From Mozart to movie music, Bach to Bernstein, opera to crossover, The New Classical 96.3 FM & 103.1 FM broadcasts the greatest music of all time — plus news, weather, traffic, Zoomer Reports and cultural information from around the world. The stations have a legacy of audience and advertiser loyalty unique in the North American radio industry.
The stations’ veteran on-air Classical Jocks popularize classical music and bring a new attitude to one of the oldest art forms in Western civilization. They connect with, and support the community via local news, event listings, interviews, listener requests, and creative contest promotions.
In 2008, The New Classical 103.1 FM began broadcasting local weather, arts reports, and advertising directed specifically to Eastern Ontario listeners.
The stations celebrate composers’ lives through special themed programming that showcases their music in a lively format, explaining musical terms in easily accessible language.
Weekend programming is defined by specialty programs like Sunday Night at the Opera (new and classic opera recordings/exclusive news and interviews), Classical Chartz (Billboard classical countdown), From Zero to 1800 (early and baroque music) and Destination Classics (a music travelogue from the world’s top centres).
Libby Znaimer’s Zoomer Report, with health and lifestyle tips for living well,
airs six times daily.
Live From the Concert Lobby performances, introduced in 2006, have become a promotional must-stop for the world’s most renowned performers. Intimate and unedited, these concerts are broadcast live-to-air from the lobby studio of The New Classical 96.3 FM and provide listeners abroad and in the audience a privileged insider perspective.
Past Concert Lobby guests have included:
Pianists Angela Hewitt, Lang Lang, Yundi
Opera stars Measha Brueggergosman, Ben Heppner, Bryn Terfel
Supergroups Canadian Brass, Canadian Tenors, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
String virtuosi James Ehnes, Lara St. John, Midori
Crossover sensations Il Volo, Paul Potts, The Priests