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Spring 2008
Volume XXI, Number 2
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Classical South Florida is on the air!
By Helene Foster

When Classical South Florida hit the airwaves on the FM dial in October, it filled a much-needed niche with listeners of classical music. Since WTMI went off the air several years prior, South Florida was left without an FM classical station.

Now listeners from Key West to Palm Beach can once again enjoy music from such composers as Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart; experience live broadcasts of the Cleveland Orchestra; and tune in to award-winning national programming. The station can be found at 89.7 FM in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and at the lower-powered 101.9 FM in Palm Beach County. According to Douglas Evans, general manager for Classical South Florida, the station has received quite a warm welcome from South Floridians in just a short time.

“There has been a terrific response,” he says. “Listeners are truly glad that we are here.” Evans, of Boca Raton, has had much experience in the development field of arts organizations. He serves as chairman and CEO of Luftig Evans Non-Profit Solutions LLC, and is as a board member of the Theatre League of South Florida and the League of American Theaters and Producers. He is pleased that the new station is bringing high-quality programming and the performing arts to those tuning in.

The station was acquired from Public Radio Capital, a nonprofit station broker, by the Minnesota-based American Public Media. American Public Media, a nonprofit organization, is the largest station-based producer of classical programming in the industry and has nearly 750 stations with over 14 million listeners.

Evans explains that Classical South Florida is listener-supported and is heavily reliant on its members, underwriters and sponsors. The station welcomes input from the community in order to find just the right mix of music and entertainment to feature. “We want to do for the community what they will support,” he adds. “We want our listeners to tell us what they like so we can reflect the nature of our community. Additionally, we want to have the opportunity to identify local music groups that have a level of quality, either live or recorded, to put on the air.”

Popular programs carried on the station include Prairie Home Companion, Pipe Dreams and St. Paul Sunday. The station also offers podcasts and streaming broadcasts through its website at www.classicalsouthflorida.org – or you can click on the radio button upper middle of this page and listen while you read.