Welcome to WQXR

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I’m delighted to welcome WQXR listeners to our expanded family of WNYC and public radio. The new WQXR brings a wonderful melding of old and new, with more content on the Web, collaborations with cultural institutions, and a repertoire infused with the vibrancy of New York City.

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Devoted music lovers like me are now assured of hearing classical music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on listener-supported WQXR.

This is no small feat. Across the United States, classical stations are threatened. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for classical music to be missing from the dial altogether, in either a commercial or a noncommercial format.

WQXR’s new life as a public radio station means you’ll be hearing more music with fewer interruptions – and no commercials. Our exceptional line-up of hosts – WQXR veterans Jeff Spurgeon, Midge Woolsey and Elliot Forrest, newcomer Naomi Lewin, and Terrance McKnight and David Garland, who join the station from WNYC – will all have more time to spend with you, too.

I’m excited that the new WQXR will bring you a wonderful melding of old and new, with much more content on the web, collaborations with great cultural institutions like Lincoln Center, and a repertoire infused with the vibrancy of New York City, carefully curated for discriminating listeners.

I want to offer my sincere appreciation to WNYC’s partner in WQXR’s transition: The New York Times, which made this acquisition possible and which has so gracefully passed the torch of this beloved radio station to us.

Please continue to tune in to WQXR frequently and visit us here at wqxr.org. As quoted in this week’s “The Talk of the Town” in The New Yorker, “You can change the frequency, but classical radio will find its audience.”

I promise we will do our best to bring you the classical music you love and to inspire and entertain you every day.

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