South Florida to lose sole classical radio outlet

By Lawrence Budmen

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South Florida will soon be without a classical radio station. Once again.

Minnesota-based American Public Media is selling their Classical South Florida radio stations to Education Media Foundation, a California religious broadcaster for $21.7 million, according to reports from Current, a public radio and media news website, and WLRN, Miami’s public radio news station. There has been no announcement of the sale on the stations’ airwaves or on its Classical South Florida website.

APM acquired WKCP Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (with a translator station in the West Palm Beach area) in 2007, followed by purchasing WPBI (a news station) in Palm Beach County in 2011 and WNPS Ft. Myers-Naples in 2012. According to Current, APM has posted losses of $1.2 million dollars in 2010 and $3 million in 2012. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the station group had a loss of 1.69 million.

For most of its short history, the stations have primarily carried the lightweight Classical 24 syndicated service as well as signature APM programs Performance Today and Symphonycast and the venerable Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. More recently, broadcasts from Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carnegie Hall and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival have been added to the schedule.

The website Radio Ink says a letter of intent to sell will be filed with the FCC on Tuesday with a switch to religious programming coming as soon as Wednesday. This will leave South Florida without a classical radio station and deprive classical music organizations and presenters of an on air advertising source where they can reach their desired audience.

The South Florida radio market has a history of classical radio stations changing formats. In 2001 longtime commercial classical station WTMI changed to a pop format, shortly after being purchased by Cox Broadcasting. In 2002 AM station WKAT briefly attempted a lite classical format but that effort was doomed by poor audio quality, a limited record library and, initially, on-air hosts who were neither knowledgeable about or very interested in the classical genre.

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96 Responses to “South Florida to lose sole classical radio outlet”

  1. Posted Jul 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Joyce Zaritsky

    Horrible! How can this be? And not even a warning? Jeb Bush raised $30 million for his campaign in a short while. In this wealthy community I cannot believe there weren’t some wealthy donors who would hvae stepped forward…

  2. Posted Jul 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Caroline Streep

    What awful and depressing news. I count on the wonderful presenters for an interesting listening experience. They have expanded my horizons and kept me company; they are like good friends. And the music is sublime.It adds pleasure to my work day. Now what?

  3. Posted Jul 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm by Joyce Zaritsky

    How can this be? Is anyone else out there as upset as I am? This station has been a jewel? Why was there no warning? Joyce Zaritsky

  4. Posted Jul 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm by john strasswimmer

    Thank you for posting this story. All Classical Music groups need to respond: They have a common identified need: outreach and exposure to educate new and future audiences.   Public radio provides music and education to all of us and we are about to loose it forever.

  5. Posted Jul 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm by Carmen

    This is what I can’t stand with living in South Florida: with the exception of having the largest literary event in North America (aka Miami Book Fair International), this place is a Philistine wasteland -& I say that rhetorically since they had a civilization- where we have lost music festivals, bookstores (both commercial & mom/pop), and other avenues of culture stays for only a brief time and is gone. This makes me sick.

  6. Posted Jul 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Martin Bookspan

    Let’s quickly organize a mammoth effort to BOMBARD the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) with a LOUD protest against this insidious proposed sale and format debasement.

    Larry, as a spokesman for the Florida cultural community, you would be the ideal person around whom such a movement would revolve…….Tens of thousands of protests could turn this outrage around!

  7. Posted Jul 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm by Martin Bookspan

    This is outrageous, and the sneaky, criminal method employed by EMF to buy the stations must be exposed and TERMINATED, with EMF sent off in disgrace ……..

  8. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 12:27 am by Katarina

    I am so upset to read this. I’m listening to this station every day, I thought the station was in good shape. I simply can’t believe this. There should be a petition to protest this decision!

  9. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 9:01 am by Marsha

    I can’t believe this is happening AGAIN. With the exception of WLRN,
    it will not be worth turning on the radio.
    This is a hint to those who listen but don’t contribute. A station can’t realistically run at a loss forever. Generous corporate sponsors and listeners are needed if we ever get another station.
    Meanwhile, protest the sale to the FCC!

