WEST WINDSOR, NJ – WWFM The Classical Network of Mercer County Community College will launch The Spanish Hour, a new show featuring music from and inspired by Spain and hosted by veteran radio personality Candice Agree, on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The hour-long show will debut at 5 p.m. eastern time with “Fandango,” which will use music of Soler, Mozart, Granados, Vives and Boccherini to explore what has come to be known as the de facto national dance of Spain. The Spanish Hour will continue to air weekly at that time slot.
“The Spanish Hour is an open invitation to listeners who have an interest in Spanish and Latin American art, literature and music,” said Ms. Agree, a former announcer for WQXR in New York. “This unique program is designed for both the aficionado and the general listener. Along with the recorded performances of great works by great artists, I’ll include, whenever possible, recordings of live concerts or excerpts from live concerts featuring Iberian and Latin American music artists.”
The show will also include occasional interviews with artists and luminaries from the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, The Classical Network is planning to add a Spanish-language version of the show in the near future that will be available through its website, making it the station’s first bilingual program offering.
“While Spanish music and music from Spanish-speaking countries have had a place within our locally produced programming over the years, we’re pleased to devote this time each Saturday solely to the colorful and rhythmic music of Spanish composers,” said Alice Weiss, WWFM program director. “We’re also very excited to offer this program to new audiences through the Spanish-language webcast version of The Spanish Hour. Candice Agree possesses the knowledge and personality to bring to life through music the rich heritage of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. We’re delighted to welcome her to The Classical Network.”
In the coming weeks, the show will explore the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence with a program featuring works by Ponce, Revueltas and Chávez on Sept 18, music from Argentina in a program featuring Guastavino, Ginastera and Piazzolla on Sept. 25, and a visit to Cuba through the music of Joaquín Nin, Leo Bruower, Ernesto Lecuona and Manuel Saumell Robredo on Oct. 2. Ms. Agree has been bringing classical music to radio listeners for over 25 years, including on WQXR and WNCN, as well as WETA, WNYC, Sirius Satellite Radio, Voice of America and WAXQ. Ms. Agree also has an active voiceover career: she’s the off-camera announcer for CBS News Sunday Morning.
As a Contributing Scholar at CUNY Graduate Center’s Foundation for Iberian Music, Ms. Agree produces and presents concerts and conferences. She is a recent grant recipient from Instituto Cervantes. After studies at Interlochen Arts Camp and Eastman School of Music, Ms. Agree received her B.A. in Russian from Barnard College.
WWFM The Classical Network, operating from Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, began broadcasting in 1982 and grew quickly into a full-time classical music network serving New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and portions of Delaware and Maryland, as well as reaching FM listeners in Colorado and around the world through streaming on wwfm.org. In the fall of 2008, the station launched JazzOn2, a 24-hour jazz station available on its HD channel 2. More information is available at (609) 587-8989 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.