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

Caption: Bach/Chopin
“Always work on Bach – that will be your best way forward… “A bit of advice Chopin gave to a student… and followed himself.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: Sand listens to Chopin at Nohant
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 7: Chopin's Youngest Children" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Mar 05, 2010
  • Length: 08:55
Caption: Sand listens to Chopin at Nohant
Fryderyk Chopin said this about his Op. 41 Mazurkas: “They seem as lovely to me as only youngest children can to an aging parent.”

  • Added: Mar 05, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: The Gondolier 1968 watercolor on paper, Credit: Ogden M. Pleissner
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Episode 6: Chopin's 'Mysterious Apotheosis'" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, Radio Chopin. ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2010
  • Length: 01:42
Caption: “The Gondolier,” 1968, watercolor on paper, Credit: Ogden M. Pleissner
It was one of the last pieces Chopin composed. Some have called it an “aquatic nocturne;” But Chopin named it Barcarolle, after songs of the Vene...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Mar 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 5: The Inspired Simplicity of Utterance" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radi...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2010
  • Length: 07:20
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 4: Chopinomics" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin."

  • Added: Feb 27, 2010
  • Length: 09:46
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Episode 3: William Kapell" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin." Intro/out for lo...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: 08:40
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Episode 2: The Minute Waltz: A mispronunciation and a dog named Marquis...." from the companion series of ...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: 01:55
Caption: Pauline Garcia Viardot
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Episode 1: Chopin's Spanish Gift" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin." Intro/out...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: 07:45