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Dec. 15 2017

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

By Reed Hessler | Posted in Host Blogs, WBJC News | 73 Comments

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE … (YOU SAY GOODBYE. I SAY HELLO.)

by Reed Hessler    

As of Monday, December 18th, I am no longer a classical music host on WBJC. After thirty-nine years and thirteen days, I am retiring. My last live broadcast was the Friday night request show on December 15th, followed by my pre-recorded Sunday afternoon show on December 17th.

When I arrived at WBJC in December of 1978, the station had just increased its power to 50,000 watts. At the time, WBJC had a diverse format, including jazz, Broadway shows, old time radio, and NPR news. But the classical music format was expanding, due to its popularity during fundraisers. Moreover, the two Baltimore classical  music stations, WBAL-FM and WCAO-FM, had changed their formats.  Baltimore Mayor WIlliam Donald Schaefer held a public ceremony, in which the WCAO-FM tapes, music with recorded announcements, that had been replayed with no variation, were handed over to WBJC, the radio station owned by the Community College of Baltimore.

The message was clear. WBJC would be Baltimore’s new classical music station. The WCAO tapes would remain on the top shelf of the WBJC record library for over a decade, and were never played. Frankly, they were crap, and WBJC quickly superseded them. And yet for another decade. many Baltimoreans who had enjoyed the endless repetition of WCAO’s tapes. denigrated the variety of WBJC. I learned very quickly that Baltimore, circa 1979, was a good old boy town. It didn’t matter how good you were, but how long you had been around.

Early in my career at WBJC, I played an opera and a choral work in the afternoon once a week. I played an hour of Japanese shakuhachi flute, and made an entire LP of Renaissance dance music into a station “hit”. I felt empowered to play “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb during drive time, because so many listeners seemed to like it. When in later years, letter writers to the Baltimore Sun wrote about the empty headedness of WBJC programming, I learned how vapid the Baltimore arts community was. They weren’t even listening.

But eventually I was on the air long enough to be one of the good old boys myself. And the Baltimore arts community changed for the better. As did WBJC. The story of WBJC is too long for me to relate, but I do want to credit two people: our former General Manager Cary Smith, and our current Program Director Jonathan Palevsky. We have had our disagreements over the years, but Cary and Jonathan turned WBJC into a tight ship, and a major arts institution in Baltimore. With my help, of course.

As for memories, there are too many to mention. Here are a few. Putting together a show in the days before computers, with a sketchy record filing system. Scampering to find “an eleven minute piece for harp”, on vinyl at that, after editing and announcing the AP news, with just a few minutes to go before dead air. To this day, the Friday night request show is not all that different.

People running around during fundraisers in the 1980’s having conniptions, screaming who was to blame for us not reaching the last hour’s goal, while we announcers were trying to maintain our composure and energy for the next hour. Those days are long gone, thankfully. We learned that the key to fundraising is to give it our best, and not give a hoot about the results. Call it the Zen of fundraising.

One morning in the winter of 1979, I awoke to find my car buried in snow. I called WBJC to say I would be walking to work. At the time, I lived in Towson, and thought York Road would be an easier walk than Charles Street under several feet of snow. I started around 8:30AM, and arrived at work at 2PM, one hour late for my shift. I had walked nine miles. I embraced the jazz director, Robert Ford, who had filled in for  me. (A few years ago, I Google-mapped the route, to find out how far I actually walked; it was 8.9 miles.)

This would not be the last time I would walk to work in the snow. Or sleep on the floor of the radio station lobby, because my car was stuck on ice in the parking lot. One night, I drove the length of two buildings, uphill through the CCB parking lot, only to get stuck on the speed bump by the main road. I walked back to the station, downhill, for the length of two buildings, cautiously looking for patches of snow to step on, so i would not slip and fall. It was one of the scariest moments of my life.

One night in the 1980’s, a young man phoned me to say the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 was beautiful. When I tried to spell it for him, he told me that he couldn’t read or write. I have never been prouder.

Listeners have told me a piece of classical music on WBJC comforted them when they lost a loved one. Having lost my wife four years ago, I can appreciate this.

Listeners have told me that hearing classical music on WBJC inspired their academic and career pursuits, musical or otherwise.

And more than one listener has told me they have been listening to me since they were in diapers.

I also am grateful and humbled when someone says they have heard classical music stations all over the country, and even the world, and think that WBJC is the best.  My goal from the start was to share my love of classical music with other people who enjoyed it. I want to thank all of you who made it possible for me to do that, my listeners and my colleagues.

