Tuesday, April 03, 2007

New Acquisition: Classical WETA-FM, In Nation's Capital, Presented With New Copy of American Classical Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Piano Music

Today, the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, broke its American classical music fast by broadcasting five minutes of Americal classical music, the first such music in several days of broadcasting:

7:54am: Danza
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Philip Martin (piano)
[Hyperion 66459]


Here is how a culturally-functioning public classical music station, WSHU, in Fairfield, Connecticut served its diverse classical music audiences for a one-hour period on August 23, 2006:


Mark O'Connor: Fiddle Concerto Concordia Orchestra /Marin Alsop; Mark O'Connor, violin Warner Bro 45846 CD

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Le Banjo (Grotesque Fantasie) Op 15 Philip Martin, piano Hyperion 66459 CD

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Souvenir de la Havane Op 39 Philip Martin, piano Hyperion 66459 CD

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Le Mancenillier Philip Martin, piano Hyperion 66459 CD

Earlier and later that same day, culturally-relevant WSHU also broadcast the following two works of American classical music:

Lukas FossAmerican Landscapes for Guitar & Orch Part 3 St Paul Chamber Orchestra /Hugh Wolff; Sharon Isbin, guitar VirginClas 55083 CD

Wayne Barlow The Winter's Passed Brooklyn Philharmonic Orch. /Michael Barrett; Bert Lucarelli, oboe KOCH Intl. 7187 CD

Winslow Homer, American painter, 1836 - 1910
Home, Sweet Home, c. 1863
Patrons' Permanent Fund
National Gallery of Art

"As a freelance reporter sketching the Civil War’s front lines for newspapers and magazines, Winslow Homer developed an incisive candor. His debut as an oil painter occurred in the spring of 1863, with the enthusiastically reviewed exhibition of Home, Sweet Home. Two Union infantrymen pause while a military band plays the familiar ballad, reminding them poignantly that their campsite is neither sweet nor home.

The conflict of 1861-1865 changed American society profoundly. With men gone to combat, women managed family businesses and assumed professional roles, such as teaching. These newly independent women, working or relaxing, figure prominently in Homer’s postwar subjects.

Homer treated many of his favorite motifs in serial format, creating variations in different media. The Dinner Horn depicts a farm maid who also appears in two other oil paintings as well as in an illustration in Harper’s Weekly. A crisp autumn sunshine is imparted by the bright shadows on her dress and the colorful flutter of leaves blowing across the grass. As she summons the field hands for their meal, a gust of wind reveals a provocative bit of petticoat and her shapely ankles. The Red School House, showing a solemn young teacher clutching her book, is among his many scenes of country schools. As one personification of a season, Autumn alludes to fashionable attire and, thus, to modern life."

Photo and text credit: (c) National Gallery of Art. 2007. All rights reserved. With thanks.


Blogger PR Man said...

North Carolina-Based Classical Station WCPE 89.7 FM Bucks National Trend
Station Reports Steady Growth Throughout its 28-Year History

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reports that 27 percent or eight of the top 30 radio markets lost public classical stations between 1990 and 2005. According to the NEA research, those cities include Baltimore; St. Louis; Tampa; San Bernardino; San Antonio; and Salt Lake City. The 2006 NEA report cites the decline is primarily due to a shift to news/talk radio programming. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor of WCPE 89.7 FM explains that despite the industry’s shift toward news/talk programming, Wake Forest, N.C.-based WCPE has maintained consistent increases in listenership throughout its 28-year history. Moreover, the station anticipates growth in 2007.

Proctor explains that WCPE’s success is built on a foundation of staying consistent to a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported format of classical music 24/7. One of the ways the station has grown listenership and expanded their broadcast market is by granting retransmission rights. In addition to granting retransmission rights, WCPE’s broadcast is available worldwide via 24/7 Internet streaming and on the North American continent through small and large dish satellite transmission. This allows other stations and cable TV systems to carry WCPE’s programming without charge or royalty. WCPE has listeners from all 50 states and each of the seven continents including Antarctica. The station intends on expanding its listening footprint by placing mini-transmitters in several cities this year.

“We are proud that our station has consistently posted growth throughout the past three decades, despite the industry trend toward commercialized news/talk radio or the dual format of classical and news so common at public stations,” Proctor said. “WCPE continues efforts to reach listeners by staying true to our mission of supplying Great Classical Music worldwide.”

WCPE has accomplished this unique growth without one commercial advertisement or government grant. “WCPE has been, is and always will be 100 percent listener-supported. It is because of our passionate listeners and volunteers that we can provide Great Classical Music to all the people of the world,” Proctor said. “The contributions of our listeners ensure we always have Great Classical Music here for them.”
To listen to WCPE and learn how to rebroadcast the station in your local area, visit http://TheClassicalStation.org.

About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Large and small dish home satellite transmissions serve North America. Other radio stations and cable television systems use these services to rebroadcast Great Classical Music. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at http://www.theclassicalstation.org/guide. For more information, visit www.TheClassicalStation.org or call 919-556-5178.

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Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thank you for taking the time to share this highly important information concerning public classical music on the radio in the United States!

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