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A classical radio casualty in the Rio Grande Valley with sale of PublicRadio88

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It is not just National Public Radio and local news that will be lost when RGV Public Radio 88 FM ceases to operate. Mario Muñoz's classical music show "New Edition" will also be lost from the airwaves. It is a one-of-a-kind production in the Rio Grande Valley.  "It is very sad that the Valley will be losing this program," said Max Horowitz, a New York-based music promoter who has provided albums and artist interviews for Muñoz's show for many years. "Programs such as Mario's can only be found on non-commercial radio. To not have a non-commercial radio station that plays music in your market, means it is next to impossible to hear several genres of music."

The Diocese of Brownsville is selling 88.1 and 88.9 FM to California-based Immaculate Heart Media. The new buyers plan to air religious programming, meaning NPR, local news provided by the Rio Grande Guardian, and music shows such as "New Edition" will be lost to the Valley. "I have run the classical music show for the past five years," Muñoz said. "The 30-minute show goes out at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. We feature selections from the newest classical music CDs, providing commentary about the music and interviews with the performers and composers." In addition to Muñoz's classical music show, the airwaves will also lose Chris Maley's blues music show, "On The Road Side."

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