Flipping the Switch

Friday, October 09, 2009

Flipping the WQXR swtich With the flip of a switch, WQXR begins broadcasting around the New York metropolitan area. (Jacqueline Cincotta)

WQXR started broadcasting from 105.9 FM on October 8th. Watch the big moment unfold.

WQXR will continue its rich tradition of providing classical music to the New York metropolitan area by joining the WNYC Radio family. See the big moment unfold.

The Empire State Building
Jacqueline Cincotta
WNYC control room
Jacqueline Cincotta
The WNYC control room, which manages the signals for 93.9 FM, AM 820, and now 105.9 FM.
Flipping the WQXR swtich
Jacqueline Cincotta
With the flip of a switch, WQXR begins broadcasting around the New York metropolitan area.

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Comments [86]

Andrea Scheidt from New York, NY

I just received your annual request for renewal of my membership and financial support. However, you no longer provide me with classical music. Over a year ago, I began to receive nothing on the upper east side of Manhattan from your station but a mess of static. Sadly, after 60 years of listening of WQXR all day (except for time out to go to school and work), I bid you adieu. I won't pay for what I can't get.

May. 09 2014 11:15 AM
Judith Earley from Bloomfield, NJ

I don't know why all the above comments date to 2009. My problem with reception is recent -- as of only a week ago. The neighboring station 105.7 fights QXR's music with eruptions of a very different vibe or adds a layer of static that makes is all very sad to listen to. Why is there so little band width? Doesn't this venerable station deserve better?

Dec. 02 2013 09:56 PM
C F W jr from NR,NY

why did we need to switch ---$$$$$
True the NY times had money problems, but shifting so many station to spanish leaves the question what is the language of our country. Are we in the US or Mexico.
It is time for congress to put a stop to such transitions. We lost WPAT, WRFM,WTFM and WQXR AM in the NYC area, Now effectively due to its low power WQXR FM. At worst, WQXR should have servived on 96.3 @ 600 watts till funding allowed restoration to 6KW. Better yet, with such a proud history, it should have been preserved like national land marks are preserved.
PS Now that WQXR is in public domain, can Greg Whiteside return? Jeff was good in the mid days, and Midge was good in the evenings.

Dec. 22 2009 04:24 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Sounds like you are listening at home. If that is the case, you might avail yourself of the 128kbit stereo stream via your computer.

You can listen (with decent speakers) on the computer. That 's what I do. And, I have very good reception on the four stereo systems in my house. I use the largest antenna ever available at Radio Shack (I got it to get good reception for Music From the Hearts of Space in the good old days from WNYC).

Or, like some people, you can connect your computer to your stereo system via a cable with a 3.5 mini plug on one end to your speaker port on your sound card and the two RCA plugs on the other end for left and right channels on the other. They work very well. I have them attached to every system so I can connect my 120 gig Zunes.

Dec. 21 2009 02:18 PM
Stephen N.Doniger from Rye Brook, N.Y.

I live only 24 miles from NYC, and since your switchover,I can't get your broadcast without static. I bought a special antenna, and it doesn't help. Should I eliminate 105.9 from my preset stations, or do you plan on doing something. Your appeals for funds FIRST should be applied to boosting your power.
I have been a 6 hour a day listener since 1950.
Sorry to lose you for WSHU.
S. Doniger

Dec. 21 2009 10:57 AM
William McMorris from Southport, CT

I really miss listening to WQXR everyday. I live in Southport, CT and even though I am 49 miles away from Manhatten I was still able to get a clear sound from 96.3 FM. But when WQXR was changed to 105.9 FM I thought I would still get the station. I don't anymore which I am very disapointed because the station I now listen to is not nearly as good as WQXR. If I was able to get WQXR on 96.3 FM in Southport, CT than I don't see any reason why I shouldn't still be able to get WQXR on 105.9 FM. I don't hear it at all. Please either boost your signal or at least do something about it because WQXR was the best classical music radio station ever!! I really mean it.

Nov. 29 2009 09:29 PM
glo from Huntington, NY

If anyone finds a classical station that plays in Suffolk County, can you please post it here. I can't seem to find one.

As far as QXR, I'll miss the Saturday evening program and Jeff Spurgeon's little comical quips in the morning.

