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Nashville Public Radio to expand with new station

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On air in Nashville since the 1960s, WPLN is Nashville’s NPR News station that also provides robust local news coverage and programming round-the-clock. 

Nashville Public Radio is broadening its offerings to the community by launching a new format on 91.1 FM while transforming its legacy 91 Classical station to a digital format. 

The new station will debut on 91.1 FM in fall 2020. The station will feature complete local curation broadcast from Nashville Public Radio’s state-of-the-art recording studios. 

“The new 91.1 FM will be a vibrant soundtrack of Music City and partner with local arts and culture organizations,” said Steve Swenson, president and CEO of Nashville Public Radio. “It will introduce a new sound to the Nashville radio dial.” 

Nashville’s heritage 91Classical will switch from 91.1 to 90.3 WPLN HD-2 plus continue its programming through streaming online, on the Nashville Public Radio app and through smart speakers. 

“Nashville Public Radio has deep roots in classical music and our commitment to this genre continues via a modern, 24-hour digital format,” Swenson said. “We appreciate our loyal 91.1 listeners and look forward to continuing to bring our concentrated, classical station to the marketplace.” 

The transformations reflect Nashville Public Radio’s evolution to serve the community with diverse offerings that also include flagship station WPLN News. On air in Nashville since the 1960s, WPLN is Nashville’s NPR News station that also provides robust local news coverage and programming round-the-clock. 

The new 91.1 will generate additional financial resources to help WPLN News expand with more reporters, editors and local reporting.

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