After more than a year of quiet changes, Nashville Public Radio's classical service is now 91Classical.
Careful listeners may have noticed more local classical music than ever before both in the form of live, in-studio performances by skilled Midstate chamber musicians and recordings by Nashville ensembles, soloists and composers. Our playlists now contain a greater variety of music, pulling from the entire classical repertoire. We're also providing an increasing amount of additional context online to help our audience enjoy the rich tradition of classical music and connect with the music-makers in our own community.
The new name is both a recognition of those changes and a commitment to keep adding breadth and depth to our programming.
As 91Classical, we'll build on those steps. Starting now, we're offering new, regular features during our weekday programming, like light Baroque selections to get each weekday started and waltzes that celebrate the end of the work day. The station's social media presence has expanded, inviting our audience to join us in conversations about the music they love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Wherever our listeners look for us—on the air or online—they'll find us under 91Classical name.
At the heart of these changes, our mission remains the same: to make classical music available and accessible to all Nashvillians. 91Classical is simply the next iteration of the spirit that has always driven Nashville Public Radio. After all, our roots lie in 1962, when the public library made the enterprising decision to share classical music records with more than one patron at a time by using cutting edge technology of the day: FM radio. We took a leap in 1996, betting that we could become an even better service by leaving the library and becoming the independent entity of Nashville Public Radio. We realized a long-held dream of a dedicated classical-only signal six years ago when we acquired WFCL.
Now, as 91Classical, we will continue to take bold steps that bring classical music to Nashvillians wherever they are, on the radio and in the digital sphere.