Welcoming diverse voices from New York to New Guinea

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 08:45 AM

Do You Q2?! We hope you will and welcome to the first post of the Q2 blog. Over the next few months, we're going to be welcoming commentary and insights from musicians, composers, commentators, producers, artists, everyone and anyone involved in uncovering and sharing the rhythms of our world.

From ambitious, unmissable happenings here in New York to spontaneous new music festivals in Helsinki, Berlin, Tokyo or Buenos Aires, our bloggers-in-residence will be reporting back to you with reactions, videos, photos, audio... all with the hopes of bringing you into the heart of the action and spurring lively debate with you, the Q2 listeners and readers.

So join us, leave your thoughts, hopes, fears and comments and help us kick off this foray into the wilds of new music. Let us know how we can better serve you and our collective music world!

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Comments [155]

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May. 01 2016 11:02 AM
Richard Gundlach

Put Annie Bergen back on daytime on a regular basis. She is the best!

Dec. 14 2010 06:15 PM

How many people do not get it that this Comments page is for the essentially not 105.9 FM or web stream, but for Q2, only one host, Nadia, maybe sometimes Helga or a special guest subbing for Nadia, no david's, no Annies, no Jeff's- you know, unless they sub for Nadia.

Sep. 04 2010 04:40 PM
Jeremiah from Manhattan

David Dubal is back on the air with "The Piano Matters" (a new version of "Reflections from the Keyboard")!

You can listen to all the broadcasts for free anytime at (it airs live Wednesday nights at 10PM!)

Sep. 03 2010 07:52 PM
Frederick Schmid from Los Angeles

Those chimes are terrible -- Please lets use something else.

Aug. 29 2010 11:07 PM
Paul Kolnik

I am still in shock that David Dubal is not on the air anymore. It is a terrible loss not to have his musical sophistication and whimsy to delight and enlighten us.

Mar. 06 2010 12:17 PM

The last several comments regarding on-air hosts are in the wrong blog. This is the Q2 blog. The only "host" is Nadia Sirota.

You should probably be posting your comments at .

Feb. 26 2010 10:58 AM
LI Northport from LI NY

Donations? No way.

Can't hear you.

Feb. 26 2010 08:31 AM
Jim Smith from Across from City Hall

Annie Bergen is the strongest of announcers. She needs to be back on weekdays.

Naomi Lewin and Midge are fine, but Annie is on a league of her own.

Also, we need David Dubal back, too.

Feb. 25 2010 03:07 PM
jim brenner from dover, njr, nj

I wrote in back in oct,and the comments would still be the same, especially re: the hosts; all the wnyc guys are third string and have not personality; but now there's the reprehensible Helga Davis, with her fake breathless delivery. As one listenter wrote, "If Helga Davis tries to get in, bar the door". And please, stop playing the same tired pieces over and over. I swear I heard Faure's 'Dolly Suite' three times this week. What is the point, did someone survey the listeners and find universal intolerance to variety? Get your act together, qxr, and become the great station you were once again.

Feb. 24 2010 01:46 AM
Stanley Taub MD

David Dubal's "Reflections from the Keyboard" has always been to WQXR like DNA is to the human genome. You've taken that away and as a result you have depleted the essence of WQXR. Call it the loss of a great personal connection
to the knowledge and music of the Piano. David was without question the Guardian of the Piano and its Literature. David's tapestry of connection was beyond knowledge. It was heartfelt. compassionate, spiritual and in a very beautiful way transcendent of communication by speaking. He got inside the heads of Chopin, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Cortot, Beethoven, the Schumanns, Clara and Robert, Scriabin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. You felt that he was speaking for them, through them , with them. Dubal's knowledge is encyclopedic. He is a living Google. He has the capacity to convert a 2 dimensional listening experience into a 3 dimensional one, so that after his commentary you knew more about what you heard than just by listening to the music alone. He added to the joy of it. His comments were so enriched with a personal appreciation and knowledge, that to be now without them is like being deprived of food and comfort. His absolutely unique memory and intelligence, his genius, his DNA enabled him to transmit his myriad observations to his listeners as though he had actually witnessed historical musical events taking place. His absence at WQXR is your loss and unfortunately a greater loss to your listeners. He still works his piano magic at Juilliard's evening division . I know because I've been taking his "World of the Piano" class for the past 15 years, which is offered 3 times a week. It's the only place in the world where you can hear for 2 and 1/2 hours the greatest commentary by maestro Dubal himself and listen to his fabulous piano programming played by superlative talents from both Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music.

Jan. 31 2010 12:40 PM
Stuart Jenkins from Yorkshire, UK

I live in the UK, and I've just found my way to this website hoping to be able to listen on line to David Dubal. What a shame his programme has been ended. I don't think there's anything else like it in the world.

Jan. 24 2010 08:23 AM
Mary Fasano from Brooklyn

I still haven't gotten over the loss of David Dubal's "Reflection from the Keyboard". My husband and I both miss that wonderful hour. We discovered new pieces, new pianists, and stunning recordings we had never heard. We love that music as much as Mr. Dubal and were able to sit and listen with him. That Wednesday hour was pure pleasure.
Why, oh why haven't you responded to so many of your listeners who feel this way? I could certainly live without much of the programming that is on now. Please bring back "Reflections".

Jan. 23 2010 01:40 AM
Frederick Lauter from New York City

I hope you will put David Dubal's wonderful program on comparative piano performances back on the air. His show every Wednesday night was one of the most listened to shows on WQXR. Why you would choose to deprive his many avid listeners the chance to hear something of this caliber is beyond me. Get real and put his show back on the air.

Jan. 14 2010 04:28 PM
James Reid from Madison, NJ

Please bring back David Dubal!

Jan. 13 2010 10:32 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

No better place to put this, so 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…

The acquisition is being funded through The WQXR Campaign: Saving Classical Music on the Radio in New York City, a $15 million Campaign co-chaired by renowned classical pianist Emanuel Ax and WNYC board members Nicki Newman Tanner and Martha Fleischman. The Campaign has raised $9.9 million to date.

There’s lots of online content from WQXR, including the more adventuresome programming on Q2.

Jan. 13 2010 09:38 PM
WQXR from Manhattan WQXR

We would like to encourage users to express their opinions in the correct forum so that they can be addressed by the appropriate people. This blog is meant for responses to the comment posted above.

For more general concerns about the station, please email Listener Services ( or post on the Listener Services blog (

Dec. 02 2009 10:45 AM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

I know that this is the Q2 "blog", but please get a spot announcement along with the Q2 announcements that the 105.9 web stream is now at the 128kbit stereo that the music and the listeners deserve.


Q2 fanatic

Nov. 30 2009 07:28 PM
Now Out Of Range On Long Island from Long Island, NY

Have discovered WCPE out of North Carolina on Internet Radio. That station will get my donations, now.
Give WCPE a listen.
No soup (dough) for you, pseudoWQXR.

