To Midge Woolsey, A Goodbye and Sincere Thanks

Audio: Listen to Midge's Final Sign-Off on WQXR

Monday, January 28, 2013

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This Thursday, Jan. 31, Midge Woolsey will sign off after her final shift at WQXR. She has decided to leave her full-time position in order to devote more time to her family, and to explore new and exciting opportunities in New York.

Midge joined WQXR in 1993 when it was still part of the New York Times, initially as a weekend host, and later as the evening weekday host in 2001. When New York Public Radio purchased WQXR, we quickly realized Midge's talent and value to its new future as a public radio station and hired her to join our family.

In October 2009, Midge was onstage at Carnegie Hall for the live concert that helped to usher in a new era for WQXR. As the station's midday host, Midge has helped define the sound of WQXR and is a favorite of many listeners and supporters.

We will all be sorry to see her leave but it's our listeners who will miss her calm, clear and knowledgeable voice. We invite you to share your wishes and memories in the comments box below.


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Comments [745]

Nancy from Greenwich, Connecticut

It is May, and I still miss hearing your voice every day. Your programs started my day in such a wonderful way. There is no one like you, and there is no one who has a voice like yours. I wish you the best and will always hope to hear you again.

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May. 05 2013 05:02 PM
Alice Cowan

Dear Ms. Woolsey:
I left for several months in Italy toward the end of January and came back to find you MIA. WQXR without you is like a 3-legged dog: it gets on, but you always know there's a better way! Your lovely voice and manner made you seem like a friend and I was so happy for you when you found the man you wanted to marry. I hope your leaving "to spend more time with family" does not mean there is a crisis with him. Like all far-away friends, you will be sorely missed. My very best wishes for whatever is coming next. I do hope at some point in the future we'll see & hear from you again.
Alice Cowan

May. 03 2013 02:49 PM
Jason from East Setauket

Thank you Midge for your service to the community. May God Bless you
on your journey. May it be happy and fulfilling.

What a wonderful voice and what a wonderful way to sign off - with Renee Fleming and the Song to the Moon.

Best Wishes ...

Feb. 27 2013 11:00 AM
Manny jakel


Feb. 14 2013 04:36 PM
Manny jakel from NYC


Thanks for what you did for my complaint. No need to go into it now. Nobody else would have handled it the way
you did. I have always remarked, mostly to myself, that a gal like you never really belonged on PBS or WQXR. A lady of your talent and dimensions could never have really believed some of the politics that took place on 13. And i was right all of that time.
Please, do not misunderstand. You handled yourself with excellence on PBS and WQXR. On WQXR you are probably irreplaceable with your surefooted comments while navigating through all of listeners calls plus everything that fell to you to do as part of your job.
Most people may think you talk into a mike, announce what comes on next, and FINI. I know better.
WQXR will be at a complete loss as to what to do and who to find or where to look. Tough to replace an irreplaceable. I do go on, don't i. My only defense is that i talk the truth with the utmost sincerity.
I hope i see you again one day or hear you once again at least.
I had a feeling that you would not be at WQXR much longer when you had to run to your family in Texas because of illness, just as you
returned from you vacation.
It goes without saying that my wife and children and i will miss you and think of you. Me, most of all.
I wish you every success in whatever you do and must compliment and congratulate your husband, that guy in your life, who is with you always taking the rough spots out of life.

G-d should bless you and look out for you and take care of you forever and ever. AMEN.

Manny Jakel

Feb. 14 2013 01:06 PM
Ed Werth from Long Island

Dear Midge,

You have been such a welcome and upbeat voice as I've listened to the great classical music on WQXR over the years! Your light-hearted and knowledgeable commentary about the performers and performances, and the great music have gladdened the hearts of your many thousands of listeners, on many a difficult day (as well as the joyful ones)here in New York and the tri-state area.

I sincerely hope you find a new venue that allows us to enjoy your great voice and personality (perhaps either at WQXR or on PBS television)-- but also gives you the time to enjoy your family and other interests.

All the very best, and thanks for the many hours of great listening!
Ed Werth

Feb. 13 2013 08:28 PM
Rosanna from NYC

To Midge-- I was so sorry when you got transferred from evening to the 10 AM shift! Then I heard you comment sometimes when signing on at 10 that getting downtown to WQXR HQ had been quite a chore due to bad weather or transit system mishaps-- BELIEVE that I totally empathized and appreciated your arrival on air all the more. My very best wishes for your future endeavors and enjoyment of more free time with your family.

Feb. 08 2013 01:17 AM
Mimi D'Aponte

So wish Midge were still on QXR! Perhaps she'll return?

Feb. 07 2013 04:02 PM
Rich from Bethesda, MD

Gosh, I just liked the name Midge Woolsey. It seems so New York.

