Station Staff

Administration


Suzanne Nance

Suzanne Nance

President & CEO

My career in broadcasting began at WHYY in Philadelphia when a Pennsylvania Dutch couple showed up for a TV interview and the originally planned host of the program did not! The rest, (as they say) is history. I love music. I love sharing music. I love hearing others share music. And I love radio. I've had the opportunity to work on dozens of radio and TV programs and documentaries. In Maine, at MPBN, I created the Emmy-award winning series MaineArts! and an audio diary series: Music that Moves ME.

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Matt

Matt Kovich

Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Having recently moved to Portland from New York City, I am excited to return to the Pacific Northwest, and am thrilled to join the All Classical Portland team. I moved to New York City to attend Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and spent the next 23 years in theatre. Before moving to Portland, I served as Chief Operating Officer of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, producer of over 25 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening, Alan Cumming in Macbeth, Kinky Boots (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical), and Once On This Island (winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.)

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Kristina

Kristina Becker

Office Manager

My love of classical music began when I was eight years old in ballet class. I heard Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, and I was hooked! Eventually my participation in the arts moved on to technical theatre and internships at multiple art museums. I attended the University of Montana, majoring in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design and Minor in Art History. After graduation, my career took me towards the medical field, where I worked in Administration for about 10 years, both in Montana and Oregon. When I moved to Portland in 2013, All Classical Portland was the first radio station I discovered – and the dial hasn’t moved since. It is an immense honor and pleasure to be the Office Manager of this fine station, and for my love of music and the arts to come full circle. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, reading, and eating the amazing food Portland has to offer!

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Programming


John Pitman

John Pitman

Director of Music and Programming

I started working at All Classical Portland in 1983, just a few months after graduation from Benson Polytechnic, and the same year that 89.9 FM began broadcasting. My duties have certainly evolved from those early days when I was an evening and weekend announcer. As Director of Music and Programming, I supervise and guide the host team as we create, together, the beautiful and innovative programs that you enjoy weekly. While I am the employee who has "been here since the beginning", All Classical continues to grow and improve, and continues to challenge me and stimulate my creativity. It never stops being interesting! It is my pleasure, and privilege, to share this great music with you. John is on the air Saturdays and Sundays from 3 pm to 9pm. He is also host of The Concert Hall.

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Brandi Parisi

Assistant Program Director

After eleven states, I found home when I moved to Oregon in 2007.
I discovered radio as a college freshman, and in the years since I've worked at stations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Orlando. For six years I was a host and producer on American Public Media’s national classical music service, Classical 24. I grew up in and around New Orleans and Jackson, MS, and was a flute and communications major at Ohio University, followed by graduate school in philosophy at Purdue University.
In addition to working at All Classical Portland, I teach philosophy at Portland Community College. My husband Brice and I live with two ridiculous shih tzus in SE Portland, where we love music and movies, cooking, camping, and friends & family.
Brandi is on the air weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and 3 am to 10 am Saturdays. She also hosts Played in Oregon Sundays at 1 pm, and the Oregon Symphony Broadcasts.

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John Burk

John Burk

Senior Announcer

I was born on the North Side of Chicago in the 1940s & started announcing the evening program on a classical station in the 1960s. After living and working in The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, New York City, central Illinois and northern Arizona, I’m still announcing the evening program on a classical station. The best station I know. What a treat.
John is on the air weekday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm, as well as Sunday nights.

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Warren Black

When I visited Portland for the first time, I decided that I wanted to live here. It would take about 15 years before I pulled it off. It’s a similar story with radio: I hosted a four-hour classical show during my freshman year of college, but many years would pass before I joined the staff of KCUR (the NPR affiliate in Kansas City) as an announcer and producer.
During those two overlapping intervals, I worked as a writer, editor, actor and voice-over artist in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle. The one unifying theme in all that time and throughout my life has been music: participating in it as a singer, writing about it, or appreciating it from the audience.
The world can be a mixed-up place. But with persistence and luck you can arrive where you're supposed to be, doing work that you love.
Warren is the morning host weekdays from 6 am to 10 am and provides production assistance to The Score.

