Ray Brown joined the staff of WGBH Radio in 2009. He was the afternoon host on classical station WCRB in Boston 1994-2008. Ray has narrated live performances with many area orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
As a commercial narrator, Ray has voiced presentations for Colgate-Palmolive, HasbroToys, McDonald's, and the US Coast Guard. He serves as a regular off-camera voice for Boston's WBZ-TV and narrates Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Language Programs. Ray also produces and hosts the Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds radio program, heard Sunday mornings on stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and via podcast on iTunes and at talkinbirds.com.
Among his broadcast achievements, Ray has been a top 5 national finalist in Air Personality of the Year competitions from Billboard Magazine and the National Association of Broadcasters; his “Back Seat Governor” radio promotion was featured in a Time Magazine photo story; he has received a National Association of Auto Dealers “Chassie” Award for radio commercial performance; and his novelty record, “Get Preppy (the Preppy Song),” was played on radio stations in major markets including Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Detroit.
Ray's other interests include kayaking, birdwatching, politics, and football. He lives in Boston.