Monday, November 26, 2007


Do me a favor and think about what you want from a classical music radio station?
If you are someone who does not use radio at all, or for whom the idea of an all classical station is new, tell me what you think you would need-what would make you want to tune it. Should we limit the format? No long Teutonic symphonies, or opera or music wirtten after 1960 during business hours, would that help? Or hurt?
Do you want background music? Do you want to be provoked, entertained, all three or just be left alone?
There are so many schools of thought out there. I began with the model that public broadcasting serves the underserved by presenting what is not commercially viable. But at 50, I fear I'm the last of that generation. Today, if it isn't comercially viable-if it can't bring in donors (thus serving the wealthy) or keep a maximum number of listeners happy-it doesn't play. I'm one of those people who got turned on during the 60s by the Met opera boradcasts. Are you? What would make you tune in? Some news and public affairs? Some specials? Or all music, and if all music what do you think would play best and what would you want feaured. Bottom line, how do I get you to listen?

No wrong answers of course. It's subjective. But tell me what you think.



Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher - It's your colleague the Arts Diva here.

If I hear James Galway's version of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto ONE MORe TIME....

One thing I have noticed that I do not like is the repetition of certain recordings and works over and over and over, especially at certain times of the day. Geez I love Beethoven but the Emperor Concerto ad nauseum is not good. And one week I lost track of how many times I heard the Schumann Rhenish. It made me seriosly wonder - IS ANYONE OVER THERE LISTENING?? The emhasis also appears to be on symphonic music, when there is also great and inspiring choral work out there as well.

I really enjoy hearing John and Boyce and wish that they would add personalities like them to the station, rather than cut them back. People want to identify with folks they know, not nameless voices.....Celebrities - that's what everyone wants!

Are you still running the MTT radio files? If not, you should start repeating them! I caught a couple and they were brilliant but I don't recall them getting much advance push and I am still not sure when they are on.

Finally, if the station is interested in talk radio, then why not do classical talk radio and revive artist interviews of big-name artists whenever possible?

Okay - you asked!


(Barbara Zuck - Co-Host, Arts Unscripted)

Anonymous said...


I am an OSU School of Music student, and I struggle with questions like this all the time.

If you want to know what I am looking for personally, I can answer as a "seasoned" musician and avid classical music listener that I agree with the previous comment that many of us get tired of hearing so much of the "great" symphonies and concerti. I personally enjoy being surprised each time a new piece comes on, and I am interested in actually LEARNING from the radio. I don't find I hear a lot of 20th and 21st century works, composers I haven't heard of or in-depth analyses of works. I would love to hear interviews with composers and musicians, biographies, and programs which give historical contexts for certain works. If I want background music, I will put on my favorite pop CD. I listen to classical radio and NPR to know more about the world in which I live.

You alluded to a declining interest in classical music. It's no secret that the symphony orchestras are starting to go out of favor, and when you walk into a concert hall most of the patrons are over 50. What would it take to get the younger generations to attend performances and listen to classical radio? I'm not quite sure. It's unfortunate that sometimes one has to play Beethoven's 5th seven times a day to appeal to the "masses." Perhaps if classical radio were to relate its music to modern industry and play works that combine old traditions with those of today, it may be a little gimmicky but also might attract a younger audience. I envision a presentation in which someone plays clips of and discusses popular songs that have sampled classical motives.

Hopefully this didn't sound too elitist, but those are my two cents related to classic radio. I look forward to the future of WOSU and other stations!

PJ Fiddles said...


I don't own a car, so my radio listening is limited, but here is my two cents.

I'm a music student at OSU and I originially hail from Cleveland, growing up on WCLV. I was completely upset when they moved radio stations to one with less reception because they were bought out and the station that took over was more "pop"

I want to reassure you that the need for classical music is still existent and that you are not the only one who feels like the musical breed is dying. I grew up listening to the pop operas on Klassical Kids, and the old Looney Tunes reels. But that music influenced the musician I am today! And was so important to what I listened to when I grew up.

As for what is played today- as much as I like to be the classical guru and play "name that symphony" a lot of what is played on WOSU is popular and repeats. In one week alone I had heard 3 works that the OSU Symphony Orchestra had played in the last two years or was playing on the next concert. Its nice to hear our favourite tunes, but also great to hear something that stretches my ears and my thinking. Digging up that unknown symphony or the baroque composer who had one note in the history text would be very satisfying, more so than hearing a Beethoven Symphony, mainly because when I discuss the piece with my friends we can make guesses on who wrote it and not automatically know based on the cookie-cutter education we have had.

