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By Joyce Etchison | Agent in Naples, FL

It's music to my ears...

Classical South Florida, a nonprofit listener-supported public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music, has begun airing its programming in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida on WNPS 88.7-FM.

CSF acquired the local frequency earlier this year.

Classical South Florida's programming, which originates from Fort Lauderdale, will include classical listener favorites such as the live Metropolitan Opera Saturday broadcast, "Performance Today," "Symphony Cast" and "Pipedreams." There will be some Florida programing as well, such as "Backstage with the New World Symphony."

The station can be heard on FM radio and can also be streamed online at: classicalsouthflorida.publicradio.org/listen/classical/

The station brings classical music to a radio market that has essentially been without it since WGCU-FM in Fort Myers, also a public broadcasting station, switched to a news and interview program schedule on its FM frequencies in 2008. WGCU radio continues to broadcast classical music in an online format and on HD radio, which requires a format-specific receiver.

"We're delighted to bring a full-time classical music service back to Southwest Florida's airwaves," said program director, Jason Hughes, in a news release announcing the on-air status of WNPS-FM.

"Classical South Florida's programming can now be heard by more than 5.7 million people throughout all of South Florida — from the upper Keys to the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, and from Fort Myers to Naples and Marco Island. We're proud of our continued growth, and we look forward to bringing our new listeners the very best in classical music programming for many years to come."

information provided by Naples News

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