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WCNY to launch ‘Classical Companion’ on Classic FM

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, will showcase several of its arts and culture partners in a new “Classical Companion” program on its Classic FM radio station. The show aims to keep arts organizations across the region in the minds and ears of listeners and to provide the community with an oasis of calm during this challenging time.

“I am pleased to facilitate these conversations, to share music and stories with these artists and with the Central New York audience on the air at WCNY,” said Diane Jones, Classic FM on-air host. “Music is powerful and can help carry us through all the highs and lows of our lives. I hope these programs will bring some comfort, and a deeper understanding of the incredibly rich arts community we have here at home.”

Classic FM is available on 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica, 90.9 in Watertown, streaming at, and with the TuneIn app.

On-air host Diane Jones will discuss music compositions with music directors by phone, showcasing the pieces they turn to for relaxation and stressful times. They will talk about some of their favorite music, listen to them together, and talk about what makes them so special.

The series will air at noon on Classic FM.


Wednesday, March 25: Cornelia Orth, Music Director–Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Friday, March 27: Lawrence Loh, Music Director–Symphoria

Wednesday, April 1: Ida Tili-Trebicka, Board Member/Music Coordinator–Civic Morning Musicals

Friday, April 3: Sean O’Loughlin, Principal Pops Conductor–Symphoria

Central New York’s only classical music station Classic FM 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.

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