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Quote from: Coopmv on June 12, 2010, 05:11:00 PMBruce,Since you live in NYC, what has happened to WQXR?
Quote from: Opus106 on March 15, 2010, 06:50:48 AMTry MR3-Bartók Rádió. It is streamed from Hungary (a shocker, isn't it?) at 320 kbps. While I haven't tried the radio myself -- it's difficult to navigate without an English version of the site [addendum: and stream bits at @ 320 will definitely affect the internet bill amount adversely], I have downloaded a lot of ripped streams. Live concerts and a wide selection of repertoire.
Quote from: Todd on July 07, 2010, 09:33:34 AMI went on a long road trip over the holiday weekend and rented a car with Sirius XM in it and promptly searched out classical stations. There are three that I could find, plus a fourth that plays movies soundtracks (some of which ain't too bad). Anyway, the station called Symphony Hall is one of the best stations I've heard. I got to hear Yakov Kreizberg's recent-ish recording of DSCH 5, Karajan's Bruckner 1, Mozart's 13th & 14th string quartets, some works by Spohr, Amy Beach, some even more obscure composers, as well as Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, and others. No commercials and minimal chatter, too. The only downside is that even satellite reception is hindered in hilly, forested areas. The "Pops" classical station is unusual in that it doesn't so much play pops works as it does play interesting movements from standard rep works (slow movement from Dvorak's 9th, piano miniatures (eg Passepied), etc). The Met Opera broadcast station is a treasure trove of performances ancient and modern.So, I'm left wondering, should I spend the money for a satellite radio at home? I'm not convinced the business model is viable, and I could be left with worthless junk in a short period of time. And beyond the classical stations, I get the same feeling I do whenever I watch cable television. (I only do so on vacations.) There's so much choice, but almost all of it is crap. I received around 250 satellite radio stations, but I could not find a good jazz station, and the rock stations focused on music I didn't like at all, or could take only in small doses. There were also at least a half dozen French language stations (?) playing crappy French pop (??), and well over a hundred talk stations, or at least stations where people were babbling about something or other. Is that really worth a monthly fee? Internet radio available via WiMax seems to be a more viable alternative for the near future.(I will say that satellite radio is much better than cable television, which has apparently gotten worse in the year since I last channel surfed dozens of channels. I didn't think that was possible. Really, who is this Nancy Grace moron?)
Quote from: bhodges on June 14, 2010, 10:51:03 AMJust a caveat: I'm not a regular radio denizen--not because I don't like radio, but because I'm not at home to listen all that often. So I may not be the best "average radio listener."I did tune in last week, when WQXR did the NY Phil's broadcast of Le Grand Macabre, which was terrific. There seems to be a bit more contemporary programming (e.g., their new initiative called Q2) than in the past, but that is strictly my subjective impression and may not be borne out by the actual programming statistics.--Bruce
Quote from: DavidW on September 26, 2010, 04:38:38 PMAnyone here listen to their radio through ipod touch/iphone and know any good apps? I've tried the mainstream: pandora, last.fm, aol etc but they don't do classical well. Unless you consider classical works individual movements played like you took your whole collection and put it on random play. Some stations have apps, but I might end up installing alot until I find a good one. Anyone already been down that road?
Quote from: Sforzando on October 13, 2010, 05:27:00 PMThe only classical station in one of the world's great cities used to broadcast a powerful signal at 96.3 KHz when it was owned by the New York Times. I had no trouble receiving the signal from my home 50 miles east of New York. A year or more ago the Times sold the station to WNYC, moved the frequency to a weaker signal at 105.9 which I cannot receive at home, and as far as I can see the station has continued its gradual descent into trite superficiality that began at least 10 years ago. The only time I can hear WQXR any more is when driving home from Manhattan; I lose the signal 30 miles east of the city and basically do not have a local classical station in my area.
Quote from: Coopmv on October 24, 2010, 06:44:35 AMThat was a very sad story. As NYT has been on the rope financially for a number of years and it chose to unload WQXR. I was equally saddened when the other commercial classical FM WNCN was unloaded in the early 90's by GAF, a chemical company that happened to own a classical FM station. It is absurd that NYC cannot even support one full-time commercial classical FM station. WNYC is just part of the NPR network and probably plays classical music no more than 60% of the time ...
Quote from: Sforzando on October 24, 2010, 01:49:56 PMWNYC is mostly talk radio. Some of the talk is pretty good, I admit: "Car Talk" on Saturday mornings is both hilarious and informative. They also have someone named Jonathan Schwartz who plays Sinatra ad nauseam and has the radio personality of a dishrag. I hear no classical music on WNYC itself.
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