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The Listener: Update

Today's Listener column looks at the disappointment and anger among classical music listeners after Washington's last remaining classical radio station was shunted off its powerful frequency and onto a weak, staticky signal. After the deadline for the piece in today's Arts section, the program director of WGMS, Jim Allison, called to say that the classical station's engineers have found a way to boost the signal to those parts of the Washington area where the music is distorted by static, fading and a signal that pops in and out.

Allison said the station must get approval from the FCC to make the changes it has planned and hopes to do so within 45 days. Stay tuned--or rather, tune back in after a month or two.

By Marc Fisher |  February 5, 2006; 7:42 AM ET
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I was disappointed when public radio canceled its classical music format, and WGMS is weak in my area.

Last week I was traveling in New Mexico. Imagine my surpprise when I got in the rental car and the radio was tuned to a classical music station! I was expecting country or salsa. In fact I had excellent coverage all the way from Albuquerque to Taos.

It is hard to imagine that the desert provides more culture than the nations capitol.

Posted by: Ray Hyde | February 5, 2006 12:13 PM

WGMS comes in so poorly at home in Arlington or at work in downtown DC. We can't listen on our computers at work. So big deal if they add another computer accessed option.

WETA never asked its now former patrons about the switch to talk radio. I do not like talk radio at all. My mother adored it. Can't please everyone. But too bad Dan Devany has taken such an adamant position.

Marc, you write good columns. Thanks.

Posted by: Marilyn | February 6, 2006 11:03 AM

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