March 27, 2015


Jack Allen

Jack AllenPresident & CEO

As a kid, I kept a journal of far-flung stations in exotic places like Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, and Havana all miraculously wafting into my Shenandoah Valley bedroom on shortwave. Radio was a constant companion throughout my life, always there, always mesmerizing. As an adult, it was a no-brainer to make radio my primary focus and career. I received my lucky break in 1992 at WMRA in my hometown in Virginia. The broadcasting ethers have carried me through myriad stations and roles: nationally syndicated DJ, music director, program director, and general manager. I've had stints at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and KMFA in Austin.

Interestingly, radio has now allowed me to actually travel to some of those exotic, far-flung places I used to tune-in via shortwave. Through All Classical's marvelous cultural travel program, I've now lead groups of donors to South Africa, Poland, Germany, The Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Austria, and Hungary.

Living in the amazing Pacific Northwest, working with our incredible broadcast team, and savoring the unparalleled support this rare classical music station enjoys, I seem to find myself in the right place at the right time, broadcasting heaven.

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Kelly Palin

Kelly PalinChief Financial Officer

I graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Business, with emphasis in Accounting. My first several years out of college were in public accounting; I then transitioned to private industry—both for-profit and not- for-profit organizations.

My career at All Classical began in July of 2010, and what a life-changing event that was. I work with a wonderful team, all dedicated experts in their field and deeply loyal to the station. I wasn’t a classical music listener before joining All Classical, but feel like I’ve been on the immersion method of learning, since then. 89.9 is now a pre-set on my radio dial.

I was born and raised in the Portland area, am an avid gardener, and the mother of two daughters who are a constant reminder of how meaningful and diverse life can be. I share a house in Beaverton with my youngest, an enthusiastic cocker spaniel (who is also a great running partner!), a feisty tabby cat, and a friendly bearded dragon.

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Andrea Rennie

Andrea RennieChief Operating Officer

Now in my seventh year with All Classical Portland, I am excited to be in a new role at the station after completing my MBA in Nonprofit Management at the University of Portland (go Pilots!). My career in not-for-profit, independent classical radio started because of my roots as a violist and percussionist, which lead to a desire to preserve and grow our country’s arts institutions by expanding my knowledge of the business side of music. I feel privileged to live and work in Portland; playing in the viola section of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra keeps me connected to my roots as a musician, as well as attending as many other concerts as I can. When I’m not playing viola or at the pub with friends, I’m at the station. My role at All Classical Portland allows me to have my finger on the pulse of everything we’re working on. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Jack and learn about the art of radio, management, fundraising and leadership from the best in the biz. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, raised in Olympia, WA and a graduate of Washington State University (go Cougs!) with an undergraduate degree in Music Business.

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David Salkowski

David SalkowskiExecutive Assistant

Though my interests are varied, sharing music with others is the common denominator among most of my life activities, and All Classical is the perfect place for me to follow this vocation. I had the wonderful experience of interning with All Classical in the summer of 2013, and now I am thrilled to be back as Executive Assistant. I studied music (composition and musicology) and Russian studies at Lewis & Clark College, where I also played tuba and euphonium, hosted a classical program on KLC College Radio, and dabbled in choral singing. While I grew up in Charleston, SC, I am delighted to make Portland my new home, where I have the privileged opportunity to turn my abiding love of classical radio into a profession at an outstanding organization. In my free time, I pursue my scholarly interests in early music and Russian music of the 20th Century, and I occasionally gig as a funk guitarist.

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Community Engagement

Amelia Lukas

Amelia LukasDirector of Community Engagement

A new transplant to Rose City from Brooklyn, I am thrilled to represent All Classical Portland as Director of Community Engagement. In this role, I cultivate deeper, stronger relationships with listeners and partners to foster greater meaning and impact for our wonderful programming. I also produce events through Ear Heart Music, which I founded in 2009. Ear Heart features live chamber music in the context of multimedia collaboration. I enjoy serving on the Board of Directors for The Walden School, a summer program for creative musicians, and previously as a member of the promotion department for music publisher G. Schirmer. I have received degrees in flute performance from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London; recent performances include appearances at distinguished New York City venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Bargemusic, as well as downtown hotspots like (Le) Poisson Rouge and The Stone. Although I’m Boston born and have spent time in Europe, San Francisco, and the Big Apple, my great appreciation for delicious local wine, year-round skiing, and artisanal everything leads me to believe I have found a perfect long-term home in Portland.

