Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Debussy, and their contemporaries may hold pride of place as classical’s standard bearers, but the music doesn’t stop there. Classical music spans the globe and the millennia, from the 12th century to the film scores of modern American composers John Williams and Danny Elfman. It is a living tradition, constantly redefining itself – still relevant and influential for millions of listeners. Classical music exists almost exclusively on public radio, with sounds ranging from opera to choral to contemporary and early music. If you’re listening to classical music on the radio, it’s virtually certain that it’s a public radio station.


20 Million+

Americans enjoy public radio music in the U.S. each week, on-air and online

9 Million+

Americans listen to classical on public radio each week


of U.S. classical radio is public radio


Classical public radio stations broadcast in America

Public radio Classical music stations are dedicated to:


Public radio is a space where local listeners can find vast troves of new American music and classical traditions. LEARN MORE


Public radio music stations are one-of-a-kind community tastemakers that reflect and shape listeners’ love of music. LEARN MORE


Public radio provides the airtime and live performances that breathe continued life into historic and regional music traditions. LEARN MORE


Public radio is a driving force in the local music scene, connecting musicians and listeners on stage, on air, and online. LEARN MORE


Public radio is locally owned and operated leading stations to tailor their programming and services to meet community needs. LEARN MORE