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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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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In the words of one biographer, the August, 1833 publication in Paris of a young Polish pianist’s Twelve Grande Études “established Chopin as an ou...

  • Added: May 18, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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"I congratulate you Mummy, on your name-day! May the heavens fulfill what I feel in my heart That you should always be well and happy, and Have the...

Bought by 'The Sea'


  • Added: May 18, 2010
  • Length: 02:05
  • Purchases: 1
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Most stories about the Funeral March from Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 are as somber as the music itself. But one--perhaps a tall tale associated wi...

  • Added: May 18, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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More great chamber music from Spoleto Festival USA with host Lisa Simeone. In addition to a Haydn trio, this concert features contemporary English ...

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


  • Added: May 12, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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The element of surprise. Haydn used it to play a little joke on his audience in his 94th Symphony. A school-boy’s trick. Lower your voice, whisper...

  • Added: May 07, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Scherzo. Italian for “joke.” If a composer marks music “scherzo” we know we’re in for a little fun…

  • Added: May 07, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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“The emotional satisfaction can’t be equaled in any of the other arts. Forgive me, I sound as if I’ve just discovered music.”

  • Added: May 07, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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“There is some kind of connection. I don’t know what it is, but I felt it as a very young boy.” (Byron Janis on Chopin)

  • Added: May 07, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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This concert from Memminger Auditorium features an early Beethoven work -The String Trio in C Minor, paired with Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin...

Bought by KMUN, 'The Sea', KMUN, WEKU, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: May 05, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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“A stranger I came, A stranger I depart…” These opening lines of “Good Night”, the first song in Franz Schubert’s cycle, Winterreise, or Winter Jou...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Apr 29, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1