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Short(ish) and sweet(ish), since self is both lazy and pressed for time right now.  But this is sort of a happy(ish) follow-up to several past SNLC's, about the willful destruction of the local area's only full time classical station by a lethal combinations of wingnut religious thugs and corrupt Republicans back in 2010.  Namely, after almost 3 years without a full-time classical station in STL, the city now has such a station, albeit at nothing like the reach of the old one.  However, these days, given the marginality of classical music in society overall, one takes what one can get.  More including the explanation of the odd diary title) below the flip....

Just to recap, my previous SNLC's on this topic are from:

(1) September 18, 2010
(2) May 21, 2011
(3) August 20, 2011
(4) April 7, 2012

Giving credit where credit is due, the indefatigable P-D reporter who's been covering the whole KFUO 99.1 FM sale saga and the aftermath is Sarah Bryan Miller, the paper's classical critic.  All the past SNLC's on this have relied on her reporting, and the same is true again now.  Her newest report on the story is on the P-D's "Culture Club" blog here.  She notes:

"The Radio Arts Foundation is officially set to start its broadcasts on Monday, April 8; this week, they're quietly working out the bugs and getting everything set for a smooth start. But you can listen in if you're within the analog broadcast area."
Miller visited the station HQ earlier this week, and then turned on the signal in her car on the way home, of course.  Her report:
"On my way home, I tuned my radio to 107.3 - and there was RAF, clear as a bell."
However, as she traveled further along:
"Well, it was clear inside I-270. West of it, I got some static."
I tried tuning in today from my place.  I got the signal pretty clear, but an underhum of static was apparent.  (For the record, the selection that I heard was The Planets of Gustav Holst.  Very top 100 classical.)

Just to give an idea of how "underground" this set up is, per this earlier P-D blog post, the call letters of the new station are:  K297BI.  Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it?  (But hence the title for this SNLC.)

In addition, the new station is apparently 250 watts.  The old KFUO 99.1 was 100,000 watts.  You can do the math.  The static becomes understandable.  Regarding the static, again per Miller:

".....I'm hoping that the static is one of the bugs now being worked out. They may not be operating yet at full power.

People outside those 20 miles will need to listen on HD or online."

The website for the station is here.  But if nothing else, at least now I can set one of the preset buttons on my car radio to a classical station again.  That's some small cause for celebration.  

(Now if we can only get Kermit Brashear, the slimebag lawyer who brokered the corrupt deal that destroyed the old KFUO 99.1 FM, disbarred and publicly humiliated, that would be a real victory.  No chance of that, though.)

Hmm, a mostly nice(ish) SNLC, for once.  With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week......

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  •  yup, yet another autobot posting..... (9+ / 0-)

    .....but I should be back not too long to follow up.

    So, from here; went to volleyball earlier this week, only to realize when I got there that I forgot my kneepads.  Needless to say, that day was the day when I dropped to the floor for one shot - on my knees.  Fortunately, minimal impact and no obvious hurt (now).  But the mere fact that it happened was enough to make me think "D'OH!".

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:43:22 PM PDT

    •  be good to your knees (9+ / 0-)

      you will need them for a long long time and they are vulnerable.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:22:17 PM PDT

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    •  My loser story. In the shower Tuesday morning. (7+ / 0-)

      Went to turn around and rinse the shampoo outta my hair. Slipped - caught myself, didn't fall but twisted the sheeite out of my left knee. By Tuesday afternoon - every step was pure pain. Thought to myself on Wednesday, Yep, I'ma gonna be one of them old people with the plastic daisies in the bottom of the tub. F me runnin! This just isn't right. I'm only going to be 53 next month. So Friday afternoon I got a really cool looking retro bath mat from Target. $9.99 - it matches the awesome harvest gold shower/bathtub and avocado green flooring with stripes and hearts on it. I am so pleased that I didn't have to resort to the plastic stick on daisies. heehee.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:56:56 PM PDT

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      •  We've used bathmats a few times (6+ / 0-)

        and I've experienced easy mold growth underneath each of them - we don't always get the easy time to turn them over and wash them off, so soap remains and helps drive a culture, apparently.  Still, as you say, they can look nice with the rest of our shower/bath area.

