Mike Rinzel

Mike Rinzel leads WQXR’s digital activities, including developing video content, online partnerships, and special music streams. He also brings critical digital support and innovation to on-air programming and festivals. Rinzel joined WQXR in 2011 and oversaw the relaunch of WQXR’s website, WQXR.org, to include robust video content, online partnerships, and special music streams, and to support on-air programming and festivals.


Rinzel joined WQXR bringing more than 15 years of interactive media experience, primarily as a digital strategist for traditional media companies. As Senior Director of Digital Programming and Production, Rinzel developed the digital strategy for VH1’s slate of TV series programming at MTV Networks. In this position he oversaw the website and partnered with TV producers to create hundreds of short form ancillary video pieces for VH1’s television shows. Prior to VH1, Rinzel directed the digital team at Fuse, a music TV cable channel, where he managed the website and developed the channel’s interactive TV offering on Cablevision’s iO service. Outside of the cable TV business, Rinzel was Senior Account Manager at interactive agency Sudden Industries, and was also a pioneer in streaming media at Pseudo.com in downtown New York City where he produced and hosted several internet radio and TV shows during the explosion of New York’s “Silicon Alley” in the 1990s.


Rinzel holds a BA in History from the University of Rochester where he was also able to study symphonic percussion at the Eastman School of Music. He is a songwriter in his spare time and performs occasionally in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Mike Rinzel appears in the following:

Watch the 'Lord' of Classical Piano Mash-ups and Video Game Renditions

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

You have to watch the ambidextrous piano skills of Lord Vinheteiro as he mashes up the classical greats and chases that fun with a some real-time Mario Bros. musical accompaniment. 
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Watch: Chicago Cubs Get Symphonic Level Support

Monday, October 17, 2016

Watch the Chicago Symphony play a special symphonic rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" to support the Cubs in their quest to reach the World Series.
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Gabriel Kahane and The Knights Perform Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Hear The Knights and Gabe Kahane perform a classical arrangement of one his songs in Central Park.
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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Drops 'Joyful' Rock & Classical Concerto

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was asked by his childhood friend and classical violinist Robert McDuffie to compose a concerto for classical and rock musicians. He did just that.
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Hear Peter Allen's Historic 1958 Broadcast of Van Cliburn from Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 10, 2016

Former WQXR and Met Opera radio announcer Peter Allen died on Saturday. He was 96. We remember him with his famous broadcast of Van Cliburn's 1958 radio debut from Carnegie Hall.
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Preview: The 'Game of Thrones' Live Concert is Coming

Sunday, October 09, 2016

For fans of "Game of Thrones," this live concert experience is looking as epic as the show. The multimedia concert tour, led by the show's composer Ramin Djawadi, begins in February.
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Watch: Young Classical Pianist Performs Epic Drake Medley

Thursday, September 22, 2016

YouTuber Young Piano transposes 25 songs from hip-hop artist Drake into one epic 18-minute single take medley video.
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Top 10 Bach Guitar Shreds: 2014 Edition

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bachstock would not be complete without a list of the ten best Bach guitar shreds. The world's most prolific composer lives through the fingers of electric guitar aficionados.

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Beethoven Goes To Hollywood

Friday, November 02, 2012

It's easy to imagine that, had he been alive in contemporary times, Beethoven's greatness might have transcended the musical score and onto the big screen. Enter our giveaway.

Glenn Gould's Five Most-Watched YouTube Videos

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Glenn Gould, with his longstanding relationship with the Canadian Broadcasting Company and interest in recording technology, is well-represented on YouTube today.

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The Musical Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In 1983, Helen Gurley Brown was a guest on WQXR’s radio program This Is My Music hosted by Lloyd Moss. Listen to this rare archived interview for her thoughts on music, sex and marriage.

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Beethoven Time Machine

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What if you could travel through time with Ludwig van Beethoven? In this meta exercise we explore non-linear time travel in the Beethoven Time Machine!

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