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Classical 95.9 WCRI, News Radio 1180 WCNX, and Billboard Connection Providence are owned by Judson Group, Inc., a company that includes the son and grandsons of broadcasting pioneer Ted Jones, founder of Charles River Broadcasting Company and Boston's legendary classical music station, WCRB. Judson Group acquired Classical 95.9 WCRI and News Radio 1180 WCNX from Charles River Broadcasting in 2006 and is committed to carrying on the Ted Jones tradition of radio excellence

Classical 95.9 WCRI is the only classical music station exclusively serving Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut. WCRI reaches an upscale, educated and active listening audience throughout southern New England. With its transmitter situated on Block Island, WCRI provides a strong, clean signal to Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.

In addition to popular classical movements and pieces, WCRI presents specialty programming such as Mozart Block at Nine O'Clock, Sunday Brunch and All-Time Classics.

Classical 95.9 WCRI is the sister station of News Radio 1180 WCNX (Hope Valley).

For more information, contact Jamie Jones at (401) 294-9274 or you can email Jamie at wcri@classical959.com.

Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy is a 20-year broadcasting veteran who has primarily worked as a classical announcer, but has also dabbled in easy listening, news, and commercial voiceovers. Steve’s radio travels have taken him to stations on Cape Cod, on Boston’s North Shore, and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he became an award-winning broadcaster and critically acclaimed concert singer. He has soloed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, including a 2004 subscription concert appearance as a headliner in Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters into Heaven, which was recorded for radio broadcast throughout North America.

When not on the air, Steve enjoys volunteering, attending concerts, and watching classic game shows. He also loves driving the highways and byways of this great nation, preferring to “take the road less traveled by” (his favorite is any road that’s not an Interstate highway). Steve is an admitted sports junkie and is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. He is married and has a grown son, two teenaged daughters, and an adorable adopted dog that was rescued from a puppy mill.

Don Spencer

Don was born and raised in New England. His favorite place is the top of Mt. Washington, “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” Don’s favorite selections from classical music are Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, and any symphony by Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms. Between programs on the Classical Station I love to play golf, hike and bike. Recently I’ve started to re-learn everything I forgot about playing the piano and trombone. I’m also a big fan of Count Basie-style swing music, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Larry King

Larry King, sometimes known as ‘The Real Larry King’ since that is his real name, grew up outside of New York City where he was inspired by the radio stations and on-air personalities he heard as a child. He was also interested in music, especially classical and jazz. It was during his junior year that Larry became involved with his college’s radio station.

This ultimately led to a career in broadcasting for radio stations on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Boston. He has worked for WCOZ, WMJX, WPLM, and WCRB in Boston, WVOI, WLOM and WQRC on Cape Cod and is currently the evening announcer and host on the World Classical Network heard nationally. Larry has also hosted the syndicated live radio broadcasts from Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has produced radio programs about the prestigious Newport Music festival in Rhode Island.

Larry sings with the Snug Harbor Community Chorus and enjoys listening to symphonic, chamber, vocal music and jazz. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven and his favorite orchestra is the Boston Symphony. He presently teaches an adult education course entitled “In One Era and Out The Other”, an historical survey of classical music and personalities.

Gary Arruda, News, Weather & Sports

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Gary has been working in radio for over 10 years. His career started at WHUS, the student radio station at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. After graduating from UConn, Gary attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Pawcatuck, CT. Gary has been working at Classical 95.9 WCRI since 2005 and lives in Westerly, RI.

Mike Maino, Host of Conducting Conversations

Mike Maino has spent over 45 years of his life immersed in the world of singing, speaking and entertaining. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society at the age of 10, and has sung in many popular championship groups. As an MC, his experiences include hundreds of live stage shows, that have taken him from California to Newfoundland, Seattle to Bermuda, and just about every major performance venue in between. His voice over work at Aviti Productions, in Providence, led to TV commercial work for Comcast, in the Boston area, and now to the Judson Group, at WCRI and WCNX.

Joe Parillo, Host of Jazz After Dinner

Pianist, Grammy nominated composer, and Steinway Artist Joe Parillo, has performed in Brazil, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and most recently Taiwan.
He has played nationally and internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard as well as with his trio and in solo performances and master classes. Mr. Parillo was invited as a featured artist for the Steinway Artists Celebration performing at Symphony Hall in Boston to honor the 150th Anniversary of Steinway and Sons.

Joe holds a master's degree in composition from New England Conservatory, has written and arranged music for theater and film. His most recent works have aired on WSBE-TV and the SciFi Channel's "First Wave." Mr. Parillo has been commissioned to write three jazz ballets and has arranged and recorded over twenty-five full-length children's productions. He has also produced "Songbook," "Clouds," and the compact discs "Almost Carefree" and "Block Island Summer" for his ensemble as well as the gospel CD "Meditations of the Heart." He has recorded two CD's with the Worcester based Sonic Explorers. Mr. Parillo's CDs "Angels Gather," "Morning in the Garden," and Sandbox" are available through his own Neoga Records label.

Joe Parillo wrote and produced a master class CD, "Using Altered Scales to Create Improvisational Lines," for the July 1998 issue of JazzPlayer Magazine and he writes a jazz column for the quarterly Rhode Island Music Educators Review. Coordinator of the Rhode Island Music Educators high school jazz festival, Mr. Parillo has been Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Rhode Island for the past seventeen years. In the Fall of 2003 Mr. Parillo brought to fruition the Jazz Studies specialization under the B.A. Degree at the University, as well as the Jazz Studies minor. He has also held the role of Director of annual URI Jazz and World Music Festival consistently since 1993. Joe Parillo is a member of the BMI Lehman-Engel Music Theater Workshops in New York. He is currently President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators and one of the 2004 recipients of the Steinway excellence award.

 

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