As of today, residents of Nashville will no longer hear classical music on the radio during the day. Nashville Public Radio (WPLN) is replacing its classical music from 9am-3pm with On Point, Fresh Air, Here and Now, and Talk of the Nation.
These programs previously aired at different times and on WPLN’s AM station. You can find more details of the programming changes and Nashville Public Radio’s program schedules here.
WPLN will air classical on an HD Radio channel. It will also keep classical music on its main channel in the evenings and overnight on a mix of local and syndicated programs and on some weekend shows (Harmonia, Saint Paul Sunday, and SymphonyCast). And it will continue to broadcast the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera.
The schedule doesn’t indicate whether the classical programming on the secondary stream will be locally programmed and hosted or from a syndicated service such as Classical 24.
According to a story from WPLN about the programming change, WMOT, another public station in Nashville, could have added NPR talk programming. WPLN wanted to be the first to do so. WMOT airs jazz and is based at Middle Tennessee State University.