It is really hard having a classical music station in a time where the music seems to be dying and our lot are called elitist. But it is still necessary and important. Your audience may be small, but we have a lot of power and we are mighty.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, as someone who listens ONLY in the car (but I'm in the car a lot more than I'd like, I'm afraid), and at all different times of day, I have to chime in with Barbara Zuck (et al) and say I'm always disappointed when I turn you on (so to speak) and it's the same old thing: I too want to be inspired and surprised. And I was glad BZ mentioned the emphasis on symphonic music because this has always irked me, and I've always felt a little middlebrow complaining about it. But I would LOVE to hear more choral music, and lots of it--and lots more vocal music of all kinds. Song cycles, art songs...beautiful voices. My own bias, of course.

But the main thing for me is probably that I HATE talk on the radio. A tiny little bit of talk, sure. But if there's no music on, I change the station. Always.


Anonymous said...

The occasional anecdotes between the aforementioned tired recordings enliven the broadcast. Eventful airings, especially if well-advertised (I have in mind Wagner's Ring cycle), excite regular listeners and likely attract new ones.

To be honest, I enjoy the station and its current programming immensely. Most of my criticisms are mere quibbles. Thank you.

Anonymous said...


When driving I tend to not listen to the top 40 radio because they play the same tunes 20 times a day and I don't want to hear that. I thought that maybe listening to WOSU in Columbus, OH would be the answer. As a music student it allowed me to hear pieces I would one day play. The problem that I find is that more often than not the pieces are either baroque or classical and, while those were great time periods and I love both baroque and classical music, I still want to hear newer works. I'm not asking for WOSU to play Cage or Schoenburg (although that would be sweet!) but there are great new composers out there who deserve to be heard. What about Corigliano? Schuller? Mackey? Whitacre? What about vocal pieces? Mixed ensembles? Band works? They are all legitimate music that deserves to be heard!

I understand that most "classical radio stations" must play music that the masses want to hear if they want to stay on the radio but, it doesn't really do anything for the masses to play the same pieces over and over again. Even the "hidden treasures" they play at night are not really uncommon works. Every once and a while they will stray and play Stravinsky or Schostakovich but that's rare and the pieces they play are popular pieces.

And lets also not forget the quality of the recordings. People listen to music that sounds good, and the quality of the recording can make or break a piece for anyone. I love the sound of an old record recording of classical works but I don't like recordings that sound like the speed of the recording changes, thus bending the pitch of the recording. Once they were playing a work by Strauss and half way through the theme the recording sounded like it modulated, but the piece does not modulate there. It ruined the entire listening for me.

I guess what I'm saying is that I think classical radio needs to stop acting like an evevator station and start acting like a legit radio station. Be bold! be daring! Play something new. Play something different, odd, "weird". Give the choral works their voice back and allow composers other than Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Handel and Schubert to shine.

Unknown said...

Well, I prefer anything vocal over almost anything instrumental. That said, I do love Beethoven and Mahler symphonies. But I do wish I heard more choral classics, and not just the big symphonic pieces but the smaller gems. How wonderful it would be to hear the Roger Wagner Chorale singing some old American folk songs! What about the King's Singers? Or any of the dozens of really fine small pro choral ensembles that existed durin the 50s & 60s? I realize it's probably more work to choose individual songs that last only minutes when one could put on a symphony and be set for half an hour, but gee!
How about a chorus or two of the Creation? Or perhaps something even more esoteric, like Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (I have a great recording of it!) There is just such a wealth of choral and vocal music out there I wish we could hear more of it.
(And I'm sure she must have had SOME air time....but how about Marilyn Horne singing some of the American Songbook?) More operatic solo work would be lovely, too.
You know, I think there is a large audience out there that is comrised of young classical wanna-be opera-singers-in-training. They aren't interested in listening to a Schubert string quartet, but give them some of the great vocalists of the last century and combine that with the folks they know of now, and I'd be willing to bet your audience would expand.

