Colin Brumley, WCRB's Production Assistant, grew up in Duxbury, MA, a seaside suburb of Boston. As an active member of his high school wind and jazz ensembles, he performed at both Carnegie and Symphony Halls, sparking his affection for classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Analysis and a Minor in Saxophone Performance from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, he hosted a weekly radio show called The Pöwer Höur, exploring music ranging from classical to heavy metal. Before professionally entering the world of radio, Colin worked in music licensing, in organizations in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Wall Street. Outside of work, he enjoys his role as guitarist and songwriter for his heavy metal band, which is signed to his own label. Other than music, his interests include cooking, writing, and the New England Patriots.
Ray Brown hosts Saturday mornings on WCRB. 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.
Laura Carlo has been WCRB’s Morning Program Host for almost 19 years. She has written, produced and hosted numerous programs for WCRB including "ArtsAlive!" "Laura's Book Nook" "CEO Spotlight" and "Baroque in Boston." Under the station's original ownership she also hosted the morning show for the World Classical Network, syndicated in 16 US cities, making her the most listened to stand-alone female music announcer in America, according to Arbitron. She has been both a part-time Music Host and News Anchor on New York's WQXR. Here in Boston, Weekend News Anchor on WBZ Radio and Weekend News Writer/News Producer for WCVB-TV 5; Afternoon News Anchor for Channel 27 (Worcester); and News Director/Morning Anchor on Fall River's WALE Radio. Under her leadership, WALE and WCRB won numerous “Best News” awards from UPI and other prestigious journalism competitions. Ms. Carlo is the female voice for AT&T's national voice recognition system, as well as for entities as diverse as the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department (Arizona) and Macy's of Southern California. She is a pianist and channels Chopin daily.
Cathy Fuller has two degrees in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. When she was 16, she won the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Competition, and played the Schumann Concerto with conductor Harry Ellis Dickson and the BSO at Symphony Hall. She has been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Clark University and the Longy School of Music, and she continues to teach privately. She began her radio career at WICN in Worcester where she became Classical Director and Host. She joined the WGBH Radio team in 2000 as Classical Host and Producer, and you can hear her every day from 10:00 to 3:00 on Classical Radio Boston, 99-5, WCRB.
Larry King hosts Saturday and Sunday afternoons on WCRB. Larry grew up just outside of New York City, and as a child, he listened to and was inspired by the stations and on-air personalities heard on New York radio. He studied trumpet, nurtured an interest in both classical and jazz, and received the Lincoln Center Student Award his senior year in high school. It was during his junior year in college when Larry became involved with his college’s radio station. This ultimately led to a career in radio on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Boston. He is currently the evening announcer and host on the nationally syndicated World Classical Network. Larry has a bachelor’s degree in both music and speech, teaches several adult education courses and shares his passion and love of classical music. He enjoys listening to orchestral music, chamber music, jazz, practicing yoga and living in a coastal community.
Mo Lotman hosts the Boston Sunday Brunch on WCRB every Sunday from 7am to 1pm. He's been a voice talent for over 20 years, covering everything from children's educational games to national TV commercials (and the underwriting announcements on sister station WGBH). He's been a keyboard player and a capella singer in various groups over the years and a music lover of many styles, including jazz, rock, funk, R&B, salsa, and Celtic. He's also a writer and publisher of The Technoskeptic, a magazine taking a critical look at the impact of technology on society.
Brian McCreath produces WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, produces and hosts both The Bach Hour and The Answered Question (an interview podcast), and supervises digital content production for classicalwcrb.org. He came to WGBH from a diverse background in music. With degrees in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory and The College of Wooster, he spent several years as a musician, including two years with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and five years as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Ideas about the business of music, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led him into artist management in 2000, and radio wasn’t far behind. He worked on the production team for the talk shows of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network in Milwaukee before moving to Boston in 2001. Three years later he joined the classical music production staff of WGBH. Since then, in addition to those noted previously, his roles have included programming and hosting weekend mornings and weekday afternoons, and production and hosting of live concert broadcasts presented by the Handel and Haydn Society, Rockport Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and others.
Alan McLellan has been entertaining with his voice for many years, ever since discovering the joy of singing as a boy chorister in Vancouver, Canada. He has continued to sing in choirs throughout his life, and obtained a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta, Canada. Alan currently sings with the Cantata Singers in Boston. He is also a vocal soloist, having appeared frequently at All Saints Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, and with the Cantata Singers Chamber Series. Professionally, Alan has served as Classical Music Producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Ottawa and Edmonton, and at 99.5 WCRB in Boston. And more recently, Alan’s voice has been heard on WCRB as evening host, sharing great classical music with audiences in Boston and around the world.
Rani Schloss was first heard on the radio when she called her local oldies station to complain about Christmas music when she was 11, and they put her call on the air, and she was mortified. Since then, she has taken a more behind-the-scenes approach. While earning degrees in Music Composition and Education Studies at Brandeis University, she produced and hosted two radio shows, was bit by "the radio bug," and interned at WCRB for a year. As Programming Manager, she now runs the day-to-day operations of the station: overseeing on-air programming, managing social media accounts, training new air staff, and serving as liaison between the engineering and on-air staffs to minimize "technical difficulties." She is an amateur mezzo-soprano (or tenor) and Celtic harpist with a penchant for cooking, reading, and kayaking.
Chris Voss is a drive-time host for 99.5 WCRB, weekday afternoons 3pm to 8pm. He also hosts WCRB’s weekly opera program, Sunday Night at the Opera. Chris graduated with a Masters of Music in Opera and Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he studied with longtime Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal. He joined the WCRB team in April 2015. Chris grew up in Lexington, MA and spent his entire childhood listening to WCRB and WGBH at home. It’s a dream come true to be working for both institutions, bringing great music to people all across the region! You can follow Chris on twitter at @chriswcrb.
From the imagination, curiosity, and (ahem) wit of the WCRB staff, this is where you'll find personal reflections and comments about the music you hear every day on Classical Radio Boston. Check back often for the deep dive, the spontaneous revelation, and the beyond-the-broadcast connections that bring the music alive.
(photo of gambas courtesy of Boston Early Music Festival)
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