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Katherine Lefever

Katherine LefeverDonor & Foundation Relations Officer

After brief stints at Friends of Chamber Music, the Portland International Piano Festival and the Work for Art Program at the Regional Arts & Cultural Council, I joined the All Classical team in the fall of 2008. My enthusiasm for All Classical’s mission stems from my background in choral and vocal performance. In 2007 I attained a BA from Reed College in music history. Currently I sing soprano in the Portland Symphonic Choir, along with serving on their Board of Directors. When not working or practicing, I enjoy gardening, baking, karaoke, and hearing live music around town. I live in NE Portland with my cat, Squid.

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Arianna Avena

Arianna AvenaCommunity Engagement Associate

My career as an arts administrator began at age 10. I found my love for fundraising at cupcake sales and silent auctions for my elementary school orchestra. Since then, my interest has taken me to places near and far; to play cello with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in China, and to work as a music archivist in New York City. In recent times, I had the great privilege and opportunity to work with Portland Opera. It was at Portland Opera that I gained firsthand experience in marketing and fundraising, which did everything to prepare me for my role at All Classical. As Membership Associate I continue to serve the artistic aspirations of my community in a meaningful way.

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Amy Clayton

Amy ClaytonMajor Gifts Officer

In 2011, I relocated to Portland from Chicago. Making the move, I left behind family, friends and Riccardo Muti. Luckily for me, I quickly found him on All Classical Portland every Saturday night from 6-8pm! I was further delighted to discover that the Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, Carlos Kalmar, is also the Principal Conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. Homesickness cured!

Over the years, I have worn multiple hats in non–profit and for-profit arenas. My diverse experience with museum education, PBS fundraising, media research and sales have all uniquely prepared me for my role now as All Classical Portland’s Major Gifts Officer. I’m thrilled to be part of the 89.9 family! When I’m not at the station, I enjoy exploring restaurants and wineries with my husband, Shane, and being a “soccer mom” for our son, Zachary.

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John Burk

John BurkVice President of Programming

I listened to radio a lot when I was a kid. I used to announce my parents’ 78s and 45s and I would read news magazines out loud, trying to sound like John Cameron Swayze. Then my Great Aunt Inez moved to Ireland and gave me her classical LPs. When I was a student at Northern Michigan University, the kid who did the evening classical show on the college station graduated, and I got drafted to replace him because everyone had heard that opera stuff coming out of my dorm room. Years later, when my son was grown, I realized I had the freedom to move anywhere in the world I wanted. I came to Portland right away. I feel that All Classical FM is where I’m supposed to be.

John serves as weekday evening host from 6 to midnight.

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John Pitman

John PitmanMusic Director

I started working at All Classical (89.9 FM) in 1983; 2013 marks 30 years at the radio station. I haven’t always been Music Director; that post I’ve held since 2006. But prior to that, I’ve been an on-air announcer both part-and-fulltime, and practically from the beginning, I’ve managed the vast classical library. In 1983 that was exclusively on LP, but gradually, the library transformed into an all-CD collection, and I’ve listened to nearly every one of the 25,000 CDs on our shelves. Now, as music director, I carefully craft each hour’s music of a 24-hour day (except for our locally-produced shows; those are chosen by the hosts). This is a big job, to be sure, previewing all the available pieces of music in each hour, and deciding which is the best to follow the preceding selection. That’s what I do each and every day here at All Classical, and it’s a job I love doing.

Though serving principally as music director at All Classical, John also hosts overnights on Saturdays and Sundays, and fills in as on-air host during the week as needed.