Thanks. Glo

Oct. 29 2009 08:34 AM
WARD from Nassau

Reception of the new station is worse than before. (Listening in Nassau County)

Oct. 27 2009 08:30 PM
ANIN from Manhattan

Reception is all static. And where is the daily playlist announcing the day's programs not just what is on now?

Oct. 22 2009 10:46 AM

I would like to contribute to WQXR (which I receive just fine here in Great Neck) but I absolutely refuse to subsidize the venomous anti-American NPR. Is there any way to guarantee that funds for WQXR go there and nowhere else?

Oct. 21 2009 11:36 PM

I would like to contribute to WQXR (which I receive just fine here in Great Neck) but I absolutely refuse to subsidize the venomous anti-American NPR. Is there any way to guarantee that funds for WQXR go there and nowhere else?

Oct. 21 2009 11:35 PM
Barbara from New York


Oct. 20 2009 11:01 AM
Norm Driscoll from Old Bridge, NJ

Ya get what ya pay for.

WQXR could not survive on its advertising revenue. And I wonder why.

There is a station on Cape Cod, WFCC, Chatham, which broadcasts only classical music, 24/7, with a 50,000 watt transmitter. And they are doing well.

Thanks to the Internet, WFCC is now my primary classical music source. And I just ignore the commercials for Hyannis Toyota.

What happened to WQXR that it could not survive?

Norm Driscoll

Oct. 19 2009 07:43 PM
Barbara Mann

I am totally bereft; I cannot receive WQXR in my car or at home in New Canaan, Ct. Please please please do something. How disgraceful that New York cannot support a classical music station. I am reduced to listening to WSHU which is awful beyond belief.

Please let me know that you are trying to get a station with more power so we can have our music back once more.

Barbara Mann

Oct. 19 2009 11:42 AM
Ani from Wayne, PA

We live in PA but drive to VT quite often. Our ride was always a pleasure when we could listen to QXR. Now we have nothing. The ride seems much longer and we really miss the great music.
Please bring back the sound of good classical music.

Oct. 18 2009 07:24 PM
Matt Anderson from Bronx, NY

Have there been any articles or commentary published in the press regarding this change? Thanks.

Oct. 18 2009 06:32 PM
Russ D'Anna from Croton-on Hudson

I cannot listen any more! The signal is off and on, the programming is not up to par like the old QXR and some of my favorite hosts are no longer there. This is not resistance to change. The Times should be ashamed for not puttiong together a better plan for the sale.
There will be no donations either. Why? I get very little music.

Oct. 18 2009 12:55 PM
andrea from nyc

I can't get reception.
What am i supposed to do now..?

Oct. 18 2009 12:08 AM
George L from Yonkers, NY

What a loss!

I grew up listening to WQXR. Back in the 1970's and 80's, New York's radio was rich and diverse. Now, it is deplorable.

WQXR was like a beacon-the music, the cutlure, the Sunday morning programming.

Alas, I think WQXR will disappear. This is just the start. As much as an NPR fan that I am (and I am one), there is something gravely missing here. Though Midge and the gang are still here (thank goodness), the station's feel is stale.

New York has lost another valuble piece of it's culture.

And I weep.

Oct. 17 2009 05:43 PM
April from Hollis, NY

I live in Hollis, Queens. I'll add my voice to the call for a stronger transmitter. I can get the station, but barely. When I get in the car and drive out to Nassau County, I get more static than I ever did when 'QXR was at its old frequency. Other than that, I enjoy the commercial-free nature of the new 'QXR, and the slightly hipper, more light-hearted approach to classical music that seems to be there (for example, "Choral Fixation" as a program title. That got my attention!)

Oct. 16 2009 03:17 PM
Keith Carpenter from Short Hills, NJ

Why not switch the programming of WNYC with XQXR? I used to like its classical programming back in the 80's (Steve Post in the AM, e.g.) until NPR and constant news yakking took over WNYC. When 105.9 was still hip-hop, I used to listen occasionally. It seemed to come in pretty loudly here (Short Hills), probably due to being heavily compressed, but now unless I stand on my head holding the antenna, my clock radio is almost all static. WNYC's talk format could abide greater compression and wouldn't suffer from the lower transmitter power as much as the music of WQXR.

