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Classical Music domination violates the founding purpose of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

This table shows that out of 35 commercial classical formatted radio stations with complete data, 26 were rating over a one share.




To read the table: The bottom line is: It is a myth that "If [CPB] didn't do it [play classical music], who would?" and that therefore "The Music Of The Masters" would never be heard from again and Western Civilization would fall to "The Barbarians".
Just as an automobile running in the confines of a garage replaces the oxygen in the air with carbon monoxide (thus killing any people in the garage), so does the preponderance of classical music displace the hours of eclectic programming that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was originally formed to sponsor! FOR EXAMPLE:
In the first row KBOQ is the 9th ranked station in the Monteray-Salinas-Santa-Cruz, California market. There are 51 other commercial radio stations (decent competition) and in the Summer of 1998, they captured 3.5% of the cumulative listening of those over 12 years of age who were surveyed by Arbtron for that quarter. There were 28 radio stations that earned less than 1% of the attention ... and often survive anyway. KIDD-AM was the next lowest rated radio station in that market. You could go lookup KIDD and some of the other above and below the commercial classical station to get a feel for what kind of other formats are in that attention range. Often what you will find is that it is surrounded by the 3rd country station, the 5th Baby Boomer Beebop radio station, or the sixth Gospel station. These are often stations that have picked a format they are comfortable with, but are also "saturated", that is, the other stations have taken the majority of listeners for that format. When enough of these exist (such as this example) it can often provide the pressue necessary to push ownership to try a format they are not comfortable with, in an attempt to break out of the sub 1 ratings bracket. So from a listener's viewpoint, the more stations that are unprofitable, the more variety you are likely to enjoy.