  10. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 9:12 am by Marcia Smithen Cohen

    As I drove south in Florida on Route 95, to make a new home in Miami (Dec. 2009), I surfed through the FM offerings, heartbroken that I had left the classical music center of the country (NYC) for the culturally barren Miami environs. Suddenly I found myself listening to classical music, and I was filled with relief and with hope that I was wrong in my assessment of the classical music world in South Florida. I made my first donation within five minutes of the station identification and fund raising appeal, so thrilled that there was a classical music station for me to enjoy. I am heartbroken to read of the forthcoming sale of the station. Please count me in as a supporter of any effort to protest or to change this fact.

  11. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 11:01 am by Sylvan Seidenman

    So terrible!

  12. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 1:25 pm by John Cooper

    What a shame that a metro area of the importance of Miami should be without a classical radio station. Where do we go to protest this on behalf of the classical music lovers of the region?

  13. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm by Yvonne Procyk

    This is sad news. I lived in Boca 2006-2008, and *loved* it when Classical South Florida came on the scene. I am back in Europe since then and therefore not affected personally, but it’s very sad to hear nevertheless,

  14. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Margaret Majorack

    The only saving grace to my two miserable years in the cultural wasteland of South Florida was the presence of this wonderful radio station. The presenters were great, the musical selections varied and thoughtful, not just the standard classics, and it was the only place to find out what was happening in the arts community/classical music world. What a terrible, terrible decision to end this station. IF there is a movement to change this outcome, I am onboard!!

  15. Posted Jul 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm by Geri Schwalb

    Sickening news, back to the caves for the unresponsive locals who create the atmosphere within which this can happen, again.

  16. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 8:30 am by Peggy

    South Florida is NOT losing its only classical music station. The Tampa area (which was in South Florida the last time I looked) has an amazing classical music station, WSMR, part of the WUSF family.

  17. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 9:05 am by Brian brodeur

    It looks like the deficit was shrinking too, so the stations were on the right course financially. Ironically the Naples station, which isn’t even needed by emf since they are already in that market, was probably the biggest contributor to the deficit as the newest station. The deplorable aspect of this is APMs failure to consider alternatives. This should be considered by the FCC in their approval of the sale.

  18. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 10:12 am by Brian B

    I wonder about the legitimacy of the operating losses claimed by APM, given that a portion of the operating costs was for their own programming. The annual cash loss was probably less. It would also be interesting to know the level of community support the Florida stations received versus the rest of the APM network.

  19. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 10:40 am by Alan Miller

    I find this news devastating. I am a regular listener to this high quality station, at many different hours, and on a daily basis, and I shall miss it extremely. There is no other station I am aware of in South Florida playing classical music, along with the very interesting movie and Broadway musical programs. and with such well-informed and likeable on-air personalities.

  20. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm by Less Heartening

    One, extremely slight consolation might have been if the station had been sold to a non-religious organization with absolutely no interest in proselytizing anyone or broadcasting Christian or any other doctrinal beliefs. The alternative of listening to online classical streaming, with internet connection required, is not the same as being able to simply turn on a radio to tune in. But monetary support from listeners and others simply wasn’t enough for CSF to thrive/survive. So it goes. :(

  21. Posted Jul 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm by Greg

    Extremely sad ! How can the (perceived) well managed American Public Media Group (aka: Minnesota Public Radio) operate several stations in So. Florida at a loss of $5 million over three years? It’s almost criminal that in Florida’s wealthiest communities, there wasn’t knowledge of this. Hopefully soon, community leaders/donors will pull something together. Sad commentary on the ‘quality’ of life.

  22. Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 10:47 am by Robin Weiner

    I am a New Yorker who lived around the corner from Carnegie Hall and a few block from Lincoln Center, always went to concerts and listened to WQXY. Once in S FL I found a cultural wasteland. We have lost 2 classical stations since I moved here 17 years ago. Terrible. I love Classical S FL, listen all day at work, in my car and at home. Now I have nothing in the car and will have to access classical music via the internet for home listening. Even Uverse no longer provide access to classical music but they do have an Indian (the country) music station. Ridiculous to not have classical music in S FL, what can we do?

  23. Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm by anya

    I was in the car today and listening happily to Classical South Florida.I have lived here since 1970, and this is the 3rd time that we are losing a classical station. Could not believe what I heard on the radio. Today is the last day!! For shame. Wish that someone with clout would start the ball rolling to get us going again. Obviously all the contributions we all made was not enough!!

