Classier King FM

Classical King FM will broadcast Seattle Opera’s The Magic Flute this Saturday night at 7:30.

And what of March, or April? Fact: You can’t make spring show up using mind power alone. (I tried several times.)

But May’s showing considerable promise, not least because Seattle’s Classical King FM has gone listener-supported and commercial-free. What up!

Why Classical? I like it when I’m working. God bless you KEXP, but whenever I hear contemporary lyrics, my mind can’t help but try to crack the code.

“Oh my god. What did that singer just say. Did he say what it sounded like? And now he’s saying it again. Wow. And I guess that’s the chorus. That’s a girl singing.”

Classical King FM, though, has a way of gracefully tending to her job and letting me do mine—our mutual respect is a thing of beauty. Its instrumentals nurture your heart and soul without even rhyming.

And the announcers? Adorable. They speak warmly, eloquently, with informed appreciation for each and every piece. Maxine Frost is so enamored of composers that she draws them in her free time, posting the sketches on her “Crazy for the Composers” blog.

Let’s be honest, the station’s once-frequent ads for laser vein treatments were pretty bad. But those, and the Shuttle Express commercials, and plugs for the Olympic Hot Tub Company, are all in the past.

And you can just change the station during the pledge drives. Or donate. Right. 🙂



  1. Kit · May 21, 2011

    I’m going to see The Magic Flute this week! I will be sharing music with you from far away.

  2. ebenbow · May 21, 2011

    Sweet! So, the costumes… how trippy are we talking?

  3. Mara · May 23, 2011

    Ooh. WNYC has a modern classical online stream that I really like, too:

  4. ebenbow · May 24, 2011

    Nice call. I’m listening to “The New Canon” right now–really well-chosen compositions. Thanks, Mara!

  5. Kit · May 29, 2011

    Reporting in:
    The costumes were surprisingly tame.
    The set was…Antartica? There were snow suits and penguins.
    Oh, the eighteenth century. ❤

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