        Instead of glued daisies (which I recall from the 70s), we use little fish shapes for kids (also from Target) that have suction cups underneath and are relatively easy to keep clean, fortunately.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:14:58 PM PDT

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        •  yeah, that thought crossed my mind too. Not a mold (6+ / 0-)

          fan. So I got out of the shower this morning, pulled it out, shook it and stuck it to the wall of the shower. A few hours later, I reversed it's orientation. As of tonight, it is nicely dry. I am hoping that this regime will keep the mold at bay.

          if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

          by mrsgoo on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:29:50 PM PDT

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      •  ouch; did you have to go to..... (3+ / 0-)
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        .....the hospital?  Or maybe lots of ice packs, not to mention ibuprofen, can serve as a momentary superficial quick fix.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:08:57 PM PDT

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  •  oh hai! (9+ / 0-)

    busy day here, came home, kids watched doctor who, now they are in bed, yay!

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:21:56 PM PDT

  •  It is good to hear that someone (8+ / 0-)

    still cares about classical music.

    The electric generation can't appreciate what an amazing noise a full orchestra puts out on the pure natch.  Or the miracle that Beethoven was fucking deaf when he wrote his best stuff.

    Not that almost 50-yr-old Stones music doesn't make me cream...

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:26:33 PM PDT

    •  kind of scary to think that..... (5+ / 0-)
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      ......the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, are 50+ yo.  And the old songs still work now.

      The two countries that seem to best appreciate orchestral music among the young are Finland and Venezuela, a rather odd pairing.  (Of course, now that Hugo Chavez has ceased to be, maybe it's safe now to give Jose Antonio Abreu a share of the Nobel Peace Prize.)

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:02:32 PM PDT

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    •  Nothing in the world like playing (2+ / 0-)
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      in one.

      I played the New World Symphony (second clarinet) and when that main theme kicks in in the final movement, it's so overwhelming; I could tell what notes I was playing by the vibrations through my fingers, because I could hear nothing at all but that wave of MUSIC.

      When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

      by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:20:07 PM PDT

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      •  there's supposed to be a connection in the..... (2+ / 0-)
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        .....finale of Dvorak 9 to Longfellow's Hiawatha poems.  Personally, if I were a conductor, I'd like to tell the orchestra to think of the final act of Thelma and Louise in that film as they play the coda at the very end, particularly that last chord.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:43:10 PM PDT

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  •  hi (7+ / 0-)

    Two sets of grandbabies are heading north after a fun week in FL.  One family got around Atlanta about 6:30 PM and the other just after ten PM.  I am always so glad when they make that point.  

    There are so many people on the road with them that traffic jams are common.  They have something on the computer that can warn them about places where it is at a stand still, but going around those can still take a lot of time and patience.

    Who would have guessed that the University of Michigan would make it to the final match up?  All those years when they wrecked my brackets and this year I didn't fill any out...sigh.  

    61-56!!  Go Blue!!!

    Hubby says "bah, Humbug," since he graduated from Michigan State, but I always cheer for them second.  He should do the same, I think, for my team.

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:40:22 PM PDT

  •  I did an very short internship (8+ / 0-)

    at WQXR one week in college.  It was pretty cool, and I enjoyed the experience.  By that time, though, I had decided I probably wasn't going to make a living in radio, so it was just for fun.  

    I am annoyed at myself -- have gotten nothing done today other than a little bit of planting of seeds (some peas, some radishes, some mesclun, mint, and two radish stalks (they look like stalks, bare branch things).  But that was half an hour.  The rest of the day I hung out and watched tv, wrote a diary that no one noticed (and I worked on it quite a bit -- why is it those are always the ones that drop without even the slightest plop?), and petted cats.  They at least appreciated my lazy day.  

    •  just one week? That is short (6+ / 0-)

      Of course, the old WQXR at 96.3 FM is gone, shuffled over to 105.9 FM.  I thought also that WNYC 93.9 FM does occasional classical stuff.

      Don't have a garden (in addition to living in a multiunit building, I have a brown thumb), but did pet kittehs.  Also found your diary, tipped & rec'd.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:20:08 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I tipped and recced you. (5+ / 0-)

      DailyKos diaries are what Marshal McLuhan would probably have described as a hotter medium.  Not really hot, like a billboard, but hotter than the essay form.  I had to learn that it's a good idea to put a catchy image or video clip at the top to draw people in.  But I've slaved before like you wouldn't believe over some diaries and only got a few tips and recs.  It pissed me off royally when my diary on the Kreutzer Sonata only got like 8 recs.  I felt offended for Beethoven's sake!  

      And sometimes it's just slow days, weekends.

  •  It's REALLY annoying not to be able to use the (8+ / 0-)

    first finger of my dominant hand. Can't properly type, have to relearn mousing with left hand, and am having all kinds of issues with things like using a fork and personal hygiene.

