Classic FM Shows

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Classic Choices

Enjoy your favorite classical music every day on Classic Choices. These programs are curated by our live, local expert hosts Bruce Paulsen, Diane Jones, Marie Lamb, Adam Fine, Spencer Phillips, and Chris Cresswell. Listen, learn, and love this amazing music on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown.

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Recognized for excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, Feminine Fusion is a 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. WCNY Program Manager and midday host Diane Jones produces this program, which is nationally-syndicated. It’s heard on Classic FM Sundays at 2 p.m. Learn more.

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Now in its 51st year on Classic FM, listen to The Bluegrass Ramble with Bill Knowlton, every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown.

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All of us at WCNY are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Neva Pilgrim, who passed away in January, 2024 at age 85. Among many other things, Neva left an amazing legacy of support for newly-composed classical music through her leadership of the Society for New Music. As a tribute to Neva, we are pleased to continue airing her weekly show Fresh Ink from the WCNY archives. This program has combined new musical styles into an hour of innovative programming since May 1996 on Classic FM, featuring music from the past 5-10 years by composers, performers and recording companies from around the world, including world premieres. It airs Sundays 4 – 5 p.m.


The Capitol Pressroom

The Capitol Pressroom is a daily one-hour program broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom on the third floor of the State Capitol in Albany and syndicated to public radio stations across the state. Hosted by WCNY’s own political expert, David Lombardo, Capitol Pressroom focuses on New York State government and politics. 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, Tony Bennett and Connie Francis; 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

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Thursday Morning Roundtable is broadcast on Community FM, WCNY-HD3 Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.  It’s also streamed here at TMR is a weekly public service program, sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, which features experts speaking on local, state, and national issues of concern to the community.

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Each week, the legendary Leo Rayhill highlights such greats as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Rayhill hosted Sounds of Jazz  on WCNY for five decades. His shows from the Classic FM archives can be heard on WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. Sounds of Jazz is also heard six days a week at 10 a.m. on WCNY HD3, Community FM.


Live at WCNY – On the Radio

Keep in touch with upcoming musical events as local, regional, national, and international musicians and artists visit the Classic FM studios, weekdays at noon. Interviews and live performances inform and entertain you!  Follow WCNY on Facebook and Twitter to learn of upcoming Live at Noon Radio Events, with host Diane Jones. Learn more

The Dinner Hour

Your Classic FM hosts bring you The Dinner Hour, Tuesdays through Fridays at 6 p.m. Enjoy this hour of music that will pair perfectly with your evening meal!

The Concert Hall

Classic FM’s Bruce Paulsen is your host every Saturday night at 8 p.m. for The Concert Hall. Relive the best concerts from all around the region, with local and internationally acclaimed artists – right in your own home.