Public Radio Music Day - Gene Purdum

Apr 16, 2020

One this April 16th, Public Radio Music Day, we are checking in with arts leaders in the Mid-Michigan area and check up on them during this time to Social Distancing and COVID-19. So, Jody Knol reached out to a retired voice from WKAR, former host/Program Director - Gene Purdum. Original broadcast on WKAR April 16th at 11am.


In 2013, after decades of work with WKAR, Gene Purdum retired. But for Public Radio Music Day, and the current circumstances of the coronavirus, we thought listeners might enjoy catching up with a long-time voice from WKAR who we've not heard from in a while. His friend and colleague, Jody Knol discuss Gene's new outlet which requires flexibility and the instrument he picked up again after 45 years.

At the end of this interview, we also asked Gene for an inspiring piece of music, and he chose a couple of options. One is a standard for many people, Beethoven's Ode To Joy from the 9th Symphony. In addition, he's been tuning into the Metropolitan Opera streaming performances, updated daily and with a plethora of operatic selections. However, we'd also like to know what music inspires you right now. Let us know by calling ‪(567) 246-9038‬, letting us know your name, what that piece is, and why others will find it inspiring. Over the next few weeks, as social distancing continues, we may broadcast it on WKAR-FM & WKAR.org