Reel Music

Series produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio

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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.

Reel Music is a great entry point for new listeners, who may know more about movies than they do classical music, and it provides an entertaining break from routine for seasoned classical listeners who also appreciate a good film score.

The show is 59:00 and comes in three segments. Segment 2 is always a :45 music bed for underwriting during the floating break.

Reel Music is a co-production of WDAV and KBACH. New episodes drop on Monday. For more information, contact Matt Rogers at KBACH in Phoenix.

NOTE: Episodes are free. There is a $100 subscription fee per year.


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20 Pieces

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Daniel Day-Lewis chooses his roles carefully. In a career spanning five decades, he’s only acted in twenty-some films. The scores for these movies ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From an early movie, simply called San Francisco, to recent films, Beautiful Boy and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the city by the Bay has b...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of Valentine’s, you’ll hear themes from some of cinema’s best romances, including Love Story, Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The ...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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February is Black History Month. We'll sample scores from three of Hollywood's most successful black composers: Quincy Jones, Mervyn Warren, and Te...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Eleven James Bond films, five Academy Awards, and many of cinema’s most unforgettable scores—we’re celebrating the work of John Barry with themes f...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Lost at sea, stranded on an island, caught in a blizzard on the side of a mountain: desperate times call for expert composers. We'll explore themes...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Enjoy mysterious themes from great whodunits and other stories of intrigue: Knives Out, Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, Gosford Pa...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Enjoy an hour of music by one of today’s best film composers, Alexandre Desplat. He’s scored everything from Harry Potter to The Shape of Water, an...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As we embark on a new year, we’ll celebrate new beginnings with music for characters who made a fresh start. Hear themes from The Truman Show, My F...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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A long time ago, John Williams wrote his first note of music for Star Wars. We’ll explore Williams’ 40-plus years of unforgettable themes for the s...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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The holidays wouldn’t be the same without those cherished Christmas classics—A Christmas Carol (1951), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It’s a Wonder...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Movies allow us to visit, not just other places, but other times, as well. We’ll sample scores from great period piece films: Downton Abbey, Little...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most acclaimed directors in cinematic history. The “Master of Suspense” is responsible for Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Win...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Grab some leftover turkey and dressing, and settle in for an hour of themes from movies that capture the essence of small town America: The Grapes ...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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She’s one of cinema’s greatest actresses ever. We’ll sample scores from Meryl Streep’s best films—Out of Africa, Julie & Julia, The Iron Lady, The ...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re traveling back in time—way back—for music from movies with prehistoric plots. You’ll hear themes from Ice Age, Jurassic Park, Cave of Forgott...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Alex North earned 15 Oscar nominations during a long career that included scoring Spartacus, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Stre...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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A special spooky edition of Reel Music, with themes from Hollywood’s best horror and suspense films, including Psycho, The Bride of Frankenstein, C...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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We’ll visit one of America’s most exciting cities and sample scores from some of its best movies: West Side Story, Working Girl, Breakfast at Tiffa...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00