Nov. 27 2009 08:13 AM
Penelope Jastrey from new york

I have been listening to classical music on radio forever: Living Opera with Alan Wagner on Sundays, Listening with Watson, et al on WNCN, Greg W., Nimet H., Clayelle D., Candace A., David D., Bill J., et al on WQXR. I remember the moment on WNCN when Beethoven gave way to 'Move Over Beethoven' and rock. In the short time (since the move), I have come to a moment where I can no longer bear to listen to your radio station of repetitive music (the same limited performances, same limited performers, same limited conductors, same limited composers) from program to program, day after day, week after week; sadly accompanied by the voices of your women announcers overnight and now at 3 in the afternoon. When did a mellifluous voice become an unwanted quality in radio announcing?! and why?!) Why rid yourselves of the interlude music between programs--merely to be different? Are we supposed to be grateful for your vision of what a classical music station should program and what qualities classical radio announcers should possess? Are you (wnyc), as a public radio station, only allowed to play recordings for which you don't have to pay royalites? I miss Margaret Mercer, Tom Bartunik, and announcers left behind for the sake of.... what? The dumbing down of classical music? As for your arbitrary solution for bad reception (if you can't get the station on your radio, use your computer), streaming can become an expensive solution--depending on one's access. Disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov. 24 2009 03:15 PM
Chomi Chang from Odenton, MD

Hello -- please bring back David Dubal's program "Reflections from the Keyboard." Wednesday nights seem incomplete without it! Thank you.

Nov. 24 2009 01:56 PM
len goldenson

Why start a new classical music station and then put a 15 minutes news program (Washington Report now at 8:30 to 8:45) on when you already have an all-news/talk station? Who programs radio like this in 2009? This hodgepodge lodge is making less sense every day. Unless the plan is to morph the thing into another stream of talk and syndicated public radio shows. After all, classical music simply cannot be sustained with any sonic integrity on 105.9.

Nov. 23 2009 08:18 PM
P. Fanning from nyc

For years I have experienced the beautiful musical presentations, the melodious ,giftes voices of Clayelle,Candice and David, and their ability to prepare the listener to be receptive to Classical Music. This new
program is wanting!
Please listen to us.
P. Fanning

Nov. 22 2009 02:58 PM
Emily from East Hampton, NY

Just be warned: when you bring a funding drive on the air I will not give a dime.

The reasons are stated by everyone else.
In summation, this station is a great disappointment for a cultural capital like New York City.

No excuses, please. It shouldn't have happened this way. Thank you for ruining everything, Ms. Walker and Board.

Nov. 22 2009 09:10 AM
Jonathan Miller from Forest Hills

I must agree with many others that I am distressed about David Dubal's absence. I looked forward to his show and really miss it. Now that you are listener sponsored, it seems that there should be more "produced" shows like his rather than just DJs playing recordings without any value added.

Nov. 20 2009 11:34 PM
Ray Schultz from New York

Wednesday night isn't the same without David Dubal. His was most the most engaging, informative and satisfying classical music program on the air. Bring him back!

Nov. 20 2009 12:52 PM
Michael from New York

Very weak signal--lots of static ... 20 miles from NYC. Interference with aviation frequencies. Miss the former staff, especially Clayelle.

Nov. 20 2009 10:17 AM
Can't Hear You In My Car On Long Island from 30 miles easy of Penn Station

Amen, Nessa, from the North Shore of LI about 30 miles from Penn Station.

Nov. 20 2009 09:10 AM
Nessa from NYC

Why can't you people organize the blogs so there is only one central place to voice our complaints? I've been at David Garland and you say go here, or there and zilch.

Why does no one respond? At least tell us why everyone's favorite hosts are no longer on the air -whatever air we get. Elliot Forrest over Annie Bergen and Clayelle Dalvarez? Who decided that based on what?

Why is the programming so much worse? So bland, and incessantly repeated. How much more Copeland can I stand? Corny zsigannes? For breakfast?

No reception on Fire Island anymore. No money from me.

Nov. 19 2009 11:09 AM
Joan McDaniel

Please bring back Clayelle Dalferes, Annie Bergen and David Dubal.
The signal is very weak, I am not pleased.
I hope you are not planning to ask for contributions because I will not send anything.

Nov. 18 2009 08:19 PM
Victoria Macdonald

Where is David Dubal's Reflections from the Keyboard? Haven't enough people complained about this? We know he wants to continue to bring us this incredible program. Somehow you can give Terrance McKnight 4 hours every night, but not even 1 hour for David Dubal! Who cares that there's a ton of static now - without David who wants to listen?

Nov. 18 2009 08:13 PM
Ann Halper from White Plains, N.Y.

The static on the new 105.9 is terrible when driving in my car...(not so with the other jazz stations). Please give the electricity a boost...and while you're at it return David Dubal to the station. He is a joy to every pianist in America. His Reflections from the Keyboard is one of the great programs on WQXR, and an inspiration to learning....

Nov. 16 2009 12:10 AM
len goldenson

Annie sounds great. I'm back on weekends and I'd stick around longer if Candice Agree was on too.

Nov. 15 2009 08:17 PM
S Wilkinson from NYC

I am really happy to hear Annie Bergen's voice back on the air... (Sunday afternoon)
I hope it's permanent. not just a time slot where she is filling in for someone who is absent.
Oh please, give her a permanent spot again.

Nov. 15 2009 03:54 PM
Ernie from Bayside (Queens), NY

Wow, I thought I was the only person who had lost contact with the old wqxr at the new 105.9 frequency, until I came upon this blog. Now I find I have a lot of company, people who either can't hear WQXR on their radio anymore, or hear it with a lot of static, even with an antenna. My only alternative now is to go live streaming on my PC. On the other hand discovering Q2 is a nice surprise.

Nov. 14 2009 08:10 PM
S Wilkinson from NYC

Hi, I'm probably one of the youngest people writing. I'm 24 and finished college with studies in music and marketing too. I consider myself to be modern and loving change, but it's like you made a big mistake. I know WQXR wasn't perfect when you bought it, yet it had a lot going for it. I think you felt you had to fix it and make changes but that wasn't a good idea at all. To sum it up you made the station more like a formula other stations have. You lost things special about the old radio station.

Nov. 14 2009 02:21 AM
Robert Tonucci from Odenton, MD

Where did "Reflections From the Keyboard" go? Please bring David Dubal back to WQXR!

Nov. 13 2009 06:21 PM
Can't Hear You In My Car On Long Island from On Route 495 0 The Big LIE

No WQXR Music On My Car Radio - No More Donations For You.

Listening to WSHU now.

Nov. 13 2009 05:17 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Keith Jarrett - Koln -

What a great choice. Maybe from the CD that I sent to one George Preston?

How about some of the G.I. Gurdjieff/ Thomas De Hartman that I sent to Terrance on six discs, played by Cecil Lytle?

Nov. 11 2009 12:57 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

I was fooled by the Miles Davis into thinking I had left my copy in Winamp running.

Fabulous choice!!

Nov. 10 2009 04:50 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 03:34 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Eleni Karaindrou music for Ulysses' Grave Kim Kashkashian. Fabulous choice!!

Nov. 09 2009 10:25 AM
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 06:53 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

Wrong "blog", this is the Q2 blog, regarding the internet only stream.

You should go actually to the WYNC listeners' blog

Nov. 08 2009 06:22 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, NY

No Candice Agree, no contribution neither.

Nov. 08 2009 02:47 PM
Joel Wilson from Area code 954

My three favorite eclectic classical music streams are in order: Q2, KING Evergreen, RNZ Concert.

Nov. 07 2009 10:32 AM
Unabletohearthemusic from In Your Former Listening Radius

No donations for you - can't hear you any more.

Nov. 07 2009 07:32 AM
morton leifer from Rockland County

I first started listening to WQXR on 1560 Khz AM many years ago. I built an FM tuner out of an old Dumont TV set and was able to hear the first broadcasts of stereo music using the AM signal and WQXR 96.3 FM radios simultaneously.

It is sad that WQXR can no longer adequately serve the greater metropolitan area after all of these years.

