I’ve been the host of Tuesday Night at the Opera since early in 2004. My initial involvement with the station was the result of responding to an on-air search for someone with a bit of knowledge of classical music to occasionally fill in on KSFR’s then-running Afternoon Classics. Although I had absolutely no experience in radio—other than listening—I thought hosting a radio program would be both interesting and challenging. And I was correct! The patient folks at KSFR taught me the ins and outs of producing my own programs and eventually I was asked to host Tuesday Night at the Opera. The rest is (minor) history.
And, speaking of history, I’m originally from Duluth, Minnesota. After I completed college, I pursued gainful employment via a career international business, during which I was posted in various interesting and musically rewarding cities, including Sydney, Toronto, New York, and Buenos Aires. Eventually, I decided to hang up my carry-on and passport, so in 2001 I retired and moved to somewhere I wanted to live: Santa Fe.
During my time in the City Different, I evolved into what may be called a “professional volunteer:” I am serving or have served on various boards, including Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations. I’m also a regular volunteer at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. In order to minimize any spare time available for crimes and misdemeanors, I attended the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College, earning a Master of Liberal Arts as well as a Master of Eastern Classics. Another means of keeping myself occupied is trying to keep fit by running daily and skiing as much as possible during the winter months. Santa Fe’s an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors and I’m out a lot!
My own opera and classical music experience is as a long-time devoted and enthusiastic amateur. Although I’m an inveterate record collector, there’s no substitute for a live performance. That’s why I subscribe to the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Pro Musica and regularly attend many of the other musical events in the City Different.
If you’ve tuned in to the program, you know my approach to opera is pretty straightforward: I believe opera is magnificent and magical musical entertainment and should be enjoyed as such. Too often folks are led to believe that the enjoyment of opera is dependent on a certain sensitivity, educational level, or socio-economic stratum. Of course, that’s hogwash and that’s why the sole purpose of Tuesday Night at the Opera is to present complete operas and allow our listeners to make their own judgments as to what appeals to them (or not). My primary function is summarize the opera’s plot and, as time allows, provide background on the composer, where the opera fits in his or her oeuvre, and any other interesting and entertaining facts or factoids that lend additional perspective and insight. And I do hope you enjoy it!
15 years ago my brother, Tom, was teaching a course in radio here at the SFCC and worked at the KSFR radio station. It was coming on to winter and he asked me if I could fill in for a couple DJ's who were taking a winters break. I've been a record collector since the late 50s and had a little experience sitting in with a friend on his show "Cracker Barrel" at a college station in St Louis.So before long I had 3 shows going that winter 15 years ago, blues,jazz,and a R&R show ,but I really liked the idea of a "Blue Monday" 7-9 ( no more late nights).I love being a part of KSFR and really enjoy producing shows that are a little different than the usual 'oldies shows'. Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have a wonderfully diversified listening audience who support the unique programing.
I came to Santa Fe after spending all my life in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Most of my thirty
year career was spent managing a variety of NPOs - from the American Red Cross in Fort Worth
to a performing arts theatre and school in Arlington, Texas. In addition to my many years in
non-profit, I used my BA degree in Communication (Theatre) from the University of Texas at
Arlington and worked simultaneously as the producer and host of an ACE award-winning cable
television show called Around Arlington. For over 14 years, we created over 2400 thirty-minute
programs that aired weekdays (3 times a day) and focused on anything that might interest or
highlight the Arlington, Texas residents. I also appeared in many regional theatres and received
best actress awards on many occasions. Now retired, I have an agent and audition for movie
roles, work part-time and volunteer doing the news at KSFR which I find is one of the most
rewarding jobs I’ve ever had.
Marion's professional career is in environmental management. She spent the early years of her career working for State and Federal government agencies in several different environmental management and protection programs. In 1990 she opened her own environmental consulting company providing services to government agencies, private clients, and local communities throughout the country. Throughout her career, Marion has remained primarily interested in how individuals and local communities are impacted by environmental management decisions that directly affect their lives and quality of life. She believes that every community is capable of making important and meaningful contributions to the environmental decisions that affect their communities when provided with information and access to the decision making process in a timely manner.
David graduated from Westminster College in the UK in Electronic Engineering & Computer Design and gained an Executive MBA from UCLA. He spent 30+ years internationally in information systems-related technical, management and executive positions in major companies and ran his own IT consulting company in Pasadena, CA. David has 3 computer systems-oriented textbooks published and he is a licensed, instrument rated, single-engine private pilot. David served on the board of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations and was Director of their International Visitor program. David loves to travel internationally, reads vociferously, plays tennis, skis pretty well and is a politics and news junkie. He currently teaches handicapped students to ski in the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program and is a substitute driver for Kitchen Angels.
Joe currently lives in Albuquerque. He was a reporter for KBOO-FM Community Radio in Portland, Oregon and is currently working as a high school social studies and language arts teacher. Joe's interests include photography, writing, hiking, Oxford commas, good beer, and cycling. Joe dislikes cheap beer, poor grammar, clowns, and long walks on the beach.
Joe Day has been a reporter for 50 years - with newspapers in Milwaukee and Providence, on three television stations in Boston and New Mexico public television and now, happily, for KSFR News in Santa Fe. Here he reports on events and issues of general interest, and especially pursues stories about the lives and thoughts of so-called "ordinary," non-famous people, believing that no one of us is truly ordinary. He defines reporting as finding out about things and telling others about them, but he knows well that it rarely is that simple. He also has taught journalism at the University of New Mexico and the former College of Santa Fe. He and his wife, Nancy, a painter and print-maker, moved to Santa Fe 21 years ago, and have no plans to leave. She and their far-flung family are his greatest joys. He thinks that baseball still is the best sport, and is pleased that Santa Fe now has a semi-professional team.
Charles was born in New Mexico and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy. He received his B.S. in Psychology from T.C.U. and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona Ca. Following post graduate training he practiced in a variety of settings including as the only doctor in a small town, as a full time
Assistant Professor of Family Practice at a medical school, Medical Director of a large Chemical Dependency Hospital, and for many years as a Family Practice physician at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla Ca. He is certified in the Treatment of Addictive Disorders. Since retirement from practice, he has pursued a career in acting, directing, writing, and radio news casting. He has appeared in numerous stage productions in the California and New Mexico and has played lead roles in
The Odd Couple, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Taming of the Shrew, My Three Angels, and A Christmas Carol. His one man show ‘Henry Miles’ has been produced in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Local directing credits include The Sunshine Boys, and Morning Time Train. He has also appeared in numerous roles in commercials, television shows, and movies. Maynard’s first book, ‘Thriving Through Devastating Illness’ is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013 by Intermundia Press. In addition he has appeared throughout the country performing stand up comedy. He has worked in the news department at KSFR Radio in Santa Fe since 2010.