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WGUC-FM (90.9), Cincinnati's classical music and opera station, turns 60 at 4 p.m. today. 

The station will repeat its inaugural broadcast at that hour, a 20-second clip of the University of Cincinnati chimes followed by then-chief announcer George Brengel proclaiming, "This is WGUC in Cincinnati!'

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Larry Thomas was born to love movies. Thomas, the former owner of The Movies Repertory Cinema in downtown Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Radio film critic, was the son of West Virginia parents who owned several drive-ins and theaters.

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Sam Straley was walking around the Los Angeles studio for his ABC sitcom, The Kids Are Alright, when he saw a poster for Milk Money, the 1994 Melanie Griffith film shot in Cincinnati.

He smiled and looked heavenward.

"That's my grandpa saying 'Hey!' " Straley says.

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The demand for more wireless broadband access seems to increase each month. To help meet that demand, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reallocating a portion of the broadcast spectrum used by television stations to make it available for use by wireless carriers.

WVXU kicks off a it's fall fund drive Thursday with a $50,000 matching grant, while WGUC listeners’ generosity earlier this month has shortened the on-air appeal on the sister classical music station until  Tuesday.

Thursday morning WVXU will announce the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation matching grant.   Listeners will be asked to thank the Haile Foundation for its support with #ThanksHaile on Twitter, says Sherri Mancini, Cincinnati Public Radio vice president for development.

Some of the fall funds will pay for a new WVXU transmitter to be installed next month, she says.

Unlike recent years, separate campaigns are underway for WVXU and WGUC.

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  For many, the enjoyment of classical music is part of everyday life. But there also many of us who have limited exposure to classical music, maybe an orchestra concert in the park, or at an event such as LumenoCity. Over the last several years, performers, orchestras and music organizations have been trying new approaches to engage a much larger percentage of the public to listen, appreciate, and learn about the music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Bach, and other great composers. But if you’'re new to classical music and want to hear and learn more, where do you start? Joining us to answer that question is Laura Sabo, organizer of Classical Revolution Cincinnati; musician Heidi Yenney, who plays with Collegium Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, concert;nova, and the Amicus Chamber Players; and, Classical 90.9 WGUC Music Director Jessica Lorey. Her blog, Clef Notes, provides a nice forum for exploring the world of classical music.

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Funeral services will be held Thursday evening for long time WGUC morning host Paul Laumann. 

Laumann hosted the Kitchen Koncert  on 90.9 for 14 years.  He retired in 1986 and was replaced by John Birge.  Enquirer Radio and TV reporter John Kieswetter reports Laumann previously hosted the Kitchen Koncert on Taft Broadcasting's WKRC-FM (101.9) when the station was doing classical music in the 1960's. 

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Chelsea VandeDrink is the master recording engineer responsible for recording every performance by the Cincinnati Opera, The May Festival, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including the Lumenocity concerts. In this profile, Frank Johnson finds out the challenges Chelsea faces, especially in the outdoor setting of Washington Park with 20,000+ people packed in.

On Thursday, August 1, the broadcast tower for WVXU, WMUB and WGUC will be undergoing additional unplanned maintenance starting at 12:06pm. It is required that the stations cease transmission for the safety of the maintenance workers. We certainly regret any inconvenience to our listeners and we promise to do everything possible to keep the outage as short as possible.