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Robert McBride

Robert McBrideSenior Announcer

I have my mom to thank for getting me interested in music and for being the first person to suggest radio as a career. I have both my parents to thank for making possible my degree in music composition, and for patiently supporting me, one way or another, through the many years I played in rock bands. While I failed to become a rock star, I still manage to compose occasionally. After thirty years in radio I still enjoy it! I’m on the air weekday afternoons from 1:00 to 6:00 and Saturday nights from 8:00 to 10:00, when I preside over Club Mod, a program devoted to modern music both old and new. I also enjoy hosting preconcert conversations for the Oregon Symphony and other public speaking opportunities. I’ve been part of the All Classical Portlandia team since 2000, thus setting a new personal record for employment longevity.

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Ed Goldberg

Ed Goldberg

I was born in the Bronx and grew up in New York City and Long Island. I lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years before moving to Portland with my wife in 1991. Music has always been a big part of my life. I started collecting records a year before I had a record player. I have published five detective novels, the first of which, Served Cold, won the Shamus Award. I brought my movie review program (On The Aisle) to All Classical Portland, in addition to my Author, Author interview program. I teach occasionally and have taught courses in jazz history and the Marx Brothers’ movies.

I am a regular from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, and I also host Saturday Matinee from 10 to 2 p.m. while the Metropolitan Opera is in hiatus.

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Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray

I’ve been producing and hosting public radio programs for 20 years or so. Prior to joining the All Classical staff, I spent 6 years as the arts reporter for WETA in Washington, and was the creator and host of a cultural magazine called “The Program.” I’ve done a lot of freelance work too, for public radio programs including Morning Edition, Studio 360, and All Things Considered. I love radio, music, animals and my mom.

Andrea produces Northwest Previews, which airs Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Listen to Andrea on weekdays from midnight to 5 a.m.

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Brandi Parisi

Brandi Parisi

In 2007 the Los Angeles classical station where I was a host decided to change formats to something more lucrative: country music! I took the opportunity to move on to the greener landscape of Portland and All Classical.

I started in radio when I was 17. Prior to L.A. I worked at stations in Orlando and Atlanta, and for six years I was a host and producer on Minnesota Public Radio’s national service, Classical 24. I grew up around New Orleans and Jackson, MS, and was a flute performance-turned-communications major at Ohio University, followed later by graduate school in philosophy at Purdue University. My first post- college job was as a music engineer in the early 90s Atlanta hip hop scene.

In addition to working at All Classical, I teach philosophy at Portland Community College, and I’m a certified yoga instructor. I live with my husband Brice in SE Portland with our dogs, Harper and Truman.

I’m up early and on the air 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays at All Classical, and help with production and programming during more civilized hours. I also host Played in Oregon Sundays at 1p.m.

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Edmund Stone

Edmund Stone

I grew up on an English farm and listened constantly to BBC Radio where I developed an early fascination for entertainment. In my late teens I joined a youth theater and toured in Romeo & Juliet, before moving to Scotland, where my love for radio, film and writing merged together when I became a film correspondent for BBC Radio and Thompson Publications. I needed a larger canvas to work with and moved to Hollywood in 1980, covering the Academy Awards, interviewing Alfred Hitchcock and Mel Blanc, and eventually narrating more than 1,000 educational audio stories. Thirty-five years later I am still doing the work I love. I host programming on All Classical Portland on weekend afternoons and evenings, occasionally emcee events and classical concerts, and sometimes even narrate with orchestras. In 2006 I created The Score, a national (and now international) syndicated film music program, heard on All Classical Portland every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Writing, producing and hosting this program is a wonderful opportunity for me to share, with listeners, my passion for symphonic music in the movies.

The British, they say, are crazy about their gardens. I am, too. This helped when I became a vegetarian in 1997 and could grow some of my own food. My childhood love of animals has always made me aware of their importance on our planet. In 1997 I co-founded In Defense of Animals-Africa which operates a chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon, West Africa.

Edmund writes and hosts The Score, a nationally syndicated film music program, which you can hear every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Christa Wessel

Christa Wessel

I love exploring Oregon’s nooks and crannies. Since arriving here in 2007, I’ve fallen particularly hard for the Owyhee desert in the far reaches of Southeast Oregon, the rolling high hills surrounding the Deschutes River, and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I love camping and hiking but haven’t yet become the toughened sort of Portlander who trudges out in the rainy season… so instead I spend the winter months sheltered inside our area’s concert halls soaking up local culture.