  24. Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm by Lawrence Newell

    Sold out to a religious group to promote their version at the detriment of sustaining culture achievement for America is indeed a sad loss. When the interest in religions is no longer on the upswing with people seeking other means for spiritual growth. I would classify this as form of involuntary rape. Yes, this warrants an investigation…and an overturn as one of the most anti-intellectual things that any religious group has ever done.

  25. Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm by steve

    Unbelievable…now south florida becomes next to barren…hard to believe with all the wealthy individuals aligned with culture, the arts, classical music, etc.. that no one could have come to Classical south Florida’s aid…it’s very difficult to know the “truth” about most things nowadays, but for such a diverse area as south florida to be without any classical music venues, it’s such a travesty…how is this possible?…how are we to be a musically cultured, respected, and vibrant-oriented area if classical music is never to be on the radio ever again?…Classical south florida has been an amazing, educational, and truly insightful in its presentations, with its most wonderful informative announcers…to have always looked forward to all their passion and connections with the benefits of treasured music is beyond words..a shame to this area..if any venue should be resurrected in near future, please, please, please, keep us aficionados posted…we need this beautiful musical experience for our hearts and souls…

  26. Posted Jul 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm by Dr. Jennifer Pechenik

    I just heard about this today. What can we do to stop this travesty?
    Why was this plan to sell the only classical music station in South Florida kept a secret? No bookstores , no classical music …. Welcome to the wasteland.

  27. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:06 am by Carlos Roberto Prates

    It is very sad we will not listen to such a fantastic programming radio station all the way from Brazil and whenever we are in Florida.Where can we listen to Mr Zak?????

  28. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:11 am by Guy & Mary ODonnell

    We are appalled by the sudden closure of the station. We are even more wounded in the way it was not advertised, or subscribers notified.
    Having another PTL station defies understanding – this is not North Florida!
    We’ll just have to load the CD player once more. Bah Humbug!

  29. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:51 am by William

    I am truly saddened by this news. I work long hours at home and this station has been my companion all day. I feel as though I have lost a friend.

  30. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 11:41 am by Merry F.

    Like everyone else who values and love classical music I am in total disbelief ! I come from a classical background and was a perfomer for many years. I so enjoyed the wonderful trivia on composers and performers, the staff was superbe ! It is simply a tragedy for those of us that have cultural upbringing !!! Very sad indeed
    I hope there will be a way to fight this

  31. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Patricia

    I am so disappointed that Miami has lost its only classical station. I began listening to it in the mornings on my way to drop my daughter off at school. All the other stations had such vulgar topics and language I could not allow my child to listen to it. I was so happy to find this station and enjoyed it so much. It was a way to expand my horizons and also my daughter’s. What a loss!!! I am truly disappointed.

  32. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Donna Reynolds

    If it had been sold to any buyer other than christian radio, the pain of loss would still be great, but this is an insult,and we will continue to bleed until we get access to classical music again.

  33. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Andras Phillips

    I have been in the West Palm Beach area, off and on, for a few years. First Classical Music was a bit of a chat show until Barry University bought it. Somewhere along the way there was an unexplained staff event, which was flowed the station closing in Boynton Beach. Whatever, there were promising signs at WPBI, which should point the way to a new buyer for a community which now hosts some on the world’s great symphony orchestras and certainly deserves the best of Classical Music. I honestly think it has become an essential element here with the possibility of an opera house near the Kravis Centre. Please keep me posted.

  34. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm by Flora Cornide

    What sad news! I can’t beleive it! No warnings whatsoever!

  35. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Sylvia

    It’s been repeated that classical music listeners are among the most upscale in radio. Also, classical music has been reported to help everything from health to school grades. How can those details be used to persuade people with money and influence to support radio stations? Or can South Florida’s university community (Two public, six major private) be brought in to help with this?

  36. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Hernan Villar

    I could not believe it. Horrible news. I thought my car radio had a glitch. No advise. Back to my CD’s and Ipod.

