A Year for Radio Anniversaries
By Norm Silverstein ~ Posted Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:49am
2014 marks a very special year for WXXI as Classical 91.5 celebrates its 40th anniversary and AM 1370 turns 30. You may have been among the visionary group of WXXI friends who helped to start these stations. Thank you for your continued support of our radio services that have expanded greatly in the past 40 years.
When we signed on WXXI-FM 91.5 in 1974, the station played an eclectic blend of folk, jazz, talk, and classical. There was even a childrenâ€™s radio program. Ten years later, 91.5 FM became a full-time classical station and AM 1370 signed on as a full-time NPR station, along with local news and talk.
Just as we promised when we signed on 40 years ago, Classical 91.5 is dedicated to spotlighting the rich culture we have in Rochester. AM 1370 keeps you informed with in-depth coverage of local, national, and international news that sets our news department apart. You can also hear Morning Edition and All Things Considered and great adult album music on WRUR 88.5 FM, thanks to our broadcast partnership with the University of Rochester. To make things easier you can get both WXXI's Classical and news service on your smartphone with our apps for iPhone and Droid.
In 1974 we could not have foreseen the future needs of our community or anticipated the emerging technologies that continue to shape our industry. Today, we have six public radio stations, plus Reachout Radio, a service for our visually-impaired friends and neighbors (which is ALSO celebrating its 30th anniversary). You will be hearing more about our many anniversaries and some of the exciting things we have planned as we celebrate with the community though out the year!