John Scherch

John Scherch is the evening, Sunday afternoon, and Listener’s Choice host (you can make requests to, 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 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 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


recent posts:

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    (As with last month, I won’t be expressing much of my opinion on the merits of programming music by women here, but I am happy to discuss it with you privately via email. In short, I am very much for it.) Last month, and a little bit late, at that, I made a post with […]

  • New (and old) opera comes to Bel Cantanti

    Bel Cantanti Opera presents the world premiere of Frances Pollock and Robert Misbin’s Briscula the Magician, based on Thomas Mann’s novella Mario and the Magician, at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring from March 3rd to the 15th on Saturdays and Sundays. The opera features many quotes of opera from the 19th century, and […]

  • Handel Choir presents Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

    Handel Choir of Baltimore will be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil at the Baltimore Basilica on March 7 at 2:30 PM. Artistic Director Brian Bartoldus stopped by to talk about the work, as well as the symphonic use of chorus.