Library of Congress ‘Resumes Broadcast Tradition’

WETA(FM) is working with the Library of Congress on a classical music radio series intended for nationwide distribution.
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WETA(FM) is working with the Library of Congress on a classical music radio series intended for nationwide distribution.

The Library’s Music Division, the station and CD Syndications launched the program, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, familiar from the program “Saint Paul Sunday Morning.”

The 13-week series features excerpts from performances in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium; the first airs on WETA on Nov. 5 featuring Joshua Bell, András Schiff, the Venice Baroque Orchestra with Giuliano Carmignola and other artists.

The executive producer is Dan DeVany, vice president and general manager at WETA(FM). Producers are Vic Muentzer and Noelle Morris from CD Syndications and Anne McLean from the Library of Congress.

“The new series marks a return to the Library’s distinguished broadcasting tradition of more than eight decades,” the Library stated in the announcement, adding historical information for context:

“Concerts of the 1925 Coolidge Auditorium season were broadcast by the Naval Broadcasting Service. In 1930, the five-year-old National Broadcasting Company began trial broadcasts for the Library from its studios in New York.

“With the 1933 season, Library concerts were aired regularly over the NBC and CBS networks, drawing a national audience for chamber music and beginning a remarkable run of weekly broadcasts that would last more than 60 years. ‘Concerts from the Library of Congress’ aired internationally during the 1990s, with syndication by Radio France, Radio Netherlands, Italy’s RAI Tre and national networks in Australia, New Zealand and Russia.”

Related online content will include companion material as well as podcasts for selected programs at www.loc.gov/podcasts/.

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