Unprecedented Partnership Will Enable Broadcasts to Be Heard Across the Carolinas and Around the World
May 20, 2009 — DAVIDSON, NC… For 17 days and nights each spring, tens of thousands of tourists, arts lovers, and critics flock to Spoleto Festival USA. They fill Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces to witness renowned artists in chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music, as well as opera, theater and dance.
At the opening of this year’s Spoleto Festival USA on May 22, radio and online listeners will have a new option for enjoying Spoleto Festival USA: they can listen to several hours of live broadcasts each weekday–direct from Charleston, South Carolina–on WDAV-FM 89.9 Classical Public Radio or South Carolina ETV Radio’s Classical NPR stations: WSCI-FM Charleston 89.3, WEPR-FM Greenville 90.1 and WLTR-FM Columbia 91.3.
Thanks to an unprecedented partnership between ETV Radio and WDAV 89.9, listeners in North and South Carolina will hear more of the festival than ever before, each weekday from Friday, May 22 through Friday, June 5. The lineup includes:
•11 a.m. – 12 noon – Marcus Overton & Jennifer Foster host Spoleto Today. This one-hour show will give listeners a daily tour of the art, the players, the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most comprehensive arts festivals
•12 noon to 1 p.m., Jennifer Foster continues with The Mozart Café (available only on WDAV).
•1 to 3 PM, Carolina Classics offers next-day broadcasts of Spoleto Chamber Music concerts, Piccolo Spoleto performances and more
“The partnership between ETV Radio and WDAV is a natural complement to Spoleto Festival USA. We’re delighted that through this collaboration, we can bring this unparalleled classical music experience to not only the citizens of North and South Carolina, but also to the world through our Internet radio streams,” said ETV Director of Radio Shari Hutchinson. Adds WDAV General Manager Benjamin K. Roe, “Given the international stature of Spoleto Festival USA and its huge appeal to classical music fans throughout the Carolinas, we made it the highest priority to bring the festival to WDAV’s airwaves. South Carolina ETV Radio has been a terrific partner, and by working together, we’ve been able to greatly expand Spoleto coverage for all our listeners.”
In addition to the insider commentary of Marcus Overton & Jennifer Foster, ETV Radio and WDAV’s Spoleto coverage also includes the perspectives of another strong local media outlet, The Post & Courier of Charleston. The 11 a.m. Spoleto Today will regularly feature “The Press Box,” previews and reviews from journalists covering Spoleto Festival USA for The Post & Courier. On Fridays, “The Press Box” will include commentary from Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page, on special assignment to The Post & Courier throughout the festival.
Spoleto Today and Carolina Classics can be heard in Columbia on WLTR-FM 91.3; in Greenville on WEPR-FM 90.1; and in Charleston on WSCI-FM 89.3. All three programs can be heard in the Charlotte region on WDAV-FM 89.9. Radio broadcasts will originate from College of Charleston’s Center for the Documentary.
Attendees and listeners can also go online for Spoleto coverage. At www.spoletochambermusic.org, visitors can listen to the live broadcasts, free mp3 recordings of concerts, commentaries and interviews. They can also contribute their comments on the blog and “twitterstream.”
About Marcus Overton
Marcus Overton is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, radio commentator, arts administrator, writer, and actor. He has served an impressive array of arts organizations, including Chicago’s Lyric Opera, The Ravinia Festival, The Washington National Opera and the National Endowment for the Arts. In December 1991, composer Gian Carlo Menotti invited Overton to become Executive Director of Spoleto Festival USA, and in 1994, he assumed the title of Producing Director. In 1995, while working as an adjunct professor of theatre at the College of Charleston, Overton began a long, productive association with ETV Radio, where his “Spoleto Today” is in its 15th year. Today, Overton makes his home in San Diego. He has served as Board Chairman of the Actors Alliance of San Diego and has enjoyed a long association with La Jolla Music Society.
About Jennifer Foster
Jennifer Foster is a Producer and On-Air Personality at WDAV 89.9. In addition to her weekday midday show, Foster is a producer of several of WDAV’s weekly shows, including Artist Spotlight, Saturday Night of Song and Choral Showcase. Foster’s voice is regularly heard in commercials for television, radio, the Web and movie theaters. In January 2009, Foster’s experimental audio sculpture, “The Interview: When Words Fail,” premiered at the Baltimore Contemporary Museum as part of the exhibit, More Than Words: Innovative Uses of the Human Voice.
About South Carolina ETV Radio
With eight stations around the state, ETV Radio provides both the NPR News format and the Classical NPR News format and gives South Carolinians a wide variety of programming that suits their needs and helps keep them informed about what matters most to them. Listeners can hear some of the best classical music, but also keep up to date on national news through programs such as “Morning Edition,” “Talk of the Nation,” “The Takeaway,” and “All Things Considered.” ETV Radio also features many local productions, including “The Big Picture on the Radio,” “Your Day,” and “Walter Edgar’s Journal.” And with live streaming over the Internet at www.etvradio.org, fans can listen no matter where they are; at home, in the office, in the car, or even from their Web-enabled mobile devices.
About WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio
Celebrating its 30th year on the air, WDAV 89.9 is a listener-supported public radio service of Davidson College. WDAV serves a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranging from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. Listeners receive the highest quality classical-music programming, as well as promotions spotlighting the activities of regional arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. To listen to WDAV live online 24 hours a day, visit www.wdav.org.