Explore the music before you arrive! The BSO now offers insights about our concert selections in a digital podcast format. Our podcast presenters are Classical WETA 90.9 FM On-Air Hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley, and WBJC 91.5 FM Program Director Jonathan Palevsky.
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David Ginder, WETA-FM's early-morning host, grew up in a household where a pipe organ occupied most of the living room.
His instruments were piano and cello and, although his Ithaca College degree is in broadcasting, he divided his school time about equally between the music building and Ithaca radio stations.
Ginder's commitment to public radio started in upstate New York with a commute to and from a young station that took almost as long as his show there. It was the early Saturday morning program at WSKG in Binghamton.
He went on to WITF in Harrisburg (although the station was located, during his early years there, in Hershey on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues) where he was music director. Ginder hosted the afternoon show, scheduled music, and produced and hosted a busy schedule of local concerts for broadcast.
In Gainesville, Florida, Ginder taught public radio skills to University of Florida journalism students at WUFT.
Ginder came to WETA in 1989. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their three cats. In his spare time, he enjoys birding and bicycling.
Marilyn Cooley has been surrounded by great music all of her life. She grew up in a household where classical music was a part of every day, in recordings, on the radio, and in performance at home.
"When I was growing up, my parents were much involved in classical music," says Cooley. "They were both pianists, and Dad also played the organ at church. So I was exposed to classical music at a very young age. Beyond the family, my main source of classical music was WGUC, the local public radio station in Cincinnati. The station introduced me to the breadth of classical music."
Inspired by appearances at state competitions with her high school choir, Cooley chose to study music throughout her academic career. Following her undergraduate degree in music, she earned her Master of Music degree at Northwestern University, where she performed as chorister and soloist with the University Collegium Musicum, and specialized in music of the Renaissance and early Baroque.
After serving as music announcer at WGUC in Cincinnati, and later as announcer and music director at Baltimore station WBJC, Cooley came to WETA in 1985 as the late night music announcer. She is now heard each weekday from 10 am to 2 pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.
About working in radio, she says, "It's fun for me to find something about the performers or the music that invites a conversation. Listeners sometimes come to think of radio personalities as their friends, and the radio station comes to feel like home. I enjoy that relationship, and the opportunity to bring to listeners the music that we all love."
A former animal care volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and the primate and panda unit at the National Zoo, Cooley is a certified Healing Touch for Animals® practitioner and owner of Nova Holistic Animal Care.
Jonathan Palevsky is the Program Director at WBJC 91.5 FM. He has been with the station since 1986 when he became a part-time announcer, and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. Originally from Montreal, Jonathan came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has hosted just about every conceivable time slot at WBJC, but can regularly be heard hosting the WBJC Operafest, the music review program "Face the Music" and the CD reissue program "Past Masters."
Jonathan's current off-air obsessions include skiing, playing guitar and being the host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre.