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WWFM The Classical Network Introduces A Tempo:  New Public Affairs Show Focuses on Trends and Issues in the Performing Arts


WEST WINDSOR, NJ – WWFM The Classical Network is pleased to announce the launch of A Tempo, a new public affairs program that focuses on issues and trends in the world of the performing arts.

The show, hosted by Rachel Katz, will examine some of the ways the performing arts, primarily classical music, are dealing with changes in the economy, technology and society.  It also explores the role of music and arts education, and examines innovative ways that performing ensembles and arts organizations are finding to thrive and overcome many of the challenges they face.

Airing Saturdays at 7 pm, the program includes one or two feature interviews as well as a segment summing up recent news from the arts world.

“Our listeners are passionate about classical music and the arts.  A Tempo provides them with news and insight into topics rarely covered in-depth in the traditional news media,” Ms. Katz said.  “The show also allows those in the arts world to tell their stories, whether it’s about how they are engaging in their communities, where they are cultivating new audiences and sources of support, or how they are redefining the arts in today’s society.”

The show scheduled to air on March 3 will feature an interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin, professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University, about recent research into common rhythmic patterns in Western classical music.  Previous shows have covered The American Boychoir School in a conversation with Dean Orton, the new president and CEO, who also heads up the newly launched Princeton Center for Arts and Education; a look at classical nominees in the 54th annual Grammy Awards; and efforts by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Philharmonic to program seasons that reach out directly to their local communities.  After broadcast, the shows can be found at the station’s webcast archive at wwfm.org.

“Coverage of the arts is waning in other media,” said Peter Fretwell, general manager of The Classical Network.  “We’re excited to be offering our donors and other art institutions a consistent, high-quality program, hosted by an award-winning journalist who understands the unusual challenges and opportunities facing the arts today.”

Ms. Katz has nearly two decades of reporting experience, including three years covering local, national, business and cultural news in St. Petersburg Russia.  She previously worked for Bloomberg News, and her articles have been published in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and Newsweek magazine. Ms. Katz was the host of Views and Voices, The Classical Network’s previous public affairs show, which received several awards from the New Jersey Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists.

The Classical Network, operating from Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, is a full-time classical music network serving New York City, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and portions of Delaware and Maryland, as well as reaching 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 and JazzOn2.org.  More information is available at (609) 587-8989 or info@wwfm.org.

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