Nov. 06 2009 04:06 PM
len goldenson from Manhattan

And we're missing Candice Agree on the weekends. Perhaps WQXR wouldn't have lost more than 80 percent of its audience with the move to 105.9 if it had kept the talent 96.3 lineup intact. Nice job WNYC.

Nov. 05 2009 06:30 PM

I really miss Annie, and, THE OFFICE HOUR. I guess it's back to rock.
No offense, Midge. I liked you at night, &,
on Ch. 13.

Nov. 05 2009 05:03 PM
Michael N. Rosen from Seattle

I loved Mr. Dubal's mix of music, wonderful words and thoughts. He brought so much intelligence to his show not to mention his love and romance of music. It is a pity, it is not on line (how I listened, here in Seattle) any more. There is no other show like his on the air. Agree or disagree, he always gave us his opinions and opened his listeners to new works, composers, and performers.

Nov. 04 2009 10:16 PM
Michael f. Capobianco from Brooklyn, NY

How thrilling it was to hear Evan Marshall play "Memories of El Hambra" today in his remarkable "dual style". Even though Midge Woolsey said that he was a solo mandolinist twice, I wsh that she had emphasized that we were listening to ONE madolin. Listeners not familiar with the dual style may have found it hard to believe that it wasn't TWO mandolins.
I LOVE the new station. Lots of great music I never knew existed! Peace, Michael (a humble mandolinist).

Nov. 04 2009 07:32 PM


We apologize for the lack of response to your relatives' emails. Listener Services has had a remarkable number of emails in response to WQXR and continues to work hard to personally respond to every inquiry.

We appreciate your input through both email and our blogs and we assure you that we take listener comments into consideration.

Nov. 04 2009 09:52 AM
martha walker from New York City

It's been four weeks. My listening was high in the beginning, and now... well,

I really don't like the new station.

Call it what you want; a mixture of nyc and qxr. I don't like the omissions, and I don't like the additions.
I don't like the news service vs. The Times, and I don't like the attitude of management and their public persona.

And BTW,
My relatives sent e-mails to listener services but there were no replies. Even one of them asked about sponsorship, but no one at the station took the time or interest to reply to the inquiry.

I think this is the end of the road for this radio frequency and even on the cyber streaming. I mention all of this, because there is so much better out there, and you don't make the cuts. I gave you a chance, but I will not contribute a dime, because you don't deserve it.


Nov. 04 2009 08:28 AM
cutter from Manhattan

No Dubal.

No contribution.


Nov. 03 2009 11:59 PM
Cora Sowa from Westchester County

I miss the former choice between wqxr and wnyc, especially late at night, when I liked nyc's presentation of the weird and experimental in modern music. Now the playlists alternate between classical war-horses and the modern, and nobody is pleased. Also, I find the happy-talk from the announcers almost as annoying as the old commercials. Now you have to listen to someone telling you how to feel about the music before finding out what the piece was and who played it. I hope the right balance is finally achieved.

Nov. 01 2009 07:44 PM
Kathy from Cold Spring, NY

It is unacceptable that David Dubal's show was
not brought over to the new WQXR. He is
irreplaceable. I know many listeners share my
dismay at the loss of "Reflections from the
even more than is reflected in the comments online. I don't want to compare or judge other
programs needlessly, but we could certainly do
without "From the Top" if we could have David
Dubal in its place. Please find 1 hour in the evening
to devote to this lucidly brilliant and very special

Oct. 30 2009 06:53 PM
Harold from New York

I agree. Bring David Dubal back.

Oct. 29 2009 01:44 PM
Laurie Postlewate from Queens, NY

I am distressed beyond words that David Dubal's show is not on the new station's program. Please do whatever you can to get this back!!! I will not subscribe or support the station financially unless David Dubal is given a spot!

Oct. 29 2009 01:19 PM
nick (of keegan & nick) from Putnam County

Okay, this little joke has gone on long's time to bring David Dubal's show back. A masterpiece.

Oct. 29 2009 10:47 AM
Neil from Brooklyn

It is Weds. night and I am not listening to David Dubal. Tragic.

Please bring it back!

Oct. 28 2009 10:10 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

You will probably hear from more than just Mike.
Ms Agree was an institution at WQXR, and deservedly so.


Oct. 28 2009 01:54 PM
Mike Stone

re: Frances commen

Candice Agree was not on the overnight shift you are referring to. In fact, she has not been on 105.9 at all, unfortunately. If she was, you wouldn't be complaining.

Oct. 28 2009 10:14 AM
Frances from Upper Westside Manhattn\an

Whatever you do, we must have a
pleasant sounding voice for overnite.
The lady last night, Monday, was awful.

And, I am sure Ms.Agree is a nice lady,
but sounds awful. She is not major market
material. It's the SOUND of her voice,
and her delivery which is awful.

Oct. 28 2009 12:23 AM
TATYANA from New York

During last hour there were 2 disappointments: first-playing Chopin's sonata with Funeral march-at working time is totally inappropriate, playing now
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks is just impossible, because it is played so often and it looks that there is no connections between different hosts and the library is very limited and it should be something new and fresh ( I have nothing against R.Sttrauss and other great music, but it is just too much the same all the time), or just not enough music knowledge to play anything else except annoyingly well known music. Please make changes if you want us to be moved!

Oct. 26 2009 04:11 PM
Sanyi to MA NYC from Brooklyn

Dear Candice, I recognize your style, I recognized your voice, and I was listening even to your breathing on the old WQXR. Your voice had such nice intonations, that the only job I would not recommend for you would be to become a hypnotist, because that requires a very monotone voice. However, I would recommend that to some of todays announcers on the new WQXR.
I still wonder why were you fired, I wondered why Nimet was fired too (at the time) but she stated that she has to give way to the new generation... and I still don't know what was the significance of that champagne fuzz fuzz fizz fizz that she allowed to be heard as a celebration for her firing. I hope some will come to their senses, especially when New York City will reduce the money allocated to this station, and the CEO (with a salary of half a million) will have no choice but to court the listeners (as it should be), and heed their desires, which is, to hear Candice, Clayelle, and in my case Nimet too.

Bye for now.

Oct. 23 2009 03:34 PM

"I would very much like to know what happened to Clayelle Dalvarez, Candice Agree and David Dubal. They were your best hosts and the entire station's programming is suffering from their absence."

I agree with the above comment. Additionally, I am amazed that for the couple of times I have listened recently during the afternoon hours, I have only heard the works of George Gershwin! During the evening hours, it is not worth mentioning.

Oct. 22 2009 12:17 PM
ESS from Teaneck, NJ

I would very much like to know what happened to Clayelle Dalvarez, Candice Agree and David Dubal. They were your best hosts and the entire station's programming is suffering from their absence.

I think you'll find your profits disappearing if you continue to alienate your listenership. Irregardless of how much advertising $ you rake in, it is the contributions of ordinary people that keep your station running.

Although I've been a generous contributor to WQXR for many decades, my generosity will be nearing its end if someone from the station does not respond to my concerns immediately.

Oct. 22 2009 11:47 AM
perryw from Brooklyn

I actually adore the fact that no one is heeding the mandate of this Q2 blog, whatever that might be. The people must be heard and Q2 be damned!

Oh, and, yes: Bring back David Dubal!

Oct. 21 2009 11:20 PM
Burton Benjamin from Stamford, CT

David Dubal and his program from the keyboard on Wednesdays was the musical delight of my week. What a great loss for all who delight in listening and learning.

