When Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA opens this year on Friday, May 28, WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio takes its listeners to the stages and backstages of this world-renowned cultural festival. WDAV partners with South Carolina ETV Radio to co-produce and broadcast Spoleto Today each weekday at 11 a.m. and Carolina Classics each weekday at 1 p.m. Both shows feature performances, interviews and previews from Spoleto Festival USA and the regionally-focused Piccolo Spoleto.
POSTED ON BEHALF OF MARC OVERTON, CO-HOST OF SPOLETO TODAY
Making eleven radio programs in 17 days with a group of strangers is like getting married without ever having met your spouse-to-be — except that there are four or five of them, and you have to figure things out pretty fast!
For 14 years, I created, produced and performed Spoleto Today by myself (for the most part). The show started in my kitchen in May 1995. I used the inexpensive (cheap) wireless telephone I had purchased from the big box discount store. I sounded like I was at the bottom of a deep and very damp well, but folks didn’t seem to care. They were just happy to have help making sense of the huge number of things to see and do in Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto. I was in Charleston, and the folks I knew were in Columbia; but, it was fun, and it answered a need.
Visitors to the Spoleto Today studio this week include violinist Sarah Chang, violinist Scott St. John, choral director Rob Taylor and violinist Chee-Yun. All photos copyright 2009 Wiley Stewart for WDAV.