San Diego To Lose Classical As XLNC1 Shifts Online

104.9 XLNC1 XHLNC-FM Tijuana San DiegoThe San Diego market will lose its only analog Classical outlet at the end of the month as “XLNC1” 104.9 XHLNC-FM Tecate MX will move online.

In a statement and comments on its Facebook page, the station says it is unable to afford to maintain the FM frequency due to lack of donations and funds. They intend to continue operating online as long as support allows it.

Califórmula Broadcasting founder Victor Diaz launched the brand online in 1998 and moved it to FM in 2000. Following his 2004 death the station was transferred to his widow, Martha Barba de Diaz, who serves as General Manager and Program Director. A 2012 San Diego Union-Tribune story states that she financed all deficits for the station out of her own pocket. The Mexican licensed station operated out of studios in Chula Vista CA.

The only other Classical station available throughout the San Diego market is 89.5 KPBS-HD2. No word yet on what will happen to the 104.9 frequency when XLNC1 vacates.

Dear listeners, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that as of March 1st, XLNC1 will no longer be broadcasting…

Posted by XLNC1 104.9 FM on Friday, February 9, 2018

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  1. I suspect it will become a local Spanish-language outlet serving he Mexican side of the border.

    • Even though it’s licensed to Tecate (away from the coast), its transmitter is apparently pretty high up–and may put a decent signal over the core San Diego area. (When the station was on 90.7, though, it had to deal with KPFK’s grandfathered signal.) I honestly have no idea what the likeliest scenario would be here.

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