Classical returns to LA airwaves

Posted on: February 9, 2009

“Classical music is returning to the AM radio dial, right where K-Mozart used to be,” writes Lee Margulies on a Los Angeles Times blog Saturday (2/7). “Starting Feb. 15, KGIL-AM (1260) will devote a four-hour block every Sunday to the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. The orchestras’ broadcasts will air back to back from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And beginning Feb. 16, there will also be a classical music interlude from 8 to 9 on weeknights: ‘Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin.’ ” The station, featured all-classical music programming before changing to talk in October 2007, along with it’s call letters, originally KMZT-AM. “Now some classical fare is returning. In a news release issued late Friday afternoon, KGIL described its decision as a response to “popular demand,” noting also that the two orchestras would supplement the blocks of Great American Songbook programming that is already part of the Sunday schedule.”