Often a cell is blank because there was no information to put in that cell. They are initially listed just by their call letters and often the market they are in is deduced by looking at maps of the ADI or MSA (metro area and surrounding) and are included in that market if it appears that there is any chance that a listener from that market would hear the station. Often these commercial classical stations are "rimshots" that are actually supposed to be serving some small town at the extreme edge of the market, but the station is aimed at the metro audience. Also many of the stations are in areas where there is NO rated market to include them in either because of a rural location or because the market is too small for Arbritron to bother with rating. They might also be close, but with a mountain range blocking reception.
By the way, Boulder Colorado has an excellent community radio station, KGNO, in a market with only 11 stations under a one share AND supports a commercial classical station that enjoys around a two share.
Call Format Market Rank # of com stations Su98 Sp98 Wi97 Fa97 #<1share Affil Comment
KBOQ ComClas CA, Monteray-Salinas-Santa-Cruz 9 52 3.5 4.7 4.2 3.9 28   Beat out KIDD-AM (next lowest rated stations)
KDON Best CA, Monteray-Salinas-Santa-Cruz 1 52 9.4 8.8 8.8 8.4 28    
KCFM ComClas OK, Mulgee                  
KDB ComClas CA, Santa Barbara 10 30 * 4 * 4.3 10   beat KSPE
KSBL Best CA, Santa Barbara 1 30 * 10.2 * 9 10    
KDFC ComClas CA, San Francisco 9 55 3 2.7 2.3 2.8 28   beat KITS
KGO Best CA, San Francisco 1 55 6.5 6.6 6.4 6.6 28    
KFSD ComClas CA, San Deigo 9 50 1.7 1.3 1.2 1.4 22   beat KSDO
KYXY Best CA, San Deigo 1 50 6.3 6.8 4.8 5.1 22    
KFUO ComClas MO, St. Louise 18 35 2.4 2.8 2.8 3.1 14   Beat KXOK
KEZK Best MO, St. Louise 1 35 14.1 13.9 10.7 11.2 14   But 2nd best was rated 7.1 7.0 6.8 5.5
KHFM ComClas NM, Albuquerque 5 35 4.7 3.6 5.1 4.7 11   Beat KPEK
KKOB Best NM, Albuquerque 1 35 8.4 8.7 9.3 8.5 11    
KHSS ComClas WA, Walla Walla Not Rated (Rural)                
KING ComClas WA, Seattle-Tacoma 10 34 3.8 3.8 4.3 3.5 11   Beat KISW
KIRO Best WA, Seattle-Tacoma 1 34 7.5 7.5 5.6 7.2 11    
KKGO ComClas CA, Los Angeles 25 55 1.6 1.9 1.9 1.7 28   Beat KBUE
KLUE Best CA, Los Angeles 1 55 6 6.3 5.3 6.1 28    
KLEF ComClas AK, Anchorage 11 23 * 4 * 3.6 6   Beat KHAR
KGOT Best AK, Anchorage 1 23 * 12 * 12.8 6    
KVOD ComClas CO, Denver-Boulder 19 32 1.7 2.3 2.2 2.2 13   Beat KTLK
KYGO Best CO, Denver-Boulder 1 32 7.9 8.2 7.8 9.3 13    
KRTS ComClas TX, Houston-Galveston 25 40 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 17 Pacifica Pacifica Commercial?? Beat KYOK
KBXX Best TX, Houston-Galveston 1 40 7.6 6.7 6.2 6.8 17    
KUCV ComClas NEB, Lincoln Not Rated (Too Small)?                
KXTR ComClas MO, Kansas City 15 29 2.5 2.6 1.9 3.8 9   Beat KCHZ
KPRS Best MO, Kansas City 1 29 9 7.8 8.3 10 9    
KBKK ComClas NY, Albany-Sch-Troy 20 40 0.7 1.3 0.8 1.2 22   Beat WJKE
WGNA Best NY, Albany-Sch-Troy 1 40 11.8 10.9 9.8 11.3 22    
KBOQ ComClas MA, Boston 26 44 0.5 0.4 0.6 * 24   Beat WOKQ
WBZ-AM Best MA, Boston 1 44 7.9 7.8 7.9 9.4 24    
WBQW ComClas ME, Portland 15 29 * 1.6 * 1.6 10   Beat WRED
WBLM Best ME, Portland 1 29 * 9.8 * 10.7 10    
WCLV ComClas OH, Cleveland 13 31 3.1 2.3 3.4 2.9 13   Beat WJMO
WMJI Best OH, Cleveland 1 31 9 8.5 8.1 8.1 13    
WCRB ComClas MA, Boston 10 44 3.3 4.6 4.8 4 24   Beat ??
WFMR ComClas Mich, Milwaukee 19 34 1.5 2.8 2.3 2.5 15   Beat WGN-AM
WTMJ Best Mich, Milwaukee 1 34 11.5 9.2 9.2 11.1 15    
WFMT ComClas ILL, Chicago 25 44 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 18   Beat WGCI-AM
WGCI-FM Best ILL, Chicago 1 44 8 7.7 6.3 7.2 18    
WGKA-AM ComClas GA, Atlanta 23 29 0.4 * * 0.5 11   Beat WPLO-AM
WSB Best GA, Atlanta 1 29 9.9 10.2 11 9.3 11    
WGMS ComClas DC, Washington 6 42 4.5 3.9 4.3 4 18   Beat WRQX, WPFW and WAMU are competitors
WPGC-FM Best DC, Washington 1 42 6.3 6.1 5.5 5.6 18    
WHRB ComClas ?Boston? But not found in Boston ratings                  
KPRB ComClas NJ, Princeton 36 43 * 0.4 * * 18   Beat WQXR, NOTE: 15 mi N of Trenton
WPST Best NJ, Princeton 1 43 * 7.4 * 8.1     NOTE: 15 mi N of Trenton
WVBI ComClas RI, Newport (30mi s on Ocean Island Not Rated                
KCUA ComClas UT, Coalville: 30m East of Salt Lake City Not Rated                 
KBRD ComClas WA, Lacey (25 mi S of Tacoma-Seattle Not Rated in Tacoma                
WKAR ComClas Mich, Lansing Not Rated                
WNIB ComClas ILL, Chicago 23 44 1.7 1.4 1.9 1.7     Beat WSCR-AM
WNIZ ComClas ILL, Chicago 42 44 0 0.1 0 0     Beat WTAQ
WQXR ComClas NY, NY 18 52 2.4 3.1 2.9 2.4 28   Beat WQEW-AM
WSKQ Best NY, NY 1 52 6 5.9 6.1 5.6 28    
WRR ComClas TX, Dallas-FtWorth 20 41 2.1 2.4 2.6 3.1 15   Beat KKZN-FM
KHKS-FM Best TX, Dallas-FtWorth 1 41 7.7 8 7.1 7.5 15    
WTMI ComClas FL, Miami-FtLauderdale 16 42 2.8 2.7 3.2 3 16   Beat WCMQ-FM
WEDR-FM Best FL, Miami-FtLauderdale 1 42 7.4 6.1 6.6 4.9 16    
KNOB ComClas CA, Costa-Mesa (Sof LA) Not listed in LA Mkt                
KFSD ComClas CA, Escondido (N of San Diego) 20 50 1.7 1.3 1.2 1.4 22    
KYXY Best CA, Escondido (N of San Diego) 1 50 6.3 6.8 4.8 5.1 22    
KTRJ ComClas N of LA, CA (60 mi over a mountain Not Rated (Rural)                
KKHI-FM ComClas CA, San Rafael (N of San Francisco) 42 55 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.5      
KKHI-AM ComClas CA, San Rafael (N of San Francisco) 49 55 0.1 0 0.1 0      
KKHK ComClas CO, Denver-Boulder 12 32 3.6 4 4.5 4.4 13   Beat KIMN-FM
KYGO Best CO, Denver-Boulder 1 32 7.9 8.2 7.8 9.3 13    
WAMS ComClas DE, Wilmington Not Rated                
WGUF ComClas FL, Marco (S of Naples) Not Rated (Rural)                
WSYW ComClas IN, Danville (20mi W of Indianapolis) 25 30 0.4 0.4 1.1 1 12   Beat WBRI
WFMS Best IN, Danville (20mi W of Indianapolis) 1 30 13.6 11.4 10.7 13.7 12    
WBQQ ComClas ME, Kennebunkport (20mi s of Portland) 17 29 * 1 * 1 10    
WBLM-FM Best ME, Kennebunkport (20mi s of Portland) 1 29 * 9.8 * 10.7 10    
WPKM ComClas ME, Scarsborough (10mi S of Portland) Not Rated                
WXDG ComClas Mich, Detroit 24 35 1.1 1.6 1.1 1.9 10   Beat WGPR
WNIC Best Mich, Detroit 1 35 8 7.5 7.6 7.4 10    
WFGR ComClas Mich, GrandRapids 15 27 1.8 2.8 2.1 3.2 10   Beat WMUS-FM
WLAV Best Mich, GrandRapids 1 27 9.3 8.9 9.8 9.9      

Data taken from the 1998 SDRS and Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook.

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Last Updated on 7/27/99