Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Congresspeople speak up for classical music in STL

My car CD deck is on the fritz, so I have been listening to the radio lately. I have been surprised by the quality of the programming on Classic 99. Suddenly I have been mourning the reported decision by the Lutheran Synod to sell the station.

So this announcement today from the office of Congressman John Shimkus is heartening.


Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) spoke out against the sale of KFUO-FM on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this evening. Congressman William “Lacy” Clay, Jr. (D, Missouri-1) also spoke on the floor against the proposed sale.

“As a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, this is not a position that I take lightly, but I truly believe that the sale of our area’s lone classical music station does the church and the community wrong,” Shimkus said.

“My wife is a classical musician, and as residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area, we take advantage of the fine arts that KFUO-FM supports. That cooperative link will hurt many regional institutions.”

Shimkus joined many prominent Missouri Synod Lutherans in signing a petition in mid-2009 to the Synod’s Board of Directors opposing the sale.

“After being contacted by many constituents and fellow Lutherans, I thought a public statement was appropriate at this time,” he noted.

Shimkus’ comments may be heard online at

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