Central New York’s only classical music station Classic FM HD radio provides listeners with live, locally hosted classical music programs. The station also features concerts from around the world six nights per week, opera from the Metropolitan Opera and other companies on Saturdays, archival programs of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and specialty programs including Broadway, Italian-American music, jazz and bluegrass.
Classic FM is available on 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica/Rome and 90.9 in Watertown, the North Country and the Kingston area and in streaming audio. Click here to visit the Classic FM page, which includes the Classic FM playlist.
You can find the Classic FM Top 40 Listener Favorites here.
Listen to cool jazz 24 hours a day on WCNY’s Jazz HD3 radio. The station features Sounds of Jazz with WCNY-FM’s own Leo Rayhill and programs from the Jazz Satellite Network. Other programs include Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, Jazz Inspired with Judy Carmichael, and more.
Jazz HD3 radio is available on an HD radio and in streaming audio.
WCNY Oldies FM HD2 features the best in rock and pop oldies 24 hours a day, with NPR news each hour. Enjoy your favorite oldies from the 1950s and 1960s, along with selected music from the 70s and 80s. Artists include Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Perry Como, Joni Mitchell, the Supremes, Dean Martin and many more!
Oldies FM HD2 is available on an HD radio and in streaming audio.
Enjoy your favorite classical music every day with Bruce Paulsen, Diane Jones, Marie Lamb, and Adam Fine on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown.
Listen to The Bluegrass Ramble every Sunday night with Bill Knowlton from 9 p.m. to midnight on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown. Learn more
“Fresk Ink” has combined new musical styles into an hour of innovative programming since May 1996 on WCNY Classic FM. Produced and hosted by Neva Pilgrim of the Society for New Music, Fresh Ink features music from the past 5-10 years by composers, performers and recording companies from around the world, including world premieres. It airs Sundays from 4 – 5 p.m
The Capitol Pressroom is a daily one-hour radio program broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom on the third floor of the State Capitol in Albany. Learn more
Co-hosts Joey Nigro and Jim Battaglia showcase the charm of Italian American traditions and the music of Italian American and Italian songbooks. You’ll hear selections from Dean Martin and Tony Bennett; rock-era artists like Frankie Avalon and Neil Sedaka, Italian classical melodies by Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli and contemporary Italian singers like Gigi D’Alessio, Antonio Venditti and Laura Pausini. Learn more
Each week, Leo Rayhill highlights such greats as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Rayhill, a 45-year veteran of the radio industry and host of WCNY’s Sounds of Jazz for more than 40 years, can be heard on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. With a digital radio, you can tune toWCNY’s Jazz broadcast on each of the signals noted above (or online below) and listen to Sounds of Jazz seven days a week from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Learn more
Keep in touch with upcoming musical events as local, regional, national, and international musicians and artists visit the Classic FM studios. Interviews and live performances inform and entertain you! Follow WCNY on Facebook and Twitter to learn of upcoming Live at WCNY Radio Events, with host Diane Jones. Learn more
“Feminine Fusion” is a new, weekly radio program that highlights the influence of women in classical music. These are the women throughout history and into the present day who create, perform, and inspire. Learn more.
Music has been central to the Jewish cultural and religious identity for thousands of years. This rich heritage has been a source of inspiration for composers and performers. “Classically Jewish” explores the influence that Judaism has had on classical music around the world from the Renaissance to present day. Featured topics on the show with host Adam Fine will include Jewish composers, music composed in concentration camps during the Holocaust, Jewish composers of Hollywood, Jewish violinists, and more!
WCNY’s radio hosts are familiar to anyone who’s listened to Classic FM or any of our local programs, such as Ciao! and Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble. Learn more about the men and women behind the microphones here at WCNY-FM.
Bruce Paulsen hosts your morning drive time Classic Choices program weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. With degrees in music and theatre, Bruce has performed with many of the great musicians of our time. He brings more than thirty years’ performance experience to the microphone. WCNY is his second expedition into radio. Before this, he hosted opera programs and weekends for WGKA, Atlanta’s Voice of the Arts.
