So once upon a time there were two classical radio stations. Only in the farthest South Suburb or lower could you tune in both. The first, stable but frugal NPR station, was much bigger and had a great big antenna. The second, owned/run by a liberal arts college with world recognition for its choral program, was much smaller and more of a treasure.
Forgoing vivid description of what changed and how, the first reinvented itself and came away having stripped the second of ownership. The second station was now rebranded "The Current." A slickly marketed alt station that escaped rock radio playlist redundancy till exactly 1 hour after the two month, unified across all of its stations, fund drive was complete.
Now we have exactly .8 of one classical station, news station, and alt station. The intervening years saw MPR grow inordinately rich and painfully poor depending on if you read their financials or listened to their stations. New companies were spawned using the public radio angle to secure recordings and deals unavailable to mass market outlets. Things started sounding better on the odd day insulting pleas for more of your money didn't feel like they took up less than .2 of your listening time.
Recently it became part of the largest NPR group, including American Public Media and all other resources, in the states after a successful sale to WGN. But that is fine. The internet has long been the better place for commercial free radio. But not for local Christmas Eve concerts or basically what amounted to the whole of the second station's, from the beginning of our story, entire programming.
The Current can go shove an eclectic mix of items up its alternative holes.