WQXR Campaign: Saving Classical Music Radio in New York City

With the acquisition of WQXR, WNYC expands its long-term commitment to cultural excellence by preserving classical music to and from New York on the radio for New Yorkers, and to the world through wqxr.org.

As a non-commercial public radio station on the 105.9 FM frequency, WQXR delivers more music with fewer interruptions each hour. WQXR at 105.9 FM provides a new environment for audiences to access, learn about and enjoy works from the European and American classical canon as well as compositions written by 20th century and contemporary masters. WQXR continues to broadcast its most listened-to live programs from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic — Saturday Afternoon at the Opera® and The New York Philharmonic This Week® — and remains a vital link between cultural organizations and their audiences.

Programming Highlights

  • WQXR programming features live concerts with today’s most celebrated artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax and ensembles at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
  • WQXR continues to partner with the foremost classical music organizations across the city and the world, with dedicated programs for symphonic, choral and other works.
  • WQXR continues to connect with young artists in schools and conservatories such as Julliard, Manhattan School of Music and The Special Music School at the Kaufman Center.


This new website allows classical music lovers across the world to stream WQXR programming live from their computers, hand held devices or internet radios. The website features all playlists, special audio and video features, commentary, and artist interviews.

The Campaign

To acquire the new station, WNYC is in the final phase of a $15 million campaign for the FM license, transition costs, and seed money for new music initiatives. Co-chairs for The Campaign are Emanuel Ax, Martha Fleischman and Nicki Tanner.

To date, The Campaign has raised over $13.2 million in commitments, begun with a magnificent $5 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, and spurred by a recent $125,00 challenge gift from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.  The campaign goal is to raise the remaining $1.8 million in calendar 2011,  to help celebrate WQXR's 75th Anniversary on the air in December!

To make a contribution to The Campaign, visit our pledge page here. For additional information, contact The Campaign office at campaign@wqxr.org or by phone at (646) 829-4554.