San Diego classical radio station XLNC1 goes online-only

Posted on: March 7, 2018

“XLNC1, San Diego’s only remaining classical-music analog radio station, has been leased to a new operator and will cease to broadcast on 104.9 FM,” writes George Varga in Friday’s (3/2) San Diego Union Tribune. “Its on-air format will change to talk-radio and pop-music in both Spanish and English, according to XLNC1 Executive Director Jessica Diaz, but the station’s classical programming will continue online…. The decision to lease the station, which announced composers and music titles in Spanish and English, was prompted by a ‘lack of donations to continue operating XLNC1 on 104.9 FM,’ said Diaz, who is the daughter of XLNC1’s owner Martha Barba de Diaz.… The company that is leasing XLNC1’s on-air operations … is based in Mexico…. XLNC’s online-only operations [will] continue from the Chula Vista studio it now occupies…. XLNC1 was launched in 1998 as an online-only operation by Victor Diaz, whose Tijuana-based Radio Latina and Fiesta Mexicano stations were popular among Spanish-speaking listeners on both sides of the border…. In 2004 … Victor Diaz died at the age of 62, but it continued to air under the guidance of his wife, Martha, who also served as the station’s program director. She continues to own the station.”

Posted March 7, 2018