WMNR's Spring Membership Drive
Thank you for your support during WMNR's Spring Membership Drive which ran from Saturday April 9 to Saturday April 16. We dropped one day from our Spring Membership Drive in order to bring you more music.
Introducing Broadcaster Martin Blanco
Please welcome Martin Blanco, host of Monday Morning Classics! Martin has lived in Newtown, CT with his wife Barbara and children Kathryn and Matthew since 2004.
Martin comes to WMNR by way of theatre, but has been a classical music enthusiast since he was in high school. He has been known to make sounds on the clarinet and saxophone that strongly resemble music. He has worked as a producer/arts administrator, stage director, dramaturg, teacher and occasionally as an actor. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), the theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States. He has worked for several outstanding cultural organizations including The Yale Repertory Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Huntington Theatre Company. He has also taught theatre classes at SUNY at Albany and American University.
Martin served two terms on the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission during which time he founded the Flagpole Radio Café show. He performs in the show and is also a Co-Producer, Head Writer and Director. The Flagpole Radio Café is an engaging variety show comprising a mix of music and comedy performed before a live audience in the style of an old fashioned radio show. It is performed by professional artists who live locally and also features a rotating guest artist.
Having said all that, Martin has been a stay at home Dad since 1999. As a full time homemaker, he cooks, cleans, served on the PTA, led a Cub Scout troop, led a Brownie troop and continues to drive his children everywhere.
WMNR Streaming on Demand
Six WMNR broadcasters share some of their programs on-demand online. Will Duchon of Friday Evening Classics offers his programs The Night Café and Words & Music, as does H. William Stine of Turntable for One. Also, Garrett Stack of Broadway Bound and American Jukebox is archiving his programs after they air and making them available to listeners. They join Jay Harris who made 19 of his One Great Song programs available. Peter Shimkin has put some of his Evening at the Opera programs up as well.
Haven't yet tried listening yet? It's simply a recording of a radio program, archived on the internet, available for listening anytime you are online.
WMNR Annual Report
To find out more about the station, please peruse our four-page WMNR Annual Report by clicking
WMNR's Anniversary Video
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a WMNR Fine Arts Radio video featuring 27 broadcasters and staff. It is a loving tribute that gives you an inside look at the people who make up the station. Produced by WMNR’s own H. William Stine, with Associate Producer Megan Stine. To view the video click the photo.
To read WMNR's Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman
WMNR Fine Arts Radio, P.O. Box 920, Monroe, CT 06468, 203-268-9667