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    15 July 2009

    WNYC Acquires WQXR, Plans to Keep Classical

    logo-wnyc Major changes are coming to New Yorkers' radio dials. In a three-party deal announced July 14th, the city's only full-time classical radio station -- WQXR -- will be acquired by WNYC, and the New York Times will get out of the radio business.

    The deal is between WNYC, The Times and Univision Radio, the Radio Division of Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, and executives from the three companies say the transaction will preserve classical music on New York airwaves, and better serve the area's Spanish-speaking community.

    When all is said and done -- pending FCC approval which is expected in the fall -- WQXR will move to 105.9 and be run by WNYC as a classical station. Univision's Spanish-language music station WCAA-FM ’'La Kalle’ will move from 105.9 to 96.3 FM. Univision will pay the Times 33.5 million dollars, and WNYC will pay Univision 11.5 million.

    WNYC intends to continue two of WQXR’s most listened-to live programs – Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and The Philharmonic This Week – on WQXR.

    WQXR will become the third station operated in New York by WNYC Radio.

    WNYC Operates WNYC-AM 820 And WNYC-FM 93.9 FM

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