Oct. 16 2009 02:45 PM
polyman from Livingston, NJ

I cannot hear WQXR on the radio any more. The station at 105.9 is nothing but STATIC in Northern New Jersey where I live at about 25 miles from Manhattan.

Oct. 16 2009 11:31 AM
Douglas Allen Fais from Larchmont

Oh, I'm so happy to still hear Jeff Spurgeon in the morning with his casual approach and gentle humor---even with all his everlastin' "and-uhs". After returning from the summer and finding that the dulcet-voiced personality of Annie Bergan (who never, ever, said "and-uh") was gone, I realized I must eventually adapt to the loss. (Correct English was always a criterion of the station.) My reception in Larchmont is excellent, but I have the feeling the library is more limited...am I right? I support channel 21---it is a tax deduction---and you have not stated that that is the case for WQXR---important for an itemizer to know! No tickee, no shirtee!

I have been a listener since Hector was a pup, and the music is essential for my equanimity and cultural aspirations.The trials of the station are indicative of the tremendous shift in the composition of the populace. . .I recently said to a young acquaintance, "I only listen to classical music", and he replied, "Well, there's nothing wrong with that." See?

Oct. 15 2009 04:55 PM
J. Lawrence from Long Island

Well you can imagine my suprise and astonishment, not to mention anger, when I got in my car and tuned to WQXR and heard spanish hip hop. It was unbelievable. Where did my beloved QXR go. New York radio is bad enough. Glad I found you on the net, and the news of your move. still puzzled but good luck.

Oct. 15 2009 04:35 PM
Harold from Syosset, NY

I live in southern Syosset in Nassau County and have been a listener of WQXR for at least 45 years. Words fail me when I try to express my utter disappointment with the poor reception that I now receive. I cannot receive your signal at home anymore and get even get poor reception my premium automobile radio all along Long Island's north shore. Classical music is all about sound quality. How could have been so shortsighted to so many loyal listeners. You were my contact with the "culture" of NYC. I still can't believe the capital of the world cannot maintain one QUALITY classical music station. After reading the other posted blogs, I feel your move to a low power signal is a real cultural loss to the entire region. I am now in mourning and listening to KQED San Francisco on the internet. Politicians are you listening? Is there anything that can be done?

Oct. 15 2009 02:24 PM
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Oct. 15 2009 11:11 AM
Mark P from 1 Penn Plaza

I work at 1 Penn Plaza 1.5 blocks from the Empire transmitter and no one here can get a clear signal! We are not allowed to jam bandwith with streaming online. But....I discovered the FM tuner in my ZUNE mp3 player picks up the station perfectly! I've plugged this into my stereo in my office and can now get the station. Weird that rabbit ears on stereos, boom boxes, etc. can't get it clearly...but this little thing does. Still, I miss a clear signal othertimes.

Oct. 15 2009 10:24 AM
Nancy Rappaport from Denville,NJ

I am completely disgusted with your change. I cannot recieve WQXR at all and I have been a listener for over 25 years. What do I do now? Please rectify this horrible situation.

Oct. 15 2009 08:45 AM
Joe from Kensington, Brooklyn

After moving my antenna around my Brooklyn apartment, I have found a spot where the station comes in without static. It's hardly worth it, though. Most of the programming consists of exercises in mediocrity. How I miss the cutting edge flavor of music once available on the old WNYC! What a disappointment! Is this NY? It seems more like Nebraska!

Oct. 15 2009 12:19 AM
lynne from Orange County, NY

Please do something to boost power, my
neighbor has been listening for 40 years and now is very disappointed. Is there an
alternate station for our area.

Oct. 14 2009 07:11 PM
Loreto E Torres from Neptune, NJ

I live in Monmouth County, NJ. Ever since the "momentous" switching over, WQXR is forever lost in my local airwave.

Your FAQ says the the simulcast with 96.7 MHZ (Asbury Park) repeater. However, it is re-transmitting the Hispanic program in 96.3 MHz.

Is that the way it is supposed to be?

(Lost, and very very soon to be former) Avid WQXR listener.

Oct. 14 2009 05:25 PM
Bob from Parsippany, NJ 07054

Signed on to leave a comment about not being able to get the new signal at my home in Parsippany, NJ, but I see that the topic's been pretty well covered all across the listening area. I hope that station management plans to address our concerns soon.