I could not have asked for a better life, than sharing classical music with the listeners of WBJC. And now, the next chapter in my life begins. Thanks to all of you.

 

Reed Hessler

 

 

Reed Hessler

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Reed is WBJC's evening host. His full bio can be read here.

73 Responses to TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

  • Robert Lanza says:

    Dear Mr. Hessler: I am listening now to your final program, from Takoma Park Maryland. Your programs have been a pleasure, particularly the Friday night request programs. Good luck in your future endeavors, and thank you and your colleagues for keeping classical music on the air.

  • Martha McCullough says:

    Dear Mr. Hessler,

    WBCJ IS the best classical radio station I’ve ever listened to, and you ARE one of the best hosts! I’m listening to your last Friday night request show now (I, too, love that Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini), and I will miss you on Friday night from now on. I hope you enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Thank you for hosting so much great music for so long.

  • Barbara Fraize says:

    Reed: Your ability to host a radio program of classical music has been outstanding. The music you have chosen to play has truly been superb. A classical music lover all my 78 years of life (so far), you have lifted my spirits in both good times and bad. I thank you for all of that and wish you a wonderful new life in retirement, always tuned in to WBJC, of course!

  • Penny Potter says:

    Goodbye REED
    GOOD LUCK. Enjoy your retirement. It can be the best time of your
    Life! I have enjoyed all of your programs and musical information.

  • Thomas Bak says:

    I will miss you, Reed. Your Friday night request program was always a joy. Though I live in the Washington suburbs, the WBJC announcers like you have made it my preferred classical music station. Have a great retirement!

  • Christine S. Baker says:

    Oh my , this will be quite an adjustment for me as one of your devoted fans . I have been listening to you
    since you started on WBJC . Your nighttime voice and music has been in my home like an old friend .
    The beautiful memories are many but this time has passed all too quickly . In the early 80’s ,
    you had even lulled my then infants to sleep. I always have looked forward to Friday nights and
    your request program . You are the reason I have come to love Classical music . I thank you for
    being such an important part of my life and appreciate everything you have taught me about the
    beauty of Classical music .
    I wish you a wonderful retirement , happiness and good health .
    I will truly miss you !
    Warm Regards ,
    Christine

  • Robert Smith says:

    Thank you for bringing such joy to the airwaves. Always gentle, always gracious, and honoring so many requests – “after all, it’s somebody’s favorite!” – and you have expanded our own list of favorites thereby.
    Peace and all good to you and yours!

  • Kayleen Saucier says:

    Reed: I’m so sorry to see you go! We’ve been listening to WBJC since we moved here in the fall of 1978 and you came on soon after I started listening. I remember your afternoon show, with the Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” as the opening theme. I occasionally made Friday night requests but was happy to listen to others’ requests. You always introduced us to a variety of composers. Enjoy your retirement, and I hope to see you at concerts in Baltimore sometime. Keep active and develop new interests.

  • George Alderson says:

    Wishing you well in your retirement Frances and I treasure our hours listening to you and your music. You’re the music professor I wish I had had 50 years ago.

  • Gretchen Frye says:

    Listening to your Sunday afternoon show, I nearly feel out of my chair to hear that it would be your last! I love the different voices of WBJC, and yours will be missed, especially on Friday nights. Enjoy your retirement, and thanks for many years of wonderful music.

  • Bart Lane says:

    I only just heard on Sunday that it was your last day. You will be sorely missed! After at least 15 years of listening to WBJC nearly every day, it just won’t be the same. Thank you for all of your wonderful selections. Enjoy retirement!

  • Mike and Kim Somers says:

    We will miss you! We have really enjoyed the music you have chosen and your comments. It has added to our lives. Thank you!

  • Valerie says:

    I was listening to your Sunday message and heard you say it was your final show. Thank you, Reed, for years of beautiful music, especially the “request night” which introduced me to many pieces I love and would never have heard if not for your show. . Best wishes for the next years, however you choose to spend them

  • Jill Sawyer says:

    I feel like I’m losing an old friend. 🙁 Enjoy your retirement! 🙂

  • Julian Levy says:

    Reed–

    This is bittersweet–as many retirements are. I’m happy for you, but sad for all of us listeners. It has been an honor to know you and to call you “Friend.” I thank you for all you’ve done for Baltimore and, now with the internet, for the whole world. And, I wish you all the luck in your future endeavors. Congratulations for a job well done over the past 39 years!