  37. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm by al davis

    you people suck

  38. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm by sandra Gilbert

    How shocking!! Our only classical music station gone with no notice!! Perhaps we could have prevented this very tragic loss. Sponsors and commercials may have been a money booster instead of the constant begging
    for money. Higher end products would do well to advertise on a classical music station. Hopefully, we will somehow get our music back. Sooo sad.

  39. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm by Tanya Low

    Please let us know if anything can be done. I listened to Classical South Florida to expand my horizons on a daily basis. I cannot find words to express how saddened I am at this turn of events.

  40. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm by Andrea Phillips

    This is my second note. Obviously, I know nothing about what it takes to buy and activate airwaves; however, both Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah have excellent classical music stations. Who needs weather? And, one can get the news anywhere. If either of those regions could beam their classical music into south Florida, we would have it made. Their formats and announcers are first rate! What does it take to find out?

  41. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm by Barbara

    Not again!! We lost WTMI a few years back now this! With all the junk on the radio can’t the intelligent people keep a station?? I am a South Florida Native that is so upset. Hispanic and Rap are not indicative of our populace!!

  42. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm by Susana Boerner

    a very ignorant move, kill culture…Extremely sad !
    I’m feeling sick of my stomach, looking for the station…before I read the news on line.

  43. Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm by Dessy Camacho

    I was very upset when I heard the news about S Florida loosing this wonderful station. Please, does anybody know where to go to protest? ANY INFORMATION on how to organize towards funding a classical music station? Our society needs more of the arts, culture and education big time

  44. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 1:14 am by Pedro Sandler

    It’s a complete shame that in South Florida we are losing the only classical radio station. With the population growing due to new developments and business and also an increase in other areas of cultural life we cannot permit that this happens…….but it happened already.
    How much should it cost to bring it back?
    The Tri county area needs a classical radio station asap……Let’s make a forum with ideas on how to implement it.

  45. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 1:44 am by John Sieh

    The best and only civilized radio station in South Florida gone suddenly without any notice. So sad and wrong, it will be greatly missed and the only viable option to listen to classical music is to stream online and that’s not enough. We, as classical music fans, should reach out and contact radio stations in other cities and ask them to consider opening operations here.

  46. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 4:25 am by Jacksson

    What a loss! I can’t believe that such a diverse community cannot have classical music. I turned on Classical South Florida tonight and was greeted with disgustingly loud music that is supposedly Christian Rock. There was absolutely no warning that this was going to happen. There’s enough gospel noise on the FM band, even more on AM, and now this.

    My soul does not need saving. What it needs is the soothing sounds of classical music that only classical South Florida can provide. With all the horrors we are bombarded with on a daily basis, the “breaking news” or better, the heartbreaking news” the real world, 89.7 was my retreat, my solace, my escape from the daily horror shows of the day. How un-Christian of them to take away the one cultural oasis left in south Florida. The Philistines who negotiated this abortion should go to the devil.

  47. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 10:12 am by fanny

    I’m sad , my best friend is leaving me.
    again .

  48. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 10:33 am by agnes s.

    what a shock! i turned to 90.7 on friday and thought i pushed the wrong button. NOISE is what i heard. omg, what can we do? let’s try to connect and do something to bring beautiful music back to so.fl.

  49. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 11:13 am by mary simmons

    so flori-DUH….

  50. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 11:44 am by Hector Maysonet

    What a shame and what a terrible loss for the South Florida Community in general. This is the kind of enterprise every political figure and organization should be fighting for and this is what happens under their watch! Classical music is a paramount learning and appreciation tool that has been wiped out from our radio waves. Again what a shame!

  51. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 11:45 am by Irwin Cohen

    and they just had fundraising??? For shame, what a loss! We lost Florida Philharmonic. South Florida is now a cultural wasteland.

  52. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm by lLuis M Barroso

    I am truly saddened. I used my 89.7 (WLRN) south florida station in my music teaching classes, at home, in the car. My grandson learned to appreciate classical music by listening along with me. I’ve been disabled for a while now & getting up & putting on my radio to 89.7 was almost a simultaneous action. When I heard it had been bought out without any warning at all I thought I had misinterpreted the announcement. I now wake up & still do the action to turn on my classical station only to sigh & realize I no longer have it.
    I feel as if I had been robbed of something very valuable.

