It’s always great to see public radio stations invested in bringing classical music to their audiences through terrestrial radio signals (as opposed to online-only or HD-2 channels). WHQR is a small station that has been operating for thirty years in Wilmington, North Carolina, and they recently launched a 24 hour classical music service. It’s a small signal (
250 99 watts), but it covers a fairly dense population center, according to this map from radio-locator.com.
The station will provide 22 hours of locally-hosted programming per week, along with WXXI’s With Heart and Voice, Suzanne Bona’s Sunday Baroque, and the Metropolitan Opera during its broadcast season. Most of the schedule will be provided by Classical 24, but WHQR’s local hosts Jemila Ericson and Pat Marriott have the all-important hours of 9 am to 1 pm covered every weekday. Pat tells me there are no plans to expand the local schedule, but it’s a great start, and I’m sure classical music fans in Wilmington will be extremely pleased.
Congrats and good luck to all involved!
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