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Christa

Christa Wessel

Communications & Technical Liaison

As a kid, I learned to play French horn and immediately fell head-over-heels in love with classical music. That passion eventually took me to Northwestern University where I graduated with a degree in Arts Administration.
My career in radio was an unplanned, happy accident. The first time I found myself behind a microphone I knew that I had found my dream job. I find such joy in sharing my enthusiasm for music! I worked as a radio host at the classical station in Raleigh, NC for nearly a decade before joining the team at All Classical Portland in 2007.
In my free time I enjoy stormy weekends at the coast, escaping into big juicy novels and baking sourdough bread.
Christa is the late afternoon host, on the air weekdays from 2 pm to 6 pm, as well as host and producer of “On Deck with Young Musicians” and “Thursdays @ Three.”

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Suzanne Nance

Suzanne Nance

President & CEO

My career in broadcasting began at WHYY in Philadelphia when a Pennsylvania Dutch couple showed up for a TV interview and the originally planned host of the program did not! The rest, (as they say) is history. I love music. I love sharing music. I love hearing others share music. And I love radio. I've had the opportunity to work on dozens of radio and TV programs and documentaries. In Maine, at MPBN, I created the Emmy-award winning series MaineArts! and an audio diary series: Music that Moves ME.

Contact Suzanne Nance


Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray

I love playing music for people. I’ve been hosting and producing Classical radio shows for over 20 years now, and at All Classical since 2007. I also spent several years working as a reporter and as a producer. I went to school to become a documentary filmmaker but changed plans after my first shift at a college radio station. I write poetry and make art and am grateful for the amazing listeners I’ve met – in the third dimension and otherwise - over the years.
Andrea hosts the overnight hours, 10 pm until 2 am, most nights on All Classical. She’s also host of our contemporary music hour, Saturdays at 9pm.

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Lynnsay Maynard

Lynnsay Maynard

From coastal New England to balmy North Africa, public radio has taken me many places! I began my radio career in my beloved home state of Maine when I was 18-years-old. On one fateful weekend morning, I filled in at the very last-minute for a classical host who awoke to a fresh blanket of Maine snow. I was hooked! In 2013, I accepted a new challenge and moved to Tangier, Morocco, to manage communications and public relations for a local university. When I returned to the United States, I settled in Boston and began working at WCRB, WGBH Boston's all classical station. As the afternoon drive host at WCRB, I found new ways to share classical music on the radio and I was thrilled when my program received national attention. When my husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, I joined KUOW as a freelance on-air host and now I look forward to sharing music and arts segments with you from time to time on All Classical Portland.

Edmund

Edmund Stone

I grew up on a rural farm in England with a deep love of Shakespeare, poetry, film, acting, gardens and animals. I started my career in broadcasting in 1975, later joining the BBC which sent me to Hollywood to cover the Academy Awards. My love of film kept me in Hollywood for a decade, during which time I met and interviewed amazing legends such as Cary Grant, Mel Blanc, Vincent Price, Alfred Hitchcock, all while narrating over 1,000 audio books. I moved to Oregon in 1990, and split my time between Oregon and Cameroon, West Africa, where I co-founded a chimpanzee rescue and sanctuary. Radio beckoned once again and I joined All Classical in 2001 as an on-air host. I created The Score in 2006, a nationally syndicated show on film music that I write, host and produce. I share my life with wife Cindy in a 1900 English cottage with a garden, cat Osiris and house rabbit Ullr.
Edmund writes and hosts The Score, a nationally syndicated film music program, which you can hear every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm

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Ed

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 have been a part of All Classical Portland for more than 20 years, and it continues to be a labor of love.
Ed is on the air for Saturday Matinee from 10 am to 2 pm while the Metropolitan Opera is on hiatus.

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Sarah Zwinklis

Sarah Zwinklis

ICAN Program Manager, Host, and Producer

While I was tinkering around with audio software in college, I realized radio could be the career path for me. Once I graduated from Columbia College Chicago, I immediately did the next logical step and boarded a plane to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Where I did NOT get a job in radio however when I returned to the states I was hired as a production assistant at WFMT in Chicago. During my time in Chicago, I worked on content for Lyric Opera Broadcasts, Grant Park Music Festival, and produced the Deems Taylor Award winning program Relevant Tones.

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Gary Dubs

Gary Dubs

I think the greatest thing about The Arts is that you’re never done. You can never tie up your understanding or feelings about it with a tidy bow. There’s always more to learn, more layers to uncover, more moments to link together in a lifelong journey. I get to share that experience with wonderful people in this beautiful city and far afield six days a week, and it humbles me. And, being part of the team of talented, dedicated colleagues at All Classical Portland, well that’s just the icing on the cake!
Gary is the early morning host, on the air 2am to 6 am, Sunday through Friday.

