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 Sunday. For more information, contact Matt Rogers at KBACH in Phoenix.

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


Additional Files

31 Pieces

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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: Feb 25, 2024
  • 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 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1997, Rachel Portman made history as the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Her work includes music for Emma, The Cid...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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With Valentine's right around the corner, you’ll hear themes from some of cinema’s best romances, including Love Story, Casablanca, Breakfast at Ti...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2024
  • 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: Jan 28, 2024
  • 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: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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You’re invited to a smorgasbord of scores from big screen buffets. Enjoy delicious themes from Chocolat, Like Water for Chocolate, Ratatouille, Jul...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Maurice Jarre wrote three Oscar-winning scores for David Lean films—Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India. His work over four ...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2024
  • 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 31, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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As we anticipate a new year, we’ll celebrate new beginnings with music for characters who made a fresh start. Hear themes from The Truman Show, My ...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2023
  • 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 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Cinematic heroes often have to undertake dangerous quests. Maybe the search is for a lost ark or a holy grail, a missing comrade, or simply the way...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Joe Hisaishi’s scores for movies and video games mix elements of western classical with flavors of Japanese classical, minimalist and experimental ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re off to Hogwarts on this edition of Reel Music. We’ll sample the Potter film scores by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alex...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2023
  • 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 19, 2023
  • 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 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Conflict, bravery, sacrifice, victory—elements of the Hollywood war film. On the next Reel Music, we’ll sample themes from Glory, Darkest Hour, Thi...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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With 22 Oscar nominations and four wins, Dimitri Tiomkin left us decades worth of incredible film scores. You’ll hear his best: High Noon, It’s a W...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Look out! The monsters are loose! Enjoy themes written for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, and more.

  • Added: Oct 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00