Reflections on WDAV’s 30th

WDAV’s 30th anniversary has special significance for me, and not simply because I work at the station.
I’ve been here in one position or another long enough to be considered a “veteran,” but many of my co-workers, such as Ted Weiner and Rachel Stewart, have been here even longer. Even our most youthful music host, Jennifer Foster, who started as a student announcer, has been here longer than I (although she has left and come back a few times).
But I’d have fond memories of WDAV even if I’d never had the privilege of working here. My first recollection of WDAV traces back to my last night as a single man.


WDAV’s 30th anniversary has special significance for me, and not simply because I work at the station.
I’ve been here in one position or another long enough to be considered a “veteran,” but many of my co-workers, such as Ted Weiner and Rachel Stewart, have been here even longer. Even our most youthful music host, Jennifer Foster, who started as a student announcer, has been here longer than I (although she has left and come back a few times).
But I’d have fond memories of WDAV even if I’d never had the privilege of working here. My first recollection of WDAV traces back to my last night as a single man.
After graduating from the University of New Orleans, my wife and I stopped in Charlotte to get married at her parents’ home before heading to New York City where we both had jobs lined up.
I can remember settling into bed in my future in-laws’ guest room the night before the nuptials to the reassuring strains of classical music coming from a bedside clock radio, then hearing some dulcet voiced announcer identify the broadcast as coming from the MacMillan Building on the campus of Davidson College – just before signing off for the night!
Within a year we were back in Charlotte to stay, and listening to WDAV faithfully. In fact, it would be more than five years before I had the opportunity to come work for the station, but in all that time I remained a faithful listener.
These days not only does the station not sign off at midnight, we now broadcast from another building altogether : the still fairly new, state-of-the-art Samuel W. Newell Building, still on campus but right on Main Street in the heart of the bucolic college town of Davidson.
I’ve advanced professionally during my years of working here, but what’s more rewarding is how far the station itself has come. WDAV now offers 24 hours a day of classical music presented at the highest possible standards to a large, appreciative and diverse audience. The program schedule reflects the range and scope of classical music, and the partnerships we’ve cultivated with the arts community in this region serve to integrate the station into the fabric of life in the Carolinas and beyond.
WDAV has also continued to provide my family, which now includes three children and an ever-changing number of pets, with countless hours of pleasurable listening.
None of this would have been possible without the loyalty and generosity of listeners. So this anniversary is as much of a milestone for them as it is for the station. On behalf of all of us who have the good fortune to work at WDAV, thanks for making it all possible.

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2 Responses to Reflections on WDAV’s 30th

  1. James Hogan says:

    What a wonderful story! Who knows how many more there are that begin with “as I listened to Mozart on the tiny clock radio…”

  2. Frank Burns says:

    I’ve lived in Charlotte (since 1981)and have enjoyed WDAV for most of those 30 years. I personally think the continuity of the staff contibutes to the success of the station. The staff at WDAV have always been down to earth people who sincerely want to share their love of classical music. The listener can relate to the announcers very well. Thank you for being a part of the Charlotte community WDAV!

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