Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Back to Bach in Miami

I missed this story last week and didn’t even know that classical music had returned to the airwaves in South Florida until Bob pointed it out last night.

Wednesday [Oct 24] at 6:01 p.m., the Lullaby from Khachaturian’s ballet Gayne streamed forth on South Florida airwaves, marking the debut of WKCP 89.7 FM, and ending the long absence of full-time classical music on local radio.

American Public Media Group, the parent corporation of Minnesota Public Radio and several other stations, purchased the outlet, formerly WMCU, for $20 million from Trinity International University last month, with the intent of flipping its format from a Christian-oriented outlet to a public radio station dedicated to 24/7 classical music.

I’m happy for two reasons. The first is that it’s great to have classical music back on the air after almost six years without it (unless you have an HD radio), and the second is that it took a Christian music Jesus-shouter station off the air to do it.

The fundies are not happy. They’re suing, of course, hoping to find an “activist judge” who will place a restraining order on APM for breach of contract and for playing the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovski, because, as we all know, he was gay.

Okay, I’m making that last part up, but I wouldn’t put it past them.