J. said...

In classical music, like literature, I find people's devotion to the "greats" to be stuffy and silly. Yes, these are still great pieces and yes, they deserve to be heard and played and remembered. But music continues to be be composed, and good music at that. A love of Classical music, more often than not, means that a person has a collection of Beethovin or Wagner or whichever great, dead, composer, and no nothing outside of that and John Williams.

I would love a station that is interested in playing the new Phillip Glass album, who will play Ethel or Kronus Quartet or Arvo Part as often as they do a piece by Bach. I would also love to hear pieces by Karla Kihlstedt or Mike Yoshida's brilliant MIDI marimba version of Reich's Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint (far superior to Ransom Wilson's often overbearing flute original).

That is to say, I want what classical music on the radio today simply isn't. I want new song to love and new artists to seek out and new pieces to be captured by. Whether it be symphonic or choral, quiet piano pieces or synth laced full orchestras, I want it to be new to me.

This isn't to say that the existing model is all bad. It isn't. There is much to love and many interesting pieces are often played. I still feel that the bias is towards dead pieces by dead composers and could stand a nice shift into what is new and interesting about the scene today.

Also, while I think that talk needs to be kept to a minimum, what talking there is needs to be rescued from the funeral home. I have never heard more boring, unwelcoming radio voices than when I linger on classical music radio stations.

Lastly, broadcast digital information. Yes, it's a brand new world and when a music station is kind enough to broadcast digital FM song information so I can see what's playing WHILE it's playing (on hardware that supports this) I'm a much happier consumer. No longer do I feel frustrated having to wait half and hour, keeping track of which songs played in what order when the DJ quickly lists all of the songs.

So that's my wishlist, and that's why I generally go to the internet when I wish to hear classical music radio, they seem to be the only people listening.


Anonymous said...

What WOSU contributes to Columbus is valuable. The selection of music should offer me more than what I can, or might, find on my own. As a practicing musician I depend on your willingness to challenge your creative self. Take me places I would not have the time or awareness to go on my own.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
I'm a fifth-year senior at OSU, aged 23. I consider myself somewhat rare among my age group in that I was raised on classical music and have a much greater appreciation for it than almost all my friends, without being a music student myself. However, classical music is only one of many kinds of music I enjoy.
When I listen to music it is generally only while driving, but I will be honest and say that I usually prefer my own music selection because of the familiarity and the lack of commercial breaks. If anything it is the latter which draws me to public radio, as well as the more intelligent content--when I listen to public radio I don't have to feel as though I'm being degraded or used as target practice by marketers.
In Columbus I've tended to stay away from WOSU only because the selections I have generally heard in passing have been from periods of classical music that really do nothing for me (French and Russian romantics, to name the culprits). In the arena of classical music these are outnumbered by what are for me much more stimulating genres: early or medieval music, Baroque, the whole school of Mozart, Beethoven, up through Chopin and even Sibelius. I have my favorites among them but I won't mention them here. I think what I personally look for on a classical radio station can be one of three things: lesser-known works by composers with whom I am familiar, works which I already know and love but don't have the stigma of being "popular classical pieces", or beautiful and interesting works that I have not yet discovered. But that's all subjective.
If the issue here is how to reach a younger audience, I don't know what to tell you. I believe my generation's ignorance of classical music is owed to much broader cultural forces than radio's limited accessibility. In the meantime, the listeners you already have seem to be fairly articulate in their criticism of what they're hearing. To my taste you could simply put on Mozart's Don Giovanni (perhaps the Paris Opera recording with Raimondi and Te Kanawa) or Beethoven's piano sonatas (with Yves Nat, of course) on repeat and I'd be quite happy. Call me old-fashioned, but in the words of Peter Gabriel of Genesis, I know what I like and I like what I know.

Unknown said...

Hi Christopher

Thanks for asking for people's opinions. I find these postings very encouraging! No one has asked for elevator music and there is a strong theme requesting unusual and even challenging music.

I have always thought that a "lowest common denominator" or "it should be familar" approach to music programming, is an entirely misguided approach on the radio or in the concert hall. I think that whoever believes that this is a wise direction to go in has been asking the wrong questions in their questionnaires.

I suspect like many of the previous bloggers when I tune in to 89.7 I find myself playing the "which Mozart/Beethoven/Haydn/etc. symphony is that?" game. And though I appreciate the often "light and easy" approach on a quick car journey I do wish for something more unusual that I could plan to listen to.