Oct. 14 2009 05:23 PM
nk from Brooklyn

How disappointing, I used to listen to 96.3 wqxr nice and clear but now i get another totally different station on 105.9. Will this be fixed? This station was vital, why was it massacred like this? I live on the borderline of Brooklyn and Queens, NY.

Oct. 14 2009 03:08 PM
Neil in Brooklyn

FYI: the government had nothing to do with this change (unless you want to blame the Bush administration for the recession that partially led to the Times selling the station). Government control actually would have saved classical music, just as WNYC ran more classical music when it used to be owned by the government of New York City. WNYC is private now, so no more classical music (other than on the greatly weakened WQXR).

As for NPR, it doesn't own WNYC. WNYC is a NPR member station that buys programs produced and distributed by NPR. But, they program what they want and NPR has absolutely no control whatsoever on what WNYC and it's stepchild, WQXR, air.

Oct. 14 2009 01:53 PM
Nerma Miller from E Northport, New York

I have the same problem with reception as other people that have written. I live in the township of Huntington, NY and cannot get your station at all. I am very dissapointed. I had no problem getting the old 96.3. Are you planning to correct this problem with a stronger signal?

Oct. 14 2009 01:41 PM
George Russell from Rye, NY

This move is a magnum opus disappointment. The signal can hardly be received in Bridgeport where it alternates with 105.9 - soft rock! I live in Rye, NY and the signal is fuzzy, only 24 mile from the city.

We, who have been faithful listeners, in my case 46 years, have been "shafted" as it were, by the New York Times sale of our favorite station.

This, because The New York Times company failed to grasp the advent of the internet which spelled their ultimate doom for its failure to respond to a new medium. So much for a great, but excessively liberal, newspaper. "RIP"

Oct. 14 2009 12:25 AM
Virginia D from Berkeley Heights

Why oh why did you make this move? (rhetorical question, after hearing what's actually now playing on 96.3). We get nothing but static in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Deplorable. 44 years of listening to live Met broadcasts on Saturdays - out the window. Now i really don't care if there's not enough funding to continue the live broadcasts. Thank you, internet radio. ps) nytimes, please stop delivering.

Oct. 13 2009 10:56 PM
Stewart from Manhattan

I live in Manhattan on Riverside Dr. & 114 St. and there is considerable static on 105.9, where there was none on 96.3. Your new transmitter is weak. If you are really committed to broadcasting classical music, you need to boost your signal significantly.

Oct. 13 2009 08:03 PM
Sylvia Davis from Toms River, NJ

Since the change to 105.9, there is no reception in Toms River, NJ. I can't hear it in the house and I can't hear it in the car. This is very sad since I have been a listener for 50 years (maybe more).

Oct. 13 2009 07:30 PM
Jay from Bayside, NY 11360

Every year you get a donation - not this one. Your total lack of planning in transfering the station - left many long time listeners disappointed and frustrated. The NY Times got their money. We got nothing.
For bad planning - disregarding your customer base - and plain stupidity - you get nothing because you deserve nothing.

Oct. 13 2009 06:33 PM
Tuckerman Jalet from Stamford CT

The "new" WQXR at 105.9 mhz is received poorly during daylight hours, and is clobbered by WHCN from Hartford CT at night, here in Stamford, Connecticut. WNYC's HD-2 channel is better, but drops out into silence at random. It is disgusting to hear CLEARLY the utter trash that now occupies 96.3 mhz and know that a large part of WQXR's loyal audience has been sacrificed for this drivel.

Oct. 13 2009 01:38 PM
D. Mariano from 10603

Do not receive 105.9 in White Plains (including 96.7 or 103.7). Some people need their coffee in the morning, I need WQXR!!!!!!! PLEASE FIX!

Oct. 13 2009 12:00 PM

I can;t get the signa;
For those of you that have trouble with the internet signal, I have a suggestion - WFMT. Begging for money? - no. Obnoxious recorded ads? - no. NPR? - no. The announcers read the ads.

