Giving Thanks

As I broadcast my last Thanksgiving program on NEPR, please allow me to give thanks to:

The music of Bach, always and forever.

Miss Daly, Miss Anyan, Mr. Hanson, Dr. Rowe, Joe Celli and all the other great teachers and mentors in theRidgefield (Conn.) Public schools who recognized and nurtured my musical interests.

The talented musicians, past and present, that I’ve had the pleasure to broadcast.  A DJ is only as good as his music, and I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate in this regard.  A special shout-out goes to the musicians who’ve taken the time to let us know they appreciated our broadcasts.

Louis Armstrong.  Thanks for everything, Pops.

My friend Byron Nilsson, whose infectious enthusiasm for classical music (especially Jascha Heifetz) rubbed off on me at an impressionable age.  And my friend Ned Popkins, who let me tag along with him to WHUS when we were both at UConn.  It wouldn’t have happened without you guys.

Astor Piazzolla, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and the other innovative composers of my early radio years who helped shake classical music out of its doldrums, just in time.

My first real boss and mentor, Bob Goldfarb, whose beliefs and bits of advice were crucial in my formative years at WFCR.  And I still follow some of them!

Merrill “tUnE-yArDs” Garbus, Annie “St. Vincent” Clark, Shara “My Brightest Diamond” Worden, Anais Mitchell, Björk, Beata Moon, Caroline Shaw, and the other fabulous femmes of modern music, who never let us forget that great music doesn’t just come from dead white guys — not that there’s anything wrong with dead white guys, one of which I will be someday.  Keep your ears out for them!

The volunteer hosts and DJs I listened to way back when on WPKN from the University of Bridgeport.  You mean you can go on the radio and play the music you love?  Cool!

Charles Ives, Duke Ellington and Stephen Sondheim, whose works, in very different ways, preserve in sound what it was like to live in 20th centuryAmerica.  Or in Sondheim’s case, 19th century England, France and Japan.  But you get the idea.

My amazingly excellent colleagues at NEPR.  What a team!

The Mssrs Harnoncourt, Leonhardt, Kuijken, Brüggen et al., who introduced me, and helped me introduce to you, to the delights of the Baroque, and who inspired others after them to do the same.

My music history professors at UConn, Robert Hill, Petter Juel-Larsen, Brian Klitz and Bruce Bellingham, who taught me how to think about music, and who were open to my investigations of jazz as well as classical.

The wonderful musicians of the Pioneer Valley and surrounding regions, who’ve helped us keep NEPR’s classical programming fresh and local.  You know who you are, folks — give yourself a pat on the back.

Anyone I’ve ever discussed music with, even if we haven’t always heard ear-to-ear.  You know who you are too!

All those who, despite its many challenges, still make classical music their profession.  The artistry has never been better, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with next.

My classical radio peers at stations around the country.  We’re a proud and hardy band, even if shrinking in number.  Thanks for all the ideas and support, maties — and keep fighting the good fight!

Those who’ll keep the music going on NEPR after I’ve gone.  Please give them your time and support.

Family, friends, and most of all, you, the listener.




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