The 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.