Meet the Hosts

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Joining WQXR veterans Jeff Spurgeon, Midge Woolsey and Elliott Forrest, are newcomer Naomi Lewin, and evening hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland, who join the station from WNYC.

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Comments [28]

Roberta from Yonkers, NY

I am glad that we still have Jeff in the mornings, and I like Midge Woolsey well enough, but what happened to the others? Also, we were glad to see that in Yonkers where we live we can get the new station loud and clear, but traveling around the area is problematic, and I don't listen to the computer in the car. I agree with the comments I read this morning, that they were more anxious to get better signal strength for the Spanish station than to keep the classical music.
Where are Annie and Clayelle now? I would change stations to listen to them again.

Oct. 09 2009 11:00 AM
Philip Allen from Upper West Side

The signal is abysmal and I live right in the uws.
I was extremely frustrated with WQXR over the last several years for essentially abrogating their responsibility to attract new listeners by pitching all their advertising to senior citizens and those who care for them ( though I can't imagine seniors found them any more palatable than I did). One commercial after another subjected listeners to extremely depressing ads for hospice care, cancer treatments, home health aid services, and the like. NO ONE who wasn't already a committed listener would have hung in to listen further. It seems to me that there's some blame to go around and I think it should be expressed. I even took time to write the station a letter telling them that they were committing advertising suicide and didn't receive the courtesy of a reply. Shame on the Times for allowing this to happen. What are the names of the people who directed and sold advertising in the previous incarnation? They're really the guilty parties here imo.

Oct. 09 2009 10:59 AM
David Jay from Montclair, NJ

Change is always tough but the truth is The NY Times sold off their frequency to the Spanish station and WNYC saved QXR for us. Many of the questions above can be answered via the new schedules available via pdfs on the station sites. And a very affordable pair of easy-to-set-up, desk-top, computer speakers makes QXR.ORG a continued pleasure to listen to. Sure beats no QXR at all.

Oct. 09 2009 10:52 AM
Steve from NJ

Weaker signal strength (600 watts vs. 6000 watts) and converting to a public radio format indicates to me exactly how the new owners feel about WQXR. Their main goal was to increase the transmission strength of the station that is now on 96.3 It's a shame really that the NY Times let us down like that.

Oct. 09 2009 10:30 AM
Katherine Hendry from Manhattan

Anyone committed to preserving access to classical music should support the new station; but, the frequency is definitely problematic and we do still need to get WQXR by radio. I also deeply feel the loss of Annie Bergen, Candace Agree and Clayelle Dalveres--the way they share their knowledge and love of music as well as their velvet voices. The New York Times involvement will truly be missed as well.

Oct. 09 2009 10:28 AM
Mark from Old Bridge, NJ

QXR has two translator stations to hear their broadcasts.

103.7 Highland, New York
96.7 Oakhurst, New Jersey

Oct. 09 2009 10:14 AM
Dave Massen from Suffolk County

I've listened to WQXR for over 40 years. I live in the Port Jeff-Patchogue corridor area of Suffolk county, and there is no recepion at 105.9. The only option is the web.

Oct. 09 2009 10:03 AM
Shelly H. from New York

I've been an avid WQXR listener for decades (and I'm only 58), commercials and all. I listen at work, in my car and at home. The only problem I have now is that the new station doesn't transmit as strongly or as clearly as 96.3. What can be done? I wish you all good luck at your new home and I hope to be listening for many more decades.

Oct. 09 2009 09:57 AM
Suzanne O'Brien from Manhattan

Vinny Marino is the one host who connects the baby boomers listening to classical music now with the kids who grew up on the Beatles and the Who.
That's us.
He has interesting info and a great on-air personality.
I was so happy to hear him last Tuesday - it was my birthday and that was a great present.
So where is he?
I'll contribute more if I hear Vinny.

Oct. 09 2009 09:56 AM
Radio Guy from Manhattan

As for the 105.9 signal being increased, the FCC won't permit it. There are stations in the suburbs at nearby frequencies whose signals would receive interference.

96.3 had 6,000 watts. 105.9 is only 600.

Oct. 09 2009 09:53 AM
Bernardette Haken from Manhattan, New York

My husband and I have been listening to WQXR for about 20 years. This morning, we felt we had lost an old friend as even though we live in Manhattan, the reception we get on 105.9 is almost negligible. I hardly knew how to get myself ready for the office without Jeff Spurgeon and the music and am delighted to see he is with the 'new' station. But the fact that the frequency seems inadequate is very upsetting. How could such an important station be relegated to such an inefficient signal.

Oct. 09 2009 09:38 AM
Mike Heller from Bronx, NYC

Although I am appreciative of WNYC and listen to the station all the time, their attempt to poo-poo the loss of 5400 watts is ridiculous. As of this morning, I can no longer hear the station within my gym in the north Bronx. Gone. Kaput.

