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BBC Proms make New York broadcast debut

What took them so long?

WQXR Brings the World’s Premier Classical Music Festival,

The Proms, to New York Listeners for the First Time


WQXR FM to air 8 full concerts every Saturday from July 20 to September 7

in addition to daily highlights and on-demand streaming


(New York, NY—April 18, 2013) WQXR, the nation’s most listened-to classical music radio station, announced today that for the first time it will offer a full digest from the 2013 BBC Proms concerts, thanks to its membership of the European Broadcasting Union.  The BBC announced today that it is making available the entire Proms season to North American Associate members of the European Broadcast Union.


Starting on July 20 and continuing for 8 straight weekends, WQXR FM will air full concerts from The Proms every Saturday at 5pm EST.  WQXR will also air highlights from other Proms concerts weekdays at 4 pm EST through Labor Day weekend.


In addition, Q2Music, WQXR’s online contemporary music station, will provide access to a full selection of the contemporary music offered by The Proms.  WQXR and Q2 will also offer on-demand streaming of select Proms concerts for a full 30 days after the initial airing of the concert.


“We are thrilled that, for the first time in our 76 year history, WQXR listeners will be able to enjoy the spectacular music making from The Proms,” said Graham Parker, WQXR’s General Manager. “Our friends at the BBC schedule a remarkable season of memorable musical events, and it is a pleasure to be able to offer this to our audience.”


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  1. What took them so long? Licensing fees, I should think.

  2. Renate Perls says:

    About time!!

  3. I hate to throw water on this big news by pointing out that BBC Radio 3 and its live and archival streaming of Proms concerts (and much else) has been available to listeners in the United States (and indeed anywhere around the world) for a few years now. Nonetheless, a nice development that I hope will reach radio listeners who don’t want to bother logging in to a website.

  4. we’ve had it in los angeles for years…

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