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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about WGUC or our programming? You may find the answer to your question below. If you need more information, feel free to contact us.

Programming

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WGUC Station Contacts & Opportunities

Programming

How can I find out about music I heard on WGUC?
WGUC publishes our playlist on its day of broadcast. You can find using the What's Playing link. For hours not listed there (including overnights and weekends), please consult the Classical 24 website. (Playlists at this site are noted in Central Time.) For Sunday Baroque listings (8AM-12PM Sundays), visit the Sunday Baroque web site: www.sundaybaroque.org. In addition, you can sign up to receive our free e-mail playlist, which sends our music listings to your inbox every day. For additional questions about a specific piece of music, we invite you to contact us.

Where can I buy the music I heard on WGUC?
Most of the music we play can be purchased through classical music retailers. Clicking on any of the "Buy" links throughout our playlist will take you to ArkivMusic.com, one of our retail partners. Your purchase through these links also benefits WGUC!

In addition, visit our partners page to find other online outlets where your music purchase benefits WGUC.

If you are interested in browsing the classical music shelves at brick-and-mortar store in the Cincinnati area, we recommend visiting Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion or Crestview Hills. Join the Joseph Beth Gives Back program and your purchases benefit 90.9 WGUC.

If you are new to shopping for classical music, check out our helpful article, The Well Tempered Music Shop for an introduction.

If you need help placing an order, you can contact our programming department at any time.

Can I recommend a piece of music or a program to air on WGUC?
WGUC welcomes feedback on our programming. You can use our online contact form to pass along your ideas to our programming department.

Can I get a recording of a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera or May Festival concert or broadcast?
Sorry! Our agreements with these organizations prohibit the distribution of concert recordings.

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Website, Online Audio & E-mail

How do I listen to WGUC online?
Listening to WGUC There are many options for listening to WGUC online. Based on your internet connection and system capabilities you can choose from Flash, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, iTunes or WinAmp.

For additional help listening online, contact us.

Can I listen to WGUC using Apple iTunes?
Yes, you can find the stream here or on iTunes under "Classical 90.9 WGUC.

Do you stream using MP3?
Yes, you can find the stream here or on iTunes under "Classical 90.9 WGUC."

I'm having trouble receiving my e-mail playlist or newsletter. Is something wrong?
Spam filters and network outages can sometimes wreak havoc on e-mail communications. Complete our online contact form or reply to one of our previous e-mail publications with a detailed description of your problem, and we will look into the situation.

Due to our volume of e-mail publications as well as technical considerations, please understand that we are unable to individually accommodate spam filters that require senders to reply to an automated message or click on a link to grant access.

How do I subscribe to your e-mail list?
Click the Preferences link on the left side of the page. Then complete the ensuing form, choosing the publications you would like to receive.

How do I unsubscribe from your e-mail list?
All our e-mail publications provide means to unsubscribe at the bottom of the page. You can also reply to the message with "unsubscribe" in the body of your message, and you will be removed promptly.

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Supporting WGUC

I have a question or concern about my WGUC membership. Who do I contact?
We thank you very much for your help in keeping classical music on the radio in Cincinnati. Please complete our contact form or call us at 513-241-8282, and choose option 2 from the menu. You will be directed to our membership department for assistance.

When am I due to renew my membership? When did I last give, and how much?
Our membership department can provide you with detailed records. Please complete our contact form or call us at 513-241-8282, and choose option 2 from the menu. You will be directed to our membership department for assistance.

What is a Sustaining Membership?
A Sustaining Membership is automatically renewed annually and will remain in effect until you contact 90.9 WGUC to cancel or change the amount of your monthly or annual gift.

How do I cancel or change my sustaining Membership?
Please use our online form to update or change your address or any other personal information. You can also call 513-241-8282 and choose option #2 from the menu.

How do I inform you of an address change?
Please use our online form to update or change your address or any other personal information. You can also call 513-241-8282 and choose option #2 from the menu.

How do I change the credit card you use to deduct my membership contribution?
Please use our online form to update or change your address or any other personal information. You can also call 513-241-8282 and choose option #2 from the menu.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes! Your contribution to WGUC is tax deductible, minus the fair market value of any "thank you gift" you accept in return for your contribution. You will receive a statement from WGUC containing the amount of your gift that is tax deductible. For more information, complete our contact form or call us at 513-241-8282, and choose option 2 from the menu. You will be directed to our membership department for assistance.

Can I give at any time, or do I have to wait for an on-air fund drive?
We encourage you to give today! Your contributions throughout the year will always "buy back" hours that we would spend fundraising on the air. You can give to WGUC anytime either by using our secure online form or by calling our membership department at 513-419-7155.

