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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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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25 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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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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Zal. A three-letter word with a lifetime of meaning. The Soul of a Pole.

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He is a great pianist, but not a Chopin specialist. Does that mean he can’t be a great Chopinist?

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He was Chopin's agent, collaborator, personal friend, bitter rival, and ultimately, his first biographer. Franz Liszt was also Fryderyk Chopin’s “f...

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Tracing the legacy of Fryderyk Chopin is an exercise that leads along many diverse paths. One of them goes through Catalonia.

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How do you become famous for NOT winning the Chopin Piano Competition? Well, it helps to have one of the judges declare you a genius and walk out a...

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Robert Schumann’s critical praise introduced the name Fryderyk Chopin to Europe. His wife Clara’s performances secured a place for Chopin’s music i...

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They were two pillars of the Romantic Generation, born three months and 400 miles apart. One was a Polish exile who made his fortune in Paris; the ...

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He won the Warsaw International Chopin competition at age 18—the youngest competitor to ever do so. Then Maurizio Pollini went back to the practice...

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It was Chopin’s last written request. Days before his death in 1849, Fryderyk Chopin pleaded with his caretakers: “Have my body opened that I not b...

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Fryderyk Chopin’s circle was not a mutual admiration society. Take the case of Ignaz Moscheles.

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