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Release: Dec. 11, 2002

KSUI listener's poll honors 25 years of round-the-clock classical broadcasting

KSUI, 91.7 FM, Eastern Iowa's classical radio station, reached a landmark this year: its 25th year of round-the-clock classical broadcasting. To celebrate the silver anniversary, KSUI invited its listeners this fall to vote for their favorite pieces.

This month, every weekday at 1 p.m., the station is broadcasting the top 25 favorites from the polling. The number-one favorite will be broadcast Monday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.

Listeners voted for up to three pieces, says KSUI producer Barney Sherman, who organized the poll. "People keep telling us how much they enjoyed participating, and finding out what other listeners voted for. Of course, many also told us how hard it was to narrow down their choices to just three! One listener said it was like trying to pick a favorite child," he said.

More than 160 works were nominated from Sept. 15 to Nov 15. Some of the 25 finalists surprised KSUI's staff, such as the "Third Symphony" by Henryk Gorecki. "It was a great choice -- a beautiful, profound work, written in 1976, just a year before we went to a 24-hour format. All the selections show how deeply our listeners love and understand music," said Sherman.

Here are the "favorites" broadcast so far. Sherman is updating the list every day at the

station's web site,

14. Beethoven -- "Piano Concerto No. 5," the "Emperor"

15. Tallis -- "Spem in Alium"

16. Pachelbel -- "Canon"

17. Mahler -- "Symphony No. 8"

18. Dvorak -- "Cello Concerto"

19. Beethoven -- "Symphony No. 5"

20. Handel -- "The Messiah"

21. (tie) Mendelssohn -- "Midsummer Night's Dream"

21. (tie) Shostakovich -- "Symphony 5"

23. Gorecki -- "Symphony 3"

24. (tie). Dvorak -- "String Quartet 12 in G," "American"

24. (tie). Saint-Saens -- "Symphony 3," "Organ"

25. Handel -- "Organ Concerto op. 4/4"

As one voter added to his ballot: "Thank you for making my days more meaningful through your choice of good music."