Oct. 21 2009 10:53 PM
BBP from NYC & Westchester

As a result of a business decision, clasical music in the NY Metropolitan area is diminished. Glad it's not entirely lost. I especially miss David Dubal's show, my weekly favorite. Also, as I spend many weekends in the Peekskill area, I guess the Saturday Metropolital opera broadcastws will be a thing of the past as the station doesn't clearlyreach that locale. Perhaps technology can improve that situation.

Oct. 21 2009 07:25 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

I just found the Comments RSS feed. If I mjissed it, my regrets. If you just got it up, thanks.


Oct. 20 2009 07:55 PM
EFRuskin from Brooklyn

David Dubal Reflections
David Dubal Reflections
David Dubal Reflections
David Dubal Reflections
maybe if we start a chant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone will see the absurdity of dropping this program..or explain the reasoning.

Oct. 20 2009 05:10 PM
Robert Mitchell from Connecticut

I echo so many of the previous comments: the loss of Clayelle, Candice, and Annie, the poorly-disguised advertisements read in monotone by the hosts, and the impossible reception (in Connecticut). My local listener-supported public radio station now has my allegiance - at least I can hear it.

BTW, the other night when I did get reception for a few minutes, I heard some announcer repeatedly refer to the station as "WQRX"!

Oct. 20 2009 01:44 PM
Lewis J

May I be frank? The programming at the old WQXR was mundane. Baroque wall paper in the morning and the greatest hits most other times of day.
And lets not forget the ads! They went from bad to terrible! "Help I've fallen and I can't get up at an upper west side funeral home because I slipped on that omega 3 fish oil from Finland and by the way, I was dying of cancer til I was cured at that east side hopsital " GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE OL' QXR!

Oct. 19 2009 09:22 PM
Perry W from Brooklyn


Lovers, passionate lovers, of great "classical" music are listeners for whom the great compositions of the past--from Bach Stravinsky--are alive and vividly present in their lives. Twelve-tone and conceptual compositions are neither passionate nor musical nor even modernist; merely arid experimentation, for academic musicians and their ilk. They are post-modernist events, not vital, expressive musical statements. However one may wish to dress these compositions up as hip, airing them will merely alienate WQXR's core constituency--music lovers!

Oct. 19 2009 08:33 PM
Sanyi S. from Brooklyn, NY

As I mentioned before, strange things were going on at WQXR. The way I see it, is the following:
With the exception of Annie Bergen and Midge,
all the announcers were stationed in a foreign country, and were transmitting under duress, under black mail, if you wish... for free, and the ones that played their role as host at Koschiushko for example, were stealing their salaries. Nimet, Candice, Clayelle, were all in a country (that should not be mentioned here), and were using remote "studios" via a satellite link.
I recognized the voices of two of them for sure, and I guessed Clayelle's, (same camp, same high school, the best friend of my secret first love, Aniko). That's how I remember her voice. June Labelle, her voice I recognized for sure after 50 years... she was a music teacher for children, in the country mentioned above. So, they were in the same country, same city, in Europe. Once the satellite link broke, and there was no announcer on the air for about an hour at the old WQXR....
Knowing what's going on in that city, I came to the conclusion that they were under duress. If anyone doesn't believe me, here is a test they can perform. Get a recording of the voice of Candice, (she did audio books), and use a voice print analyzer, and compare it with the voice of Candice Agree recorded there (not the voice mixed in at the radio show), hosting the Koschiushko foundation, or the Garden of Spain, and the two voices are completely different. So now you know, that there is a coverup, they were pressured to work for free (the ones whose voices were on the radio, not the ones who were the hosts mentioned above and whose pictures were placed on the site).
The way things work in that city is, that once one is under the suspicion of being exposed, he or she is expelled from the country (against their will)... so now these ones, are probably here in the USA and out of a "job". As is said before, they were sent to the "Arcadia Military Academy", after a secret vote by "the society". Don't ask me who the society is, or are, I don't know, but they are part of an illegal intelligence group from America, that were used for decades for such purposes and more, and which I know for sure that went into business for their own.... I mean the big wigs... like the director of the old WQXR. So go figure, or perhaps, go and investigate....if you dare.....

Oct. 19 2009 12:27 PM
Russell Livermore from upstate new york

Glad to have you back on the air. But miss Annie wish she was still on.I enjoyed her show she is missed !!!!

Oct. 19 2009 10:09 AM
Frank Feldman

Q2 is so very silly. An die Ferne Geliebte followed by the purest drivel, and so on and so on, with no announcements. Wallpaper for the clueless-is that supposed to be the idea? If this is supposed to somehow make up for the demise of WQXR, well, suffice it to say it doesn't.

Oct. 17 2009 06:34 PM
paula nelson from United States

Where are annie bergen, clayelle dalvarez,candisce agree? where are the playlists.?

You have morecommercials than before because you never stop asking for money even though you have more money than you need

unless and until you can satisfactorally answer these questions I have no intention of giving the satation one penny in contributions

Oct. 17 2009 01:43 PM

Its interesting to read all the comments by other listeners. It reflects exactly my feelings and sentiments. I tuned into the opening night broadcast and immediately felt the change in tone. While I do not want to be judgemental so early in is already clear that the loss of the ladies to the men ifrom WNYC does not cut it... We miss Candice, Annie and Clayelle terribly...The evening broadcasts are flat and boring. The gentlemen need to pick up the pace since its not likely that our Ladies will return anytime soon.

Oct. 17 2009 01:36 PM
Dan Wachtel from Martinsville, New Jersey

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for programming
"PipeDreams". Since WNYC dropped that wonderful program we have not heard good organ music in the tri-state area for too long a time.
In spite of the fact that it is aired at 2 ungodly hours, I hope to be able to listen to the glorious sounds of the King of Instruments for a long, long time on the new WQXR.
Wishing you all good luck in your new capacity as public radio,

Oct. 16 2009 11:12 PM
Joel Wilson from Fort Lauderdale

All you have to do to get a better signal from the station is to outsupport WNYC. If you send in more money than the news/talk listeners for several quarters, WQXR will be stronger than ever on 93.9.

Oct. 16 2009 05:15 PM
Samyi-To Jim Brenner from Brooklyn, NY

You are quite right, I miss Candice saying..."I'm glad to be with you " that gives a personality to the announcers, they use words like "I"... oh my good, that's a no, no,.... or is it ??
Well, Candice signed off the last time saying, "We'll meet again". May be she knows something I don't ? From her lips to god's ears !!!!
The only thing would be needed is someone with the spirit of organization, who would be willing to be a CEO, not for 500 thousands per year (like it is now), but 40 to 60 thousand per year, the difference would pay for the electricity for sure, get organized and start a new classical radio station. If the FCC does not allow more power, there are relay stations or repeaters that can be set up locally.
Considering that I noticed that even piano music scores printed in the last 20-30 years are all sabotaged, I came to the conclusion that internal or home grown terrorism considers classical radio and their lovers, as a capitalist imperialist class enemy of the people, who should be dealt with. Only music that requires wooden rings in the nose, skirts made of leaves, and tam, tam, dancing around the fires should be allowed in the new America. Period.
As far as piano players, their hands should be cut off, because they are practicing a completely non productive trade. (see stories from the cultural revolution in China). Are there any more comments needed ?

Oct. 16 2009 04:16 PM
George Damasevitz

We are missing Annie Bergen here in our
school in upstate NY.

Oct. 16 2009 11:00 AM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Clearly it is not clear that this "blog" has as its subject the Q2 stream, no the questions about on-air hosts on WQXR 105.9.