    Julian

  • Scott says:

    I think the thing that counts at times like this is whether you can look in the mirror and know that person did a good job. And I know you can do that. It’s been a pleasure and I wish you the best.

    Scott

  • Robert Blackshaw says:

    Reed,

    I shall miss you along with your many other devotees but being retired myself I can understand that there comes a time. I wish you peace, joy and having lost my soul mate also, I wish you find love.

    Robert

  • Maria Park says:

    Dear Mr. Hessler, it’s been an honor and a joy to be part of your career. I’ve always enjoyed your selections, especially the operatic ones. I completely agree with you about the insularism of Baltimore. But I, too, have grown to be a good ol girl. Good luck in the next phase of your life!

  • Linda Worthington says:

    I simple words, I wil miss you, but I wish you joy in your new journey! I have listened to WBJC since its beginning in 1952. It is in my DNA by now I thinke. It plays in my home, a backgound to my life. The hosts are almost family, and as such those who leave are mourned a illte. You will be. .. God speed Reed! May your life be filled with joy and contentment!

  • Maria Garvey says:

    WBJC won’t be the same without Reed! His musical selections and commentaries were always enlightening and satisfying. Many thanks and happy retirement Reed.

  • Mark Miller says:

    Hi Reed –

    39 years…wow! Wishing you all the best in your next venture. WBJC and staffers like you have been part of the soundtrack of my life for over 40 years. It’s vital that we keep classical music alive, something that WBJC has been doing for decades. Baltimore is very fortunate that it still has a classical music station. Not all cities do, as your staff rightly points out during fund raisers.

    Retirements, as someone else posted here, can be bitter-sweet affairs, especially if the retiree, like you, has reached the status of a local cultural institution. You will be missed. As Bob Hope might say, thanks for the memories.

  • Linda mellgren says:

    Dear Mr. Hessler,

    We echo the comments of other posters that WBJC has some of the best programming across the national and international classical stations. We found WBJC a ray of light when other classical stations in the DC Metro area seemed stale and repetitious. Due to the marvels of technology we now take WBJC with us when we travel, and although we enjoy sampling the programming differences throughout the US, WBJC remains our go to station. We will miss you and wish you all the best in your retirement.

  • david eberhardt says:

    When I think of radio in Balto- screaming right wingers at bal- measured liberals at ypr- having kicked out the one progressive, who has also left Morgan- I am so grateful for Reed, Jonathan, and even the hoity toity Judith (she must be a royal).Great music is always progressive. To me, not enough modern stuff or composers WHO ARE ALIVE AND NEED ATTENTION, but- I know Reed likes Shreker and Zemlinsky (I don’t know about Lygeti).As the nation has dexcended into the worse and worse- and the BSO repeats chestnuts endlessly……again- thanx to you all for some class. WE NEEDS IT! In honor of Reed, I am requesting a Boulez piano sonata! Best to all poet/ activist dave eberhardt

  • J. Shep Jeffreys says:

    Reed
    Your participation, your calming voice and selection of music has been a comfort and
    enjoyment for many years. I too recall the WCAO years and the emerging of WBJC as the dependable classical music source in Baltimore. Thank you, thank you. I wish you a wonderful retirement and the knowledge that you are an outstanding selector and presenter of music. I will miss you.

  • Edward Bielaus says:

    Oh man Reed. I’m sorry to see the old cat man go. Thanks for all the good music and companionship. I know the magic of radio and you certainly brought it.

  • Hugh Silcox says:

    Reed,

    My every good wish upon your retirement.

    I am a fan of long-standing, going back to your days at WCTR … it was good to re-discover you upon my move to Baltimore in 2004….

  • Pat France, says:

    Thank you Reed for all you have done for we, out here, who love you and the wonderful music you have given us. The Best of everything in your next chapter of life. I am retired here in Towson and I think you will love being retired!

  • Sandy Randall says:

    Transplants from New York, we came to the Eastern Shore nine years ago to discover that WBJC was broadcasting from only thirty miles across the bay and pumping out the best classical music on the air. But also important to us were the announcements of cultural events throughout the region, very helpful to us newcomers. Reed has been a part of our life during all these wonderful years. We will miss him, but feel confident that the show will go on in the capable hands of our other friends across the bay. Thank you all.

