By Jacob Stockinger
The Ear has some sad news to share.
Cheryl Dring (below), the music director at Wisconsin Public Radio, is leaving in a few weeks for a new post as head of programming for an all-classical music radio station in Austin, Texas.
Texas’ gain is our loss.
You may know Dring best as the listener-friendly. pleasant-voiced and quick-witted host of Morning Classics on WPR’s local FM station WERN (88.7) that airs from 9-11 a.m.
But Dring is especially important to me and many others as the person who started Bach Around the Clock three years ago. It is an annual free community event in mid-March, held from noon to midnight, to mark the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.
It has been a lot of fun for both participants – students, professionals and amateurs — and listeners. Dring recruited musicians and served as a gracious and knowledgeable host of the event at the Pres House off State Street.
Of course, the move sounds like a great opportunity for Dring, so please join me in congratulating her. And join me too in hoping that the survival of Bach Around the Clock – BATC – will be passed on the someone else, perhaps the new music director for WPR, and will survive.
Here is the press release that went out:
89.5, KMFA-FM NAMES CHERYL DRING PROGRAM DIRECTOR
“May 25, 2012 (Austin, TX) -¬ After a nationwide search, Classical 89.5, KMFA-FM General Manager, Joan Kobayashi, announced today that Cheryl Dring has been named Program Director.
“As Program Director, Ms. Dring will oversee talent development and production quality, manage special programming/community engagement initiatives, and participate in the continued development of KMFA’s overall broadcasting service to the Austin (below, from Lady Bird Lake) ) and Central Texas community. Ms. Dring will begin her position in August of 2012.
“I’m thrilled to be back at an all classical station,” said Ms. Dring about her appointment to the position. “Austin has such a vibrant arts community, and classical music is an important thread in that colorful tapestry. I can’t wait to get started!”
Ms. Dring is currently the Director of Music Programming at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously held positions include Classical Music Director at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and Classical Music Manager at WWNO in New Orleans.
“Ms. Dring holds a Masters in Music, Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University as well as a Bachelor’s in Music, in Vocal Performance, from Centenary College. She got her start in radio as an Announcer/Producer at KDAQ in Shreveport, Louisiana as well as WRKF in Baton Rouge.
“Said KMFA General Manager, Joan Kobayashi, “We look forward to a continued commitment to quality arts programming in service to our community under Cheryl’s leadership and direction.”
“About Classical 89.5, KMFA: Classical 89.5 KMFA, Austin’s all-classical public radio station, was founded in 1967 by a group of citizens who saw the need for a radio station devoted to cultural programming in the Central Texas Area. Today the station remains committed to this heritage. Relying on the majority of its funding from direct listener and business contributions, KMFA serves approximately 100,000 listeners each week and features both local programming and nationally-distributed programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media and National Public Radio. For more information on KMFA, visit www.kmfa.org”
Please join me in wishing Cheryl Dring well – and in leaving her a message of congratulations and farewell in the Comments section of this post.