Oct. 13 2009 10:50 AM
Zita from Brewster, NY

I am so disappointed in the move to 105.9. I've listened to WQXR for years on my way to and from work, Brewster, NY to Stamford, CT but can no longer receive the signal. It comes in and out in some areas and not at all in others. It gets overriden by other stations and the reception which used to be flawless is full of static interference. WNYC comes in strong and clear so I am surprised that WQXR would not have kept a good signal with the move. It's sad to lose such a good station. I agree with what some one else said on this blog, What were you thinking?. This move has cost the station a lot of loyal listeners. Please boost the signal!

Oct. 13 2009 10:14 AM
Catherine from Jefferson Twnshp, NJ

I am unable to receive WQXR in the 07885 zip code area. When the weather was gray or stormy, I could always count on being uplifted as soon as I turned on my radio. It was one of the "joys" in my day and am very disappointed and saddened that your station will no longer be a part of bringing joy to my life.

Oct. 13 2009 09:12 AM
Phil Carney from Queens NY

I have a strong signal in Queens but it's just not the same. What's ironic about it now being under WNYC is that, in that my opinion, the station (WQXR) no longer has that good ol' New York City feel to it; that sophisticated aura of Lincoln Center and the surrounding areas. Actually, again in my opinion only, New York City itself hasn't had much of that 'NYC feel' in the past several years either. Thanks NY Times, for selling out for what's pocket change to you. And thanks Mayor mike, for not stepping in to help save a classic. It's okay, we know you've been busy working hard to replace NYC 'landmarks' with big neon banks that have lots of ATM's, and the single & 2-family homes of blue-collar workers with 60-story, $1,800 studio glass towers. Sorry for the digression.

Oct. 13 2009 04:23 AM
bernie K. from Queens, NY

WQXR is no longer available to me. This sell out is a great loss to me.
FM radio was first brought to us for classical music. I started listening around 1950 to the first station, KE2XCC in Alpine, NJ,. Then WNYC, WQXR, then WRVR, WNCN and even WBAI had classical music programming. New York was really the "cultural capital of the world". One by one stations sold out to pop-culture leaving New York as the "non cultural" capital of the world. Driving around through some small towns in New England, you find classical stations on the car radio... but not NYC. Classical music lovers must unite and put pressure on WNYC the new owners to find a way to get the FCC to allow more power or better broadcast antennas to increase their range. I had more than 600 watts on my amateur radio station back in the 1950's.

Oct. 12 2009 11:14 PM
connie d

i am quite sad since my reception is gone in the zip code 10576 pound ridge and in parts o new canaan and norwalk. i am hoping they can get a boost w/ the FDC and get better signal power in the future.

Oct. 12 2009 04:15 PM
Alan Kamen from Manhattan, NY

I have mixed feelings about the moving of WQXR from 96.3 to 105.9 fm. Living in the Village area of Manhattan, I still get very good reception, but it saddens me to know that WQXR will not be listenable throughout much of its former listening area. I wish that WNYC would keep the talk on their am station, and give us a choice of to fm classical stations-like in the good old days. Sad to see that such a cultural capital of the world as NYC only really has one full-time classical station, and one with a poor signal at that.

Oct. 12 2009 03:59 PM
John Manley from Scarsdale

What were you guys thinking??? As I see from a lot of other listeners posts, the move was a disaster. I, too, do not get WQXR on every radio in my house (Westchester). What a same for all those classical listeners out there.

Oct. 12 2009 12:45 PM
Tom Lento from South Brunswick, NJ

South Brunswick, NJ, where I live, is "death valley" for FM radio signals. WQXR always came it with some hiss, even with a big attic FM antenna. But now there's so much hiss and interference on its new frequency that it's unlistenable. Fortunately WNYC-FM has always been very clear. I get perfect reception of QXR on the HD2 channel of WNYC. Very glad I invested in that plug-in Sony AM/FM/HD tuner for my stereo last year -- it was worth it just to keep QXR.

Oct. 12 2009 11:41 AM

I panicked the other night when 96.3 was all in Spanish! I had fears that my classical station was gone for good but searched it on the internet and found it had moved. I think I must be one of the few who can still get the station in (we are in Scotch Plains, NJ). It's not quite as clear as before but it's not bad.......... I haven't tried the car yet though.

