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    Quote Originally Posted by GiulioCesare View Post
    Reading you guys makes me appreciate what we have here in Germany.

    As I type these words, I'm listening to a very atonal concert for piano and ensemble by Hugues Dufourt, on the public radio station for classical music no less (WDR3).
    There's barely any public funding over here in the US for classical music broadcasting. Many areas do not even have a full-time Classical station of any kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    There's barely any public funding over here in the US for classical music broadcasting. Many areas do not even have a full-time Classical station of any kind.
    That is too bad.

    In fairness, WDR3 and the equivalents in the other parts of Germany are not exclusively devoted to classical music, but are rather the "culture and art" public stations. But if you tune in, 90% of the time you'll hear a classical piece. That is not exclusive to Germany though: http://www.rtve.es/radio/radioclasica/.

    Do you not have anything of the sort at all in the US?

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    Where I live there is no full-time classical station and when classical music is played it is usually a single movement from a popular piece like Bach's double violin concerto or Beethoven's seventh symphony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    There's barely any public funding over here in the US for classical music broadcasting. Many areas do not even have a full-time Classical station of any kind.

    Yeah, it's a drag. But in a country as big as America, we should have a huge variety of great programming. But we also have a huge amount of rednecks and philistines who elect horrible political representatives who continue to decimate the tiny bit of arts funding we have left. The most popular stuff on radio here is country music, and right wing talk shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Radio stations are a real problem. There are essentially zero commercial classic stations for the obvious reason of limited listenership and the less obvious reason of too few available commercial breaks. We used to have one in LA called KMZT -- its most common ads were for mortuaries (whch may say something about the audience demographic!) Anyway, it long since disappeared into the subchannel jungle.

    Of course even public stations are forced into blandness. I believe most of their listeners are "passive" and that's not likely to change. Varere? Xenakis? Worse than dead air!
    Since you're in the same area, do you listen to KUSC? There are some programs I wish they would get rid(like "From the Top"), and some I wish they would've kept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trazom View Post
    Since you're in the same area, do you listen to KUSC? There are some programs I wish they would get rid(like "From the Top"), and some I wish they would've kept.
    Yes, I listen to KUSC. Middle of the road, lots of Schumann. Some interesting programs from Jim Svejda on his 7 PM show. I think overall they do a good job, but they need to serve a broad audience so naturally their programming doesn't always suit my tastes. I occasionally submit requests for the noon request show (usually they're played) and rarely e-mail a couple of the DJs with questions or information I think they could use. Always answered in good cheer. They seem like a jolly bunch.


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    KING FM in Seattle is boring. They do cater to local artists and upcoming pieces they will play. Mostly baroque
    Music or light classical. Shostakovich 8th. Never. Exceptions are MET Sat morning and some international
    Orchestras Sat afternoon rarely. KUOW Seattle used to broadcast Berlin Phil once in a while. No more NOONZART
    at noon weekdays. No American Public Media classical shows. Rural Oregon or LA. Why do rural areas get classical programming
    And Seattle very little interesting music? KUOW now all talk! Seattle must like just safe classical music.

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    Darwinism and music: 24 hour classical music>safe classical music>roll over Beethoven.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    I feel your pain. I lived in Austin, TX 40 years where they have a classical station, KMFA. The first ten years I listened they ONLY played complete works. In fact, they had a policy prohibiting playing a single movement disembodied from the work as a whole. They also played an astonishing variety of music from all genres and periods even including a weekly program called "This Is Modern Music" which was exactly what it said it was.

    Over the years, KMFA gradually moved toward classical lite. Now, regrettably, the station is mostly classical pops. They program in hour increments, which means they rarely play anything longer than 30 minutes, more commonly 15 minutes or less, which means they frequently play single, disembodied movements. Worst of all, they have announcers now with "personality," often telling listeners how "delightful" a piece is, how "charming" (once I heard one refer to a piece as "luscious"). I, for one, don't want to be told that what I'm about to hear is luscious. Just tell me what it is, who's playing it, and shut the #%$& up!

    I've been listening to Sirius/XM and love their two classical channels and one opera channel. KMFA is listener supported and so they're frequently asking for money. Ha. Why give them $ to listen to one channel of luscious when for $15/month I can get three channels of music, one of which, Symphony Hall, plays full-length Mahler symphonies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billeames View Post
    KING FM in Seattle is boring. They do cater to local artists and upcoming pieces they will play. Mostly baroque
    Music or light classical. Shostakovich 8th. Never. Exceptions are MET Sat morning and some international
    Orchestras Sat afternoon rarely. KUOW Seattle used to broadcast Berlin Phil once in a while. No more NOONZART
    at noon weekdays. No American Public Media classical shows. Rural Oregon or LA. Why do rural areas get classical programming
    And Seattle very little interesting music? KUOW now all talk! Seattle must like just safe classical music.
    I live around that area too and I totally agree. I almost never listen to Classical King FM.

    One piece they way overplay I've noticed is Elgar's Cello Concerto. It's on almost every time I turn on the radio.

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    I wish I could move to London or Vienna. Fine music 24/7. I detest the disgraceful state of the arts in the US.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    I listen to classical radio station all the time when I am driving. They often have nice picks and knowledgeable hosts would spend time to dig up interesting facts about composers and/or performers. I think it is fun. The only complaint I have for my station is that it plays Russian music too often
    Last edited by jlaw; Jan-26-2014 at 03:23.

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    I love my local station KUSC-FM.
    Commercial free 24/7.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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