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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19 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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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.


Latest Pieces

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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 15: Chopin the Control Freak " from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radio Chopin".

  • Added: Apr 03, 2010
  • Length: 05:15
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Host Lisa Simeone welcomes you back to this week's broadcast of the 2010 chamber music concerts from the Spoleto Festival USA. To commemorate hi...

Bought by KMUN, WEKU, KPIP-LP, WUFT, KTXK and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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In 1829 Niccolo Paganini wowed Warsaw, playing ten concerts in ten days. The most receptive ears in the audience? They belonged to a nineteen-year-...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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What words would you use to describe Chopin and his music? Odds are “boisterous” isn’t one of them. But the “poet of the piano” who wore silk crava...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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“Could It Be Magic.” The pop song begins and ends with a solo piano playing the prelude: a very short, funereal march that becomes an ever-softer h...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Nineteenth century piano virtuoso Anton Rubinstein called Fryderyk Chopin’s two Opus 40 Polonaises “Poland’s Greatness; Poland’s Sorrow.” Pianist G...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sand listens to Chopin at Nohant
Fryderyk Chopin said this about his Op. 41 Mazurkas: “They seem as lovely to me as only youngest children can to an aging parent.”

  • Added: Mar 05, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: The Gondolier 1968 watercolor on paper, Credit: Ogden M. Pleissner
Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Episode 6: Chopin's 'Mysterious Apotheosis'" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, Radio Chopin. ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2010
  • Length: 01:42
Caption: “The Gondolier,” 1968, watercolor on paper, Credit: Ogden M. Pleissner
It was one of the last pieces Chopin composed. Some have called it an “aquatic nocturne;” But Chopin named it Barcarolle, after songs of the Vene...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Mar 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after "Radio Chopin 5: The Inspired Simplicity of Utterance" from the companion series of 2-minute modules, "Radi...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2010
  • Length: 07:20