Classical 91.5

Ruth Phinney

Classical 91.5 and Reachout Radio Program Director

rphinney@wxxi.org
585-258-0332

Ruth began working for WXXI in 1982 as the radio division secretary after working as a music teacher in several local districts.  Trained as a classical musician, she was the perfect match for creating program listings for the monthly program guide and working with the radio hosts. As she began to learn the business of "radio," she took on the job of managing what is now WXXI Reachout Radio, and later to manage both Reachout Radio and Classical 91.5.

Today she sets the strategic goals and programs for Classical 91.5 and works nationally with Classical Music Rising, a collaborative project of leading classical stations to shape the future of classical music radio as the field confronts evolution in delivery across multiple broadcast and digital platforms, demographic and cultural change, and significant disruption throughout the music industry.

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commons.wikimedia.org

Episode #1803

Clever list songs that feature the names of the famous, both real and fictional.


Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been immersed in music since her childhood. While she says her primary focus in life is on her career as a musician, it was her rise to fame after winning the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk contest when she also took on a new role - that of a disability advocate and public speaker.  During a recent concert in Rochester at Nazareth College, Lea told Need to Know that the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in the arts has given her a new stage to share a powerful message.

Stowe Theatre Guild

Episode #1802

When the word “wild” appears in a lyric, it’s a safe bet the song comes from the Teens or Twenties.


SuperBreak Blog

Episode #1801

Cross-fertilization of shows and stars between London and New York.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/nyregion/new-york-today-new-yorker-of-the-year-kelly-hall-tompkins.html

From the concert halls to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is feeding hearts, bodies and souls with her music.

Acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was recently nominated for New York Today’s New Yorkers of the Year.  Rochesterians will recognize Kelly Hall-Tompkins as the Concertmaster of the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra.

ThoughtCo

Episode # 1753

“Nobody” and “Nothing” take us to songs of denial and rejection, irony and mockery.


opensubtitles.org

Episode #1752

“In the Good Old Summertime” is the first song about a season to become a hit—partly because nobody would publish seasonal songs.


Amazon.com

Episode #1751

There’s much more to Casablanca’s music than “As Time Goes By.”


Leo Robin

Episode #1749

From 1932 until Rainger died in a plane crash in 1941, the collaborators Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger wrote more than fifty hit songs for the movies.


artdecoblog.blogspot.com

Episode #1748

11/25    James P. Johnson & Cecil Mack  James P. Johnson was a major composer and jazz pianist, and he collaborated with Cecil Mack when it mattered most.


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