Just in: Ed Yim to head WQXR

Just in: Ed Yim to head WQXR


norman lebrecht

August 06, 2020

The former New York Philharmonic v-p Edward Yim is to head New York Public Radio’s classical music station WQXR, it has just been announced. He starts in September as chief content officer, stepping down as president of the American Composers Orchestra.

Good catch.



  • Ken says:

    Wait, there’s still a QXR? Who knew?

  • Great news, maybe there will be more MUSIC from the last 100 years!

    • Music fan says:

      I certainly hope so to. Even Vladimir Horowitz complained “If WQXR plays any more Telemann Concertos, it will kill me.”

  • drummerman says:

    A few months WQXR advertised for a position called “Senior Vice President of Music.” Is this the job Mr. Yim has taken?

  • This is great news for WQXR and music lovers. Ed Yim has blessed every organization he has been affiliated with. His generosity of spirit, devotion to artists, every style, period and perhaps most impressive his support of new music make him a perfect choice. A great human being and one of the most brilliant minds I know. Bravo and toi toi toi!!!

    • Jay says:

      We will wait and hear. Long ago I remember the station was open to musicians “talk ” and new
      music and did take part on many occasions with
      musicians introducing new works.You had a “talK'”
      about the music a history about the composer and
      then the performance.

    • buxtehude says:

      @Norman K.:

      Let us make way! If Mr Yim is not then himself an angel, yet then should he be serenaded by herald angels, echoing the seraphim, singing now in styles of “contemporary classical”.

      Seriously, is WQXR still needed today, with on-line alternatives so vastly more responsive and richer in every single way? Especially considering its vast overhead and need to be constantly sponging up contributions? And considering too its supposed obligations to “contemporary classical,” which never fail to harass and drive away more members of its swiftly dying-out audience, including those still tied to broadcast radio?

      Let me know if I’m missing something here, I’ll watch this space . . .

      • NYMike says:

        As a regular supporter, I disagree. With Bose radios, a very good stereo system, and other smaller radios in every room (including bathroom) in my apartment, I depend on WQXR much as I often differ with its programming. The station also has live programming from Carnegie Hall and from the Greene Space.

      • Jay says:

        On reading further you do come away thinking
        what a clever operator . All things to all people usually means nothing to anybody but yourself.
        It is an art form in itself…….nothing changes..

    • Jeffrey Biegel says:

      Agreed. Ed is a wonderful administrator and will bring his vast knowledge and personal touch to this much loved radio station.

  • Sam says:

    They’ve long been an irrelevant radio station cut off from the NY music scene they purport to be a part of. Good luck to him.

  • What does Ed’s appointment have to do with the other QXR “leaders” and employees?

  • Beinisch says:

    Very good professional. The station will improve with him.
    And, a very nice man indeed

  • Couperin says:

    Does this mean we will be hearing a lot more Bryce Dessner, Jonny Greenwood and Richard Reed Parry on classical radio?? I hope so!

  • fflambeau says:

    I believe WQXR used to be owned by the Disney people. I wish Mr. Yim good luck. The station is certainly in an area where a lot of people love classical music. Opportunities should abound. Mr. Yim has been an advocate for “new music”. Let’s see if that remains.

    Looks like a good choice but let’s wait and see.

    • Bill says:

      WQXR was owned by the two partners that started it up in 1929 who then sold to the New York Times in 1944 which owned it until it was sold to New York Public radio. Disney was never involved in its ownership.

    • Marie Lamb says:

      Disney bought the old WQXR 1560 AM for Radio Disney; I believe that happened after WQEW, which played American popular standards, was shut down.

  • Jasper says:

    I stopped listening to WQXR-FM in 2003 in the aftermath of the firing of Gregg Whiteside by Tom Bartunek.

    Whiteside is the most knowledgeable classical music radio host I’ve ever heard over my many decades of listening.

    Fortunately, he re-surfaced on WRTI-FM, where he continues to do splendid work. New York’s loss, Philadelphia’s gain.