    I too will join the crowd to protest & seek for a turnaround. Please let us know. So sorry. I will miss all the wonderful announcers full of so much grace & knowledge. I also feel embarrassed that it was a religious radio station that bought us out. Truly SAD.

  53. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm by Douglas

    A light has gone out. It is a dark day in South Florida. I’m going into mourning.

  54. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm by James Waldeck

    I am a subscriber and have enjoyed the programming. The Christian format that has replaced it is good, but I would rather listen to WRMB 89.3 FM which has teaching as well as music.

    I’m sorry that we weren’t warned about the change and that the subscription was wasted.

  55. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Hope

    I also went into mourning, then hysterics. Had first vacation in years, back only to find classical was going. Disheartening, horrifying. Local news updates, event announcements, puff. Like others, I had supported, was a member.

    Then, learned how bluetooth could connect to Internet stations, but with my amp and speakers years old, who knew? Luckily, bluetooth works with my 1993 technology, equipment had been top of the line when new, before bluetooth. Magically with RCA cables connected to mini, maybe headphone port, plus device, my world came back. Not entirely, no local community, but enough. Maybe a search will find local, too.

  56. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm by jc

    A sad thing indeed but the anti religious comments are sad as well.

  57. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 9:40 pm by Antje Weber

    88.7 was my life line to cultural enjoyment. I just became a sustaining contributor and when I heard the announcement I froze, my heart shrank and I was stunned. Absolutely no effort was made to educate the listening public of this plan which probably was more of a panic sale. No more David Dubal, Saturday Met, excursions into cinema music… This is not right – there will be a new station and the funding to support it. I am praying.

  58. Posted Jul 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm by William Hardin

    I blame American Public Media for selling us up the river. They came to us for 8 years, begged, pleaded, we gave. They gobbled more stations–expanded faster than they could manage and bit off more than they could chew, and then sold us out with no warning. Bad business decisions, once again!!! I hope they all go under! We all ought to feel violated and taken advantage of.

  59. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 8:49 am by Carlos Benardos

    It’s a goner. what a shame, countless of garbage music stations, the sublime missing again !!

  60. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 9:52 am by Javier

    I saw the same in my own country and now here. I can’t believe it, it’s a terrible news, one of my best friend has gone.
    Que rabia, por la mierda!

  61. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 11:01 am by David S.

    I grew up in South Florida and greatly enjoyed WQAM and WFUN in my younger years, and on occasion, WTMI. As I got older and more refined, I shifted to the Classical Music, because of it’s history and its deep roots in most music we listen to today. It got to the point where all my radios were set on the WTMI Station, with WLRN close behind. Then, I thought someone messed with my truck radio, then thought it was somehow broken, when I couldn’t get my classics, which I listened to exclusively. Seems like Miami took a step backward to the “Cultural Desert” it so much tries to leave behind.

  62. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm by Michael Harrison

    I also am terribly shocked and disappointed that this area has lost its classical music station. I listened religiously and I’m devastated that there will no longer be any serious music on the radio down here. What a shame. This is terrible and while I am a religious church-goer, I will not listen to that drivel I heard when I first discovered the classical music was gone.

  63. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Lorette Sansone

    I am surprised only that I listened to this station one day and the next day it was gone, without a whisper of good-bye. What I’m not surprised about, as a senior living on only a social security income, is that my measly donation is not even a pittance in the face of 21.7 mil., proving once again that money talks and all else walks. I never took my radio dial off this station. Alas.

  64. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm by Carol Bradley

    I’m devastated by the loss of this wonderful station. Thought I hit the wrong button in my car, searched up and down to no avail, and gave up. First Sirius tanked their classical pops about a year ago for garbage and now this travesty. Thankful for the Naples Phil, but need the daily solace only good classics can provide. I’m mad and sad!!

  65. Posted Jul 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm by russell lawrence

    so sad……how can I enjoy my runs to the store….back and forth to work……its so quiet now…..in the car….so very very sad

  66. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 6:08 am by Eleanore Kjellberg

    To remove the only classical music station from South Florida; is not a Christian thing to do.

  67. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 8:55 am by Pat

    All I can say is that I’m not planning on listening to this 89.7′s new programming, EVER! Instead, I will play classical music CDs while driving to and from work –which is not the same as I’ll be missing cultural notes, news, and hosts that never drove me crazy with their nonsense chat.

