening" have given up truing to listen to the new program format after well over 35-plus years. In NJ, getting WWFMJ/Nj coming from WFMT in Chicago & just purchased new Bose equipment. Receiving a "stream" on my computer keeps me in the office basement, not an option with allergies, believe me! Fortunately, have mega recordings recommended by George Jellinek so I will not have to suffer trying to find the "new" WQXR. A disappointed old listener,

Oct. 11 2009 02:56 AM

Good luck with the assignment. I am a long time listener and now access the station in Wellesley at I look forward to the next chapter.

Oct. 10 2009 11:34 PM
vasco bands from Westchester

Until I get the hang of your new site,
could you please e-mail the name of the piece played Sunday October 10 approximately between 8-8:30. on Q2 "500 Hundred years of Western Music". Steve Reich came to mind in a wild guess.

Oct. 10 2009 08:52 PM
Barby Cohen from Seattle

David and Terrence,
This change SUCKS. If I’m this depressed . . . I can only imagine how you guys feel. Your programs on WNYC were so interesting. The music, the commentary. The programming on the “new” WQXR sounds like the programming on every other classical station I’ve listened to. I wish I had tons of money and could buy you both a radio station from which to continue your wonderful WNYC programming. But, alas, I don’t!
I listen to you online from Seattle, so I don’t have a reception problem—usually. If anyone reading the blogs has any idea of other stations with more open-minded programming, please advise.
For whatever it’s worth, I’m sending my complaint to:
And yes, I know I can listen to Q2, but if I’m not by my computer, I don’t know what’s playing and I miss the “conversation” of knowledgeable musician hosts.
Well, thanks for the good times past!! Barby

And below is what I wrote to the program director:

Dear Program Director, I have not listened to WQXR in the past. I have been a listener on WNYC for the past few years-as soon as I discovered it. I listen online from Seattle. I read Terrence and David's blogs and see that so many people are lamenting the old WQXR. Well, I am lamenting the defunct WNYC. All of the music in the evening was so INTERESTING. And the commentary more than educational. AND-most importantly-it didn't sound like every other classical radio station that I've listened to . . . boring same music over and over again. I honestly don't understand why you couldn't keep the boring same old programming during the day but let Terrence and David and Nadia and the other night time hosts (I'm blanking their names right now) keep the same programming they had a WNYC. I will miss them all. I think this was a bad move. You spoke to the wrong focus groups. Barby

Oct. 10 2009 06:50 PM
Dan Kulkosky from Washington Heights

I have enjoyed TM on Evening Music ever since his arrival. But I'm saddened to find that up in Washington Heights, I cannot get 105.9. I can get it on the Web, of course, but I can't carry my computer around the house with me. Please do something to boost your signal.

Oct. 10 2009 04:25 PM
Tony Somma from Albertson, Long Island

I get only static at 105.9. Please help! I can get you on the net, but listening to music on computer speakers is torture.

Oct. 10 2009 02:22 PM
Stewart Iden

I live in Manhattan, 114 & RSD, and 105.9 comes in with static as opposed to 96.3 which was crystal clear. Boost your power if you really want to keep classical music alive in NY.

Oct. 10 2009 02:02 PM
Chuck r from Long Island

Live in Huntington- Long Island. 96.3 had great reception. 105,9 all static. You're losing two loyal 15 year listeners. Please see what you can do to strengthen the signal. Our house is silent.

Oct. 10 2009 11:30 AM
Paul from Middletown, NJ

I have only one comment: you need to practice your pronunciation of local communities and people.
You completely mangled the Casperson name the other night. In the past few months, the names of New Jersey cities took on new identities when you mispronounced them: Parsippany among them.
Keep it up and I may come to love Latin music on 96.3.
PS The reception for 105.9 is ok here in Middletown, NJ

Oct. 09 2009 10:51 PM
Steven from Manhattan

I am listening over the Internet and the station sounds terrific of course. Nice to have David Garland wherever on the dial he appears!

Oct. 09 2009 07:52 PM
Annette Shandolow-Hassell from North Bergen, NJ

The signal is weak. I don't want to get Monteverdi mixed with Montovani.


Oct. 09 2009 07:10 PM
Vaughn Watson from Kings Park

I have been a loyal listener of WQXR for years. I live on Long Island. The previous frequency of 96.3 always came in clear, however I am now unable to bring in your new frequency of 105.9. There is a station with that frequency, coming from Connecticut. Can the power of 105.9 be strengthened? Many of your listeners in the outer suburbs will not be able to listen to the new WQXR. Please help!!!

Oct. 09 2009 05:44 PM
michele from Manhattan

I have enjoyed your programs on WNYC and look forward to your planning on WQXR. The signal, however, is weak so I am setting up my computer to listen. You would be advised to help your listeners do the same. I live here in Manhattan, in view of the Empire State Bldg, but get a very staticky (sp?) sound. Wishing you the best at the Q.

Oct. 09 2009 01:23 PM
Rebekah Griffin Greene from Astoria

As a serious bassist and composer, it has been really encouraging to hear you play works such as Peter Askim's bass concerto on the airwaves of WNYC. As much as I love WQXR, I don't think I ever heard a bass concerto in the 9 years I've lived in NYC!! Thank you so much for integrating awesome new music and giving some props to a much overlooked instrument which has just as much beauty and depth as a violin or piano. I look forward to more aural expansion!! Cheers, Rebekah:)

Oct. 09 2009 11:57 AM
Hannah Lubet from Brooklyn N.Y.

I wanted to embrace this change. Lo and
behold your signal to my area code 11210
is very weak and cluttered with static! Please Help!B

Oct. 09 2009 10:23 AM
rayna from West Orange, NJ

Hi Terrance,

Just checking in. Am finally able to get the stream on my computer and looking forward to hearing you, as always.

Oct. 09 2009 10:23 AM
A. Rancatti from NJ

Per cinquanta anni, sempre ascoltavo la "voce" gloriosa di stazione WQXR. Dalla mia gioventu',diciotto anni, fino a adesso. Mi sento la mancanza della 96.3 ma io anticipo la stessa musica classica, operistica, e concerti dal vivo ora della 105.9. Buona fortuna a tutti di voi! Gran successo e tanto piacere. Ormai, tutti di noi, ascoltatori di WQXR, anticipiamo ancora la stessa qualita' di musica classica con gran piacere. Sempre Fedeli!

Oct. 09 2009 09:52 AM

I have listend to Midge Woolsey for many years, and it is sad to not hear her voice at the times when I usually can listen, but I look forward to hearing your program daily for many years to come! :)

Oct. 09 2009 02:22 AM
Tom C from Cooper Sq.

In every consciousness that's alert, the work of interpretation sharpens and ---by this--- the music itself changes. This fact is why each classic is perennially reinvestigated. The poets are ready. Of course, the applause is only incidental. It is indeed delight's own event to be with each of you, Terrance, David, and Midge. Ciao, T

Oct. 08 2009 08:00 PM
Gail R. Hillman

Dear Terrence
I am a new fan who just discovered you and so glad I will not be without your wonderful ear for music. I have eclectic taste in music and you have made my taste expand. Thank you, I look forward to hearing you on the new station.

Oct. 08 2009 07:01 PM

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