A brief but fun article about driving cross-country and comparing classical stations:
Buffalo’s own WNED FM, Classical 94.5, rates pretty well in comparison with their peers.
For one thing, it usually plays entire pieces. Getting into the Midwest, I was surprised to find that was a rarity. The stations we picked up in Ohio and Indiana played a movement of this, a movement of that. It was a “shuffle” effect.
They will also hit you with something heavy, like Mozart’s G Minor Symphony, in the middle of the day, when no one has time for it – and then at night, when you can more often give the music your attention, you get that 18th century Muzak (i.e., formulaic symphonies by some forgotten contemporary of Haydn). WNED is sometimes guilty of that too.
If Mozart’s G Minor is heavy, I guess these stations aren’t playing whole Brahms string quintets or Bruckner symphonies. Sigh.