Oct. 12 2009 10:04 AM
Athan Tasopoulos

I am very happy to see that WQXR's excellence in broadcasting is continuing.

Please stay away from jazz, as it isn't classical. I would welcome a little more baroque. Thank you.

Oct. 12 2009 07:47 AM
Steve from NYC

I think we should boycott the NY Times. It isn't what it used to be, anyway. Check out those ads for the Weekend Edition - represented by super cool, pea brained psuedo-intellectual morons.

Oct. 11 2009 10:40 PM
Alan Levine

I too, will add my 2cents concerning the poor/non-existant reception on my car radio, home and work place on Long Island. In addition, WQXR has been dropped from AOL radio. As a listener of 40 years, I bemoan the loss of this station--and it will go the way of WNCN unless something is done to boost the signal.

Oct. 11 2009 10:36 PM
Joanna from east brunswick, NJ

Let me add my voice to those who do not get decent or even any reception on the new station. I get nothing but static at home-and I have an FM antenna in the house. I hear snippets of music in the car, but most of what I hear is static. I live in East Brunswick NJ, only 35 miles from Manhattan.This shouldn't be happening.
It is a real loss for those of us who feel that classical music is a vital part of our lives. The people or person who decided that this was going to be a great move for the station obviously 1) didn't do their homework vis a vis the reception issue and 2) have no concern for the fan base. What happened to (forgive spelling if wrong) Cleold Alvarez, the late night announcer? Great voice, very soothing. At least you kept SOME good people.
Does this mean we'll now have "Prairie Home Companion" on 93.9 and 105.9? Oh the horror of it. I like PHC but not on "my" wqxr.
I'm going to stick with Sirius' Symphony Hall and the Metropolitan Opera channel. But...wqxr was my first love. If it ever comes back the way it should be, I'll welcome it with open ears.

Oct. 11 2009 10:08 PM
DJL from Massapequa Park, NY

I live in Massapequa Park, and work on the Queens/Nassau Border. The signal on your new 105.9 frequency is virtually unlistenable even when I get to my office in Lake Success. Do you really expect us to believe that you are covering 88% of your original signal area when you dropped from 6000 to 600 watts?

I use an attic mounted FM roof antenna and get excellent reception on all NYC stations except for one -- your new station. Your station is not clear on the new frequency. 96.3 is blaring and strong along with the other stations.

I understand that WBLI 106.1 in Patchogue is on an adjacent channel to 105.9 and thus is protected, but as a Class B1 signal, can't you increase the power beyond 600 watts to at least serve people beyond the confines of the New York City Limits.

Oct. 11 2009 08:21 PM
Jonathan from WESTERN Suffolk County where once reception was flawless

What a horrible turn of events this is. I went to turn on my favorite music station, 96.3, 2 days ago to find some spanish garbage rap (I think, who even knows) being played. I thought there must be some sort of problem. Yesterday was the same!!

I went on the computer to see what was going on and to my horror found that the station had been forced to switch. Seems the government is taking over something else.

Tried to tune in 105.9. Horrible reception, can't even pick up the station anymore! My absolute favorite station is gone. And replaced with pure sh*t! Now what? What do we do now???

Oct. 11 2009 08:07 PM
Kirk from Toluca Lake, California

Your previous 96kbps mp3 internet stream sounded lots better than the present 32k does. I hope you will upgrade the service soon,

Oct. 11 2009 06:40 PM
Bob from Basking Ridge, NJ

Please consider another repeater station in NJ that would make reception posible in areas that were able to get WQXR until last week.

Oct. 11 2009 05:13 PM
MARIE from Ossining Ny

My car radio is fine but I cannot pick up the signal in our apartment.
Hope that you can enhance the reaching power. Very disappointed.

Oct. 11 2009 05:02 PM
Michele from Fairfield County, CT

In Fairfield County, Connecticut, station 105.9 does not come in with any clarity. No sooner do you think you have it tuned in, then it is obliterated by interference from another station. There is an NPR station that comes in perfectly clearly on 105.7 with the usual chatter I've come to expect from NPR. But beautiful classical music? Nary a note. This is the end of an era and a sad day for me, a lifelong listener to WQXR.

