WQED-FM marks 40 years of classical arts

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A yearlong celebration of 40 years of classical arts begins today on WQED-FM.

"For 40 years, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 has broadcast the region's finest musical and artistic performances to the community, free of charge," said Deborah L. Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia.

"In return for this service, WQED has been fortunate to have so many of our listeners and neighbors consistently support our efforts to be the voice of the arts in Western Pennsylvania at a time when funding for, and access to, fine arts have been challenged."

For 12 hours beginning at 6 a.m., WQED-FM will broadcast its annual "birthday" celebration. This includes a look back at 1973 as well as community comments and a ticket giveaway to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's season-opening "Mozart's Symphony No. 40."

A special will be broadcast live Saturday from 8-11 p.m. on WQED-TV. Performances and interviews from local groups and guests will be featured, and viewers are asked to participate via social media using the hashtag #WQEDFM40.

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