Laura Carlo | Weekdays, 5am-10am
Background I was born and raised in Boston, and the city's name is etched on my heart. As one who has traveled widely, I like to think I am a citizen of the world. My parents still live here in the house in which I was raised, and my siblings are close by. It was a blessed upbringing, multiple generations sitting at the dinner table where everything from life lessons to good-natured teasing was a daily occurrence over heaping platters of homemade Italian dishes. I entered Boston College as honors premed, changed my major (three times), got a talk show on the BC radio station, and graduated from BC with a bachelor's in communications. I spent the first part of my broadcast career as a reporter, news writer/producer, news anchor and/or news director for many local stations — including WBZ, WCVB, and WCRB. For 13 years, I was privileged to serve as morning program host on WCRB. I am married to my handsome and talented opera singer, James, and we have the most wonderful little boy in the world. I have played the piano since age 6 and have the sweet joy of giving my son his weekly piano lessons. In my spare time (hah!) I love cooking and baking everything from scratch, gardening, traveling the world, learning foreign languages, and archery. Not kidding!
Nickname(s): Oh no, I'm not telling you.
First album I ever owned: A children's album of narrated fairy tales. I apparently thought the black vinyl was too plain and decorated it with crayons.
Five desert island albums: Only five? Really? And are you sure there will be an electrical outlet there? If so, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, anything by Vaughan Williams, any symphonies by Dvorak, Fleetwood Mac's Rumors, the Police's Synchronicity.
Favorite podcast: None yet. I do like to sample something new almost every week, so I'll have to get back to you on that one.
Greatest place to see live music: I've heard choirs sing at the Vatican, Yo-Yo Ma play at Sanders Theatre; Arthur Fiedler conduct at the Hatch Shell; James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart conduct at Symphony Hall; Levine at the Metropolitan Opera House (while my husband sang!); countless performances at Jordan Hall; Royal Albert Hall, London; Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Theatre de Champ-Elysees, Paris. It's all good.
Most memorable concert: See above, pick any.
Favorite movie about music/musician: None. Why don't you ask me about my favorite food? That would be a milk chocolate-covered vanilla caramels.
Favorite book about music/musician: Mozart by Maynard Solomon; Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff
When not listening to classical music, I listen to absolutely everything — classic rock to oldies to Dean Martin to jazz to world music to....while eating milk chocolate-covered vanilla caramels.
Finest moment on the air: That's for my listeners to say.
Most embarrassing moment on the air: Always has to do with equipment failure. I am not tech oriented.
If I weren’t a radio host I’d be a medical doctor. (or a chocolatier).
The best part of my job is getting excited about some newly discovered piece of music and getting the chance to share it with my listeners. I find no greater honor than to be welcomed into people's homes, and in return I invite them to join me in discovering the treasures in the world of classical music