I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration, but after I realized how much practicing would be involved I ended up graduating with a degree in Arts Administration instead! I still tootle, though… I play 4th horn for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra (http://sunnysidesymphony.org).

You can hear Christa weekdays from 9am-1pm, and as the host of On Deck with Young Musicians Saturdays at 5pm.

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Eric Behny

Eric BehnyDirector of Underwriting

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in a small farm town in Illinois. In my home, I remember hearing Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado played so often I may have it memorized! I graduated from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. After college, I worked as an advertising consultant with the NBC television affiliates in Bend, Oregon, Salinas, California, and for FOX-12 KPTV in Portland. I live in Northeast Portland with my wife, 3 children, dog and cat. I enjoy golf, music, reading, running, tennis, travel and horror movies.

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Willie Anderson

Willie AndersonAccount Executive

I was born in Liverpool, England and came to the states in the late 70’s to play soccer for the Portland Timbers. Previous to that I had the good fortune to play in Great Britain for Manchester Utd, Aston Villa and Cardiff city. Every child’s dream in England was to play professional soccer and I had that dream. The trouble with professional sports is you cannot play forever and before you know it, you have to retire, which I did after over 20 years of playing. My first job after soccer, in the real world was selling advertising for a small AM classical music station, KKSN, here in Portland. I loved it from minute one and out of all the radio formats that I have sold, classical music is the one I love. I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, coaching soccer, travelling and helping All Classical Portland grow into a even bigger and better radio station.

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Larry Holtz

Larry HoltzVice President of Technology

After 11 short years with All Classical, the bigger-than-life little radio station, I continue to improve and fine tune our stations and their web streams and internet websites in order to deliver classical music with the best quality possible. At the same time, I honor our members’ financial commitments by keeping costs low. In recent years, I doubled our Portland station’s power, increased the reach of our Columbia Gorge repeater stations, and added a Lincoln City/Newport station and a McMinnville station. Last winter, I completed our studio upgrade, realizing all-digital for All Classical, and bringing pristine sound to all of us.

With 37 years as engineering director for commercial groups in Seattle and Portland, I consolidated Entercom's seven radio stations into one studio building in Portland. During the 90's I constructed Portland’s West Hills multi-station KGON super tower and orchestrated new studios and transmission facilities around the country. Born in Tacoma, growing up in Seattle, and Moses Lake, WA, I studied engineering at University of Washington, and mentored with the best in the industry. I enjoy our beautiful Pacific Northwest, whitewater rafting, hiking, skiing and high-desert exploration.

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Jordan Lewis

Jordan LewisDirector of Radio Operations

An Oregon native and graduate of Grant High School, I’ve studied computer engineering at OIT and radio broadcasting at MHCC to bring multiple job skills to the Operations Administrator position. In charge of managing the digital audio delivery system, scheduling/reconciling the traffic logs, and serving as a member of The Score production team, I keep busy by wearing many hats. From weekly show production to the in-house IT duties to assisting the VP of Technology in repairs and installing upgrades, the job is a great blend of radio and computers. I’ve worked previously for KEX and KFXX in Portland, followed by a stint as a remote engineer for KATU-TV News. Five years running my own business as a computer repairman helped me acquire the skills necessary to keep the many computers that run a modern radio station working smoothly. I’m an avid disc golfer, traveling the Northwest to compete in amateur competitions and most weekends can be found on one of the area's great disc golf courses. When not throwing plastic through the air, I collect comic books, read sci fi/fantasy and I’m a rabid NFL football fan and fantasy football junkie. Go Redskins!

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Alexander Bighill

Alexander BighillDirector of New Media

I'm a lifelong Oregonian and I feel very fortunate to call Portland my home. For a large portion of life I was a musician and have always been interested in all forms of art and science. In my free time I enjoy movies, hiking, reading, motorcycling, and learning new and interesting things. My hobbies include creating multimedia, writing software, and various DIY/maker projects. As the Director of New Media at All Classical Portland, I enjoy the opportunity to improve this technology that connects us all to the arts and our community.

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