WGBH is preserving a full-time classical radio station in Boston. WCRB 99.5FM was up for sale, and a purchaser other than us would have moved the leading all-classical radio station in New England to a different format.
We are pleased with the enthusiasm that our plans to acquire WCRB have generated among our colleagues in the cultural community (see sidebar below) and among classical music listeners.
WGBH’s strength in classical music goes back to our first broadcast from Boston’s Symphony Hall nearly 60 years ago. Our on-air hosts will bring their talent, knowledge, and passion to 99.5. We will also bring our archive of classical music, performed and recorded in our own studios and throughout New England. And we’ll continue to enrich the lineup with hundreds of live performances every year from our state-of-the-art Fraser Performance Studio here in Brighton, to spotlight both emerging local talent and top music masters from around the world.
In this most classical of cities, Boston offers many cultural riches, from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory to the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, and Longy School of Music, to name a few. WGBH will build on our partnerships with these and other New England gems to shine a light on the exciting world of classical music. We’re thrilled to have the expanded stage of a full-time WGBH classical station.
We invite your feedback, and we welcome your support!
-Jon Abbott, WGBH President and CEO
The news as reported on Greater Boston, 9/21/09: "Changes on the air"