Saturday, August 1, 2015

New York Times Sells WQXR

The long-rumored sale of WQXR is happening, reports the New York Times, owner of the station since 1944.

New York Times Sells WQXR

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The long-rumored sale of WQXR is happening, reports the New York Times, owner of the station since 1944.

WQXR will stay classical and become a listener-supported station, but part of the deal is moving the signal to 105.9 on the dial, where it will be harder to find. The station will also broadcast with much weaker transmitting equipment, which likely means you'll lose your Beethoven and Scriabin sooner on the New Jersey Turnpike than New Brunswick, where it now starts to fade.

New York Times critics now heard on the station will not continue their radio spots.

It's terrific that classical will still have a spot on the radio in New York, which, we've heard, has a fairly significant cultural life. It hurts, though, to see culture being sent off into the electronic hinterlands.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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