    But getting all pissed off about it won't do me any good, so I am trying to bear it with patience.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:44:31 PM PDT

  •  Hi, everybody! (3+ / 0-)

    3CM, I'm glad your city now has a classical station, even if the signal is weak.  And as for top 100 classical, well, the other day the DJ announced Mussorgsky coming up and...

    you guessed it!  Pictures at an Exhibition!

    It's probably the only Mussorgsky I recognize.

    And that was WRTI, which has a wealth of recordings to choose from, both classical and jazz.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:31:11 PM PDT

    •  the catch with Modest Petrovich is that...... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......his body of work isn't that huge, in terms of opus numbers (and he didn't even number his; apparently too disorganized / drunk to do so).  Granted, his two biggest scores are operas, but even then, others had to realize performing editions, although at least Boris Godounov does exist in what seems to be a reasonably close version of what Modest Petrovich wanted.  But in terms of a "big hit", yup, Pictures is it.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:47:19 PM PDT

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      •  Well, it IS brilliant. (2+ / 0-)
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        I never think of the exhibition itself -- I mean, I can't picture the art while listening -- but I adore the music.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:15:11 PM PDT

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        •  one page with some of Hartmann's pictures..... (1+ / 0-)
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          ......that inspired Mussorgsky is here, c/o the wiki article's external links.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:24:33 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks, but (0+ / 0-)

            I don't think you understand.  I have almost certainly seen some of the paintings that inspired him...I've been to some world-class museums and I love that period in art.

            The music doesn't make me think about oil paintings.  Mussorgsky's music makes me bask in Mussorgsky's music.

            Ya know?

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 01:23:06 AM PDT

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            •  perhaps I misunderstood; that aside..... (0+ / 0-)

              .....the original Hartmann paintings are fairly modest looking, from what I've seen of the reproductions (have never seen the originals, obviously).  Pictures is great music, to be sure, but each of the "pictures" is tied to some sort of conventional narrative or idea, rather than just tones strung together, if that makes sense.  Anyway, I love the work too.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:35:30 PM PDT

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  •  OK, my loser story: (2+ / 0-)
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    I just replied to 3CM's reply to my comment about classical music stations, and noticed that my comment count is now 19,808 (19,809 with this one).

    How pathetic is it that I want to hit the 20,000 mark in a Loser's Club post...and that I will have to parse my comments carefully in order to do so?

    OMG, I need a life.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:19:18 PM PDT

    •  Check out the latest diary by "a gilas (3+ / 0-)
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      girl."  You'll feel better!

    •  OK, so you have about 190 comments..... (1+ / 0-)
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      .....to go, and if you parse in terms of how many comments you average in a day/week/whatever time unit, you should be able to map out how to time the 20,000th comment appropriately - if it's worth all the bother :) .  Of course, I haven't checked my own comment count yet, so who am I to talk.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:18:31 PM PDT

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      •  roflmao (1+ / 0-)
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        You think I keep track?  How in the hell did I get here?  I don't keep track, I just pop up and comment wherever & whenever I feel like it!

        Srsly, though, it's more like:  OOOOH!  Readers & Book Lovers!  Got opinions? check: GO.

        CA politics?  Tip & rec & get out b/c...know nothing.

        All my buds at Losers?  Gotta say "hi" to everyone!...

        And allofasudden yer way past yer 20 grand mark going, how'd I miss it?

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 01:15:15 AM PDT

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  •  Michigan wins!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    But I had to miss the end for this:

    Scottish Ensemble

    This week I heard a wonderful performance of a new-to-me opera:  "Murder in the Cathedral."  Based on T.S. Eliot's play.

    Congratulations to St. Louis on the return of a classical music station.

    •  did AB conduct the group? (0+ / 0-)

      When she wasn't the soloist, that is.  Or did they play w/o a conductor, with the concertmaster as de facto leader from the first desk?  They're scheduled to be at UIUC in 10 days time or so, but I won't be making the trek for them.

      The opera that you mentioned; composed by Ildebrando Pizzetti, perhaps?

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:22:23 PM PDT

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      •  The concertmaster conducted as he played. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes as to the opera composer. Had you ever heard of him?  [I won't be surprised if you have a few used CDs or his biography!]

        •  have heard of Pizzetti, yes, but that's it (0+ / 0-)

          I've never heard any of his stuff live, though.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:36:07 PM PDT

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