Classical music lovers won't be waking up to Carmon DeLeone after this Sunday. WRRM-FM (WARM98) has canceled his "Sunday Morning Music Hall" after 16-1/2 years, in a budget cut. The final show airs 8-10 a.m. Sunday.
"We hope that 'SMMH' might someday find a new home on the air in Cincinnati," says DeLeone in an e-mail. He's music director for the Cincinnati Ballet, Middletown Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in suburban Chicago.
The show was not in the 2008 budget, but DeLeone was allowed to tape a farewell show Thursday night. (He didn't learn about the cancellation until Jan. 1, when he returned home from Chicago.)
"Sunday Morning Music Hall" premiered Easter Sunday March 31, 1991, as a three-hour show, 8-11 a.m. Two years ago, when Cumulus bought the station, it was cut to two hours. Arbitron's summer quarter ratings ranked DeLeone's show as No. 3 among all listeners in its time slot.
To read more about DeLeone and the show, my colleague Janelle Gelfand has posted part of her 1997 story about the show on her classical music blog:
I'm not sure which station in town might pick up "SMMH." Any suggestions?