WQXR Launches New Station to Extend Reach into Central & Northern Westchester

WQXR Restores Classical Music to Central and Northern Westchester

with the New WQXW 90.3 FM


New York Public Radio to Further Increase

the Station’s Reach in Early Fall


WQXR to Grow its Partnerships with Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

and other Westchester Arts Organizations


(New York, NY – July 29, 2013) – Beginning today, WQXR, New York City’s 24/7 classical radio station, has restored its reach into parts of Central and Northern Westchester on the new WQXW 90.3 FM.

WQXW (formerly known as WDFH) now allows WQXR to reach many communities that lost terrestrial radio access when New York Public Radio (NYPR) acquired WQXR from The New York Times in 2009, which had necessitated a frequency change. Residents in towns including Ossining and Armonk will once again be able to hear the same finely-curated music and popular broadcasts from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera enjoyed by WQXR’s current audience via the radio. 

In addition, NYPR, which operates WQXR as well as WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, will extend the reach of the 90.3 FM signal, introducing WQXR’s programming to entirely new parts of Central and Northern Westchester, including Katonah, Bedford and Yorktown Heights.  This expansion will take place in early Fall 2013, and will increase the WQXR’s overall coverage area to 13.5 million people.

As part of its increased presence in Central and Northern Westchester, WQXR will grow its partnership with Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and will also cultivate partnerships with other leading Westchester arts organizations to enrich WQXR’s programming and service to the community. 

NYPR’s acquisition of the 90.3FM signal was funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, as well as by major donors within the listening area.

“When NYPR acquired WQXR, preserving one of New York’s finest cultural institutions and New York’s only all-classical station, we made a commitment to expand WQXR’s reach on all platforms” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio. “We are thrilled to be back on the air in Central and Northern Westchester, and we are grateful to the Ford Foundation and Westchester-based donors for their support in bringing WQXR back to so many loyal fans in the region.”

“Westchester has a vibrant community of classical music lovers,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR. “As we extend our service more deeply into the Central and Northern reaches of the region, we look forward to serving old friends and new listeners alike with classical music not found elsewhere on the radio, and working with Caramoor and other regional arts presenters to build exciting content and broadcasts for both our radio and digital audiences.”

WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org,is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, New York Philharmonic This Week, and the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.