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Emma Riggle

Emma Riggle

Music Researcher & Archivist

My delightful task at All Classical Portland is to provide our staff with research regarding the cultural and historical context of our music. I find that when I learn about what a piece of music meant to the time and the people that produced it, the music speaks to me in a more personal and moving way. I hope that my work helps you find new connections with this music we love.
I hail from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where I earned degrees in voice and music history. I taught university courses in voice and music appreciation before venturing west to the gloriously arts-filled city of Portland.
When I’m not busy researching, you’re likely to find me around our city singing and playing early music, or reading and painting in the cozy home I share with my husband Nathaniel and two spunky rabbits.

Amy Faust

Amy Faust

As a passionate music fan who loves (really loves!) to talk, I'm surprised it took me so long to end up in radio, but my broadcasting career didn't begin until my 30s. After my friend Mike Chase asked me to do a show with him on a dare, we ended up working together as "Mike and Amy" for almost 2 decades, even racking up a CMA award for "best major market personalities" along the way. Aside from broadcasting, I also work as a copywriter for national brands and as an emcee/auctioneer for fundraising events. I'm proud to serve on the board of Youth Music Project, a fantastic program that provides lessons for kids regardless of their family's ability to pay. Seeing firsthand the difference that music makes in these young peoples' lives is life-affirming, and also a lot of fun.
While I've lived in New York, LA, Dublin, Paris, and DC, I was born right here in Portland and there's truly no place like home, if you ask me. I'm so grateful to All Classical for giving me this chance to connect with the people of my beloved hometown in new and exciting ways.
Amy Faust is a contributing host and producer of On Deck with Young Musicians

Raul Gomez

Raúl Gómez-Rojas

As a kid growing up in the 90’s in Costa Rica, one of my favorite things to do was to take cassette tapes and record my favorite music straight from my hometown’s radio stations, from classical to salsa and beyond. Eventually, I started learning to play the violin and music became a powerful source of joy in my life. My adventures as a violinist, conductor and educator brought me to Portland in 2016 to work as Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. At MYS, I enjoy working with a wonderful community of music students, their families, and our amazing conductors and coaches. I am passionate about using music as a vehicle to connect with others, and I enjoy chatting with music enthusiasts (of all ages!) about their own adventures and passions.
Raúl is a contributing host and producer of On Deck with Young Musicians.

Community Engagement


Allison Silverberg

Allison Silverberg

Interim Director of Development & Marketing

Originally from Queens, New York, I moved to Portland in 2008 via Los Angeles, where I studied Vocal Music and Italian at the University of Southern California. With my high school choir, I enjoyed the life-changing opportunity to sing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Carnegie Hall. Ever since, I’ve been eager to help bring such inspiration and joy to others through music. I can think of no better way to do this, and to support the music we love, than working with All Classical Portland’s outstanding team. Among my other passions are spending time in the sunshine, cooking (and eating!) good food, and playtime and cuddles with my dogs Sega and Scout.

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Arianna

Arianna Avena

Donor Engagement Coordinator & JOY Program Director

Classical music has been the focus of my work and passion since I was given the opportunity to study cello at a young age through a free arts education program in northern California. Having experienced the transformational power of the arts in my own life, I’ve dedicated my career to providing the same for others.

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Riley

Riley Dillard

Development and Marketing Associate

I am a life-long Oregonian who has lived in Portland since 2015. Since studying studio art at Portland State University, I have sought to support the arts of our community through administration, development, and marketing. My personal art practice is rooted in painting and embroidery, but I love the vibrant spectrum of arts, music, and creativity that this region inspires. I have a passion for advancing equity and inclusion, as well as an interest in preserving historic classics across mediums for reflection in our contemporary world. When I’m not catching up with All Classical Portland’s Sustainers or writing grants, I love to listen to records, cook with my husband, and spoil my prima donna black cat named Effie.

Dale

Dale Tolliver

Volunteer Coordinator

Following “past lives” in Illinois and Tennessee, I found All Classical Portland on my radio within a day of arriving as a new native Northwesterner many years ago. It was truly love at first sound. It is my honor and deep pleasure to be part of the staff of this miraculous enterprise, and to work with our stellar team of dedicated volunteers. My professional background includes several decades of music performance, plus substantial experience in administrative management and customer service. When not at the station or performing around town, I’m happiest at home, exploring new adventures in the kitchen.

