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As Heard On BACH Archives for 2014-07

CLASSIC JAZZ'S ARNOLD OLEAN SIDELINED


Dear WBACH Listeners:

 

Our popular weekend program "Classic Jazz" is on hiatus while its host, Arnold Olean, recovers.  During July Arnold had not one but TWO major surgeries.  That really knocked the wind out of the proverbial sails and his recovery has been a slow one.  He's in no condition right now to be in a radio studio hosting a jazz program.  We do not know when he'll be strong enough and able to return to the air but we DO know that Arnold is champing at the bit to do so.  Two frequently asked questions about this situation:

 

1)  Why Can't Somebody Else Host The Show?   It's simple.  "Classic Jazz" really IS Arnold Olean.  The music you hear is entirely from his personal collection, the tidbits he passes along are from his own storehouse of information (a/k/a the Arnoldbrain), and the jazz calendar listings are something that he puts together himself from a variety of sources.  So there really isn't a second person to step in and do the show.

 

2)  Can't You Play An Old Show?   No.  "Classic Jazz" is a live radio broadcast each week, and the segments are not recorded.

 

As you can imagine, Arnold is not in the best of spirits right now.  He'd rather be broadcasting jazz than sitting around recovering from surgery.  If you'd like to lift his spirits with some sort of greeting there are two ways to do that.  You can EMAIL him by clicking HERE.  Or you can send snail mail to the following address:

Arnold Olean/Classic Jazz
WBACH Radio
169 Port Rd.
Kennebunk, ME  04043

Please do not send anything other than cards or letters to the above address.

 

We hope that Arnold can be back with us very soon.  In the meantime, we will broadcast our regular classical music format during the hours in which "Classic Jazz" is normally heard.  Thank you all for your patience and kindness during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Hooper, WBACH Program Director

Conductor Lorin Maazel Dead


Conductor Lorin Maazel passed away on July 13 at age 84.  Many don't realize that Mr. Maazel was American, born in France to parents from the United States.  He began conducting at age NINE, and at various times along the way served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.  At the time of his death, he was preparing for this year's Castleton Festival, named for the Virginia town in which his farm is located.

 

The New York Times' obituary, which contains an excellent summary of his career, may be found here.

 

Here is Wikipedia's entry for Lorin Maazel.

 

by Scott Hooper, 7/13/2014

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