The New CBC Radio 2

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The music programming at CBC Radio 2 will sound significantly different when the fall schedule starts today then it did before the summer schedule kicked in. The classical music programming has been trimmed back, and in it's place are new programs that promise to feature eclectic, primarily Canadian, independent and alternative artists.

Two new programs in specific, Radio 2 Morning and Radio 2 Drive (seemingly named by the department of the obvious), hosted by Tom Allen and Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), will feature acts such as Stars, Sloane, Wilco, the Bicycles, Al Green and Ron Sexsmith. While providing a welcome outlet for successful but not commercial-radio artists, the changes have drawn significant protests from the classical music community. The national broadcaster has also launch four online music streams: classical, jazz, canadian composers, and canadian songwriters.

The Globe previews Drive, and the National Post has a running blog with commentary from Adam McDowell on his reaction to the first day of the new programs.


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