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April 23, 2014

John Pitman

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.

Latest blog entries from John Pitman:

Portland musicians Greg Ewer and Adam LaMotte's new CD

Music Director Musings #2

Greg Ewer is founder and director of 45th Parallel, and a violinist in the Oregon Symphony.  Adam LaMotte is founder of a new ensemble named The Orchestra, and is a member of Portland Baroque Orchestra.  Both musicians have lived in Portland for 15 or more years, but were born and raised in Houston, Texas.  They […]


Sono Luminus

Music Director Musings #1

Adagio for Strings is one of the best-known works by Samuel Barber.  It’s arguably one of the most famous pieces of American classical music ever.  It’s less-well known as its original use: the slow movement to his string quartet.  A recent CD by the Ying Quartet makes the Barber quartet the launch point for a […]