St. Louis classical radio station bids farewell

Posted on: July 7, 2010

Early Wednesday (7/7) on the Post-Dispatch online (St. Louis), Sarah Bryan Miller writes, “The farewells for KFUO (99.1 FM) came to an end on Tuesday night with the playing of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral.’ That ended a week of goodbyes for 62-year-old ‘Classic99.’ Its owner, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has sold the signal of St. Louis’ classical music station to Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s JOY-FM, which will use the signal for Christian contemporary pop music, beginning today. In place of the usual ads in the last days, there were thank-yous from prominent figures in the arts, including Susan Slaughter, the just-retired longtime principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. ‘Thank you for your ministry of great music to the St. Louis area and the whole world,’ Slaughter said. … The music library will stay with all-religious KFUO-AM, which will continue to operate. [Dennis] Stortz will stay on as manager, but 14 other station employees have been laid off. Most of them have been at KFUO for a long time, from 19 years for program director Jim Connett—the junior member of the firm—to 33 for [Operations Manager and Announcer Ron] Klemm.”

Posted July 7, 2010