Oct. 11 2009 04:25 PM
mary louise murray-johnson from Heidelberg, Germany

I have kept clicking and re-clicking . I cannot keep you alive as I attempt to listen to you on the Internet. WQXR.com was very reliable and I kept in touch with the news and music in New York through WQXR.com. The transmission of WQXR.org via the Internet is a disaster.
God save us from junk listening on the radio. BUT you are assisting in this destruction of a major source of classical music and news for the entire world.

I suppose one could say all good things come to an end but I neve thought National Public Radio would be a party to cultural downfall..

Oct. 11 2009 03:21 PM
Howard from New Jerseyt

Actually, the state of radio in New York City is very sad when compared to the rest of the country. I live within the coverage area of both New York City and Philadelphia am and fm radio stations. The choices available to a listener via the Philadelphia stations are far superior to what a New Yorker is able to hear. Hey New York, how many sports stations and Spanish stations do you need to listen to before you realize that you have little choice in radio.
And, by the way, the programming carried by Philadelphia's NPR affiliate is much more interesting than WNYC, am or fm.

Oct. 11 2009 12:08 PM
Ron from Nassau County NY

The transition to 105.9 has been traumatic for me. NONE of the home radios can get a signal now. The car radio signal in is very poor.
You have taken classical music from my daily life after having listened to WQXR as a preferred source for more than forty years. Please enhance the signal so that you can reach your audience!

Oct. 11 2009 10:08 AM
Larry Franz from Summit, NJ

I've listened to WQXR and WNYC for many years in order to hear classical music. Now both stations are effectively gone. I cannot get 105.9 on any of the three radios in our house. The signal comes in on our car radios with static. I live in Summit, NJ which is only some 20 miles from New York. It's a shame that you agreed to downgrade your signal so much.

Oct. 11 2009 02:45 AM
Harvey Wachtel from Kew Gardens, NY

Joe W. has it backwards. The uncontrolled free market leads to umpteen rock stations with no room for classical. When the FCC had power, it forced the return of WNCN after we lost it the first time. In the post-Reagan era, it was gone for good. When dealing with a severely limited commodity like broadcast frequencies, we need a strong government influence to maintain balance in usage.

Oct. 10 2009 11:22 PM
Raymond J. Rolfe from Greenlawn (Suffolk Co.)

Have been listening to QXR since 1956.
Senator Schumer are you listening?

Oct. 10 2009 07:11 PM
mark jaeger from Wayne, New Jersey

I have been a listener for many years and I look forward to many more. Your signal comes in fine for me in New Jersey and everywhere else I have driven in the area.
I love the no commercial public format. The music was great but some of the redundant commercials were a bit hard to take.
I just would have liked to see Greg Whiteside come back. Thanks for still being here.

Oct. 10 2009 05:58 PM
Margaret from Sayville, NY

I sick, have listened to the opera since the 40' s on AM. I spent $400 for an antenna and expensive Stereo system and 6 mo. ago bought a Bose so I could hear the Opera. Only to find I can not receive the new station on any of the designated locations. The computer is not the same sound at its best and I can not carry it to the car etc. I support 2 NPR stations and can't afford QXR as well. This was a betterment for your listeners? Really very angry.

Oct. 10 2009 03:31 PM
Bob from High Falls, NY

Expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised shortly after the moment of changeover. There was 105.9 translated to 103.7 in Highland, NY starting QXR's new era. I didn't lose my classical. Thank you, and please fill in the gaps for everyone who has lost their favorite music.

Oct. 10 2009 03:05 PM
Joe W from Chatham NJ

I have enjoyed WQXR on 96.3 for many years. The switch to government control has led to terrible reception. Things get worse when the government gets involved. Another reason for blocking the government takeover of anything else, including health care.

Oct. 10 2009 02:54 PM
ellen yaeger

what an awful feeling this morning when I turned onto my favorate weekend station to find that it was hispanic. I thought there was some mistake and that i was on the wrong station. I'm heartsick. your listening audience has lost a great friend.

Oct. 10 2009 01:57 PM
Idelle Skriloff from Bedford, NY

I am at a total loss. I have lost the one radio station that had given me the supreme pleasure of listening to classical music for many many years. In addition, the Friday night service from Temple Emmanuel had become a source of comfort to begin our weekends in a peaceful, reflective mode. Now all of that is gone as we get no reception in Bedford, NY (Westchester County).

