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.

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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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34 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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5 Pieces

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

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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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Concierto presents classical music in English and in Spanish. Classical favorites performed by Hispanic artists are alternated with music by Spanis...

Bought by 'The Sea', Radio Arts Foundation-Saint Louis, KSTK, WSKG, WJFF and more


  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 44
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This time you’ll hear scores so good, and so memorable, that you might be surprised to learn that they didn’t win the Academy Award. Some of them w...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Great composers who deserve more attention, on this edition of Reel Music. We’ll sample the soundtracks of Clint Mansell (Moon, Requiem for a Dream...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Oscar winner James Horner rose from the depths of B-movies to score some of the biggest films of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Hear theme...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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So-called silent films often had terrific scores played live at the theater, sometimes with just a piano or organ, sometimes with a small ensemble,...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Film music for America on this edition of Reel Music! You’ll hear themes from some of cinema’s most patriotic movies: Independence Day, Air Force O...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Sometimes the instruments of the orchestra just aren’t enough to convey the drama that the director and composer are reaching for. That’s when the ...

Bought by WRR, KMXT, and WYAP


  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Saddle up, partner! It’s a tribute to that most American of genres, the Hollywood western. Hear music from The Searchers, The Good, the Bad, and th...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It's the season of Summer Blockbusters! Enjoy sizzling themes from Star Wars, The Avengers, Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more.

Bought by WRR, Troy Public Radio, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Miklós Rózsa was nominated for 17 Academy Awards, winning three, and while he may be best known for his epic fanfares, he was just as adept at scor...

Bought by WRR and KMXT


  • Added: May 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2