  68. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 10:46 am by Sandy Chalfin

    I couldn’t believe it! Please, I beg all of you, do something to bring back our incredible music. There are so many of us who learn so much and just enjoy hearing a Beethoven Sonata, Scriabin piece played by Vladimir Horowitz. Not only does this teach us what these geniuses composed but also helps us to impart it to the next generation. All they’ll, it seems to me, remember is the garbage that is being spewed on the networks today.

    I’ve been crying for two days. Please PLEASE, bring our magnificent music back. Would you remove the artifacts from Egypt, Israel, Rome? Why would you destroy our magnificent heritage, which you seem to be doing, this way. We don’t all have computers, ipads, etc. to sit and listen.

    PLEASE! PLEASE! BRING BACK THIS MAGNIFICENT PRICELESS HERITAGE THAT ALL OF US HAVE.

  69. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 11:36 am by patricia cortese

    Bring Back Classical Music….we have donated to keep this music alive…..I hope the new owners will realize the gravity of this situation.

  70. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 11:44 am by Geraldine

    Shocking news.
    What can we do to get classical back?

  71. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm by Victor Nahmias

    I cant believe this is happening. No warning at all. I turn on my radio this AM and thought I had the wrong station.I came home and Googled to find out that we do not have a CLASSICAL MUSIC STATION ONCE AGAIN!

    It was a great station and I listened to it everyday.it doesn’t pay to turn on the radio anymore.Lets hope that we can get another station real soon.

  72. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm by A. Huete

    So much for the culture of south florida. Dissapointed but not surprised.

  73. Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm by sara krifcher

    Waking up in the morning to the classical music, in our new home in sunny Florida, won`t be so sunny any longer,now that our favorite radio station is gone.

    I am so disappointed!!!

  74. Posted Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12 am by A. Huete

    This is the second time in a short period the public received this disappointing news. Again, no warning. I am sure people will think twice before donating to any worthy cause.

  75. Posted Jul 24, 2015 at 11:46 am by Paula Gervais

    This makes me so angry! I turned it on the other day only to hear this whaling of sounds and thought what happened to my classical music? This is a travesty! Being originally from Boston where classical music THRIVES (because there is such class in New England, unlike Florida), I am disgusted living here! the closest I could get on the radio was classical from Tampa which reception is very spotty in the car! UGH!!

  76. Posted Jul 25, 2015 at 9:26 am by Christos Coulapides

    This is not right. We need one classical music station in Miami. Please
    New York has three. Washington DC has five San Francisco. Calif,has three
    Miami Fla. none ? It is not fair at all
    Christos from Miami beach.

  77. Posted Jul 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm by Ella Levy

    The many comments by others before me have expressed all that lovers of classical music are upset about. Despite all of the constant requests for individual contributions to assure it’s continuation, the sale of the station for over $21 million to a religious entity represents a slap in the face to every former contributing member.

    What they once represented as South Florida’s only Classical Music station has now created a music wasteland for South Florida. Did they wait till they could sell us all out without a bit of remorse? Shame on them and their money grubbing tactics.

  78. Posted Jul 27, 2015 at 8:13 am by Robert Fogel

    I was shocked and heartbroken to tune my radio to preset #1 90.7 FM
    and find no classical music but christian shlock rock.

    Let’s face it. People did not contribute sufficiently. I gave monthly.

    This area is inundated with people of values that do NOT sustain higher forms of music and art. Look at the politicians elected. The sea level rise denied.

  79. Posted Jul 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm by Julia

    I almost cried when I heard the news..how can this be? We need to staart a change.org petition!It is so sad that there is NOTHING available of the radio…

  80. Posted Jul 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm by Salvador Vizcarra

    I found the music therapeutic and I will miss the station. I find it hard to believe a city with this much wealth has no interest in the fine art of music! Sad!

  81. Posted Jul 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm by Leonard Banco

    As a seasonal resident of Miami Beach I was surprised and dismayed to receive a letter from APR this week informing me that they went for the big bucks and sold the station! As a regular contributor, we never received any communication over 8 years other than the regular solicitations from any public radio station. NO indication that demise was imminent.

