FOUNDER OF XLNC1 RADIO
VICTOR DIAZ (1942-2004) ~ AN APPRECIATION
“His vision of radio was to be an instrument of education.”
-- Alejandro Diaz, Son of the Station’s Founder
Victor Diaz was an innovator, a rebel, a true visionary, and he brought classical music to the masses in San Diego and Northern Baja California when he founded the radio station XLNC1. As a passionate lover of classical music, he felt that anyone could learn to appreciate this art form. To make classical music accessible to as wide an audience as possible, he began XLNC1 as an internet radio station in 1998, streaming the great classics 24 hours a day at www.XLNC1.org. The station began broadcasting at 90.7 FM on February 14, 2000 and moved to 104.9 FM in 2008. Since the station’s inception, there has been an enthusiastic response not
only from Southern California and Northern Baja, but from around the world, even from as far away as Antarctica. A scientist from McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica wrote: “Your music warms our laboratory as we search for fossils in the 34 million-year-old sediment cores recovered from the bottom of the Ross Sea by the Cape Roberts Project. What a delightful gift you provide the whole world.”
Victor Diaz’s vision was to create XLNC1 Radio as a bi-national station to educate audiences in both Mexico and the United States about classical music. It is the only classical music radio station in the world that broadcasts in both English and Spanish.
And it is the only full-time classical music station on the radio dial in San Diego and Northern Baja California. Victor was often fond of saying that he thought he converted more people into classical music lovers than any symphony orchestra or opera company ever could because every year hundreds of thousands of people were able to tune in to XLNC1 for free any time of the day or night. With the opportunity for easy 24-hour access to great music, Victor was convinced that many people would learn to appreciate classical music. After Victor’s passing, his wife, Martha Barba de Diaz, has continued to carry on his work with the radio station. XLNC1 is truly his legacy to classical music lovers the world over.