Rich Moran

Rich begin his relationship with WMNR as a fan and regular listener of Will Duchon’s “The Night Café” program. Eventually, he contributed recordings that Will used on air during his broadcasts.  Then, starting in 2010, Rich began serving as an occasional guest host of the program. It is a role he continues to fill to this day. He also serves as an occasional guest host of H. William Stine’s “Turntable For One” Saturday night program.

In the fall of 2015, Rich was tasked with producing and hosting all new episodes of “One Great Song” heard on Saturday evenings at 6:00. His new programs alternate with a rotation of shows hosted by Jay Harris that were originally produced from 2005 to 2007. In additional to featuring one great song, Rich has expanded the theme of the program to feature episodes centered on one great singer, one great songwriter, one great tribute and others “greats” that highlight the best aspects of the Standards repertoire.

Rich’s first experience in radio was as a student DJ playing jazz on the University of Richmond’s station in Virginia during the mid 80’s. He graduated from there in 1986 with dual degrees in American Studies and Speech Communication/Theater Arts. He also has an MBA from the College of William and Mary. For the last 25 years he has worked with clients to meet their life insurance and investment management needs as the owner of MDZ Wealth Management in Orange, CT.  Rich grew up in Orange and has since been a longtime resident of Hamden where is resides with his wife Dawn and children, Collin and Kayli. During each fall, Rich spends Friday nights on high school football fields throughout New Haven County as a varsity football referee.

He is enjoys sharing The Great American Songbook with WMNR listeners through his One Great Song programs. Like Will Duchon and Bill Stine, he has a particular interest in vocal performances of the repertoire. Much of that interest comes from the fact that he is a singer and actor who has performed a number of musical theater roles throughout southern Connecticut. He has also produced several shows and served as a long time board member and President of the Orange Players Community Theater. Rich was actually introduced as a listener to WMNR and Will Duchon’s programming by his good friend and fellow OP member, vocalist Christine Gill. And for that, he will be eternally grateful!

In recent years, Rich has performed his “Song and Stories from The American Songbook” concerts at venues such as libraries, community centers, senior residential facilities and social gatherings throughout Connecticut. During these themed concerts, he mixes neo traditional vocal interpretations of select Standards with commentary and stories from the history behind the songs. These concerts give him an opportunity to take what he has learned through producing “One Great Song” and guest hosting on “The Night Café” and “Turntable For One” to share with live local audiences.

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