Oct. 15 2009 09:19 PM
Arlene from New Jersey

Thank you, Mia Lancaster! Your comments were beautifully stated--I, too, cannot believe that David Dubal is off the air. He is an inspirational teacher, an incredible intellectual and wit that instead of being honored as a " national treasure" he is tossed aside and replaced with programs that are
clearly just run of the mill.

Oct. 15 2009 09:10 PM
jim brenner from dover nj

I offer condolences to all the former 96.3 listeners who now have to try to get QstaticXR. It's terrible, that's all. An intelligent engineer suggested adjusting frequency modulaton. Why don't you try that? I now use a powered signal booster (suggested by your guys), a dipole antenna(ditto) and still get lots of static and brown-outs. And I used to receive the old station with no antenna on a very good Technics set. Inernet listening? Very bad speakers, plus have to leave it on and can't properly explore other sites. The car radio's alright, but still brown-outs. I only live 40 miles west of the city.

I concur with everybody saying they can't understand the departure of Candice, Clayelle, Annie and David Dubal. Maybe money was an issue, but why these zombies from the dreadful WNYC? Not a smile in a carload, so pretentious and totally without personality. Plus, they are largely ignorant about classical music

Even Midge has gone all Essalen/EST on us with her cutsey touchy-feely rattle. You can tell she really bridles at the requirements of her new delivery style.

I'm sure you could find some budding Julliard grads with zip and zing and a lot of lore to fill up your staff and give us the straight forward commentary we deserve. Please, please bring back the essence of the old station.

Oct. 15 2009 08:02 PM
martha walker from New York City

Regarding the gawker web site report:

No one is doing any "blackmailing", to use an aforementioned term (which does not really apply here)...
and a public radio station has public records which must be open and clear for all to see.

The rest is merely evaluating the value of someone's work... which in this case is a CEO.
Maybe some people take an issue with the salary and some do not. It's a free world to have an opinion (here).

The explanation needed is from WNYC... and so far not one executive is stepping up to the plate.

Both stations are not the same. Both listening audiences are put out by the changes.
Most of us agree on that. LOL

Oct. 15 2009 04:41 PM
Richard O'Brien

I only can echo all of the other comments, without Annie Bergen, Candice Agree, and Clayelle Dalferes there is no WQXR!
Besides, I cannot receive the weak signal 25 miles away on my non-digital receiver (it's a classic).
I understand that this is the last stop for WQXR, but remember the old saying: if you can't do it right, then don't do it. Looks like my classical library will be used quite extensively. I really miss WNCN and the old WQXR, they played a large part of my life, as I listened to them for over 40 years, may they rest in peace.

Oct. 15 2009 03:48 PM
martha walker from New York City

For clarification:

This is the correct URL which I mentioned in my previous comment:


Oct. 15 2009 12:23 AM
martha walker from New York City

K Underwood,
The negative comments do not surprise me either.
The changes in staff and programs are appalling.

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. 15 2009 12:17 AM
K. Underwood from Glen Ridge, NJ

I am in complete agreement with all the negative comments about the changes in staff and programs. I never listened to NYC because QXR was superior- you have done us a disservice by ditching what we liked, including announcers and programs. Don't try to fix what wasn't "broke". My Wednesday evenings were cenetered around "Reflections fron the Keyboard" You have done us in.

Oct. 14 2009 11:55 PM
Mia Lancaster from New York

David Dubal, during his weekly one-hour Reflections from the Keyboard, provided more insight into piano performance than weeks or months of independent study could produce. His beloved program was a highlight of the week for every classical music lover. David's presentations of the performances (many extremely rare) that he found and shared, combined with his passion, facts and humor about the recordings and pianists exponentially increased my appreciation. Simply, there is no one else who possesses the gift of his unique insight that he generously shared with us for years. Why David Dubal - and also Annie Bergen, Candice Agree, and Clayelle Dalferes - were dropped confounds me. Really, I am speechless.

Oct. 14 2009 11:17 PM
Angelee from New Jersey

Very disappointed with all changes made!!.
I am waiting for your program Mr David Dubal. " Reflections from the Keyboard " . I'm very sad tonight ( Wed Oct 14, 09 . 10:00pm ). Please, reconsider to bring back this program.

Oct. 14 2009 11:01 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, NY

Congratulations ! Now the signal to noise ratio is much, much ,better, you are back to the old WQXR quality. I think someone does listen to me.....
Here are some other nice suggestions:

1)You will have to rehire Nimet Habachi, and tell her to mention her middle name as Corina. For those who don't know, she speaks more languages then I have fingers on my both hands... Her picture on the old WQXR was different, she is a thin girl, and a couple of years ago she did look like hot stufff... she has a long face, brunette, looks more like those girls in the James Bond movies.

2) You will have to rehire Candice Agree, and tell her to mention her middle name as Anna, or Patricia. Her picture was different from the one on the old wqxr site, her face is pretty, long, much nicer then the picture of the unknown girl on the old site, and it would be nice if she would host the Koschiusko foundation shows (the real Candice, not her double... as it was up till now.)

3) You will have to rehire Clayelle, her picture was not shown on the old site, she has an oval face, brown or black eyes, she is tall, very serious looking, nice. Tell her to use the middle name of Carmen.

If you do these thinks, money will be poring in from the listeners, for sure.

Oct. 14 2009 04:34 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

A large number of people seem to not have this "blog" figured out. This is for Q2, the "old" wnyc2, a 24/7/365 web steam, not hosted, not on terrestrial radio unless you have HD.

This stream is where computer literate people who enjoy fiercely fearless music (did I get that right Nadia?) "hang out", looking for the "music [we] crave, the music we have to have.


Oct. 14 2009 03:01 PM
Al Werben from Greenwich

No Clayelle? No Clayelle? One of the most
distinctive radio voices ever. You didn't bring much
to the new location but the call letters.

Oct. 14 2009 02:32 PM
Steve Norquist from Minneapolis

It seems to me that Q2 is now alternative classical lite. An awful lot of short pieces (even amputated single movements, shame!). Fewer "challenging" works and big works than before. A lot of that strain of minimalism that borders on pop/new age. I had just discovered WNYC2 before the change and was thrilled. I'm less thrilled now. Love the new design that allows one to check so easily what's current on all the stations.

Oct. 14 2009 01:27 PM
BL from New Jersey

No Candice Agree or Clayelle Dalferes and Annie Bergen being relegated to a part-time gig on Saturdays, plus Bill McGlaughlin moved to 11 pm? Not good. Not good at all.

Oct. 14 2009 01:07 PM
Larry from Beachwood, NJ

I was listening to WQXR 96.3 while heading down the shore when you switched to 105.9 ... all I got was static. With the old frequency I was still able to receive the station down here. Too bad. Listening to 91.1 now. It's okay, but I will miss Clayelle and Candice (although my wife was always jealous of Clayelle)

Oct. 14 2009 12:59 PM
Tim Sullivan from San Francisco

I stumbled upon Q2 today while searching for a good classical stream that doesn't drive one crazy repeating the same announcements ad-nauseum (the 'pothole' of automated internet radio - listen to the WGBH stream to see what I mean).
I spent the entire day listening and if today's programming is any indication this is the greatest radio station on the internet today...period!

More people should know about this!
New, Different, Stimulating, Challenging, Interesting!

Thank You! Thank You! WQXR for creating Q2!

I have already begun work on a Facebook Fan page to help spread the joy.

