WQXR's Great Voices

Can you name that voice?

Friday, October 07, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

Now it’s your turn to name one of the great voices of WQXR. Listen to the audio clip above and fill in the multiple choice box with your guess. (The full piece is below if you need a hint.)

Each week will feature a new voice. You have until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to submit your answer for this week's contest. A winner will be selected each week through a random drawing of correct answers. The winner will receive our new member discount card, the QCard.

Click here for the complete rules and regulations for the giveaway.

This contest is closed. Answer: George Jellinek.

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Comments [19]

Lorin Porter from NYC

And where is Gregg Whiteside, my old favorite! I agree that he and Sam Hall were a great team. Peter nails the "forced ebullience" of Spurgeon perfectly.....

Nov. 21 2011 06:53 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

I recognize that voice by George! Who could forget Lloyd Moss in the late afternoon with those puns? I have to admit I nearly lost control of my car on a couple of occasions thanks or no thanks to his wonderful wit and humor! Does anyone recall Adrian Cronauer or am I just imagining he was at WQXR for a short period of time? Is this the same Adrian Cronauer that Good Morning, Vietnam was based on? Thank you.

Oct. 18 2011 09:57 PM

Sorry, but this is rather insulting. Multiple choice?? Also - this was not easy to find on the site...

Oct. 18 2011 08:16 PM

Thanks so much for alerting us to the audio problem. We fixed it and you should be able to hear it now. Please let us know if you experience any other technical issues.


Oct. 18 2011 04:20 PM

I too am unable to hear the audio, and have been unable to do so since week 1. I have no such problem with any other audios/videos on your site. What's going on?

Oct. 18 2011 03:23 PM
Robert from NYC

I'm very disappointed that a number of fellow commenters gave away the answer. I think all contestants should have to pass the rigorously challenging quiz using their own knowledge.

Joe Hegarty makes a good point. And I hope WQXR isn't paying the outsider too many of our pledge dollars for his peppy sound.

Oct. 17 2011 09:51 PM
Peter Boulukos from New Jersey/New York

I have been listening to QXR since I was in High School in the early 50's. I had played in a classical high school band on L. I. I was introduced to classical music at that time. Of course, various years I was not either in NY Metropolitan area, I did b=not have the pleasure of having this station at my disposal. I have always enjoyed George Jellineck and Karl Hass. Of course I had fun with Duncan Pirnie during the cocktail hour on the way home from work,
Of course there have times when I could not stand some of the selections. One morning they played such dreadful piece that I called the station and tried to find out who died. I always had the station on in my office. Even my patients complained about the selections.
thank you .

Oct. 17 2011 06:08 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

It's interesting to compare George Jellinek with some of today's QXR announcers, in terms of how much he knew, how well he was able to communicate it without sounding pompous (like Karl Haas?) and in an understated manner. Compare this, with, say, Jeff Spurgeon, who is always tryin to sound like a comic (not always successfully), and, perhaps becuse he has the weekday morning shift, always exhibiting a sort of forced ebullience which is sometime hard to take.

Oct. 17 2011 01:48 PM
Barry Lenson from Millburn, NJ

And let us not forget Sam Hall, the greatest news announcer ever. He and Greg Whiteside - another top, now-departed voice on your station - had a nice rapport going.

Oct. 17 2011 01:39 PM
Stephen Plotkin from Port washington

I too would love to hear Duncan Pernie's voice again. Also Al Grobe, Peter Allen, Lloyd Moss and June Lebell.

But first please fix the auto one this website. I do not hear anything.

Oct. 17 2011 06:15 AM
marilyn rey from Cambria Heights, NY

Maybe you could do another series of his programs as you did shortly after he passed away.. I think a lot of people would like that.

Oct. 16 2011 07:13 PM
Dick from Westfield, NJ

Can't get the audio to work. Heard it yesterday on the air.

Oct. 16 2011 03:45 PM
Gwenn Schneider from West Orange, NJ

The greatest program WQXR offered - though I love most of them. Yes, I miss him very much
also. PS Always appreciated that he knew how
to pronounce the most difficult of foreign names.
Lovely man.

Oct. 16 2011 01:46 PM
Melissa Sedlis from NYC

Hearing that voice again sent shivers down my spine. How I miss him!

Oct. 16 2011 12:58 PM
Ed Lubin


Oct. 15 2011 11:51 AM
Vivian R. Gruder from New York

George Jellinek's programs were a sheer delight to listen to, and I learned much about opera and opera singers from them.
However, I don't think he would have been welcomed in many drawing rooms in preWWI Vienna, then a center or anti-Semitism. Freud's experience is an example of the difficulties Jews had in Vienna in the early 20th century.

Oct. 14 2011 11:08 AM
Victoria List from Passaic, NJ

Like reading a classic novel, George Jellinek's voice evokes a bygone era. In sharp contrast to today's world, it makes me think of what the drawing rooms of pre-WWI Vienna must have been like -- a place where culture, civility, graciousness and gentle humor were held in high esteem.

Oct. 14 2011 09:55 AM
bill welborn from NY, NY

#2 the audio didn't work
#3 I heard the hint this morning about 5:45
#1 the voice nobody can forget & one I would dearly be fond to hear Duncan Pernie
that's the way the ball bounces

Oct. 13 2011 12:43 PM
Joe Hegarty from Rahwy, NJ

Why don't I know the name of the man asking me to name the voice? He has a lot to say about the station!!

Oct. 13 2011 09:17 AM

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