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Classical Host to Headline AES

Bill McGlaughlin will keynote in New York

Radio has taken its lumps as listeners spend more time with their “new media.” One format that has been particularly hard hit is classical. The number of music stations has cratered while the content, once proudly ruling weekend “arts programming” blocks on many stations, feels like it has evaporated.

So it is a pleasant surprise to see William McGlaughlin named as the headliner for the upcoming Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, Oct. 9–12. McGlaughlin will be speaking on the topic of “Talent Doesn’t Push Buttons,” a discussion on the collaboration between on-air talent and their engineers.

McGlaughlin is a composer, conductor and musician. He won a Peabody Award in 1996 for “Saint Paul Sunday,” a public radio staple that he hosts and for which he is music director. In 2003 he also began hosting “Exploring Music,” a daily radio show on WFMT(FM) in Chicago. He also has co-hosted “Center Stage From Wolf Trap” since 1999 and hosted “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series since 2007; both are syndicated.