"Ordinary" people actually love 20th and 21st century music though they may not realize it. They hear it every time they go to the movies! No one wants to watch a movie with only Mozart melodies. And who reads the same novels or stories or watches the same movies (and listens to the soundtracks) over and over again?

I grew up in the UK and discovered classical music when I went to college and was taken in hand by a friend who took me to concerts and introduced me to BBC Radio 3. After going to the Proms the summer I lived near London I was hooked on the live broadcasts of Proms concerts. And when I visit him I often go to hear the BBC Philharmonic or the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic or the Halle -- to hear original works.

This is relevant because before then I only played my collection of a dozen popular classical LPs (yes I'm that old). But within a year or two I realized that music, like life, comes in all colors and hues and moods -- music could make me cry and laugh and I could feel moved or dragged through despair or uplifted. Music could open up vast untapped landscapes ... hearing Mozart 40 again is just not going to do that for me.

At the risk of seeming superior I'd love to see 89.7 become more like BBC Radio 3:
- more live concerts
- more relatively unknown music
- more diversity of periods (from Renaissance to 21st century)
- more diversity of genres (yes! more choral and what about "classical music" from other cultures and continents?)
- more people introducing you to music so you can get to know them as well as learn from and along with them
- more predictability (like the Met broadcasts)

I suppose it would never happen, but BBC Radio 3 also includes
- plays: dramatizations of "classics"
- more critical analysis of the arts

OK that's enough of a wish list.

If this series of blogs helps stop the anesthetic drift to "the masses only want familiar music" then it will have been useful.

Thanks for asking

Brian Edmiston
(OSU faculty member, not in the Music Dept!)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, interesting situation. You feel that you must satisfy a wealthy base or play music that appeals to the most people. WOSU presumably has tried both these approaches and the end result is the possible demise of classical programming. It sounds like you needn't bother following any of the "rules" because that's not working anyway. Station programmers are then free to follow their instincts, which makes much more sense and (if WOSU has the right people making programming decisions) will result in a better product. Never try to pander; if you do you will succumb to mediocrity. People are drawn to institutions with convictions. Don't hope your medium is relevent- you know it is; you just have to let others know about the amazing product you have to offer them. Then make sure you can deliver.

Modify your mental construct of classical music. Include the instrumental and vocal genres the other posters have mentioned. Include the classical traditions of other cultures, such as Indian gamelan music (that would be different!) Any music that exhibits a high level of artistry, has stood a long test of time and requires great formal training is classical music.

Indigo said...

My post is unrelated to music. I just saw your blog and noticed some info about your father-in-law, Wayne Rittenhouse. He was my Geometry teacher at Northland in 75'-76' and he was my dad's football coach at Central H.S in the late 50's. He was the best!

Anonymous said...

I love 89.7, and really don't want to see the station become yet another NPR news station for a portion of the day. What I want to hear is music - great symphonies, beautiful choir pieces, cello concertos, violin sonatas, quartets, braodcasts of local performances, interviews with local musicians,and some experimental works by new composers. I play the station in my classroom often, when the students are working quietly, and it has been rewarding to see my special education students begin to identify with the music that they are hearing. I hope that this helps.

Anonymous said...

I like From the Top, concertos, choral music (boy choirs and the King's Singers too), symphonies, motets, sonatas, the Daily Special, Hidden Treasures, the hosts, interviews, anecdotes, and arts news. I do not like hearing about car bombings at 6 am, no matter how many awards the news team has won. I turn off the sound until the news is over. If I wanted news, I'd listen to a news station.

Anonymous said...

What do I want? Engagement, personality, and variety - all three of which are lacking from 89.7 (for the most part). Engagement: a reason to listen (e.g. stories, themes, human voices). Personality: humor, conversation, enthusiasm (this is not always lacking, but is absent for long, long stretches). Variety: there is a world of classical music out there (Western and otherwise) that I would love to hear more of. I don't need background music (internet radio, ipod, etc.) I don't need to be pounded over the head with the importance and seriousness of the Western classical tradition. At the same time, live concerts (with Ohio roots): great idea. Sat. on Stage: love it. These are engaging, interesting, and often present some variety.

(A caveat about "variety": I listen less and less to WCBE during the day. Why? The incessant variety. There seems to be no filter as to what gets played. Combine that with a somnambulist host and I'd rather listen to Fred Anderly defuse the cranks calling up for Open Line.)