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Underwriting


Eric Behny

Eric Behny

Director of Corporate Support

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in a small farm town in Illinois. After high school, my family moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. I moved to Oregon in 1991 and worked as an Account Representative for television stations in Bend and Portland until I was hired into my current position with All Classical Portland in 2001. I love all kinds of music but always find myself going to bed and waking up to classical…it is the soundtrack of the Oregon landscape: beautiful-rugged-wild

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Willie Anderson

Account 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, traveling and helping All Classical Portland grow into an even bigger and better radio station.

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Norman Wilson

Norman Wilson

Sales Associate

I grew up in Garden Grove, California, listening to all kinds of music from classical to Broadway to Top 40. But my love affair with classical music can easily be traced to seeing Star Wars for the first time. After seeing it, I begged my mom to buy a recording of John Williams’s score, and I was hooked.
My partner and I moved to Portland in 2009 on a whim after living in the Los Angeles area for several years and finally deciding we’d had enough of driving the 710, 110, 5, 405, 105, 605 and 101 freeways. We escaped to the Northwest and haven’t looked back since. With all the hours we have gained not sitting in LA traffic, we enjoy all the amazing food and arts Portland has to offer, running, hiking, visiting the Oregon coast, local theatre, movies and reading all the books we keep amassing from Powell’s. We currently reside in Northwest Portland with a stubborn but cuddly miniature pinscher named Godzilla.

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Engineering


Mike Alston

Mike Alston

Director of Engineering & Technology

My love for music started at an early age in a small town in the brisk beclouded winters and wind shifting sunscapes of the Eastern Oregon desert. Open spaces, a slower clock and no Internet helped encourage me toward music appreciation. My most memorable musical influences came from the dusty crackle of my parent’s old Sanyo record player, the bright chorus of Sunday hymns and radio waves coming from KIOK 94.9FM “OK 95” back in the mid 80’s. As a kid I would hold our portable cassette recorder to the television and capture movie scores which caught my fancy. I didn’t know it at the time, but that hobby would become a career. In 1992 I got my first guitar, a multitrack recorder, and the recording bug!
I moved to Portland in 1998, earned a degree in computer science and entered the workforce. I started a small recording studio called Sound Ghost Studios in 2005. In 2010 I began my radio career at Alpha Media as a remote broadcast engineer and lead FOH mix engineer at the Bing Lounge. I was promoted to assistant engineer responsible for maintaining 5 FM and 2 AM stations. I am an active member of the
Society of Broadcast Engineers and licensed by the FCC as ham radio operator KI7TVX. My evenings and weekends are spent with my wonderful wife and 2 boys, where we still listen to old records on the same Sanyo turntable.

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Jordan Lewis

Jordan Lewis

Director of Radio Operations

I was born in Corvallis while my parents attended OSU. I’ve lived in Oregon my whole life, except for a few years spent just outside DC during the Vietnam War. I graduated the same year as our Music Director John Pitman: from Grant High, just north of Benson. While he started his journey at All Classical Portland, I studied computer engineering at OIT and radio broadcasting at MHCC. And while he’s had one job, I’ve probably had dozens. I worked in radio at KEX and KFXX in the 90s, and I had a stint as a remote engineer for KATU News over the millennium. In 2005 I joined the All Classical Portland family, and I’ve been here ever since. When I'm not wrangling the ones and zeroes at the station, you can find me on one of the area’s great local disc golf courses. I also enjoy reading sci-fi/fantasy books, collecting comics, and playing in fantasy football leagues every year since high school.
Jordan Lewis also provides operational support for The Score with Edmund Stone.

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Daniel Hornbeck

Engineering Assistant

I grew up in West Virginia, fully expecting to become the next Eddie Van Halen. I instead became the next best thing: a public school music teacher. After several years teaching, I decided to pursue my lifelong fascination with radio. While earning an electronics degree, I worked in a start-up building unmanned aircraft ("drones") for use in agriculture and film. I completed an internship at All Classical Portland, and returned to the station as Engineering Assistant.

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Dan Gonzalez

Dan Gonzalez

Webmaster and Full Stack Developer

The son of a piano teacher and a percussionist, music has always been part of my life. An avid runner, multi-disciplinary cyclist, and extreme hobbyist photographer. I spend weekends in the wilderness with the bears or in the basement darkroom.

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