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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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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"Chopin is ‘hand-feeling’ first. Like Couperin made for the keyboard. It’s a sensitivity of the finger, and it gives you the harmony and the polyph...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
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“Even people who barely know anything about Classical music say ‘Oh, I don’t know anything, but that Chopin piece, oh that’s wonderful.’” Then ther...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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When a drunken patron asks Judy Garland to "Sing Melancholy Baby!" in the movie "A Star is Born", it gave fresh legs to one of the most popular son...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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The French have a saying: "Chopin's heart is in Poland, but his soul is in France."

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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"Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic, and make-believe are reborn,...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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A founding member of "The Mighty Five" lends a hand...to Chopin.

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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They're minting Mahler coins in the Czech Republic and Chopin bills in Poland. Mahler is 150; Chopin, 200. Other than currency and anniversaries, ...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
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“You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow…” - To Have and Have Not The memorable opening... the start of...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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He was Chopin’s teen-aged pal in Poland, and his whist partner and house-sitter in Paris. He steered Chopin’s earliest compositions into print, and...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
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From the outset, they seemed an unlikely pair. After their first encounter, Chopin told his family: “Something about her repels me.” But before lon...

Bought by KFCF FM


  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1