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Jenny O'Grady passed away in April of 2015 and her last program on WMNR was in 2013. Described by Jane Stadler, Operations Director, as "one of the sweetest people I've ever known," Jenny was dedicated to Saturday Morning Classics since joining the station in 1982. Despite the unpredictable Connecticut weather, she rarely missed a broadcast and was often accompanied by her dog Bear or her granddaughter Jenna.
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The soft-spoken lover of the ballet has been telling her fairy tales on the WMNR “Ballet Hour” on Saturday mornings since 1982. Jenny was a serious student of the ballet as a girl and studied modern dance in college. After a brief time at Randolph Macon College, Jenny returned home to marry her childhood sweetheart.
Her four children came quickly, and her life was punctuated by trips all over the world with her husband Terry. Jenny responded to WMNR’s on-air request for volunteers, and very quickly was put on the air on Saturdays at 6:00 am. Once she learned to trouble-shoot the system, her terror at being alone with the WMNR transmitter changed to pleasure at the prospect of “having it all to herself.”
Jenny feels a wonderful rapport with the listeners, and likes being regarded as a friend. She perceives her “Ballet Hour” as a group of fairy tales, coming from childhood when her artist father had classical music playing constantly to accompany his painting, and she and her sister would act out the ballets. What makes WMNR a special place for Jenny? “You can hear this music lots of other places. But it is our personal perspective in presenting it that makes the difference. I hope we never get so big that we lose that intimate appeal. For me it is a chance to share the best part of myself, and the music I love.”
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