New KDFC FM Format – Kudos!

Bay Area classical radio station KDFC has migrated from ad-supported commercial radio to listener supported public radio. The broadcast format is now pure classical, with no ads (grating or otherwise).

There are some frequency changes coming as well, effective Monday Jan 24. South Bay listeners at first may get weak signals or none at all. I plan to stream the broadcast from the internet. For more information on this major change, see the KDFC Changes statement on their website.

In part, the announcement states:

KDFC is the last major commercial classical station in America to make the transition to public radio. This move ensures that classical radio is sustainable for our community into the future.

Having been so publicly critical of this station in the past, I am delighted at the new format, and wanted to share this update with classical music fans who had not yet heard.

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2 thoughts on “New KDFC FM Format – Kudos!

  1. I have been a KDFC listener since the 1950s and in the past have listened to it several hours a day. Frankly, I liked the original automated music used by the station in the early years. I am not interested in “more interesting music” (a code word for ear-jarring avant-garde pieces). Like most listeners, I suspect, I enjoy the baroque and classical repertoire.

    The problem with the recent KDFC selections was that they could have been broader within that repertoire. Vivaldi, for example, wrote much more than the Four Seasons! And I never understood why the harpsichord was banned. Moreover, the KDFC hosts deliberately mispronounced foreign titles, and even when corrected, KDFC, in the person of Program Manager Hoyt Smith, would send the listener a nasty E-mail, digging in for the mispronunciation. This is not what an “educational” station should be doing.

    I do not enjoy the more recent Chatty Cathy commentary between pieces. I don’t need to know gossip about the personal lives of the composers. Diane Nicolini, for example, should learn to let the music speak for itself and keep her silly comments to herself. These are just disruptive when you are trying to listen while doing work.

    It is interesting that KDFC is now promoting streaming access. The other side of this equation is that if you are listening to music on streaming internet, you can find much better stations that KDFC, for example, KING.org in Seattle, which has four streams: standard classical, easy listening, symphonic, and opera. The KING hosts keep their talk almost exclusively to announcing the pieces.

  2. Thanks for writing! You might also try the delightful Arizona KBAQ 89.5 – streaming is available through iTunes too.

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