Two Virginia Classical Stations To Sign Off

Classics Radio 89.5 WWED Fredericksburg 91.7 WWEM Lynchburg Classical89.5 WWED Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg and 91.7 WWEM Rustburg/Lynchburg, VA will cease broadcasting by the end of the month.

The two stations, which simulcast a Classical music format as “Classics Radio“, will keep their programming running online only. General manager Pete Stover of Educational Media Corporation told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star that the stations did not have enough financial support.

The two stations have run through many formats in their short lives. Since first signing-on in 2005, WWED has gone through phases as Christian Preaching, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Christian AC, and since February 2012 Classical. WWEM launched as a full simulcast of WWED in 2007.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.


  1. Someone will snatch these up…

  2. When I read this story, I asssumed that these stations were “lite classical” stations, playing excerpts from longer pieces or the more accessible classical pieces like overtures and suites. So I logged on to their website, and there’s no doubt that WWED and WWEM are the exact opposie. At 1:00 pm on a Saturday, they played the Brahms Piano Concerto #2 in its entirety, then followed that up with a serious VOCAL piece from the outer boroughs of the choral repertoire, “The Martydom of St. Sebastian” by Debussy. The website doesn’t display a piece-by-piece listing of selections played during the day, but full Symphony Orchestra taped performances are shown for the evening. I’m sure Washington, DC-based WETA-FM can reach parts of Virginia that WWED/WWEM consider their prime coverage area, but not all. If WWED/WWEM operated where I live, I’d listen to it (I live very near to WCRB-99.5 in Lowell, MA, also classical but perhaps not as adventurous as this, although they offered the String Quartet #3 by Bela Bartok on a Sunday afternoon recently).

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