I only listened irregularly, from Bethesda, MD, mostly during lunch...

Feb. 07 2013 01:55 PM
Will Duffy from New Jersey

Goodbye and Good Luck Midge.
I always knew I had been up WAY to long when I worked thru the night and into the morning and then your soothing voice came on the air. And when my schedule returned to normal, I knew who I would be listening to during the day. All of your fans, and I'm sure the WQXR family, will miss you. :-)

Feb. 06 2013 04:51 PM

Beste Midge,
Hartelijk bedankt voor jouw mooie programma's. Hier in Nederland hebben we heel vaak naar jou geluisterd. We hebben er enorm van genoten. We respecteren jouw besluiten om te stoppen, maar we zullen je stem missen. We wensen je alle goeds voor de toekomst.
Wilma en Henk.

Dear Midge,
Thank you very much for your beautiful programs. Here in the Netherlands we very often listened to you. We have enjoyed them very much. We do respect you decision to stop, but we will miss your voice. We wish you all the best for the future.
Wilma and Henk.

Feb. 06 2013 01:48 PM
Judith Hanau from New York City

I listened to you almost every day, on every radio in my home! Thank you for your delightful commentaries and always happy voice. You will be missed!!

Feb. 05 2013 05:50 PM
Robin Burns from Brooklyn, NY


I'm glad I retired before you did - you made my work days much more enjoyable than they would have been otherwise, and it's a good thing that I don't have to get through the workday without the pleasure of your listening to you.

Best of luck.

Feb. 04 2013 03:37 PM

Dear Friends -

It's Monday, February 4, 2013.

This morning I sat down and read all of these messages from beginning to end. Needless to say, I am overwhelmed by your extremely kind words and thoughtful good wishes. The fact that you took time out of your busy day to be in touch and share your feelings so openly and with such charm and grace means a great deal to me. Your comments and stories will stay with me for years to come!

It has been both an honor and a privilege to share the incredible artistry and glorious music with you on WQXR. THANK YOU for being there to make the experience possible.



Feb. 04 2013 02:48 PM
Eliane Lordello from Vitória. ES. Brazil

Dear Midge,

Thank you for a nice and unforgettable time. Best of luck for you!

Feb. 04 2013 02:36 PM
Yvette from NY

Nimet came back, so maybe Midge will too! Please do come and visit from time to time. Thank you for all these years of wonderful listening!

Feb. 04 2013 10:41 AM
Elizabeth Ames from Norwood, NJ

I'll miss you dear Midge
Your voice which sounds like summer
And soothes the tired soul.

Feb. 03 2013 10:48 PM
Allison from Staten Island

I will miss you so much. I remember the thrill of hearing you say my name with my request, one afternoon. I told everyone at work--- "Midge Woolsey just mentioned my name" So exciting. I will also miss the banter between you and Jeff Spurgeon when you were coming on the air. You two are hysterical! Someone once asked me what I was laughing at and, when I told them it was my classical station, they were shocked to hear it. I said "Classical music lovers have a sense of humor".Best of luck and - keep laughing!

Feb. 03 2013 06:47 PM
Winnifred Lamptey

At the risk of causing a bit of an upset here, I shall be honest. I did not quite look foward to Midge's programme. I thought she sounded a bit too maternal - she came across as a teacher addressing her pupils, or perhaps a tourist guide to an eager, innocent tourists. I didn't even like her actual voice.

Afteran eternity, I began to feel a smile creep onto my lips whilst listening to her. She had actually began to warm me up. She would even make me laugh ocassionally. One day, on Mozart's birthday, I knew she would say exactly what I thought she would - 'Yes, Mozart was an Aquarius". I laughed. She did things like that. She used to annoy me, but in the end she pleased me. I'll miss her doing things like that, but I know she'll always be happy and make peoplehappy, and there s nothing wrong with being the maternal sort.

Cheerioo, Midge.

Feb. 03 2013 05:19 PM
Jennifer Collins from New York City

Dear Midge,

You brought such warmth, intelligence and spirit to your broadcasts, and you be missed by all of us. Thank you for all of your contributions to the classical music world and I hope you'll be back for some special segments in the future!

Feb. 03 2013 04:00 PM
Carla Helen Rockliff, RN, BSN from Cranford, NJ

Dear Midge,

Your selections, explanations, and wonderful voice have soothed me for several years. How I shall miss you!!

Best wishes to you and your family. As we know, without change there is no
growth. Perhaps this is your time for new growth.

Feb. 03 2013 01:48 PM
Listening in Brussels

Hope you will be back soon. Thanks and very best wishes.

Feb. 03 2013 08:11 AM

Ach! Another GREAT female WQXR announcer bites the dust! But my other favorite returned; you're young, and -- who knows! -- we all may hear your dulcet tones once again!

