Movies on the Radio

Airs Saturdays at 9PM on 105.9 FM

Saturday nights at 9:00 pm, host David Garland presents new and old film scores, emphasizing the delights and uniqueness of movie music, and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of the field.

Film scores can be full of emotion, suspense, and surprises, and use a rich variety of musical languages to help tell the movie's story. From the classics by Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Bernard Herrmann, to new scores by Thomas Newman, Carter Burwell, and Danny Elfman, the panorama of movie drama will be heard.



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The Lyrical Loveliness of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Tonight at 9 pm: David Garland spins highlights from Elmer Bernstein's lyrical score for "To Kill A Mockingbird"; a suite from Jerry Goldsmith's jaunty, neoclassical score for "The Great Train Robbery"; and a selection from "The Americanization Of Emily."

The Mission, Mutiny on the Bounty, Solo Violin, and More

Saturday, July 19, 2014

David Garland hosts this weeks show featuring highlights from Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" and other films.


Apes, Empires and Classical Influences

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland offers highlights from Michael Giacchino's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and a new release of John Williams' "Empire of the Sun."


Summer Refreshments

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, some summery musical highlights from film scores evocative of the sea, American history, and more for the Fourth of July weekend.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Six - The 1970s

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, Movies on the Radio concludes its decade-by-decade look at film music. The grand Hollywood tradition of symphonic scores came roaring back in the '70s.

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Richard Strauss's Influence on Film Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Even though Strauss's music isn't cribbed by film composers as blatantly as music by Wagner and Stravinsky, the dramatic sound of Strauss's orchestral pieces has had a powerful impact in movies.


Warm-Hearted Romance

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Music for romantic films tends to be sumptuous and rhapsodic, and sometimes even includes themes from classical music for extra depth.


105 Years of Film Music: Part Five - The 1960s

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The tumultuous '60s brought changes of attitude and style to the scoring of films. The symphonic sound established in the '30s and '40s went out of fashion, replaced by pop-influenced eclecticism.

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Godzilla's Music

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The movie monster Godzilla starred in his first film in 1954, and his career is still going strong. Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents a survey of imaginative film scores for Godzilla.

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The Amazing Spider-Music

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Blockbuster season has begun, with the big studios unleashing their effects-laden would-be crowd-pleasers. David Garland presents highlights from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and other films.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Four - The 1950s

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For over a century, music and movies have been making magic together. Music composed for films is varied and exciting, with qualities that connect it to the classical tradition, as well as special attributes of its own.

David Garland presents a series of programs on the history of film music. Heard on Movies on the Radio on the last Saturday of each month for ten months, the series covers the styles and innovations in the soundtrack field, decade by decade.


The Sound of Easter Epics

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, host David Garland offers suites from "King of Kings" by Miklos Rozsa, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" by Alfred Newman and John Debney's score for "The Passion of the Christ."


The Drama of Passover

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday at 9 pm, hear music that's been written to help convey the drama of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, including scores for "The Ten Commandments," "Moses the Lawgiver" and "Prince of Egypt."

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André Previn: Film Score Prodigy

Saturday, April 05, 2014

On the eve of André Previn's birthday, host David Garland presents highlights from Previn's colorful music for "Bad Day At Black Rock," "The Subterraneans," "Irma La Douce," and others.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Three - The 1940s

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: film music from the 1940s. America's involvement in World War II during the decade gave filmmakers plenty of stories to tell, and new genres such as Film Noir were developed.

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The Dark Elegance of Angelo Badalamenti

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Composer Angelo Badalamenti is probably best known for scoring "Twin Peaks," "Blue Velvet," and other projects by the distinctive director David Lynch.

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The Music of Wes Anderson's World

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Films such as "Rushmore," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Moonrise Kingdom," and his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," all provide vivid characters who teeter between haplessness and determination.


Magnificent Music for Montgomery Clift

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Some of Hollywood's finest composers created particularly rich scores for movies of method actor Montgomery Clift, and David Garland presents highlights from several tonight at 9 pm.


And the Nominees for Best Original Score Are…

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In advance of tonight's Academy Awards, host David Garland presents music from all five Oscar-nominated scores for your consideration and enjoyment.

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105 Years of Film Music: Part Two - The 1930s

Saturday, February 22, 2014

In the second installment of a 10-part series on the history of music in film, we hear from "King Kong," "The Wizard of Oz," "Adventures Of Robin Hood" and "Gone With the Wind."

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When Opening Credits Star the NYC Skyline

Saturday, February 15, 2014

One of the most beautiful of movie stars, whose glamour has graced thousands of films, is the New York City skyline. Tell us your favorite opening-credit sequence featuring New York.

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