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A community based classical radio program list

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The is a list of community based classical radio programs around the world. The adjective “community” here signifies classical shows that somehow emphasize localness or regionalness in their programming, or that attach themselves to a broadcast operation that emphasizes localness or regionalness. I will be including shows that broadcast other genres besides classical on this page, as long as some classical content appears on the program.

I’m doing this because I love classical music and classical radio (obviously), but also because I think that classical radio has become marginalized, especially in the United States. Some of this marginalization in the USA stems from the Clear Channel/Cumulus mergers that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Much of it, however, is self-inflicted. As the list develops, I hope to encourage intercommunication among programmers about audience building via our forum, a special twitter list, and other social networking tools.

This project is a work-in-progress. Its success will depend on Radio Survivor readers. Let me know of shows that you think should be on the list through our forums page or by contacting me via email.



Morning Light and The Diamond Lane. Winnipeg’s Classical 107 (Classic 107.1 FM). Shows include interviews with local Winnipeg musicians.

United States


KDFC-FM, San Francisco. Program schedule. Baroque-by-the-Bay showcases local Baroque ensembles, also see The State of the Arts and the San Francisco Symphony show.

KPOO-FM, San Francisco. Program Schedule. Grammophoney Baloney show. DJ McSchmormack’s early record extravaganza, which often includes classical music.

KUSC-FM, Los Angeles. Santa Barbara in Concert; SoCal Sunday Night: LA Chamber Orchestra in Concert.

KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz: Classical Tune-Up on Sunday nights, hosted by Christopher Smith.

Music from Other Minds. KALW-FM, San Francisco. Host: Richard Friedman. “New and unusual music by innovative composers and performers around the world.”

Piano. KPFA-FM, Berkeley. Host: Larry Bensky.

Revolutions Per Minute. KALW-FM, San Francisco. Host: Sarah Cahill. “Classical & contemporary music with in-studio guests, commentary, live performances, and occasional sharing of classical vinyl.”


Early Music Party. ARTxFM. Host: Jackson Les Swain.  “Explore the amazing world of Western Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music through the brain hole of a self-educated rock & roller.”

Fleur de Arts. ARTxFM. Host: Marianne Zickuhr.  “From music to preservation, theater to ballet and everything in between.”


Cafe Classicale. WOMR-FM, Provincetown.

The Latest Score. WOMR-FM, Provincetown.


Classical MPR. It is difficult to figure out which classical Minnesota Public Radio programs are local based on the published schedule, but I think it’s reasonable to call the Friday airing of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra a local show; also the Minnesota Orchestra program and the Music with Minnesotans feature.

New Jersey

Classical Discoveries, Classical Connections, and other shows on WPRB-FM, Princeton. Notable host: Marvin Rosen.

New York State

Afternoon Classical, Bach Hour, Cereal Music, Saturday Night at the Opera, and The Early Music Show. WKCR-FM, New York City.

Morning Irsay. Host: James Irsay. WBAI-FM, New York City.

Syracuse Society for New Music – Fresh Ink with Neva Pilgrim, WCNY-FM, Syracuse.

Carnegie Hall Live. WQXR-FM, New York City. A show produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall.

Chamber Music Society. WQXR-FM, New York City. Live shows of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Operavore. WQXR-FM, New York City.

Live Broadcasts. WQXR-FM, New York City.

Q2 living composers channel. WQXR-FM, New York City.


Northwest Previews. All Classical Portland. ” . . . outstanding classical events in the Portland area . . . ”

On Deck With Young Musicians. All Classical Portland. “. . . profiles of young musicians and explorations of musical opportunities for young people in the northwest.”

Played in Oregon. All Classical Portland.

Thursday @ Three. All Classical Portland. ” . . . local musicians, arts partners, and visiting artists.”


WTJU-FM, Charlottesville. WTJU reaches out to the area with news/culture programs like Soundboard. Among its classical music shows: Classical Prelude, Classical Sunrise, and the Early Music Show.

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