Oct. 14 2009 01:12 AM
Guy Aron from Melbourne, Australia

I listen to WQXR via its internet stream in Melbourne, Australia. So reception is pretty much the same to me. One thing, however, that I dislike is the moving of Bill McLaughlin's (sorry if I've misspelt his name) and Bill Dubal's programs. The time difference between Melbourne & NY counts these programs out for me. Also one can't scan the playlist to see what's coming up, as one used to be able to do with the old one. Overall I would say "if it aint' broke, why fix it?".
Guy Aron

Oct. 13 2009 08:22 PM
B.H. from Stamford CT

I agree with some of blog posts regarding the new signal strength at 105.9. Only a tiny bit of Fairfield County, Connecticut, receives a decent signal. With the old 96.3, almost the entire county had decent if not superb reception.

Though there are other options for classical music on the dial in this area, I fear that this one won't be a possibility for most people interested. I strongly suggest a translator, if one can be had.

Oct. 13 2009 05:59 PM
naro from 10023

I live near Columbus Circle and get a lot of static. I tried to listen on line via my RCN cable modem, but the transmission cuts off every few minutes. It is a mess. I sent in my contribution, but unless the signal is improved or the internet access is not interrupted by the limited bandwidth, I doubt that I will contribute again and just chalk it up to a failed experiment.

Oct. 13 2009 05:28 PM
Krystyna from NJ

Public stations sometimes take underwriting and will mention that company's name with a brief explanation of what they do. They are prohibited from making any claims or comparisons by virtue of being non-commercial. So, the Silver Palate bits are just that. I"m grateful that we don't have to be subjected to those miracle cream skin product commercials again.

Sure, there are kinks to work out with the signal and the website is glitchy but, hopefully, these will be ironed out soon.

BTW-I miss Clayelle very much and I listened to her on NCN many, many years ago. She's missed.

Oct. 13 2009 03:46 PM
martha walker from New York City

I notice on this and other blogs where people are asking: what happened to Candice Agree and Clayelle Dalferes?
And other people posted questions here asking about Annie Bergen. I do miss them all !

Well, Candice Agree, Clayelle Dalferes, Annie Bergen, Bill Jerome and m a n y, many others behind the scenes were "let go" when The New York Times sold WQXR. The new ownership decided not to employ them full time, or in many cases, not at all. They are all very talented, indeed, and perhaps we will hear them somewhere else.

This topic is one of the big elephants in the room which no one is really talking about or explaining to us, the listeners. The station is trying to raise money from us now, but many listeners cannot even hear the station on their radios.

Internet listening was offered as an option (it has its disadvantages) and still others hear the programs via a weak radio signal. Some will contribute to the new station, but the future of a listener supported radio is undetermined. No one really knows.

Time will tell, but you don't hear any explanations from management or the existing announcers about what is truly being addressed to remedy the problems that many folks here are saying in the blogs.

Oct. 13 2009 01:44 PM
Marion Berghahn from new york city

Reception leaves much to be desired. Is there any way that it can be improved?
But I am far more upset that David Dubal has been dumped. His program was the highlight of my week, it was informative as well as entertaining. Another enjoyable program is Bill McLaughlin. Why on earth has he been moved to such a late spot?

Oct. 13 2009 01:38 PM
Zulema from Bronx

I still cannot get Q2 when I click on it and on "Listen" even though once in a great while I do. The interface between it and 105.9 is not working. I have written about this before. Also, it is counterproductive and maddening to have the time slot superimposed right over the music selection on the Q" playlist, and the selection cannot be read. I am sure this has to be corected. I have written to the webmaster and nothing happens.

Oct. 13 2009 12:43 PM
Verinica Cocchiaraley from Westchester County, NY

I have WQXR on all day at work to keep me company since I worlk in an office on my own. Loved the Office Hour with Annie Bergen and I am missing it already. Was Annie let go, or is she on at a different hour of the day now?

Oct. 13 2009 12:20 PM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

You have conflated all the various public radio and tv systerms. WNYC, formerly owned by New York City, is an independent listener-supported public radio station that carries programs created by National Public Radio (NPR) or American Public Media (APM), BBC and WNYC, among others. WNYC purchased WQXR which was a commercial stations and is now public. The purchase included the swap in signals. National Public Radio (NPR) is the national producer of All Things Considered and other content. NPR (not WNYC) received the bequest from Joan Kroc (McDonalds). Public Broadcasting System (PBS) is the national television producer of content for locally owned public television stations. WNET (ch 13) and WLIW (ch 21) are local public television stations. So focus your ire somewhere but NPR and PBS are innocent non-participants in the WQXR switch.

Oct. 13 2009 11:42 AM
Christopher Reilly from Tampa, FL

Where is Annie Bergen? She was the most delightful host, personable, knowledgeable, and her voice was a comfort.
This is not WQXR without Annie. Bring her back!

Oct. 13 2009 09:49 AM
bill washington

Hi, After 50 years listening your signal is now woefully poor here and as I travel around the state I'm beset with constant "picket fencing" of the signal.

Why not switch programs with WNYC and put all the talk,talk on 105,9.

Oct. 12 2009 07:40 PM
peter from nj

I would like to thank WNYC for its decision to keep a classical music station in NYC.

On the other hand, although everybody understands a new management not justifying each change it makes, could you not post a greater explanation for some of them? For instance, I would have thought David Dubal's program sounded 'npr' - and I hope you will reconsider your decision in his case...

Finally , I do not miss the ads for - oh, well - let us not advertise.

Oct. 12 2009 11:10 AM
Trude Hassberg

I am sorry to have Bill McLaughlin relegated to the 11 p. m. spot. For an old lady like me that is too late.

Oct. 11 2009 08:51 PM
Evelyne Lune

We can no longer receive the WQXR progrms due to the chance in frequency. Is there anything that the station can do to correct this. We live in western Suffolk county. could always receive the station when drivin gout to mid Suffold county. Now can't even get it at hom We mss you.

Oct. 11 2009 08:19 PM

HI Doris Dingott,
Sorry your new Bose radio is not picking up WQXR-105.9. The reception on my 15 year old Bose radio has gone from fair on the first day of the change over to fair to good since then. I don't know where you are located. I am 34 miles east of NYC. You might want to consider a dipole antenna. I saw one I will be getting from They are a sound reputable company in Fortuna CA who started out years ago selling mainly antenna. My few dealings with them have been excellent. Another big plus,at least when I called, I always spoke with a pleasant "real" person. Also of interest, the CCRadio Plus I purchased from them and we keep in our kitchen is giving us excellent reception of WQXR-105.9. So good luck picking up 105.9
PS. I have no financial connection with Crane :-)

Oct. 11 2009 05:49 PM
christopher from London, Ontario, Canada

i am a very recent discoverer of wqxr and i have to say that i have found the new format amazing, especially Q2. i have, in just two days, found it necessary to have a pencil and notepad handy to write down what i am hearing - information very easily found with the live playlist streaming, may i add. the bernstein mass: three meditations, played just minutes ago, i had never heard before. and the other day the olafur arnalds stopped me dead in my tracks!

also: no more commercials = awesome.

Oct. 11 2009 05:35 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, NY

I read some comments on this blog, and I was surprised that the New York Times heirs received a couple of billions not long ago, and the writer asks, where is the money ? Good question, may be the god of the universe, comrade Madoff took a big chunk of it ?
Who knows what is going on behind the curtains, and was covered up with some sale for peanuts, I can imagine some shady people flashing up some Homeland Security ID's telling them, you have to participate in the sale of this station, because we have no reason to fire the announcers on the newly compiled black list, so this way it would appear as just one of those things when a company reorganizes. Well, I am not Homeland Security nor any other prestigious
intelligence agency, but if they are not going to rehire at least Candice Agree, I am going to describe certain things that Homeland Security will not like..... regarding voice prints differences,
and in a sense slavery of the type seen in the movie Singing in the rain... Do I have to say more ?????

