Sunday Baroque Host
Place of Birth:
How long at WGUC?
1996-98; since then producing Sunday Baroque for
dozens of other public radio stations around the
US, including WGUC.
Why do you like working at WGUC?
The staff is highly skilled, the technical facility
is excellent, and the people are fun to be around.
First radio job:
WSHU public radio in my hometown of Fairfield,
CT. I started as the underwriting director and
part-time weekend announcer, and moved up to program
director in my
Favorite classical composer/works:
JS Bach's Double Violin Concerto, Igor
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Bela Bartok's
Concerto for Orchestra, Tchaikovsky ballets,
Chopin's Piano Concertos. As a flutist, I love
the Romantic era flute repertory.
Other than classical, favorite music and why:
Just about anything joyous and upbeat, from the
Gipsy Kings to Santana. Also, singers such as
Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow. One of
my guilty pleasures is listening to rock groups
I grew up hearing: U2 and The Rolling Stones.
Playing the flute as much as possible; I'm currently
in three groups -- an orchestra, a band and a
flute ensemble. Also reading, jogging, weight
training, cooking. For the last several years
I've been a Literacy Council tutor to a man learning
English as a second language, and it's been an
extraordinarily gratifying experience.
In grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At first a lawyer, then I switched to psychologist
(for the criminally insane, no less!). Then in
about junior high, I chose professional musician
and stuck with it through college and beyond.
How were you introduced to classical music?
We had an old upright piano in my childhood home.
Nobody took lessons, but my mom would play it
occasionally, and so would I. Both my parents
loved music -- particularly big Romantic era orchestral
works and operas. Plus, I took classical ballet
lessons from age 5 through 9, and was exposed
to classical music in our classes and recitals.
Our public schools and youth orchestras offered
many opportunities learn about and participate
in musical activities.
Any fun anecdotes about life at 90.9?
Doing a brief fill-in stint as WGUC's morning
dj a few years ago, I prepared to sign on one
day at 6am and heard someone scrambling around
furiously in the heating ductwork. Alone in the
studios, and fearful that it was either a trapped
animal or a burglar, I almost called the police.
However, I first phoned WCET's engineers and found
they were doing maintenance on the AC.
What question are you always
asked when you meet listeners? What's the answer?
Probably the most common question is, "Aren't
you working back in CT?" Now that Sunday
Baroque is distributed nationally, in cooperation
with WSHU in CT, with WGUC's production assistance,
it can be confusing. But this is modern technology
at its very best.
The question *I* usually ask listeners
is "Are you a member?" I actually enjoy
fundraising for public radio. (What sort of personality
disorder is that?!?) It's something I love and
believe in so strongly, and I'm happy to remind
other listeners of why they listen and, therefore,
why they should support the programs they love
and count on.
Describe a typical day at WGUC:
My "typical day" at WGUC occurs literally
just once a week, when I record Sunday Baroque.
I bring the 12-14 pages of music playlists, research
and scripts and give copies to engineer Bruce
Ellis, who follows along as he records me in WGUC's
studio. I spend the rest of my week listening
to Baroque cd's, entering the information into
my database, assembling a music playlist for the
show (usually about 3 weeks in advance). Then
I research each of the pieces I've chosen in reference
books, online, and at my local public library,
as I decide what to share with listeners. I also
answer a lot of listener email -- questions and
comments about the program.