Growing up in the suburbs of NYC I was raised on WQXR, WNYC, WNCN, WKCR, WBAI, WRVR, etc. They all broadcast classical music. WNYC offered a festival of American Music. I could hear (and record) broadcasts of the orchestras in Cleveland, New York, Chicago, Boston, Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, etc. They would broadcast modern music and offer informed programs likes Music from Germany, a program of music by Latin American composers…my friend Paul Snook who was, for a time, program director of WRVR had programs devoted to recordings from Italian Radio, a series devoted to music of contemporary Czech composers, etc. I still have Paul's interviews with composers like Schuman, Arnell, DelloJoio, Read, etc. My friend Walter Simmons had a program devoted to the "Late Romantics." He would broadcast concert recordings of the music of composers like Paul Creston.
In my own way, produced over 500 programs devoted to music written since 1900…I devoted 52 programs to music and interviews of Copland, for his 100th birthday.
Then I reflect on the fact that the major radio networks offered quite a bit of classical music back in the day. Can you imagine a broadcast of classical music on CBS, NBC or ABC these days. Even PBS, when it was educational, would offer things like an entire broadcast devoted to the performance of the Ives 4th Symphony…a series on music of the 20s offered by Copland.
Never again will we hear such things on any internet or broadcast station.
On Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:01 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My general beef about classical FM radio has always been an over-reliance on chamber music. It may
be that the orchestral music is played at times of the day I don't tune in, but especially
NPR-afflilated classic stations seem to over-play Baroque and other era small-ensemble music. This
is not to my taste, so I usually choose my own music collection over FM radio for classical music.
One notable exception was the Syracuse NY NPR station in the early 90s. Back when I lived in
transmission range, I'd often tune in and here them playing newly-released Mercury CDs. Needless to
say, I donated generously and let the program director know how much I enjoyed hearing the flood of
great orchestral recordings then coming out on CD. As I recall, that station mercifully relegated
chamber music to overnights and very early morning. WHen most people were tuned in, it was mostly
orchestral music, and an excellent variety at that. No bias against American music or 20th Century
music. It's hard to believe it was only 20+ years ago, but there was still a very vibrant classical
recording scene in the US and Europe at the time. And it was the golden era of CD reissues, so there
was a huge variety of music coming in from the record companies each month.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Clark Johnsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] classical announcers, was Future of CDs
>I would say that the two cities that most surprisingly have decent CM
> stations are Miami/Broward and Las Vegas.
> NYC sucks!
> On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 18/05/2014, Lou Judson wrote:
>> > Perhaps you will find one or two here:
>> > <http://www.kdfc.com/> Hoyt Smith isn't bad.
>> > The one remaining Bay Area classical station. Now available
>> > planet-wide on the internets.
>> BBC Radio 3 announcers are mostly OK. They do know how to pronounce the
>> names of composers.
>> Sarah Mohr-Peitch is excellent, I think.
>> Don Cox
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