Roundup: Classical radio online, WQXR and more

Authormike72x72_3The Albany Times-Union ran a feature the other day on a local classical music buff who has refined a system for tracking performances by orchestras around the world:


To keep track of his daily listening options, Olsen has compiled a weekly grid showing when concerts by major orchestras can be heard, and on which stations. The full schedule allows him to keep up on the weekly performances of acclaimed orchestras in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee and Vienna, among others.

The fruit of Karl Olsen’s hobby sounds like a one-man Now he just needs to get it online so the rest of us can enjoy.

On a related note, public radio’s Fresh Air last week focused on the rapidly evolving music industry with an thought-provoking interview with Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired magazine. You can hear the whole show here. “I’m not real bullish about the future of music radio,” Buskirk told host Terry Gross.

Don’t tell that to Jeff Spurgeon, who was just named director of content for WQXR-FM in New York. Owned by the New York Times Co., WQXR is the country’s most listened-to classical station, according to the press release.

I’m heading to New York tomorrow, purportedly for a quick family vacation, but I’m going to squeeze in a visit at WNYC and see their new studios. More to come on that. I also can’t wait to check out the Bad Plus at the Blue Note — with my eight-year-old daughter in tow, even! Also up ahead on the blog, details about Classical Public Radio Network signing off in June, and a look at how Vermont Public Radio has expanded its classical programming by acquiring new stations. Please make sure to send any ideas our way. We’re all ears.

About Mike Janssen

Mike Janssen Served as Scanning The Dial's original co-authors from Mar, 2008 to Jan, 2010 and is a freelance writer, editor and media educator based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He has written extensively about radio, mostly for Current, the trade newspaper about public broadcasting, where his articles have appeared since 1999. He has also worked in public radio as a reporter at WFDD-FM in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he began his career in journalism and filed pieces for NPR. Mike's work in radio expanded to include outreach and advocacy in 2007, when he worked with the Future of Music Coalition to recruit applicants for noncommercial radio stations. He has since embarked on writing a series of articles about radio hopefuls for FMC's blog.

Mike also writes regularly for Retail Traffic magazine and teaches workshops about writing, podcasting and radio journalism. In his spare time he enjoys vegetarian food, the outdoors, reading, movies and traveling. You can learn more about Mike and find links to more of his writing and reporting at

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