Sports added to Omaha’s classical KVNO

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News that Omaha’s KVNO, a full-time classical music station, will begin airing live sports coverage in August has prompted a backlash among listeners of the public radio station licensed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “There were audible gasps in the hall” during a recent chamber music concert when Oboist Darci Griffith announced that sports broadcasts were coming to KVNO, the Omaha World-Herald reports. “Those people were KVNO fans, and no one had bothered to tell them,” Griffith said. The schedule change will provide a new source of income for the station because UNO’s athletic department will pay the station to carry its football, hockey and basketball games. Michael Hilt, assistant dean of UNO’s communications school, says the change benefits students and preserves the majority of KVNO’s schedule for classical music.