  • Paul R. Schlitz Jr. says:

    Dear Reed,

    What I will remember most is your enthusiasm for great music that never waned over the years. And how you ventured into the realm of obscure and neglected masterpieces. There are so many memories. . . Of you discoursing on a beautiful spring day how George Butterworth’s On The Banks of Green Willow should hit the spot. The couple days before Christmas when everywhere else in creation was playing Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and you played one of his piano concertos ( it wasn’t bad!) followed by the Stravinsky Octet. How you encouraged me to love the Nielsen and Sibelius symphonies ( which I do!). How you and I must be the only two people alive who enjoy an obscure Grieg Lyric Piece called From Early Years. You gave us the best music in the best years of our lives and then some. Blessing on your frosty pow and I hope now in your retirement you will be able to go back to choral singing ( you could never get to rehearsals because you were always on the air. If you ever want to sing renaissance a cappella choral music give me a hollar 443-676-5160

  • John Oetting says:

    Since my daughter was four or five years old, you’ve been her favorite host on WBJC, and she turns 35 this week. She and I will miss you. Hope your retirement is as much fun as mine has been.

  • Jerome J McDonald says:

    It’s always been a pleasure occasionally hearing your programs from the 90’s to this day. Good luck in retirement. And now I have to find a copy of Crumb’s “Voice of the Whale”.

  • Carlo says:

    After the 9-11 attacks, every other radio station provided non-stop news coverage full time. Only WBJC-FM provided an alternative. WBJC-FM announced the news when there was news to report, and then continued providing classical music programming. This was not disrespectful, rather it was a service to the community. I and many others appreciated it.

  • Mike says:

    Thank you Reed Hessler. You have been my teacher for many years.

  • Richard K Ashford says:

    GodSpeed, Reed.
    We will all miss you

  • James Turnage says:

    “The WCAO tapes …were never played. Frankly, they were crap”

    I laughed at that one, not just another “everyone was wonderful” goodbye letter. Sure, probably a little unfair, one last dig at some long dead people who would never be able to reply in some ancient skirmish, but frankly as someone who moved to the area more recently, I hear the truth of the matter and appreciated the narrative of a Baltimore back in the day. Likewise, the appreciations, eg, Cary Smith, that someone hasn’t forgotten him.

    I love the station, something very personal about it, that the classical music is current music, that they play music all the time and not have news hours (to avoid,) talk shows, you turn it on and you hear something new and the story behind it. Thanks.

  • Davis says:

    I only learned of your retirement at the end of your program., so it took me by surprise. Sad to hear it, but hopeful that you will enjoy your retirement. I have bee a member of WBJC for 30+ years, and I plan to make an additional contribution today in recognition of your service.

  • Maria Barata says:

    I first knew you from our telephone conversations when you were on air. Your voice was always a calming effect whenever something would come up in my life. I first met you almost 30 years ago, when I volunteering for a fundraiser at your old studio. I was only 30 years old at the time and classical music had been a part of my complete life. Your wife, Dyane, was a force to be reckoned with, especially in arguments. She was usually right, too! Your retirement is well-deserved, and I wish you great things as you enter the (best and hopefully) fullest time of your life to come. They can replace the evening host, but they will not be able to replace you.

  • John Fay says:

    I’ll miss you, Reed, but you’ve paid your dues. I’ve been a listener since about 1990. Best wishes for the future.

  • Mary Felter says:

    Just discovered you are retiring, and I will miss your wonderful Friday selections. I often found music with which I was not familiar, so thank you for introducing me to them. Best wishes on your retirement.

  • James says:

    Hi Reed,
    Best of luck and enjoy your retirement! For the 24 years I’ve lived in Baltimore, I’ve always enjoyed your shows and will miss your voice on one of the best classical stations ever!

  • Theodore Hartz says:

    WBJC is a great radio station, filling the void in the Baltimore/Washington area. I often listen to the internet streaming version while travelling or visiting some far-off place like Barbados or Budapest. When I miss what the work was that was played, it is easy to look it up in the WBJC playlists. Reed, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all the insight and innovation you have brought to WBJC and the world.

  • Harry Henhaw and Meg Algren says:

    Thank goodness for all your tenacity in helping build one wonderful classical music station. Life in the Baltimore would be unbearable without the commitment of you and the other announcers at BJC. Enjoy yreyirement.

  • Jacqueline Lee says:

    Reed: The announcement on Friday of your imminent retirement was a melancholic surprise. I have for many years enjoyed listening to your calming voice and music selections in the evenings while winding down from a long day. Like those who have posted before me “Thank you” for all your tenacity in helping build a unique and wonderful classical music station. It is because of the talent and commitment of you and your fellow announcers at WBJC that this station endures as a treasure chest overflowing with the broadest spectrum of classical music I’ve ever heard. You will be missed.

