Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Parker to head radio station WQXR

Posted on: June 22, 2010

In Tuesday’s (6/22) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin reports, “The radio station WNYC—now officially known as New York Public Radio—has hired Graham Parker, the executive director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to run its classical music arm, WQXR-FM. Mr. Parker will have the title of vice president, a newly created job that more sharply defines the station’s profile. WNYC, which acquired WQXR nine months ago in a deal with The New York Times, said WQXR would continue to operate Q2, an Internet stream where the station presents most of its contemporary music programming and broadcasts live concerts. Mr. Parker was hired even as New York Public Radio is still a bit more than two-thirds of the way toward raising $15 million for the acquisition and start-up costs. Laura R. Walker, the president and chief executive, said the appointment was not adding another ‘layer’ but instead a move she had long envisioned. ‘In fact, it’s a pretty lean staff,’ she said. ‘The audience for the station is very high, and it deserves its own leader.’ Orpheus said its general manager, Jim Bredeson, would serve as acting executive director while a replacement is sought.”

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Posted June 22, 2010