Classical South Florida Brings More Music to Palm Beach Through WXEL Purchase

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South Florida has not exactly been kind to classical radio -- hell, we apparently can't even support a mainstream rock station. After the long-running station WTNI- WTMI-FM went off the air on New Year's Eve 2001, it was a battle to get the real oldies steadily broadcast throughout the tricounty area. 

Luckily, Classical South Florida appeared in late 2007 with a nonprofit model that wouldn't depend so much on the whims of advertisers and minute-to-minute ratings tracking. Since October of that year, the station's been broadcasting all day, seven days a week, via WKCP-FM (89.7) in Miami. Besides featuring a regular rotation of DJs, the station plays syndicated national programs like Performance Today and SymphonyCast

Now, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast can enjoy the audio bounty in better quality. Though 89.7 reaches Broward and a low-power transmitter broadcasts the programming in West Palm Beach on 101.9, service can be spotty. 

Classical South Florida announced yesterday that it had purchased WXEL-FM (90.7), formerly a public station with a grab-bag variety of programs. Now, the call letters have changed to WPBI, though the dial number stays the same. A little confusingly, though Classical South Florida operates this station, it won't be a carbon copy of the station. Rather, 90.7 has been branded as "public radio news and classical" and boasts its own distinct schedule, though it's much more classical-music-heavy.

Though the buyout was originally announced April 20, it's now official, and you can tune in from Palm Beach County at 90.7. If you're cubicle-bound and away from a radio, visit classicalsouthflorida.publicradio.org to stream it live. 
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4 comments
Mark
Mark

93.1 was WTMI until 2001, not WTNI.

Arielle
Arielle

Typo, thanks for catching it. 

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Hello there,Thanks for writing. I'll be away from this desk until Tuesday, May 31.

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Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Hello there,Thanks for writing. I'll be away from this desk until Tuesday, May 31.

Please contact Devin Desjarlais if you need immediate assistance at devin.desjarlais@browardpalmbeach.com

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