Are these on-air fund drives really necessary?
Yes, WGUC's on-air fund drives play an important role in gathering new members, meeting our operating budget and keeping the classical music on the radio going strong. While we do on-air membership drives three times per year (in, roughly, February, May and September), we use detailed research to consistently reduce the hours spent asking for contributions from listeners.

Your contribution at any time throughout the year always helps reduce on-air fundraising hours. You can give to WGUC anytime either by using our secure online form or by calling our membership department at 513-419-7155.

Can I donate my classical music LPs to WGUC?
Thank you very much for thinking of us, but we cannot accept them. In fact, WGUC liquidated its own LP holdings many years ago.

If you are interested in donating your collection, we suggest contacting your local library branch. They will often resell them at library book/CD/LP sales. Another option is the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, located in Cincinnati.

If you are interested in selling your collection, your best options are eBay, perhaps going through one of the second party local businesses that specialize in putting items up for auction on eBay, or contacting a rare LP/CD retailer who might be interested in purchasing.

What are the Terms and Conditions surrounding Text2Give?
A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the Cincinnati Public Radio and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help.**

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Advertising

How do I advertise on WGUC?
You can learn all about underwriting on WGUC on our Sponsorships & Advertising page, or you can call our Corporate Sales Department, at 513-241-8282. Choose option 3 from the menu.

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Financials

Where does WGUC's money come from?
More than 70% of WGUC's revenue comes from the community-through contributions from individual members and businesses. Additional revenue comes from federal, state and local sources; grants from foundations; and income from events, studio rentals, merchandise sales, etc. A breakdown of WGUC's revenues and expenditures is available online.

Are you affiliated with the University of Cincinnati? Do you receive money from them?
No. While WGUC began in 1960 as a department of the University of Cincinnati, we are no longer affiliated with UC. In 1994, WGUC became a separate tax-exempt non-profit organization: Cincinnati Classical Public Radio, Inc. (CCPR). UC maintained ownership of the station's license and contracted with CCPR, Inc. to manage the station with WGUC's Community Advisory Board becoming the Board of Trustees of CCPR, Inc. Then in 2002, UC transferred ownership of WGUC's broadcast license to CCPR, Inc. As a result, WGUC no longer receives any financial assistance from the University of Cincinnati.

Does WGUC receive money from National Public Radio?
No. WGUC receives approximately 8% of its operating revenue from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that helps fund nearly 1,000 public radio and television stations across the country.

Is the government discontinuing funding of public broadcasting?
From time to time, WGUC receives inquiries about an e-mail chain petition that discusses attempts by some members of Congress to eliminate public broadcasting funding. This e-mail petition is not current, but dates back to 1995. At that time, two well-meaning students at the University of Northern Colorado started the petition. For more information about the petition and to view the University's statement regarding this issue, please see the University's web site.

Due to tremendous grassroots support at that time, Congress did not eliminate funding for public broadcasting in 1995. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is currently advance funded into FY2014.

Eliminating funding for public broadcasting continues to enter the debate over how to solve the federal budget deficit. Listeners in Greater Cincinnati and across the country continue to let their representatives know that funding public broadcasting is important to them.

You can find out more about CPB's annual appropriations from Congress from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting or 170millionamericans.org. The funds that WGUC receives from the Corporation for Broadcasting amount to 8% of our operating budget. If you are looking for a way to help maintain this funding source, you can write to your representatives in Congress and thank them for their continuing support of public broadcasting.

Thank you for your interest and concern about the future of public broadcasting. It is because of listeners like you that WGUC is able to serve the Greater Cincinnati community with the finest in classical music and NPR programming.

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WGUC Station Contacts & Opportunities

Where are you located?
Our studios are in the Crosley Telecommunications Center at 1223 Central Parkway, Downtown Cincinnati. We are connected by the pedestrian bridge to the back of Music Hall, across Central Parkway.

Can I take a tour of the station?
We do allow groups to tour WGUC in limited numbers. Contact Chris Phelps at (513)241-8282 ext102 for more information.

Can I volunteer at the station?
We are always looking for volunteers during fund drives. Volunteers answer pledge calls and enter the data directly into a computer. Visit our volunteers page for more information.

Are the job openings at the station?
We list any available positions on the Jobs page of our website. WGUC is an equal opportunity employer.

Who do I contact regarding an event that would be of interest to WGUC's audience?
You can complete the form in our Cincinnati Spotlight section to submit your event for potential on-air promotion.

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