Beginning Monday September 15th, Scanning the Dial is going to kick into a new gear, thanks to my colleague Joe Goetz. Joe recently became the Music Director at WFIU in Bloomington, IN. He’s a professional musician and accomplished radio producer and, more importantly, an energetic member of the younger generation of classical radio professionals. I’m delighted to pass the torch.
You’ll read more about Joe in his first post on Monday.
In the meantime, I want to say mille grazie. Not just for reading these bloggy chicken scratches, but especially for airing the Chicago Symphony broadcasts, America’s Music Festivals, and my various other productions. You made these classical music programs possible. Monday is my last day as producer of the CSO broadcasts. For nearly 8 years I have produced a show every week — 398 consecutive weeks without a break — and this is a good time to exit. The shows will continue with a new producer, yet to be named.
One more personal note: Christopher Ranck at Delmarva Public Radio is using my kid’s shows, Boombox Classroom on his station, so they are available on an FTP site if you want them. They are free half-hour shows about classical and world music for kids in K-5. I have 110 of them, and they’re evergreen (even though a boombox is now anachronistic). You can hear some samples online here. If you’re interested, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been great sharing classical radio with you. Keep up the excellent work!