Maine Public adds station to classical network

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Maine Public added a sixth signal to its classical music network Tuesday.

The signal reaches 350,000 people, including the state capital of Augusta and communities in the state’s mid-coast area, according to a press release. Maine Public aims to continue expanding its classical network to reach the entire state, the release said.

The broadcaster purchased WBQA 96.7 FM in Boothbay Harbor for $550,000 from Blueberry Broadcasting, which previously aired rock music on the station, according to the Portland Press Herald.

“The 96.7 is a very powerful signal that will reach a large part of the coast and interior of Maine,” said CEO Mark Vogelzang in the release. “We have a great number of very loyal classical listeners in that area — both permanent residents and summer visitors — and the new signal should serve them quite well.”

The classical network airs a locally hosted show weekday mornings and primarily syndicated classical and jazz programming throughout the rest of its schedule. It launched in 2016.