SYRACUSE — Adding new information to a story we posted earlier today, WCNY-FM has officially announced a number of programming changes as Classic FM aims to offer classical music 24 hours a day, six days a week.
Effective December 29, the 7pm timeslot will feature an educational program called “Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin.” Each week of the show is structured as a five-part series dealing with one specific theme – such as a particular composer or a particular style of music.
WCNY (which simulcasts on WUNY in Utica and WJNY in Watertown) will also be adding the Chicago Symphony on Friday evenings, giving listeners the chance to hear concert broadcasts every weeknight at 8pm.
Earlier today, we told you Leo Rayhill’s show “The Sounds of Jazz” would be moving from a weekday slot to Sundays only. WCNY says the shows “Footlight Parade” and “Classic Sinatra” are also being relegated to Sundays, airing at 3pm and 4pm, respectively.
Robert J. Daino, President and Chief Executive Officer of WCNY-TV/FM notes says, “we are strongly re-affirming our commitment to classical music here in Central New York.” He notes WCNY is one of fewer than three dozen full-time classical music radio stations in the entire nation.
CLICK HERE (Word .doc file) to see today’s press release from WCNY-FM regarding the changes.
– WCNY Scaling Back on Jazz Programming (December 12, 2008)