Throwback Thursday: YourClassical MPR hosts share goofy gaffes, memories
As MPR’s Winter Drive begins to pick up steam, the hosts at YourClassical MPR share memorable moments and goofy gaffes of their many years at Minnesota Public Radio. From colleagues who are no longer with us, to fun stories on and off air, they hope to remind you of the legacy we’ve created together through classical music. Enjoy!
Julie Amacher - “Crann and Sheldon”
Julie Amacher reminisces about her first months at Classical MPR, learning the ropes under the tutelage of renowned hosts Tom Crann and Mark Sheldon.
John Birge - Arthur Hoehn
John Birge talks about meeting and getting to know his hero, classical host Arthur Hoehn, whom he had listened to for years during his time in Cincinnati.
Andrea Blain - Bob Christiansen
Andrea Blain remembers one of her favorite YourClassical MPR colleagues, Bob Christiansen, and the many topics they would talk about together.
Scott Blankenship - The Mars Rover
The Mars Rover began landing on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, during Scott Blankenship’s overnight shift. He remembers the music that accompanied him that night and the connection he felt with audiences near and far.
Jeff Esworthy - Fenwhuuut?
Host Jeff Esworthy fondly remembers the day a listener gently corrected him for something he said on-air. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new!
Valerie Kahler - Bloopers
Do radio hosts make mistakes? Of course, they’re only human! Host Valerie Kahler talks about why she loves bloopers and shares some of her favorite ones so far.
Mindy Ratner - Radio Lady
Mindy Ratner shares a memory from back in the day, when she was one of only two women on the entire YourClassical MPR staff. She recalls a wonderful encounter with a grandmother and her grandchild that she still holds dear in her heart.
Steve Staruch - Holst’s Jupiter
Steve Staruch retells a wonderful story of a mother and her two grade-school daughters as they listened to Jupiter, by Gustav Holst, during his shift. Imagination and shenanigans ensued!
Bill Morelock - Bob Christiansen
Host Bill Morelock looks back on this memories alongside the late Bob Christiansen, with whom he became good friends and created unforgettable and acclaimed content together.