Plus, why was it not possible to maintain some sort of relationship with the Times? I enjoyed their morning theater and dining features. Also gone, kaput.

Mike Heller

Oct. 09 2009 09:34 AM
Katharine McCleary from Little Silver, NJ

When I moved to NJ 30 years ago, my radio was pegged to WNCN. When Clayelle Dalferes moved to WQXR, so did I, for her intelligent comments and beautiful voice. Where is she now? WQXR is now irrelevant to us as we can no longer receive it. Can the signal be strengthened?

Oct. 09 2009 09:32 AM
Alfred Freund from Warwick, NY

As a listener to QXR since high school in 1945 in NYC, I truly miss 96.3 and its powerful transmitter which reached much of Orange County. Listening on the net isn't the same.

Oct. 09 2009 09:29 AM
RKC from Canadensis, PA

I cannot receive your 105.9 MHz signal. Has the broadcast power or antenna orientation been changed?

I am about 100 miles west of NYC.

Oct. 09 2009 09:22 AM
Karen Ann from Morris County, NJ

It almost doesn't matter who's on or not -- at the new frequency, WQXR is barely a whisper here in Morris County, NJ, at its new 600-610 watts. The Princeton college station at 103.4 fm is 14,000 watts! I can stilll listen online at work, but that's no help on my multiple home radios. has a dood explanation (dated July 15).

Oct. 09 2009 08:50 AM
Josephine from Malverne

Will Vinny Marino be on the new frequency?

Oct. 09 2009 06:58 AM

What happened to Candace Agree? Did we lose her?

Oct. 09 2009 06:32 AM
John Flory from Morristown, NJ

We miss the many talented WQXR announcers who did not make the "move".
But we won't miss the snake-oil commercials.

Oct. 09 2009 06:22 AM
Jerome Davis from Fort Lee, NJ

I turned on WQXR when I awoke at about 3am. I then tuned to WNYC and both were playing the same music with WNYC broadcasting with about a seven second delay. If this continues, all it means is that we have lost one radio station broadcasting (sometimes) good classical
music at night and WQXR has regained a live announcer at night. The WQXR commercials at night were far fewer and far less irritating than the daytime commercials, So there isn't much gain there.

Oct. 09 2009 05:38 AM
Esther Sherr from New Jersey

Wednesday nights at 10 o'clock is always "must tune in" time for me, to hear David Dubal and "Reflections from the Keyboard". I do hope that he will continue his show on the new WQXR.

Oct. 09 2009 05:23 AM

Midge Woolsey has been my favorite in the evenings, Nimet (before she retired) the middle of the night and Jeff Spurgeon in the mornings. I do look forward to seeing what the new WQXR has to offer. I have been a listener for 14 years and I am willing to give 105.9 a chance.

Oct. 09 2009 03:01 AM
Morris Simoncelli

I have been an avid 'qxr listener for over 60 years. A year ago we moved from Long Island to Las Vegas and the only way I could hear my favorite station was on "imusic" on my Mac computer. Will 105.9 replace 93.6, so I, and others outside the NYC area, can continue listening? The new Met Opera season will be coming up and I do want to enjoy the season's performances. Let me know please.

Oct. 09 2009 02:57 AM
Eric S Tyrer II from Bayside

No Annie Bergan and the Office Hour???? Clayelle's voice breaks thousands of hearts every night.. I don't know if I'll get used them being gone.

Oct. 09 2009 01:48 AM
Harvey Thorn from Linden, NJ

I commend the new WQXR for restoring a live person to the overnight broadcasts. I really missed Nimet when she retired, and I really hated the canned music that the old WQXR took to using, with a recording telling you after each piece to go to the website if you wanted to know what had just been played. I do wish you could find a place for Clayelle Dolferes though. She has the best sounding feminine voice anywhere on either the FM or AM dials, and will be sorely missed I am sure.

Oct. 09 2009 12:24 AM
al cohn

It's as simple as this: WQXR is not WQXR
without Clayelle Dalferes, whose cool style
exudes warmth, and whose clear (and with
a touch of wry humor) summaries of opera
plots were clearly the best part of 96.3.

Oct. 08 2009 11:19 PM
Diane Israel from Montclair, NJ

I have listened to WQXR in my business for over twenty years. My customers have enjoyed listening to beautiful classical music as they viewed the tradtional artwork in my gallery. Over the last year or so I had stopped listening to the station due to the awful commercials that went on and on and on. I got rid of my radio. Now I can listen to WQXR again over the web stream. WQXR will once again fill my gallery with all kinds of wonderful.

Oct. 08 2009 07:51 PM

What happened to Reflections from the Keyboard and David Dubal? This is a favorite program for many people but we don't see it here?

Oct. 08 2009 07:44 PM

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