    Did we ever see an income and loss statement, or hear anything about their annual financial gap? How do we register our protest with the FCC and block this money grab. Yes, APR is not-for-profit, only when they make a profit.

  82. Posted Jul 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Al

    Look at the way the people drive down here.

    That tells you everything.

  83. Posted Jul 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm by diye4ever

    Well I wondered what happened untill I found out no more classical music…thats really not fair as theres plenty of pop stations and they had to give up classical that easy…at least theres still 100.3FM that plays big band swing to calm me down from a hards days work…

  84. Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 9:21 am by Ana Perez

    Very sad , we really enjoyed it , it’s a shame :(

  85. Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm by Barbara West

    Is this part of the dumbing down of America? Positively shameful!!

  86. Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm by Diane Lee

    I am so sad! This station was such a blessing in the car after a stressful day at work. And I discovered composers and artists I’d never known. This makes me so sad. We the people need classical music to add balance to the diverse musical genres of today. I hope we can get another classical station to serve this area very soon.

  87. Posted Jul 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Secretone

    I also feel this loss keenly. But let’s stay positive, people! South Florida is truly a cultural oasis compared to places in Ohio and Illinois, in the Midwest, where I used to live. This is a growing area that is attracting bright and talented people from all over!

  88. Posted Jul 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm by John

    how do we get back the money we sent in the last fund drive we got nothing for our contributions

  89. Posted Aug 12, 2015 at 11:53 pm by Rob

    How awful! I listen online from Boston, it’s like being in South Florida during the winter – and it’s a better station than we have here!

  90. Posted Aug 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Jill Panvini

    To be honest I was never satisfied with our South Florida Classical Music Station. They over played guitar music (somebody must have contributed their guitar music library) and underplayed opera (except for the Met on Saturday afternoons). I could never get a clear signal even though I live in Ft. Lauderdale. Moreover there were the constant fund raising events. Feel sorry for the people who just contributed and for what? They are now without a classical music station.

    But there is an alternative at least for home listening. Go online and tune into a classical music station in some other city. Doug Fox’s Opera show airs on Tuesday nights on WMNR Connecticut. There’s WMHT in Albany and WQXR in NYC.

  91. Posted Aug 24, 2015 at 12:17 am by Isai

    Horrible event for Florida! It was the only source of the Classical music. Loss of great programs.

  92. Posted Oct 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm by Daniel Hao

    As a long time Florida resident I was deeply saddened by the loss of Classical South Florida, Classical Music has always been an asset to any society fortunate to have such a station devoted exclusively to classical music, it is as much about history as it is about music.

    It literally tells a story instrumentally when one listens carefully, music in its purest form. As a catholic I know catholicism has always had a close relationship with classical music and it’s composers.

    Tragically American society has become shaped by music that is vulgar full of sex and sexual depravity and swear words, and you have tens of thousands of radio stations devoted to that format, and we cannot even have just one classical music station?

    What does this say for American society, its culture its peoples? Classical music was once described as audio poetry of the heart and soul. I pray one day it makes its return to a regular South Florida radio station ASAP!! I will support it anyway I can

  93. Posted Oct 21, 2015 at 8:12 am by Joyce Bacharach

    Will there be any broadcasting of Live from the Met?

  94. Posted Nov 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm by j benoit

    You cannot beat big money and jesus!

  95. Posted Nov 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm by Maria del Carmen Dominguez

    How depressing! Awful! Miami and the rest of South Florida will be deprived of the delight of listening to classical music at home, the office or in the car. Classical music is nourishing to the soul and mind. Classical music… the best tool to impart
    cultural upbringing to any community. A true tragedy for South Floridians. Very, very sad.
    It is useless now to turn on the radio to listen loud noise except when listening to Radio Paz 830 AM limited to catholic Hispanics only which is unfair to the rest of South Floridians.
    A total shame and scandal!

    music enhances lives through finess and peace. Classical music is the greatest tool forccultural upbringing to a community

  96. Posted Jan 01, 2016 at 7:36 pm by Sally Flash

    Just got down here and tuned to the classical music station only to find it gone!!! Can’t beliee it, and am suspicious when someone says they aren’t making enough money. In Ohio, the university stations carry the FM classical, so maybe this could be done here?

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