Area classical music fans may go days without a local radio station catering to their tastes, following news that organizers have delayed today's planned start of 24-hour classical music station WSMR-FM (89.1) due to problems with the transmission tower. Tampa public radio station WUSF-FM (89.7) bought WSMR with plans to shift its daytime classical music shows to that station, leaving space for an all-news format featuring National Public Radio programming. WUSF's part of the transition will still happen today, bringing NPR shows such as Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation to Tampa Bay area airwaves. But classical music fans may have to wait until week's end or early next week to hear their station debut. "We're disappointed as anyone that this happened," said JoAnn Urofsky, general manager of WUSF public media.
Launch of classical music station delayed
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