WDAV Classical Public Radio

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WDAV 89.9, a public radio service of Davidson College and licensed to the Trustees of Davidson College, is a member-supported public radio service providing classical music and cultural arts programming 24 hours each day. WDAV reaches a Charlotte, NC-centered 22 county market of 2.2 million people. The station attracts approximately 125,000 listeners each week and receives financial support from 7,500 members.

The station's 24-hour service is certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a member of NPR and American Public Media.  The format is all-classical, with NPR newscasts at various times throughout the day. The purpose of WDAV is to provide classical music and cultural arts programming of the highest quality and to promote the activities of local arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. The station is more than a music service. Significant air time and staff resources are devoted to creating "a community of the arts." This is accomplished by broadcasting locally recorded concerts and by promoting the events and activities of area arts organizations through on-air public service announcements, co-sponsorships, ticket-gives and occasional interview features. WDAV promotes major community projects throughout the year. In 1996, WDAV received statewide recognition with the "Excellence in Media" award from ARC of North Carolina (Association of Retarded Citizens).In 1998 the station was awarded the DEI Award for major Gifts at the Public Radio Conference in Washington DC.

Series

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18 Pieces

Concierto presents classical music in English and in Spanish. Music by Spanish and Latin American composers is alternated with classical favorites performed by Hispanic artists.

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20 Pieces

Reel Music takes your listeners to the movies every week for an hour of orchestral themes from cinema's best film scores. The show is music-centric, with intriguing but brief commentary from host and producer Matt Rogers, who mixes in the occasional vintage snack bar announcement for a fun, nostalgic experience.

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11 Pieces

Daily broadcasts from the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC

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0 Pieces

Making sense of modern medicine, The Recovery Room is a weekly, half-hour conversation with experts in surgery, medicine, ethics and public health about the latest developments in medicine and health care.


Latest Pieces

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“I have composed something new that I do not know how to name” – Fryderyk Chopin about his Opus 61 Polonaise-Fantasie. (Hosted by Lisa Simeone)

  • Added: Mar 17, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 12: Chopin Sings a Lullaby" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 05:57
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They called her “Louisette”. Chopin doted on her…and the work she inspired is the composer’s most tender.

  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 11: A Chopin Catalogue Aria" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 02:10
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The “Catalogue Aria,” a breathlessly sung rapid-fire list of humorous items, was a staple of 18th-century comic opera. Chopin never wrote an oper...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: Wladyslaw Szpilman
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 10: The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio C...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2010
  • Length: 03:25
Caption: Szpilman
The Nazi invasion of Poland In September of 1939 literally blasted Frederic Chopin's music off the air. But the elegant pianist playing Chopin liv...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: Chopin a la Brubeck; Brubeck
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 9: Dave Digs Fryderyk" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 02:25
Caption: Chopin a la Brubeck; Brubeck
A jazz diplomat finds his Polish roots in Fryderyk Chopin’s home…and all he can say is Dziekuje – “Thank You.”

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 02:01
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 8: A Tip of the Hat to Bach" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Mar 09, 2010
  • Length: 01:52