An exciting new addition is coming to WFIU’s second station this January.
Grammy Award winning singer Sylvia McNair will be hosting classical music on WFIU2 every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning January 5, 2019.
McNair has a long association with WFIU. More than 35 years ago when she was a student at Indiana University, she worked as an announcer for WFIU. Joe Goetz, WFIU’s classical music director, looks forward to her return on the station’s airwaves.
“I’m thrilled that Sylvia has decided to rekindle her love of radio. As one of the finest sopranos of the modern era and having performed and recorded with the greatest orchestras, conductors, and singers in the world, she has a unique perspective on the world of classical music that very few people in classical radio can claim. And she’s incredibly down-to-earth, so not only does she appeal to classical music newbies as well as experts, she’s also a joy to work with,” Goetz said.
To accommodate McNair’s addition to the WFIU2 lineup, Goetz’s three-hour block of classical music on Saturday mornings will move back to 7 a.m.
“WFIU2 listeners will now have six full hours of locally-hosted music every Saturday morning, a rarity in public radio and almost unheard of in a market of our size,” Goetz said.
WFIU2 is available at 101.9 FM in Bloomington and 100.1 FM in Seymour and also can be streamed online at wfiu.org.
About Sylvia McNair
Two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner Sylvia McNair’s three-decade career has spanned the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret, and musical theater. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the pages of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the London Timesand the cover of Cabaret Scenes. A soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop, finding new sides to the work of Gershwin, Porter, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Learn more at sylviamcnair.com.