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July 31, 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:

New Scenery, New Sounds

It’s the first day of July, and the ninth day of our residence in Suite 200 of the Hampton Opera Center.  If you’ve visited the All Classical Portland Facebook page recently, then you’ve no doubt seen some of the photos and video that I’ve posted as we packed up equipment, documents and 25,000 Cds, and […]


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 […]