Posted on September 26, 2020

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All Classical Portland is growing! We’re pleased to welcome Amy Faust, joining Raúl Gómez-Rojas, as a brand-new contributing host and producer of On Deck with Young Musicians.

All Classical Portland is thrilled to welcome Amy Faust to the station’s on-air team. Amy’s been a popular country music radio host in Portland for many years, and we are so glad that “she’s gone classical.”


Amy Faust brings a new and unique perspective to On Deck with Young Musicians, joining recently-announced contributing host and producer Raúl Gómez-Rojas to help realize long-time aspirations of the program’s creator, host, and producer Christa Wessel:

“Through On Deck All Classical Portland has celebrated hundreds of young musicians in our community. I’m extremely proud of this program, and I have been dreaming about how the show could evolve with the addition of new voices, producers, and perspectives.”

About 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 charitable 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. This is why joining the All Classical Portland team is also a perfect fit for me!

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.


We asked Amy Faust…

In your first few weeks, what is one thing that has inspired you about working with All Classical Portland?
Well, just wow. Even though we are all working remotely, I am mostly inspired by the overall kindness and passion of everyone at every level at the station. I can only imagine what it will be like when we can all gather together again and I can really get to know everyone.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Raising a child who is now a compassionate, kind, insightful, and hilariously funny 21 year-old.

What is one of your earliest music memories?
In my house growing up, my dad was in charge of the music. On weekends, he would BLAST it in the mornings, and it could be anything from Sousa to Dylan to opera. That’s hard to forget! Oh, and he was also in a banjo band, which at the time was deeply embarrassing.

If you could only listen to one piece of music for the next year, what would it be?
Well that is a tricky one because when I truly love a piece of music I always ration it out and don’t let myself play it to death! So I could never do that to a great piece.

If you could invite three musicians of any era to dinner, who would you invite?
These are such hard questions! But this is a dinner party, so I have to think about who would be the most fun. I’d love to eavesdrop on a chat between John Lennon and one of the greats, like Beethoven. And then, Dolly Parton, because who wouldn’t want to have dinner with her?

What is one instrument that you don’t currently play, but wish you did?
The triangle. Kidding! The good old guitar — It’s so portable and versatile, and I love to sing and yet have never been able to learn the guitar.


We asked Raúl Gómez-Rojas…

In your first few weeks, what is one thing that has inspired you about working with All Classical Portland?
I have been inspired by All Classical Portland’s response to the crises related to the fires and smoke in Oregon, from pausing the on-air fundraiser to offering music and words of emotional support to all listeners.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is to know that I’ve had at least a little impact in inspiring young people to love music, and to use it as a vehicle to create joy for others.

What is one of your earliest music memories?
When my parents woke me up in the middle of the night to let me know that the local youth symphony had accepted me as a violin student, back in Costa Rica.

If you could only listen to one piece of music for the next year, what would it be?
Baby Shark (just kidding, though my toddler wouldn’t mind!). My answer right now would be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

If you could invite three musicians of any era to dinner, who would you invite?
Mozart, Ella Fitzgerald, and Freddie Mercury. I’d be most curious to hear Mozart’s reaction to their music, and I imagine he would absolutely love them.

What is one instrument that you don’t currently play, but wish you did?
Sitar! I’d also like to add Ravi Shankar to my answer to the previous question.

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