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. Recently, I've been busy sharing opera around the world as co-producer and host of Lyric Opera of Chicago's internationally syndicated broadcast series through the WFMT Network, and co-producing and hosting Grant Park Music Festival's broadcasts featuring Oregon Symphony's esteemed Music Director Carlos Kalmar!
When I’m not on the air, I'm usually singing or lecturing about the power of music, the benefits of arts education and the importance of supporting a cultural economy.
I'm thrilled to be at All Classical. The beauty of the city and its surroundings, its extraordinary people, the talented artists that create here, and the food scene were calling my name. All of that coupled with the outstanding people that make All Classical so special made Portland an irresistible place to call home.
"Queen of Classical" and the "Anti-diva" are titles that certainly make me smile, however, I most enjoy being identified as a trusted friend by fellow music lovers and listeners. "We love this music," indeed.
Contact Suzanne Nance
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.
Ed's regular shifts are Saturdays 8 am to 10 am, and 2 am to 6 am on Sundays. Ed also hosts Saturday Matinee from 10 am to 2 pm while the Metropolitan Opera is in hiatus.
Contact Ed Goldberg
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 Portland is where I’m supposed to be.
Contact John Burk
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. While I earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Maine, I was a producer and host at Maine Public Radio, a statewide NPR affiliate station. I hosted everything from All Things Considered to local public affairs programs; I helped produce live remote broadcasts, organized development events, and tried to leave a little time for homework. 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! When I left Maine Public Radio after six years, I was the host of the flagship weekday classical music program.
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. Among others, I have freelanced for NPR's All Things Considered, The Seattle Times, and The Jerusalem Review, writing about everything from ancient wine to Moroccan feminism. 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.
In my spare time, I'm usually found with my sweet dog, Bagel, and a good book!
I’ve been producing and hosting public radio programs for 20 years or so. Prior to joining the All Classical Portland 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.
Contact Andrea Murray
Assistant Program Director
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 Portland.
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 Portland, I teach philosophy at Portland Community College, and I’m a certified yoga instructor. I live with my husband Brice in SE Portland.
Brandi is on the air 10 am to 2 pm weekdays, and 3 am to 8 am Saturday at All Classical Portland. She also hosts Played in Oregon Sundays at 1 pm.
Contact Brandi Parisi
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. Much has changed since that first summer that Portland gained a new classical music station! In fact, we didn’t call it “All Classical Portland”. 89.9 FM was owned by the school district, and the call letters were KBPS (“BPS” for its location: Benson Polytechnic High School). Moving up from weekends to weekdays, part-time to full-time, and from a music librarian to Music Director (2006), I’ve been witness to tremendous growth in the organization, and seen the facilities move twice: In 1992, from a classroom to a stand-alone building at Benson, and 2014 to our beautiful, current location on the Willamette.
As music director, I work with the programming team and our producers to carefully craft each hour of music almost every day. It’s a job I love doing. When I’m not programming, I’m interviewing musicians from around the world to add to All Classical Portland’s online offering of reviews, spotlights and insights. As of January 2018, I’m back on weekends, hosting throughout the afternoon, and evenings with The Concert Hall, a series that draws from that library of 25,000 CDs of fantastic recordings. It’s my pleasure, and privilege, to share this great music with you.
Contact John Pitman
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. Similarly, I first got involved in radio (a four-hour classical shift twice a week) during my freshman year of college in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It really was a blast but almost two decades would pass before I returned to radio, joining the staff of KCUR (the NPR affiliate in Kansas City) as an announcer and producer.
During those two overlapping intervals, I managed to cover a lot of ground: working as a writer, editor, actor and voice over artist in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle. One recurring theme throughout that time, and my life in general, has been music, whether I was participating in it as a singer, writing about it, or appreciating it from the audience.
The world can be a crazy mixed up place, but with luck you arrive where you're supposed to be. And I do feel very lucky to be able to work with radio heroes of mine at All Classical Portland, an outstanding broadcast service in a great city.
Contact Warren Black
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.
Contact Edmund Stone
Since arriving here from North Carolina in 2007, I’ve traveled all around the state and have fallen in love with the high deserts of Eastern Oregon and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I also relish a stormy weekend at the Oregon Coast.
I adore the natural beauty of Oregon as much as I cherish the cultural beauty of our region. I could easily find myself in a concert hall every night of the week! I enjoy it all: early music, contemporary music, symphonic music and opera. So as not to exhaust myself I deliberately set aside time to play nerdy board games with friends, or will reserve a lazy afternoon to read a big novel. (I adore Franzen, Eugenides, Chabon and the like.)
I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration - but I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Arts Administration. I still tootle my horn occasionally, and also enjoy picking up a ukulele from time to time.
Contact Christa Wessel
ICAN Program Manager, Host, and Producer
I’ve always been a curious human-being. Taking things apart and then trying to put them back together (sometimes successfully, sometimes… not so much) is inherently in my genetics. Naturally I was interested in seeing what went on behind the curtain in audio storytelling. 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. There, I used my technical abilities to perform various tasks from to grabbing water for Joshua Bell to burning discs to engineering recording sessions with Renée Fleming. 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.
In 2015 I started my own podcast, List’d, which I produce and host. List’d investigates the anonymous world of Craigslist by interviewing the posters and tracks down the missing objects of affection.
Outside of radio, I’m busy collecting hobbies. I’ve made a toolbox in woodworking, paper in papermaking, art in screen printing, and many, many jokes in improv classes. I hope to own a dog named Kevin in the near future.
Contact Sarah Zwinklis