Anonymous said...

I apreciate our public classical station greatly. In fact the only show on wosu i will not listen to is From the Top. I don't like the idea of building up the egos of the younge musicians just because they have acheived a level of compatency on his or her instrument that is concidered college level. College level isn't even that conpatent anyway.
A part of classical music that i feel is neglected on popular classical radio is art song. An hour or so devoted to German and French Romantic art song would be a lovely part of my day and I feel it would be very popular. Major opera and orchestral works can't be ignored however and I delight every time i hear Beethovens 7th, Tanhauser, and Tchaik 5 but i'ld love to hear Kindertoten Leider or Die Schone Mulerin. Sacred Classics is probubly my favorite show you do. I would suggest replaying that show sunday evening or another evening because i can never get enough sacred classics.

Anonymous said...

Radio format is typically very narrow, pitching to a selected demographic that continues to change in size and interests. This approach requires stations to continually evaluate and frequently change their formats. WOSU currently is the choice for those with interests in "classical music", which I am. But I am an infrequent listener, not because I dislike the music, but because it lacks a broad variety.

I would enjoy listening to and financially supporting a station with broader variety of music including modern symphonic, instrumental, and vocal music. Such additions might include some jazz, solo instruments, current symphonic and ensemble works. The idea would be to present quality works both in the score and performance regardless of category. I would most enjoy the juxtaposition of the various types and styles of works. I expect this would create crazyness with a portion of your current mono-groove listeners.

I believe that many radio listeners have the capacity to appreciate the connections between quality works. This would take a programing staff and announcers that could point out many of the apparent connections to a listening audience. This approach would also build the audience by educating listerners regarding broader artistic themes.

I have found such stations during travels (although I have long forgotten their ids) and regreted not living in their broadcast areas (I'm obviously old, and many of these experiences pre-date the web).

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher. It's your friend Jeff here.
There is so much to think about in reading the postings concerning the content of the broadcasts; that is the actual recordings used. I don't envy the programming people as they try to find works that will be interesting and not result in folks changing stations. I too am weary of hearing the same old things over and over. Mine is the Academic Festival Overture and the Polovstian Dance sequence of Borodin. But the point really is how to attract young listeners. Perhaps some outreach programs by the station with the support of the major arts presenters in town. Jointly produce a touring presentation that promotes understanding and awareness of the presence of arts presenters and what they do in Columbus. When Lenny did his Young People's Concerts years ago, it resulted in a huge jump in interest in music and not just in NYC but across thecountry. The schools must be really hungry for a way to reverse the trend to not include arts education in curriculums now. And all they would have to do is let the program happen in their school.
Seek funding from a foundation or a corporate sponsor. Audience development must be the concern of all in the arts not just our beloved classical music station.

I don't know the answer regarding the music content of the station, but I do know that we don't need talk and news content on the FM side. Let's save ourselves from that and then worry about how many times a week we hear The Polovstian Dances. JW

Anonymous said...

I'm an in-car and "listen while you clean" listener...because when I LISTEN, I can't do much else. My 16-year-old is also an in-car listener...when the music appeals to her. Naturally, we fuss at each other about what to leave on and when to switch to either an iPOD or our extensive collection of classical cds.

What we both listen to:
Choral music, other than insipid late-twentieth century written-for-the-church-marketing

We would love to hear comparisons of short works or exerpts performed by several artists - rather than hearing an entire rendition of Beethoven's fifth, we'd rather listen to a two-minute section, performed by four or five different orchestras, with perhpas some commentary about the differences

Something like "Adventures in Good Music" with Karl Haas. I'm not sure how it happened, but in elementary school in the sixties we listened once a week over our school intercom system...and I was delighted to hear Karl Haas up until recently.

Some programming that shares some of the technical as well as musical aspects of various instruments or vocal techniques. (For example, an exploration of how various composers exploit/deal with the transition at the a/Bb/b for the clarinate, or how/why various composers instruct violinist to play a passage on a single string

Programing that explores relationships between currently popular music and previously popular stuff...for example, "was a Pucini theme borrowed for Phantom?"

Unlike another commenters, "From the Top" doesn't bug me too much, as it is a good contrast to "American Idol."

