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David Ginder

David Ginder

A Message from David Ginder
June 5, 2017

I have a long-standing passion for welcoming people to the life-enhancing world of classical music--on the radio, in conversation with musicians, before and after live performances.  All of these things thrill me, and are hugely satisfying and--I hope--helpful.  I've long thought, though, that being able to do my life's work in a place where the place itself was hugely inspiring would, someday, be irresistible.  It's taken many years for me to recognize it, but the place is clear to me now.  And the time is now; I can resist no longer.  Looking forward to having the Rocky Mountains at my doorstep, I've accepted a classical music producer/host position at Colorado Public Radio, and my wife, Marilyn Cooley, and I are moving to Denver in a few weeks.  It's a big change for us; we've been east coast residents all our lives.  We will greatly miss WETA and Washington (after 3 rich and endlessly rewarding decades here), but we are very excited about the next chapter of our lives in a part of the world that has beckoned us for many years.

NOTE: David’s final on-air program is Tuesday, June 6th, 6am-10am, though he will return on Sunday, June 11th at 9pm to host a special Choral Showcase program honoring J. Reilly Lewis.


People in the classical radio business commonly settle into it after exploring related fields—typically music performance and teaching, languages, or similar areas in the arts.  As a boy listening to WONO in Syracuse (central New York State), David recognized early on that he wanted to host classical music on the radio; his piano and cello studies and performances were all stepping stones to that goal.  He grew up in a musical home (where his father’s pipe organ occupied most of the living room), and has performed (since age 7) in recitals, and chamber and orchestra concerts.  His radio work—including hosting, programming, production, and teaching—has been heard by listeners in Ithaca and Binghamton (New York), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), and Gainesville (Florida). 

Here in Washington at WETA since 1989, David is the weekday morning host, producer of Classical Conversations and Choral Showcase, and VivaLaVoce host.  He beams when musing on music’s ability to both reflect and better humanity, and feels so lucky to be part of this expressive world.  In the rare times when he’s not in a studio or hearing live music-making, David enjoys performances by our planet’s first musicians—birds.