Oct. 11 2009 03:27 PM
Dympna Haber from Tarrytown/West Harrison

As I go back and forth from Tarrytown to West Harrison each day on the Cross Westchester, I am disappointed with the extra static and the interference of other stations with WQXR at 105.9, especially between 6 and 6:30 pm. This was not a problem for me with 96.3.

Oct. 11 2009 10:06 AM
Brian Black

Can you run RDS (radio data system readout of title and artist) on Q2 so I know what song is playing? Even longhairs can't know 500 years of music.

Thank you.

Oct. 11 2009 09:22 AM
Hans-Hartwig Ehlers from New York City

I would imagine that it may not be easy to start a new radio station, and for openers you surely have succeeded to create more disappointments within a day or so than I for one would be willing to excuse, unless you had no prior experience. I moved from Munich to New York a lifetime ago. WQXR became the only station I would listen to, it was almost like an education in music. Your crew of personalities on the air was a joy to listen to, they all had heart and great knowledge.I will miss most of all late at night Clayelle Dalferes. She knows and loves opera. If you could see fit to get the sound straightened out, get equipment that works and get the programming up to par, you might have a chance to get people to support you financially, I mean lets face it, half your choices today left something to be desired.

Oct. 11 2009 01:35 AM
Burton Sachs from Fresh Meadows queens NYC

Beethoven said, and I quote "nothing is more intolerable than to have to Now the New York Times has to admit to themselves their error of taking Wqxr away from its royal listeners. I will never learn, or forgive them, admit to yourself your own errors".

Beethoven Said and I quote," Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors". The New york Times made to us, the devoted listeners to WQXR, an unforgivable error taking the station from away.I hope the New York Times will admit to their mistake.

Oct. 10 2009 10:30 PM
Lillie stevenson from Huntington Bay, Long Island

Will now boycott all PBS stations. I have 5 radios plus speakers in most rooms, in my home in Huntington Bay, Long Island. I go from room to room listening to NPR andI would switch back and forth to WQXR . I will miss the Live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera etc. and I will now listen only to my CDs. The audacity of your company, to expect listeners to go and buy $300. of equipment, put up extra antennas so that we can get a 100% classical music station. What ever happened to the many billions of dollars that the Mac Donald heiress left your station years ago???

Oct. 10 2009 09:40 PM
Daniel G from New York, NY

Everyone should remember that the change of WQXR is not the fault of WQXR management nor WNYC but the New York Times and its mismanagement. Devoted listeners of WQXR past and present should boycott the New York Times. A prior blogger said it correctly that this is part of the "dumping up of America" which the New York Times is a part of. At the least, we should be thankful to WNYC that they found a way to save one of their prior competitors on the airway.

Oct. 10 2009 09:06 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn

The signal is still noisy in Stereo mode, may be not as much as before. A good trick would be to improve signal to noise ratio, is to elevate the modulation more then it is now, even if it steals away from dynamic range. It is more important a nice clean average sound, then the compressor kicking in when someone fires a canon, if you know what I mean.
I improvised a 1.4 m inverted V antenna, it works nice in completely vertical mode dipole, ha,ha.... hanging from a picture holder down to the floor. I have no signal meter on the receiver, but seems to be OK.

Oct. 10 2009 07:32 PM
Elizabeth from New York

I started to listen to WQXR at 12. I rarely tuned to any other station. It was almost always on and a great a comfort for so long. I am so sad that it has changed and that we have lost so many beloved personalities that are like family. I would rather tune out an ocassional ad than have WQXR change. If we had to move, why couldn't we simply transfer programs as is. I have never listened to either WNYC or NPR. Didn't like them, still don't. I am grateful that we managed to save something but we lost so much. P.S. I just heard the most awful ad for lawyers. There seems to be some confusion about what no ads means.

Oct. 10 2009 07:17 PM
Edward A. Weiss

I am terribly unhappy with your move. I would like to use stronger words, but I shall try to remain civil. Reception is awful. Reception is difficult. QXR has left all of its friends in the lurch, after so many great years. The New York Times also will find it very, very hard going ahead, if not now already. Truly, I am, as many of my friends that I have spoken with>>>>>DISAPPOINTED AND SAD. EAW

Oct. 10 2009 04:44 PM
Gloria Crum from Summit, NJ

I miss the pleasant soothing voices of Annie Bergen and Clayelle Dalferes. I've been listening to WQXR for umpteen years -- and found these two announcers to be top-notch. It's a crime they're not with you. Clayelle did a fine job with opera.

Oct. 10 2009 04:21 PM
Len Goldenson

If there is no Annie Bergen or Candice Agree, it's not QXR to me. Too much syndicated programming. Sounds like an out of town station.

Oct. 10 2009 01:02 PM
Rhona Mollard from west orange nj

Oh, no Annie Bergen. How could you? So that was her goodbye: Elgar Enigma variations? So sad!

Oct. 10 2009 11:48 AM
a long lime WQXR listener-50+years

Hi Joyce,

Yes, I heard two commercials for Silver Palate this morning. The repeated commercial was subdued and tasteful--don't know about the cereal-- unlike the barrage of commercials we were use to being hammered with on "old" WQXR. If I am correct commercials are to be limited to 4 minutes an hour. If that is true I hope it won't cause you to keep your purse closed. On the positive side let us be glad we still have WQXR with it's 24 hour a day stream of classical music.

Oct. 10 2009 11:40 AM
John Blasdale from Whippany NJ

I find the new set-up of WQXR totally unsatisfactory, and the Announcers' suggestions that we listen by computer until the problems (e.g., with the transmission) are solved are impossible for many people to realize. I agree with Sanyi's post where he mentions the stereo/mono problem; althougn I can listen in stereo in my study and kitchen, the radio in the livingroom has a loud hiss (NOT background!) that makes listening there by stereo impossible.
Moreover, I have several times heard a defect, presumably from the CD player: It jumps over the start of a track and one misses at least part of the first note; maybe even several short notes. And, when the music starts, it then starts with a loud bump. Moreover, in Respighi's 'Pines of Rome' this morning (Sat. Oct. 10), there were times when nothing was audible -- the CD player seemed to have failed altogether.
You ask for listener support, but at present I hear nothing worth supporting. These problems and others should have been dealt with before the changeover.
Frankly, I feel that we have been given a pig in a poke.

Oct. 10 2009 11:36 AM
Joyce Suskind from Manhattan

I enjoyed listening to your music this morning but after you claimed to be listener sponsored I heard repeated commercials for Silver Palate. What gives?
You won't get my money.


Joyce Suskind

Oct. 10 2009 10:03 AM
ida giorgo from Morris County, N.J.

What will I do now without my favorite WQXR? My husband and I have listened to it's wonderful broadcasts since 1946. Thank God that he passed away before this catasthrophy occured. I can not bring 105.9 in on my radio... My days are so lonely without the great composers and performers of the world's greatest classical music. I consider myself a musicologist without a formal degree just by having listened to the wonderful educational WQXR.


