Classical New England Hosts
Baroque in Boston
James David Jacobs
Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Bach Hour
Ron Della Chiesa
Benjamin K. Roe
Managing Director for Classical Services
Fred Child grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he studied classical piano. Along with hosting APM's Performance Today, Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center and appears at classical music events around the country. Previously, Fred was Music Director and Director of Cultural Programming at WNYC in New York and for 10 years, a host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Fred loves baseball and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, runner, and a licensed private pilot.
Lisa Simeone, host of World of Opera began her career at WBJC in Baltimore and WETA in Washington, D.C. During her ten years at Baltimore's WJHU, she developed a loyal following for her unusual mix of programming — classical, folk and jazz, along with provocative reports, interviews and call-in shows on everything from anthropology to media criticism. Born in Pittsburgh, Lisa received degrees from St. John's College (the 'Great Books School') and Johns Hopkins University.
Based at WDAV in North Carolina, Frank Dominguez, host of Concierto, has also directed and hosted a number of live concert broadcasts by the Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina, Charlotte Chamber Music, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Brevard Music Center. In addition he has worked extensively in local theater as an actor and director, including productions for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, CAST, Theatre Charlotte and Opera Carolina.
From the Top
From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his unforgettable interpretations of classic and new repertoire, pianist Christopher O'Riley redefines the possibilities of classical music. As host of From the Top, Chris works and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians. An interpreter and arranger of some of the most important contemporary rock music of our time, Chris bridges musical tastes, genres, and audiences.
Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and it remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.
Monday, Tuesday, 1am-5am; Sunday, 1am-6am
Scott Blankenship started his radio career in college, when he worked as a volunteer at a local cable radio station, announcing alternative and new rock music. His appreciation of classical music began at KVNO in Omaha, where he spent 13 years in various roles, five of those years as the morning drive-time host. Indications that radio was in his blood go back to age 5, when he used a corkboard and a battered phonograph as a makeshift radio studio, his father's Air Force-issue flashlight serving as his "on air" light. In his spare time, Blankenship is an avid cyclist and amateur playwright with several produced scripts to his credit.
A founding voice of Classical 24, Bob Christiansen has managed to combine his knowledge of classical music and history with a sharp wit and a talent for foreign languages into a 38-year radio career. While studying the ramifications of the “Time of Troubles” on the Grand Duchy of Moscow, he led a secret life as the evening man on the Northern Illinois University radio station. He teamed with Bill Morelock in 1987 to create the nationally syndicated Bob and Bill.
Wednesday-Friday, 1am-5am; Saturday, 1am-6am
Ward Jacobson has enjoyed a radio career spanning more tha two decades as a morning show host and sportscaster, as well as producer/host of an interview program where he chatted up authors, musicians, politicians, and newsmakers. Jacobson's love of classical music stems from a childhood influenced by his bass/baritone father and piano-teaching mother. While still a college student in Nebraska, he began singing with the Abendmusik Chorus and took part in concert tours to venues as varied as England’s Lincoln Cathedral, the Vatican, Salzburg Cathedral, Auschwitz, and Moscow.