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Reed Hessler

Reed Hessler

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

Apr. 11 2012

A Strange Umbrella

By Reed Hessler | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

  Classical music is a strange radio format. Not only is it music of mostly dead composers, but it yokes together two thousand years of disparate styles under one umbrella. Studying the history of classical music, one perceives a direct line from Gregorian chant in the middle ages to Beethoven, Wagner, Schoenberg, and beyond in the last […]

Apr. 04 2012

Walking “The Way”

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    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I watched a new movie called “The Way” on DVD. We liked it so much that we saw it a second time a few days later, and then sat through it a third time to hear the commentary track by the filmmakers. “The Way”  is […]

Mar. 28 2012

Pity the Contemporary Composer

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This past Friday and Monday I received telephone calls from two different WBJC listeners whose opinions could not have been more opposite, and as such highlight a controversy in classical music that has been going on since before I was born. In a nutshell, the man who called Friday night wanted to hear more challenging modern […]

Mar. 14 2012

Baby Talk to Who?

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Last week, my wife and I received a promotional mailing for “Free Baby Pictures”. Interesting, since we have been together for almost thirty-one years and have no children. Attributing it to junk mail, I tossed it in the recycle bag, and gave it no further thought. Until a few days later when a parenting magazine arrived entitled “Baby […]

Mar. 07 2012

Discovering Lancaster

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Last week, my wife and I watched a PBS documentary on the Amish, and it brought back memories of our trip last summer to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Our journey was for genealogy research, since I have discovered in the past two years that I had ancestors who came to Lancaster and adjacent Cumberland Counties in the early […]

Feb. 15 2012

It’s got a good tune!

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I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has told me “I don’t know much about classical music, but…” I want to give them a hug and say “That’s okay! That’s okay! Nobody minds!” Mozart famously wrote about his piano concertos, “There are passages here and there from which the connoisseurs alone can […]

Feb. 08 2012

Oscar buzz

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Two weeks ago I awoke to find my wife sitting by the television, quietly trying not to wake me after my night shift, while attentively watching the news. When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was waiting for the Oscar nominations to be announced, and was a bit impatient that they […]

Jan. 25 2012

I love TV, but I pay for it

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This discussion of the state of television is turning into a WBJC roundtable. Sorry guys, but my wife and I love TV. And, yes, the fact that we pay a large monthly satellite TV bill  has a lot to do with it. In fact, I will pontificate as much to say I believe we are living […]

Jan. 18 2012

Early music titan Gustav Leonhardt dies

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I was saddened today to read of the death at the age of 83 of Gustav Leonhardt, the great Dutch harpsichordist and early instruments conductor. Leonhardt, along with his colleague, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt were pioneers of the early music and performance practice movement, taking it from a little known and often derisively dismissed niche in […]

Nov. 24 2011

Let’s Give Thanks for Music

By Reed Hessler | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Everyone gives thanks in their own personal way. Some have many things to be thankful for. Some, sad to say, would be hard pressed to think of anything. My list would be a long one, beginning with my beloved wife and thirty year companion, Dyane Fancey, and continuing with my thirty-two year job broadcasting classical […]