As a child, I was very blessed to have been surrounded by people who loved music. I had an uncle who used to give me classical music LPs as a gift every birthday and Christmas from the time I was three. Beginning when I was about four, my parents took me to Niawanda Park for concerts by the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, beginning a life-long love of band music. Also, I had an aunt who was a big opera fan. When I was eight-years-old, I was at her house and she was playing a recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Thinking I would be bored by it, she was about to turn it off. I stopped her and said, “I want to hear more.” The rest is history. (Then there was the uncle who introduced me to Henny Youngman jokes, but we’ll save that part of the story!) Classical music, especially opera, has been my passion ever since. When I was in high school, while many of my classmates admired athletes or movie stars, I wanted to be Peter Allen, host of the Met Broadcasts from 1975-2004. One of my biggest thrills was meeting Mr. Allen in 2003 and telling him that in person.
I am lucky enough to have had two great careers. I spent 24 years educating some of WNY’s finest young men as a Math teacher at Canisius High School. In 2008, I began my work as the music librarian here at Classical 94.5 WNED. For four-and-a-half-years, it was my job to maintain our outstanding collection of over 32,000 CDs, one of the finest Classical CD collections in the country! As a program host, it has been a great joy to introduce our summertime band concert series, "Concert in the Park," and begin an annual tradition for the holidays, “A Krummy Christmas.” Now, we get to enjoy each other’s company every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on Morning Classics. I’m looking forward to listening with you!