  • Herman Heyn says:

    Reed, Last Friday I heard live your retiring announcement and was totally taken aback. Especially, since your voice hasn’t aged a bit in 39 years. Am an intermittent listener and rare caller, but will miss you. I hope the program continues, then you can call in a request So what’s next? Real retirement, or a better offer?

  • Alexander Barnes says:

    I’ll miss you.

  • Leslie England says:

    Thank you for your years of service in helping to build WBJC into the magnificent station it is. You and the other programmers share such a terrific wealth of musical knowledge to us in the listening audience. Though we’ve only met on fundraising nights, so much of who you are and what you love came through to us all, especially on the Friday request show. We never missed it if we were home. And your Sunday sign-off program was filled with such gorgeous music, most especially the superb Palestrina mass. We’ll miss you greatly. All good wishes for a wonderful retirement–

    Leslie and Hampton

  • Charles E. Roberts says:

    Mr. Hessler: They say that all good things must come to an end someday, and so, your sterling & most remarkable career at WBJC-FM has ended in your retirement. I listened to your programs during each and every week, but my favorite was your Friday evening “Classics by Request” show. On Friday, 15 December 2017, you (being always the gracious and accommodating radio host) played my request of Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini” — and little did I know at the time that it would be my final opportunity to participate. When you announced your retirement later in the program, I knew that a great era in Baltimore radio had come to its conclusion. Thank you, Sir! You’ve done extremely well. All of us who were your listeners will miss you. God bless you, and fare thee well.

  • Dottie Gray says:

    A couple of loyal listeners from Northern Virginia will miss you, Reed! We appreciate your long and dedicated service and your fine contributions. Best of luck to you in future ventures and adventures! We hope WBJC can continue to be a strong and excellent source for 24-hour live classical music programming on local radio. We love WBJC’s healthy variety and new selections–not a set, stale, predictable playlist.
    Dottie and Mike Gray

  • Tom says:

    It’s been a joy.

  • CJ says:

    Thanks, Reed.

  • Anne Brown says:

    Reed – Thank you for all the great music over the years and best wishes for a happy retirement. I hope we will still get to see you around Baltimore.

  • Adam Hill says:

    Dear Mr. Hessler,

    Although I’m typically a morning and afternoon WBJC listener of many, many years, I have always thoroughly enjoyed your evening shift when I caught it, contributing equally to WBJC’s eclectic classical programming and the accompanying commentary. Truly, I will miss your evening voice! All the best to you in future endeavors.

  • Paul Heffron says:

    You were always a pleasure to talk to when I’d call in a Friday night request and it was a bonus to see you at the station during fund drives. I will miss your presence in my home and car.I wish you every continued success in whatever new adventures come your way.

  • Allen Wiener says:

    Reed, It has been a great pleasure to hear your voice each night and to enjoy the music you play. This is especially true of the Friday night request show, which I looked forward to each week.

    I will miss your voice very much, but I am happy for you and wish you a wonderful retirement, which I suspect will be an active one.

    Good luck!

  • Paul Loeschke says:

    Reed, thank you so much for your presence in the evenings. Your playlists and soothing voice have helped my young daughter relax before bedtime and me from running off the road while commuting from DC. Enjoy your much deserved free time and thanks for all the great music.

  • Jane Martin says:

    Thank you for your years of service to the greater Baltimore area!
    May your future be filled with some of the joy you have brought to your listeners! May God bless you!

  • Ken Barbi says:

    I’m waiting for Johnathan to break his foot, and you (Reed) to sit in for him.

    It could happen! Congratulations Reed. Ken and Susan Barbi – longtime listeners from Annapolis.

  • Lorraine says:

    WBJC is the best! May you embrace your new beginning of what is coming next for you.

  • Alan Meyer says:

    I have listened every year since you began broadcasting. I always thought your classical selections were excellent, a mix of well loved classical favorites with other interesting pieces and composers that I would never have heard if it weren’t for your broadcasting them.

    Thank you for your work. I wish you a long and happy retirement.

  • Will Bishop says:

    Can’t say any more than THANK YOU! You and the WBJC team have comforted, educated, and entertained me for over 20 years, first in VA where I had to listen in my car then on the Eastern Shore where we retired. All the best in your retirement although if its like mine, you will be doing more and enjoying it more after retirement. I wish you peace and good health for many years to come!

  • Roy and Debbie D. says:

    Holy Mozart, Batman. How will I survive without that soothing voice when I turn on the radio at home or in the car in the evening?
    Reed, enjoy your retirement and keep the station and its listeners up to date on your endeavors.

  • Chang-Wuk Kang (Oog is nick name) says:

    I am going to miss you for your so friendly voice and the warmness, that made the classic music more classic. Have an wonderful retirement and Marry Christmas.

  • Ralph Avery says:

    I always enjoyed your show and your warm, knowledgeable voice. Wishing you all the best in your next endeavor.

  • Mark J. Brenner says:

    I was in Baltimore from 1991-2010, and listened to you regularly. Your joy in the music and your utter lack of pretension had me hooked. I’ve truly missed hearing you since moving back to my native Massachusetts, and I’m crushed to learn that you are retiring. I wish you many more years of happiness with your new love. You are a class act.

  • Peter W Williams says:

    Dear Reed, Congratulations on your much-deserved retirement. There is little I can add to the many wonderful comments above except to say I agree. I hope your retirement is a happy one, and that you will find new challenges to replace the satisfaction of your work and quiet recognition of your importance to your faithful listeners that made you walk 9 miles in the snow to get to your post. I hope that you will share your new life with those of us to whom you have brought so much. When I lived in or now visit NYC, I listen to WQXR as I am doing now. In Paris it is the Classical Music Station @101.1. I enjoy each 24/7 as soon as I wake up until I go to sleep, and your choice of music and your personality have made WBJC my favorite. I shall miss you and be forever grateful to you for the knowledge and pleasure of the music which you gave me for so many years. I look forward to the next WBJC fund drive when I shall make my donation in your honor.

  • Jane E Davis says:

    I had been listening mainly to my Christmas CDs throughout the month of December and the first week of January. When I tuned in last Sunday and didn’t hear your voice I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach! I wasn’t quite in diapers, but young enough that I don’t really remember WBJC without you, and when I started listening for myself, as opposed to because it was always the station my Mom had on, you became my favorite announcer. I’m deeply sorry that I missed your farewell broadcast and I will miss your pleasant, soothing voice in the evening! I wish you all the best in your retirement and hope the future brings you many new and wonderful experiences! Thanks for the memories!

  • Marian Schultz says:

    Every December 1 through January 6, I stop listening to the radio and only listen to Christmas/holiday CDs in my car. As of January 7, the radio waves have returned to my car; I have noted that Mark has been mentioning, “Our newest announcer.” No really sure what exactly he meant, I realized this evening as I was driving home from a concert that Reed must no longer be at the station. I love WBJC and all of the announcers; you are all clearly a very tight and caring family and it shows by the way the station is presented on the air. Each one of you has a unique character that make the station exceptional. Reed, I will miss your very smooth and laid back deliveries each night with your cool vibe. But when it is time to move on, it is time to move on! Good luck. So I drove home with another announcer tonight; no doubt he has been welcomed into the family. He sounds good!!

  • Charles Graham Nellis Sr. says:

    I have enjoyed that deep and caring voice for some time!
    Reed you have a special class something to WBJC!
    Will you let me/ius know what you are up to?
    Will you continue to be involved in sharing your talents
    with other up and coming classical music future hosts as you
    h e been to all of us? Please keep in touch through Jonathon
    as to your life’s adventures God Bless you!

  • Joe Dvorsky says:

    Reed Hessler, I could hear the enthusiasm for classical music in your voice as you announced. We had something in common ad I feel the enthusiasm too.

  • Eric Pregosin says:

    Sorry this is late, my Dad and I enjoyed listening to you as well as your 5 colleagues for years starting in the late 90s from New Carrollton. I no longer live in Maryland but I still listen online often from my notsonew home in the midwest. Good luck and be well my friend.

  • Michael Mendelso says:

    I am sorry you are leaving WBJC. I enjoyed listening to times on the air. If I may mention, what was once classical music station WCAO-FM actually air tape recordings of classical music from International Good Music of Bellingham Washington known as Heritage Good Music. It was aired one time also at what was WMAL FM in Washington. The very best to you

  • Michael Mendelson says:

    The reason I am sending this a second time is that I was told something about my e-mail address. I am sorry you are leaving WBJC. I enjoyed listening to your times on the air. If I may mention, what was once classical music station WCAO-Fm actually aired tape recordings of classical music from what was known as International Good Music of Bellingham, Washington known under the title of Heritage Good Music. It was aired at one time also at what was WMAL FM in Washington. The very best to you.

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