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:
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
In this video, Juilliard organ department chairman Paul Jacobs shows us how Bach is played on the pipe organ.
Friday, December 21, 2012
If Handel's Messiah is the quarterback of holiday music, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is the second-string walk-on. But on Sunday, WQXR gives Bach's underplayed work a starting spot in the lineup.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
There we were in Central Park, watching the rehearsal for that evening’s concert broadcast, when in the distance was a children’s choir, writes Jeff Spurgeon. See what happens next.
Monday, July 02, 2012
The New York Philharmonic offered some big sounds in its season-ending program, and served them up on a really big plate: the Drill Hall at the New York Armory. Jeff Spurgeon reports.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Every day, the piano manufacturers at Steinway & Sons face an essential question: How to balance craftsmanship with making a profitable instrument. See how it happens in this video tour.
Monday, April 23, 2012
On Monday, the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard spoke with WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon about programming and the distractions a performer sometimes endures.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
"When I hear recordings by pianist Rudolf Firkušny, whose was born on February 11, 1912, the word that comes to mind every time is 'warmth,'" writes Jeff Spurgeon.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
The radio microphones were present at a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at an extraordinary moment in American history.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter offers us another example of his remarkable technical and musical skills in a new recording and video of “Sleigh Ride.”
Friday, June 10, 2011
In this week's Arts File, Jeff Spurgeon speaks with New York Times theater reporter Patrick Healy about a spat between the stagehands' union and the producers of the Tony Awards.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Jeff Spurgeon remembers a scandalous moment involving wedding music. Perhaps you’ve attended a wedding where the music choices came with a twist, or didn’t quite work out as planned. We'd like to hear about them.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity.