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Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy

Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy

COLUMBUS, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 – Christopher Purdy will now host weekday morning drivetime on WOSU Public Media’s Classical 101 from 7-10am.

Purdy brings his deep knowledge and signature wit to Central Ohio’s classical audience during their early morning commute.

Purdy’s love for music is obvious to listeners, and he is always in demand around the community as a speaker for gatherings large and small.

Many concertgoers credit Purdy with adding to their appreciation of the music presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, but his storytelling also is prized by many performing arts organizations as well as smaller groups, from local libraries to student groups.

Opera lovers may also remember Christopher from his 20 years of appearances as a quiz panelist on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, where his incredible memory and vast knowledge of opera stood him in good stead.

Purdy will continue to host Columbus Symphony Orchestra radio broadcasts, Essential Classics, Front Row Center and two series of shows highlighting local classical performances – Music in Mid-Ohio and Concerts at Ohio State.

With Christopher’s new morning hosting duties, the Friday afternoon Classical 101 By Request will go on hiatus. Sunday night’s Musica Sacra will be continuing with a new host later this fall.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17, will be longtime Classical 101 morning host Boyce Lancaster’s last day on the air. He signs off at 10:00am, retiring after 35 years with WOSU Public Media.

Listen to Classical 101 on-air, online or on the WOSU Public Media app.

About WOSU Public Media
A licensee of The Ohio State University, WOSU Public Media is a non-profit, community supported, noncommercial multimedia organization serving 31 counties in Ohio.

An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU offers programming and services through two public radio stations (89.7 NPR News and Classical 101), a public TV station made up of four channels (WOSU TV, WOSU Plus, WOSU Ohio and WOSU Kids), a mobile app, and two websites ( and

From initiatives like Ready To Learn®, which provides workshops to childcare providers, teachers and parents, to American Graduate, which looks at workforce issues in Ohio, to offering venues for civil discourse, the mission of WOSU Public Media is to enrich lives through content and experiences that engage, inform, and inspire.