The 2017/2018 Metropolitan Opera season is winding down and April will be the last full month of opera broadcasts. After the final Met opera of the season on May 5th, we will return to our normal programming and Radio Deluxe will move back to the Saturday 2PM-4PM airtime.
A major function of being a public radio station is to take the time to listen to the programming needs of community members in our listening area. You can help us do this by taking the 2018 WAMC Ascertainment Survey by going to kwiksurveys.com/s/2mUlG5sJ. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and it is an excellent way to let us know how we can better serve the radio programming needs of your community and region.
As many of you may know, the producers of Car Talk have been winding down production of the popular program for a while now. The past few years, they have been digging deep into the vault of archived recordings to bring listeners classic editions of the show. Sadly, production of Car Talk officially came to a close on September 30th. Fret not as there will still be a “less produced” FREE podcast version of the show available at: www.cartalk.com/podcast.
9AM-10AM--The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do."
Coming up this month with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood:
Tuesday, August 1st—Tanglewood on Parade-Broadcast begins @7PM Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Pops Orchestra Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Charles Dutoit, Moritz Gnann, Keith Lockhart, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams, conductors Garrick Ohlsson, piano* Dawn Upshaw, soprano
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood season broadcasts begin on Friday July 7th at 8PM. Join the BSO as they perform live at their famed summer home in Lenox, MA. Listeners will enjoy the BSO's Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts.
The month kicks off with our fund drive beginning June 5th at 6 a.m. Help make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history! Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 1(800)323-9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you!
We have reached the end of the 2016/2017 Metropolitan Opera Matinée Broadcasts! The final broadcast of the Met’s season will air May 13th at 1PM. Radio Deluxe returns to its Saturday 2PM-4PM broadcast time starting May 20th! The Met Opera 2017/2018 season will run Saturdays from December 2nd, 2017-May 5th, 2018.
Coming up this month on the Saturday Metropolitan Opera Matinee Broadcasts:
March 4th at1 p.m. — Jules Massenet’s Werther Tenor sensation Vittorio Grigolo is Werther, the young poet who seeks the unattainable love of the beautiful Charlotte, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Edward Gardner conducts Richard Eyre’s visual feast of a production.
The great WAMC fund drive begins Monday, February 6th at 6AM. Let’s work together to make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history so we can get back to regular programming as soon as possible. Pledge online or call 1(800)323-9262! We couldn’t do it without you!
There is plenty of holiday and special programming coming in January!
Sunday, January 1st:
12AM-5AM-Toast of the Nation An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world!
Tuesday, November 8th is election night! Join the award-winning WAMC News team & NPR for extended special coverage from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The program will feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidate sites, and analysis from WAMC’s reporters and NPR's Political Team. Throughout the night, WAMC will cover the key races of the Northeast. Additionally, the NPR politics team will provide live updates on election returns and analysis of the results.
The month of October brings our annual fall fund drive starting Monday, October 17th at 6 a.m. Help us to make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history. Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 1(800)323-9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you!
As the last magical notes of this summer’s Tanglewood season resonate in our souls, we will return to our normal programming schedule this month. Don’t fret, we will still get to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday evenings 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. to hold us over until next year’s Tanglewood season.
Coming up this month at Tanglewood: Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8 p.m. A WAMC Special Broadcast of Tanglewood on Parade. Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Pops Orchestra Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Stefan Asbury, Stéphane Denève, Giancarlo Guerrero, Ken-David Masur, and John Williams, conductors Elizabeth Rowe, flute Jessica Zhou, harp
Our broadcasts of The Boston Symphony Orchestra live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood begin Friday, July 8th at 8 p.m. ♫ We will be airing the concerts live on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through August.
The month kicks off with our fund drive, beginning June 6th at 6 a.m. You can help us make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history. Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 800.323.9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you.
Join us Saturday, May 7th at 1p.m. for the final live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's 2015/2016 season as they present Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova stars in the bravura role of Konstanze. Rising tenor Paul Appleby is her lover, Belmonte, soprano Kathleen Kim is her shrewd maid, Blondchen, and bass Hans- Peter König delivers comic gravitas as the overseer of the harem.
The 2015/2016 Metropolitan Opera season is winding down and April will be the last full month of opera broadcasts. After the final Met opera of the season on May 7th, we will return to our normal programming. Some may be overjoyed by the return of Radio Deluxe to the Saturday 2 p.m.- 4p.m. airtime once the opera season is over but don’t lament opera fans, The Met will return in December!
March first marks the start of the spring solar outage week. A solar or sun transit outage is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. This is a fancy way of saying that we will temporarily lose any live audio feed off of satellite for about 6 minutes around 2 p.m. in our region. Due to the outage, we have to make a slight change to our programming schedule. The outages in our region will take place during the NPR newscast that airs within Vox Pop. As a result, we will be skipping the 2:01 p.m-2:04 p.m. NPR Newscast and going right into our local regional newscast during the first week of March. We will return to our normal schedule the following week.
The month of February kicks off with our fund drive beginning February 1st at 6 a.m. Help us to make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history! Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 1(800)323-9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you!
This New Year’s Eve, WAMC invites you to six parties, from east to west, with musical fireworks for midnight in all four continental time zones on the Toast of the Nation! An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, the party begins January 31st at 9PM and grooves all night long until 5AM on New Year’s Day. We will hear the energy infused live concert recordings of Wynton Marsalis, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.