Oct. 09 2009 10:19 PM
Jerry from Manhattan

Clayelle Dalferes is gone? She may not have appeared every day, but there was always hope that she might. Somehow, there was a change in the music whenever she surfaced, and almost always for the better. Or so it seems to me.
Candace, too? I wouldn't trade any of them for most of the WNYC hosts. I fervently hope that WQXR doesn't follow the precedent set by WNYC when it scuttled its classical music format and substituted lighter (as in "lite") programming. I fear it already has.
The less said about reception, the better. I'm certain that mine is better tnan most.
It all seems such a pity, but not in the least surprising. In the next fifty years, some of the younger listeners today might be regretting that there isn't any classical music broadcast anywhere anymore.

Oct. 09 2009 06:58 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, NY

The noise I hear and many other listeners who try to record, is not do to week signal, something is wrong with the multiplexing of the stereo signal. I know that for sure, because when I switch to mono, it's like heaven, when I switch to stereo, it's white noise in the background. So my expensive receiver can not be switched off from stereo, but a cheaper one can. You are going to be in trouble with the FCC (!), and with your listeners. So much for not even answering my resume for the job of electronics engineering... now you sweat it out on your own.... my 30 so years of experience or perhaps my name, was not convenient....

Oct. 09 2009 06:36 PM
Anonymous from 11768

Why don't you model the new WQXR after WCPE?
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Oct. 09 2009 05:59 PM
Kerry from Northport NY

The "old" WQXR mp3 (iTunes) stream was 96 kbps. The "new"mp3 (iTunes) streams is 32 kbps which produces inferior sound quality.

Oct. 09 2009 05:43 PM
marianne from Washington Heights

A few nice pieces were played today, but there is too much second rate stuff. Too many opera overtures, heavy emphasis on french composers of the early 20th century, show-biz composers, and some really cheezy slavic compositions.

Nothing new to delight the ear. At mid day the announcer explained that music that "soothed" would be played. Now it's music therapy or waiting room muzak. Soothing music should be played when people are getting ready to go to bed. Instead we have Bill McG's program, which requires active listening. How are young people going to hear this wonderful program?

According to the charter granted to WNYC the first purpose mentioned is "educational". Its most important educational program, Dubal's Relections... has been dropped. Instead we're getting second rate poetry readings, show biz compositions and too many contemporary compositions.

I've writen to the Board of Trustees. I suggest others, who feel the changes are less than successful, do the same. Since it's public radio, we're the public. Hope we are heard.

Oct. 09 2009 05:03 PM
Mallory Hart

I'm broken-hearted to see all my WQXR broadcast friends are no longer with you, they WERE the station. And now, while my living room Bose gets you clearly, my bedroom sony clock-radio doesn't at all. And you were my wake-up alarm, beautiful music. And I live in Manhattan! I'll contribute to the city to keep WQXR going. But I would have rather sent money to the Times to keep the old format and 96.3, why, why didn't you ask? Disappointed, Mallory Hart

Oct. 09 2009 04:17 PM
Sanyi from Brooklyn, New York

I can't believe that Candice was fired.

Oct. 09 2009 04:10 PM
John T. Gildea from Westchester

I am delighted that QXR continues to live on. Everything changes; so does QXR. Some aspects of the broadcasts are not as good as in earlier years; other aspects are better. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Oct. 09 2009 04:05 PM
Norm Cooper from Bergen County N.J.

With your newly-formatted playlists, the starting time for each piece is in a box that obscures the first part of the title of the piece of music that is being played. This is an inconvenience, because you have to click again on the name of the piece, to get to another screen where the complete name of the work is shown. This should be fixed! Does Overnight Music have a live announcer now, all is it still all pre-recorded?

Oct. 09 2009 03:58 PM
Norm Cooper from Bergen County, N.J.

I started to get poorer reception on my FM walkman the instant that WQXR made the switch-over to 105.9 last night. There was always some static as I roamed around the house, but it's definitely WORSE now! Why can't WQXR make the big "jump" and broadcast in High-Definition Audio [HD-audio] like many of the Rock music stations are doing? Classical music would benefit the MOST from all-digital transmission! This would probably solve the static problem I'm currently experiencing, especially when digital FM walkman's become available to receive the broadcasts.

Oct. 09 2009 03:43 PM
Eileen Pollock from New York City

Please keep Reflections from the Keyboard on WNYC's listener sponsored WQXR! David Dubal's program was a beloved New York institution, much looked forward to, a highlight of a New York week for so many classical music lovers. Mr. Dubal is a fountain of knowledge of piano literature and performance, and, with his combination of broad erudition and quicksilver wit, he shared his knowledge with his radio audience week after week. It would be a shame if Wednesday night's program were his last. I also cherished the voices of Annie Bergen, Candice Agree, and Clayelle Dalferes and will miss them sorely.

Oct. 09 2009 03:18 PM
H. J. from Queens, NY

So WQXR has been saved!!, maybe. But a great radio station is not only a set of identifying letters. It is also the quality of its signal and the content of the programs and the PEOPLE that is in contact with its listeners. I can't understand why you bring people from other NPR stations and from WNYC-FM, Q2,etc. to the "saved" QXR while you leave out most of the people that made QXR so special like Annie Bergen and magnificent programs like the one of David Dubal, Prof. of Juliard and very knowledgeable presenter of studio programs and live performances. I think you have to do something more with your program, presenters and signal quality before you can say that QXR was saved.

Oct. 09 2009 02:21 PM
M.Cervenka from Manhattan

very sad to hare that David Dubal won't appear on wqxr !!! Loved his show !!!
Can't understand why you are continuing Bill Mc Loughlin's Exploring Music !!!

Oct. 09 2009 12:11 PM
Jeep from NYC area

many of us awake at night will continue to miss all-night CLASSICAL MUSIC and aren't necessarily happy with some dudette's "mix"

Oct. 09 2009 12:11 PM
Leo Zanderer from New York City

Can you post, what are the new circumstances of the very wonderful crew of personalities that made QXR a great station. There is dissapointment and shock of the unnecessarily new replacing old QXR . Since i listened with my dad starting in 1944 it has been virtualy a spirtual resource and a retreat of civility and decensey. I have communed with my sweatshop worker dad through Qxr.
I miss the mere introduction of Symphony Hall and i would like to know how to get a few entire shows from the past. I also miss the very beautiful mid-night interlud of Mendelssahon. Why not keep these powerful time tested markers . I sense the big ego of NYC trying to maintain its name in the way QXR programs and people have been scuttled. George Jellineck? was great and deserves repeats. David Duval like wise.
Your new people on QXR are ok but not the same as beloved fare time tested and representive of arguably the greatest thing on radio anywhere.

Leo Zanderer,

Oct. 09 2009 12:07 PM
Carol Fern from New YOrk City

Indeed sad to hear Annie Bergen is not on the day-to-day lineup. A loss.

Oct. 09 2009 12:00 PM
FDunn from Garden City, NY

How very sad, I listened to WQXR everyday at work and now I get only static and I am only 18 miles from the city. Very sad indeed...

Oct. 09 2009 10:36 AM
Doris Dingott

I am very upset that I am unable to hear a clear broadcast from my new BOSE radio nor my older radio. Only my car BOSE radio provides excellent sound. What do I need to do?

Oct. 09 2009 10:09 AM
jonathan kaplan from Valley Stream, NY

I am really psyched for your new show, and look forward to hearing what it will be like. I discovered and loved Evening Music over the last year and it turned me on to so many different artists. I hope that on the new station you can still have the freedom to juxtapose genres and do what you do!

Oct. 09 2009 12:57 AM
Donald Guenther from Summit, NJ

Sorry to hear that Annie Bergen will no longer be with WQXR. It was a true pleasure to hear her voice and learn from her extensive knowledge of classical music every afternoon. I hope she will return someday!

Oct. 08 2009 07:18 PM

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