After an extensive national search, New England Public Radio is pleased to announce that John Nowacki has been hired as the station’s morning Classical Music host, replacing longtime host and music director John Montanari who retired in December.
Nowacki will be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New England Public Radio – 88.5 FM WFCR beginning today.
“John has extensive programming and hosting experience over several decades, and we’ve already received very positive listener feedback about him in both areas,” says Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of NEPR, referring to Nowacki’s recent fill-in work as the station conducted its search for a full-time host.
Nowacki brings with him nearly 30 years of radio experience, mostly as classical music announcer and Music Director for NPR affiliate, WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. He stayed on as the local host of All Things Considered at WNPR for several years following that station’s decision to cut classical music programming in favor of an all-news format. Since leaving WNPR, Nowacki has worked as a Narration Contractor and Voice-over Artist, lending his voice to such projects as the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford’s current fundraising campaign.
Originally from the Midwest, Nowacki’s interest in classical music began while he was a high school student, having discovered organ music recordings by E. Power Biggs and singing in the high school’s choirs. He also began singing with the Milwaukee College Conservatory Chorus (Later the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus) where he discovered the music of Brahms, Stravinsky, Rossini, Dvorak, and many others. His radio career began in 1982 at WILL-FM in Champaign-Urbana, Ilinois, where he started as a board operator for local programming, then became a classical music host. He worked for several Illinois stations before making the move to WNPR in 1990.
Nowacki lives in Hartford, Connecticut where he sings as a bass/baritone in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church. He also enjoys reading good Science Fiction, and biographies of 16th and 17th-century historical figures.