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.
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.
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.
I have my mother to thank for getting me interested in music, arranging childhood piano lessons, and being the first to suggest a career in radio. I have both my parents to thank for putting me through college (with a music degree in composition) and for patiently putting up with my rock drummer phase. While I failed to become a rock star, I do still perform occasionally, as a drummer or a timpanist, and I still compose, though not as much as I would like to. After more than thirty years in radio, I still like it! I also enjoy public speaking opportunities, including preconcert conversations for the Oregon Symphony. I’ve been part of the All Classical team since 2000, after working at other radio stations in Oregon, Washington, and New York. I’ve saved the best for last.
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.
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 with our dogs, Harper and Truman.
Brandi is on the air 2 am to 6 am weekdays, and 3 am to 8 am Saturday at All Classical Portland. She also hosts Played in Oregon Sundays at 1 pm.
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.
Program Director, Producer and On-Air Host
Early in life, I fell in love with film, particularly the film score. As I aged, that appreciation expanded to encompass all eras of classical music. My career in radio began in high school when I worked as an afternoon host for a tiny AM station in my hometown, Gastonia, North Carolina. I enjoyed it enough to major in broadcast management at Campbell University, graduating in 1999. I’ve had the pleasure to work with terrific colleagues at WVTF in Roanoke, Virginia, and WDAV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now it’s my privilege to join the team at All Classical Portland. Though I hail from the east coast, Portland had been on my radar for several years as I visited friends here from time to time. I loved the rich, diverse arts culture—and the donuts! Blue Star’s glazed buttermilk changed my life—so when a position came open at All Classical Portland, I jumped. When I’m not at the station, I pursue a love of art, history, travel, and wine. I also advocate for the Oxford comma.
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.
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.