Npr And Classical Radio For The 3-4 Pm Hour Of Classical Music

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Evan Yip
Professor Diaz
MUHL 124
24 January 2017
Radio Assignment On Monday afternoon, January 23rd, I tuned into NPR and classical radio for the 3-4 pm hour of classical music. The radio host was Gigi Yellen who was very knowledgeable about the pieces she had in the playlist for that afternoon. In between pieces she would usually make a comment or two about some extra-musical fact regarding the piece or composer. It was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the hour of listening. There was not an expressed theme or organization to the playlist when I tuned in, so I had no preparation for the pieces that were to come. I actually enjoyed this position of surprise and anticipation because it left me with a completely open mind without …show more content…

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