- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Public Broadcasting Network plans to launch a separate classical music service this spring.

Maine Public Classical will be available over the air from new MPBN radio stations in Bangor, Fryeburg and Waterville starting May 9. It will also be offered online and on HD radios statewide.

The broadcaster’s regular classical offerings will be moved to the new network, making room for more news and entertainment on Maine Public Radio.

The new network will give fans more music- about 160 hours a week.

MPBN Chief Executive Mark Vogelzang says creating a separate classical network has been a part of MPBN’s strategic plan since 2013, due to younger listeners wanting more news and information.

Vogelzang says management hopes to launch a Portland-area classical station soon.

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