John Scherch

John Scherch is the evening, Sunday afternoon, and Listener’s Choice host (you can make requests to listenerschoice@wbjc.com, our Facebook page, or our contact page—select Listener’s Choice/Music Request). He’ll be the new guy for quite some time, as he came to WBJC nearly 20 years after everyone else on the air did, but your response has been wonderful, and he encourages you to reach out to him at jscherch@wbjc.com if you have any questions or comments.

John got his start in radio at WWVU-FM, or as everyone refers to it, U92, the college radio station at West Virginia University and the national college radio station of the year for the two years immediately following his departure. He directed the heavy metal program for three years and the classical program for two years, which John is particularly proud of as he brought the show out of its previous hangover time slot into weekend primetime and got the WVU School of Music to allow the station to broadcast student recitals.

His background is and continues to be fully musical; John is an operatic bass and holds a Master of Music in voice and pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from West Virginia University. He performs regularly with IN Series and Bel Cantanti Opera in DC, as well as the Young Victorian Theatre Company in Baltimore, and is a professional chorister with Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Old St. Paul’s choir; you can find all of his upcoming performances at johntkbass.com. He also teaches private voice lessons, is an occasional narrator and voice actor, and hosts a new music podcast.

Off air and stage, John enjoys cooking overwrought homemade tacos, convincing himself he’s going to start riding his bike again, and beverages with such flavors as pine trees, campfires, and smoked meats.

You can reach John by email at jscherch@wbjc.com

JOHN’S ARTICLES:

recent posts:

  • Black Music Month

    As was first declared by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, June is Black Music Month (later renamed African American Music Appreciation Month by President Obama in 2016, but still regularly referred to by its original name). It is always important, but especially so given the current circumstances, to recognize the contributions that people of the […]

  • A new fantasy novel by Erik Kiessling

    Maryland author Erik Kiessling has a new book called The Giant’s Journey, available now at Dorrance Publishing. He and I talked over the phone about the book’s fantasy elements, its ’80s film nostalgia, and its connection to classical music.

  • Playlist: May/31/20

    TIME COMPOSER TITLE CONDUCTOR ENSEMBLE SOLOIST 1 SOLOIST 2 SOLOIST 3 SOLOIST 4 SOLOIST 5 RECORD LABEL SPINE NUMBER 7:00:00 Georges Bizet Symphony No.1 Jesus Lopez-Cobos Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc 80224 7:32:00 Victor Herbert Cello Concerto No. 1 Sir Neville Marriner Academy of St Martin in Fields Lynn Harrell, cello London 417672 8:00:00 Joseph Haydn […]

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