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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20 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.


Latest Pieces

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Pianist Vladimir Feltsman found his privileges suspended, his life threatened and his career in the deep freeze when he applied for an exit visa fr...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Pick a piece. Any piece. Chopin’s music generally stirs the soul. But none quite like the Ballade in G minor…

  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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“1827 - Exceptionally gifted.” “1828 - Extraordinarily endowed.” “1829 - A musical genius.” Notes found in successive annual evaluations by Chopin’...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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What do Guns N’ Roses have to do with Chopin? Ask Robert Schumann.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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Pianist Charles Wadsworth has chosen a lot of personal favorites for this, his final season as Spoleto Chamber Music Artistic Director. And his fa...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Suppose you learn a few things about Chopin that ruin any chance of harboring a romantic notion of the man. Is it hard to take that he was hard to ...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
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In Roald Dahl’s novel-turned-movie, the young, unsuspecting hero Charlie Bucket manages to avoid temptation and emerge unscathed from the eccentric...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: 02:02
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More Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA with new host Lisa Simeone.This program begins with a delightful trio of Waltzes for the opera Die Wer...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after “Radio Chopin 28: Chopin’s Singing Fingers” from the companion series of 2-minute modules, “Radio Chopin.”

  • Added: Apr 15, 2010
  • Length: 04:44
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Intended for (optional) broadcast after “Radio Chopin 27: That Waltz” from the companion series of 2-minute modules, “Radio Chopin.”

  • Added: Apr 15, 2010
  • Length: 04:02