Around 1960 Gustav Mahler became more widely accepted as a great composer, but most people still didn’t like his music because it was too loud, too noisy. They would say, "I don’t like Mahler, he bangs!"
Music: the world: even classical music: it's all gotten a LOT louder since then. Hardly anyone complains that Mahler’s too loud today.
In the world of classical music, Bill McGlaughlin has a wonderful new daily program, “Exploring Music”. If you listen to a station that plays (or used to play) Carl Haas’s program, they may now have McGlaughlin. His comments on the music are interesting and informative, and he makes good choices about what to play. See this page at WFMT for more details.
Bonus link: the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest results are out for 2005, and there are some fine winners.