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Boyce Lancaster

Boyce Lancaster

COLUMBUS, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 – Morning routines across Central Ohio are about to get a shake-up. Longtime classical morning host Boyce Lancaster is retiring after 35 years with WOSU Public Media.

The Lubbock, Texas native came to WOSU in 1984 after spending some time in commercial radio.

Classical 101 listeners came to rely on his reassuring baritone voice and sly sense of humor as a perfect morning companion. Lancaster was also in demand in the community and always gave generously of his time to local groups needing an emcee or speaker – even as a pronouncer for spelling bees!

Lancaster is known to area concertgoers for his long association with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. He conducts post-concert artist interviews from the stage after ProMusica concerts and is the voice of the chamber orchestra’s radio broadcasts. His association with ProMusica will continue after his retirement from WOSU.

Boyce is not only a listener favorite, but also an esteemed colleague, known for his professionalism and good humor.

“We know life goes on, and we’re thrilled that Boyce will be able to travel with his wife Bev and enjoy their far-flung circle of family and friends, but I must admit we’re all pretty gutted that we won’t get to start our workdays with Boyce, just like our listeners do,” remarked Classical 101 program director Cheryl Dring. “Boyce has had an amazing career and his retirement is well earned!”

Lancaster’s last day on the air will be Tuesday, September 17 when he signs off at 10 am. All the Classical 101 hosts will be gathering at Mozart’s on North High Street on Saturday morning, September 14 from 9-11 am to enjoy morning coffee with Boyce; listeners are invited to drop by and share their good wishes, as well.

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

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