No news other than local arts news.I ALWAYS flip the station. (If I knew about it, I might activtly seek out a weekly local arts news program, if it wasn't merely a listing of upcoming performances, but interviews with local performers and others.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am a high school student that like’s classical music and opera and I like to listen to wosu’s classical radio. I asked my high school friends what they would wont form classical radio. They said that they would won’t to hear more Rock and Roll and Rap. They, at this moment in their life’s to not listen to classical music, but most teenager’s don’t, they will probably listen when they get older.

I think that there should be more opera sung by people that we know, like Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Cecilia Bartoli, Thomas Hampson, Pavarotti and other’s, so when an opera lover is skipping through the radio station instead of hearing a voice that they don’t know and then go on to the next channel on the radio, instead they will hear a voice that they know and love and continue to listen to the station . Also I believe that there should be more talking in between the classical tracks. Because sometimes I am listening, and I hear something wonderful, and I never hear what it was called or who wrote it, so I could continue by buying it and putting it in my musical library. I as well wont to hear Christopher Purdy more, and I wont him to have an hour show (on the radio) at 4:00 p.m. going over the origins curtain composer’s with interlude’s of their music, much like his talks before the Columbus symphony’s performances.

Joe Lenehan

Anonymous said...

Sorry for my bad spelling

Joe Lenehan

Anonymous said...

I am opposed to any cutback in classical music. Classical music is what you are there for. So, I like your current programming but I do have some comments: a) there is too much repetition of certain pieces. It should not be hard to keep a log of what you have played and not repeat it for, say, a month. b) Some of your announcers talk too much. We want music not talk (or even worse, gossip). Identification of the pieces is enough for me.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of classical talk radio posted by Barbara Zuck; it could bring the personalities, performances, and context together in one informative feast.

I want to hear the legendary recordings (Arthur Rubenstein, Maria Callas, etc.) but I also want to hear intelligent artists of today- famous or not- who know how to unite passion with reason, emotion with technical control and intellectual intent. I tire of empty pyrotechnics as much as expressive guys can tell the difference.

Repertoire wise, I want to hear everything...maybe not so much 20th century that makes me want to jump off a cliff...and not overkill on the canon. That place of undiscovered quality between lesser composers who aren't famous for audible reasons (!) and the recognized greats is hard to find, but always welcome.

Thanks again for asking...

Anonymous said...

Yes, no teutonic symphonies! no experimental music! no post-1960s compositions UNLESS they are melodic and serve the mistress of beauty, the master of rhythm, and the gods of tradition!

I would have the classical programming on all the time if I knew it would be very heavy on renaissance through 18th century. Anything up to Beethoven is good (except for Gregorian chants, which are not good for helping one feel pleasure and sprightliness). If you put on a steady diet of baroque and 18th century composers, with major emphasis on J.S. Bach, along with exploring really interesting period genres such as opera (Lully vs. Rameau), Lieder, or themes such as music composed for court balls and masques, music composed for theatre, music composed for friends, music from a particular country (e.g. surveying Spanish music of all kinds from 3 centuries, say, or something like that) etc., that would be so wonderful. FEWER SYMPHONIES! More programming that helps make the broad musical worlds of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries come alive!You'd get me back as a listener for sure.

Anonymous said...

The music on 89.7 FM is a mixed bag; as some of the others noted, I'd like to be surprised a bit more and not hear so much of the same ol' same ol' (e.g., Strauss). I have to say I listened to it constantly earlier this year when I was expecting (don't they say it's never too early for classical music, or some such thing about brain development?!) and after my son was born as well--often made for pleasant and/or stimulating music for both of us. It's definitely programmed in on my car radio. Love Arts Unscripted; make it a 30-minute show--or do it more days a week! Make it a call-in show. The local (or national) arts scene isn't being discussed like this in any other forum.

Anonymous said...

Just a variety of stuff is the best recipe for a good classical radio station.

Anonymous said...

I'm 40-ish and have enjoyed classical music since I can remember. Although I do occasionally put on a favorite album, most of my classical music listening happens while I work. Clearly, in that context it works better as background music that something that grabs my attention.

That said, it is a pleasure when a piece does grab my attention -- and I don't mind terribly if I already know it well enough to whistle along.

Shows I have really enjoyed but seldom got to listen to are "From the Top," "Adventures in Good Music" and "Live from the Met."

I'm not thrilled with the new format -- I already was an NPR listener on WCBE when I wanted news.