Oct. 10 2009 12:41 PM
TF from Nyack, NY

From 6000 watts to 600... not exactly an upgrade is it. The reception in Nyack, NY stinks. Thanks.

Oct. 10 2009 12:21 PM
Richard Balestrino from Manhattan

Unfortunately, the signal is even weaker on 105.9 than it was on the previous station. I'm in downtown Manhattan and can no longer enjoy listening as the reception is really rotten--even on my high-end receiver. Anything you can do?

Oct. 10 2009 12:21 PM
Herbert Braverman from USA

I've been listening to WQXR on the internet in Delray Beach, Florida for many years and before that on FM radio on Long Island in New York. I'm sad to see the lessening of classical music broadcasting. Here in Palm Beach County we do have Public Radio that offers classical music but no full time commercial classical stations. I fear for the future of classical music.

Oct. 10 2009 10:20 AM
Ted from Bay Shore, NY

After over twenty-five years of steady listening, I'm very disappointed that WQXR can no longer be heard in Suffolk County.

WNYC is still easily audible, so if WQXR is now affiliated, can you use the same transmission equipment for 105.9?

Oct. 10 2009 10:12 AM
Mary Ann Assicurato

I think the change over is even better - more beautiful music! I am sorry to say that I cannot receive your signal at work. But I can receive it at my home in Bergen County.

I am also pleased to hear some familiar voices, but will miss those who could not come over to the new station.

Good Luck!

Oct. 10 2009 09:28 AM
Bruce from Laurel Hollow, NY

Like other (former) listeners in Suffolk County, I too can no longer receive the WQXR signal in eastern Nassau County.

I hope that efforts are underway to either enhance the signal or acquire a Long Island-based signal over which WQXR programming can be simulcasted.

Oct. 10 2009 08:57 AM
Harry Miner from Brooklyn, New York

I would like to know more about the location of the station and its equipment. Did you acquire all of the records and CDs from the old New York Times station? Will you still use the NYTimes as a news source? What happened to the announcers whio did not transfer to the new station?

Oct. 10 2009 07:43 AM
Bernard James from Uptown Harlem NYC


Since the change was made, I am very sad to hear that WQXR AM & FM is no longer a commical radio station but a noncommical radiostation. I have been listening to WQXR AM & FM radio for 30 years since I was teenager. I was told by my father this is part of your musical education to go listening.

So New York City at one time had three radio station that broadcast classical music: WRVR FM, WNCN FM and WQXR FM. the two radio station are gone, the only one left is WQXR FM. I hope that this station will go on in the next couple years. So far since the New York Times sold the station over to WNYC. In which was own by New York City including the televsion station WNYC channel 31. So good to old memorys.

Oct. 10 2009 12:36 AM
Richard Lang from Stony Brook, NY

Very disappointed here in Suffolk county.
I was listening during the change over when the music I love was replaced by some sex rap.(I thought this was a pretty rude transition)
I tuned over to 105.9 and could only receive some CT station using the same frequency.

Oct. 09 2009 09:58 PM
Bill Maddne from Ridgewood, NJ

I grew up with "the radio station of the New York Times". The announcers on QXR always set such terrific standards for broadcast English . . . . Hearing Beethoven's Second Symphony, 2nd movt. the other day took me right back to some of my earliest memories of classical music when we would tune into Symphony Hall. Don't know what it means business-wise that two of my favorite radio stations are joining forces - at this end it just seems like a marriage made in heaven.

Oct. 09 2009 09:36 PM
Isobel Clowes

Clinton NJ 105.7 gives me the best signal. I note that I am listening to WWFM Trenton however. Has there been a merge?

Oct. 09 2009 08:54 PM
AUGUST LANDI from Tinton Falls

I've been a listener since 1944 and am so pleased that the core traditions set by the NY TImes ownership continue. Keep up the good work. I do note the signal at 105.9 is somewhat weaker in the Freehold - Tinton Falls area. I will most likely shift to the Asbury Park repeater station. I wish there had been more history of WQXR and old recordings just prior to the turnover. More historical information would be welcomed on the web site; as WQXR has enriched my entire life. AUGUST LANDI

Oct. 09 2009 05:25 PM

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