Jeff Spurgeon has been the morning host of WQXR since 2006. He joined WQXR in 1997 and during his 30-year career in radio, Spurgeon has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Spurgeon hosts remote broadcasts in New York City and internationally.
His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Spurgeon also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing. Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.
Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:
Thursday, November 19, 2015
It was on this day and this date 152 years ago, on a Thursday, November 19th, in the year 1863, that Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Seventy-five years ago this week, Walt Disney premiered "Fantasia" featuring Leopold Stokowski is the conductor portrayed in the film, conducting Bach’s Toccata in D-Minor.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
It was on this date in 1935 that board-game maker Parker Bros. began marketing the game they called “Monopoly.” Jeff Spurgeon looks back on the game's history.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
In life, it's important to look ahead. But once in a while, a glance in the rear-view mirror is a good idea. Today's throwback: the Internet's birth.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
On this date in the year 1844, in a small town near Leipzig, Germany, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The rest is (music) history.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Love it or hate it, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'CATS' set all kinds of musical theater records. Jeff Spurgeon looks at its phenomenal run.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Walt Disney World opened on this date in 1971. Jeff Spurgeon considers its place in popular culture, including its influence on classical music.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
September 24, 1957: A date that will forever live in baseball infamy.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Eighty-three years ago, on September 10, 1932, the IND subway line began servicing commuters along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan
Monday, August 17, 2015
The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
In honor of Left Handers Day, host Jeff Spurgeon considers one violinist who had to switch hit out of necessity – and who thrived doing so.
Monday, June 22, 2015
The 43-year old Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko will succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor and music director when Rattle steps down in 2018.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Ethan Hawke, the actor recently nominated for an Oscar for "Boyhood," is back in movie theaters, but this time he's behind the camera.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
Monday, January 26, 2015
For WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon, Richard Wagner's surging rhythms evoke the sound of New Yorkers in the hours before the blizzard.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Karl Jenkins's knack for mixing different types of sounds has helped to make him one of today's most-performed living composers. The Welsh composer speaks about his unusual career.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Nostalgia, force of habit and sometimes sheer laziness play a significant role in the kinds of music, movies and books that we consume on a regular basis.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Listen to the archived broadcast of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble that brings together young musicians from Israel and Palestine and other Arab countries.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Four musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tell Jeff Spurgeon about how they seek to overcome national and ethnic differences through music.