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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20 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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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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In Polish, it’s called “Zal.” A special kind of melancholy that pervades Chopin’s music. We recognize it as the Blues. Which might explain why, fro...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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“He strokes the keyboard with such delicacy, finesse, and, where required, unobtrusive strength that the music simply seems to play itself.” - Davi...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Selling seashells poses no tongue twister in French, but “Je vends des scapulaires,” (“I Sell Seashells”) a popular melody from a comic opera by Fe...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Yes, pianists love to play Chopin. But so do all kinds of musicians. Guitarists. Electric guitarists. Even Tuba Players! But what if you sing? Wha...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Bewitched. The idea has been around as long as love itself. Potions, incantations, magic spells… It seems Chopin — and Polish poet Stefan Witwicki...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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Franz Liszt called them “half-formed sighs floating through the air, softly lamenting and dissolved in delicious melancholy.” He added that their i...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
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You know the one, that groaner of a pun, "Chopin Liszt," printed across the tops of memo pads? Well, suppose we put Chopin on that "Liszt?" Grab yo...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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Even the short list of pianist Alfred Cortot’s accomplishments is impressive: He’s the man who introduced Wagner to the French, formed the original...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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There is value in learning who a composer isn’t. If you want to examine the shavings Fryderyk Chopin let fall to the floor as he sculpted his imag...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
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One can learn a lot about Chopin from Chopin's own words.

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


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