Diane Jones can be heard weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and every weekend as the host and producer of the nationally syndicated program, Feminine Fusion. An active composer, she has received commissions from nationally and internationally-recognized musicians and ensembles. Diane performs regularly with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir, and her music is featured on five CDs, three of which won SAMMY awards. Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (Diane Jones On The Air) for more about her programming and her music.
Marie Lamb, Classic FM announcer from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays and host of Saturday Opera, Part 2 is a Central New York native and a graduate of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. Marie began in radio as the host of classical and opera programs at WIKE-AM, at the former Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls. She also hosted a daily jazz program for many years at WAER-FM in Syracuse. Marie began at Classic FM in 2002 as a board operator. Her duties have expanded over the years to include announcing, production, interviews, and running WCNY’s ReadOut radio reading service, which serves the blind, visually impaired, and people with other conditions that limit their use of print. Aside from her work at WCNY, Marie is the host of the award-winning “DXing with Cumbre” program for fans of international radio, which is heard on shortwave and as a podcast.
Adam Fine hosts Classic Choices Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7-11am and Mondays from 2-7pm. He is also the host of Classically Jewish, a weekly show exploring Jewish influences in classical music. Adam brings an extensive performance background as an actor, singer, and conductor in both opera and music theater to the microphone. A former music teacher, he has studied music education, composition, and conducting at both Northwestern and Syracuse Universities. Adam performs regularly with Syracuse Opera and has also sung with Oswego Opera Theater and Syracuse Vocal Ensemble.
Chris Cresswell hosts your Wednesday morning Classic Choices every week from 6 to 10am. He once shared the stage with a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and again with a top 40 country singer. He is a composer, sound artist, guitarist, and singer/songwriter whose music has been performed around the world. When not working on music, he is an avid runner.
Leo Rayhill has been the host of The Sounds of Jazz (heard Sundays on Classic FM) since 1961 and the program has been broadcast on WCNY-FM since the station signed on in 1971. Rayhill is also the host of Classic Sinatra, a weekly program devoted to the music of Frank Sinatra. Both shows are available daily on WCNY’s Jazz HD station. A Central New York native, Leo is a graduate of Hamilton College.
A graduate of Hamline and Yale, Pilgrim is a professional singer and recording artist. She is also a founding member of the Society for New Music and its educational programs, concerts and operas the organization sponsors. Having concertized throughout the U.S. and abroad with such conductors as Boulez and Keene, Neva has been artist-in-residence at Colgate University for many years. Pilgrim garnered numerous awards, most recently CMM’s Lifetime Achievement for outstanding contribution by a musician to the community.
Dubbed by some as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York”, Bill hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City in 1960. Coming to Syracuse as a US Air Force Public Affairs Officer, Bill started the “Bluegrass Ramble” on WCNY-FM in January 1973. In 1997, Bill was named “Broadcast Personality of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He emcees at least 13 bluegrass festivals every year and writes liner notes for bluegrass and old-time country music artists. Bill is a resident of Liverpool.
Joey Nigro has been entertaining audiences as a singer most of her life in musicals, clubs, concerts and cabaret performances. Her recordings and original songs have been featured on numerous radio and CD compilations. After graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications with a degree in journalism, Joey worked in New York City before returning to Central New York. She was raised on Syracuse’s old North Side Italian American Community where she began interviewing immigrant forbears and second-generation Italian Americans in her family and writing about growing up Italian American. She is a charter trustee of the Landmark Theatre and has worked in workforce development for more than 30 years.
Jim Battaglia was born in the Southern province of Calabria and raised in an Italian American enclave on Syracuse’s Near Westside, where his parents established their home when he was two and a half years old. He is fluent in his first language, the Italian Calebrese dialect, and has toured Italy many times. He and his wife, Francine, have vacationed worldwide and are frequent visitors to his birthplace, the coastal village in Calabria. Jim graduated from CCBI with a degree in business and has been manager of Nojaim’s Market on the Near Westside for more than 40 years. He is Vice President of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
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