Sincere good wishes for your present life and for the future.

Feb. 03 2013 12:25 AM
Tom from Wayne, NJ

Thank goodness that I retired on the same day as you, Midge. I wouldn't be able to get through a workday without your company.

Thank you. Goodby. Good luck.

Feb. 02 2013 09:38 PM
Allan Davis

When I would turn on WQXR and hear Midge Woosley's calm, beautiful voice
introducing beautiful music, I once again (for a while) had hope for the future. I will miss her.

Feb. 02 2013 09:20 PM
David Gorham

All your Casady friends are so proud of what you have accomplished. As you know your dad was most proud of you. Best wishes

Feb. 02 2013 05:03 PM
Wally from New York City

I am astonished and upset that you are retiring at such a young age. Another downward step in our declining culture. You have brought much pleasure to we listeners of WQXR. I begrudgingly wish you all the best.

Feb. 02 2013 04:56 PM
Sheila from West Orange, New Jersey


I've listened to you every day for I can't remember how long. You were always delightful, charming, informative as well as a steady anchor to my day. I will certainly miss you. I wish you all the best in whatever lies ahead.


Feb. 02 2013 02:04 PM
Roland Pianotti

Midge: Wishing you a future with health and happiness. Your broadcasts were among my favorite. Roland

Feb. 02 2013 12:01 PM
Andrew from Notth Brunswick, New Jersey

I wonder if you realize how much good you've done for others? I recall being drawn away from daily worries by your enchanting reveries after certain pieces. You were also kind enough to respond to occasional emails: I'd like to think that I helped you learn the correct Hungarian pronunciation of András (Schiff ). I wrote you about it in Friday night, and the next day, your pronunciation was perfect. Your being on QXR will be one of those things that will be stay with people forever. And finally, you were right, I grew up hearing my dad listening to QXR, and my seven year old daughter sits in the back of the car and asks me to turn up the volume when she hears Dvorak's "New World" come on. God bless you.

Feb. 02 2013 11:41 AM
Pete Selleck


Our family is so proud of your professional successes. Even more, we are lucky to have you as part of our family!

Congratulations on this big milestone in your life...

With Affection,


Feb. 02 2013 11:40 AM
Dave Gammon

I didn't realize it had been 20 years. I remember being in high school and hearing Midge on WQXR all those years ago on the other end of the FM band (96.3). Thank you for taking the edge off my hectic days. I wish you all the best.

Feb. 02 2013 11:15 AM
Eileen Anderson from Brooklyn, NY

Thanks, Midge, for your enjoyable broadcasts. Best wishes to you in the future.

Feb. 02 2013 10:20 AM
Glen Oxton from 10538

We have never met, but you are a long-standing friend. I hope you come back soon! Good luck, Glen.

Feb. 02 2013 09:49 AM
Josh Diaz from Larchmont, New York

Midge Woolsey
It has been a pleasure listening to you during the evenings at 96.3 FM WQXR for many years. I liked how you hosted Symphony Hall every evening at 8PM. You also did a great job at WNET Channel 13. You did the fund drives at that station. Hope you have a good life in NYC and with your family. You will be missed from all the listeners at 105.9 FM WQXR.
Good Luck to you

Feb. 02 2013 05:42 AM
Catherine LaGrutta from Brooklyn, NY

Yes and yes again to everything that others have said but what I will remember most is your absolute JOY in the music you shared with us. Many thanks.

Feb. 01 2013 09:18 PM
MJ from Peoria, IL

Thank you for filling my work days with lots of beautiful music and lovely companionship. My very best to you in all your future endeavors!

Feb. 01 2013 08:30 PM
Gloria J. Benson

WQXR was recommended to me by one of my music teachers who also was my voice coach at the time. That was many, many, years ago. I stay tuned when ever I can, while driving, etc. I never change the dial. It took me a while to realize you were one and the same person on PBS Thirteen that I enjoyed so much over the years. Your soothing voice matched your wonderful persona and looks. I was pleased to know that you also are a soprano. I shall miss you, but hope I will hear or see you again from time to time. Wishing you the best no matter what your future endeavors will be.
A much appreciated fan of yours.
Gloria J. Benson, Morris County NJ

Feb. 01 2013 06:57 PM
Larry Tormey from Wall Township NJ

I am still sobbing !

Feb. 01 2013 06:40 PM
Mike from Clifton NJ

Dear Midge:
You will be missed. I was listing to you the whole time that the NY Time owned the station. And a little over a year ago we lost Pete Foranatle. I was friend of Pete through Outpost In the Burb in Montclair Nj. Went I told Pete that you where with WQXR now that it was Public Raidio he was happy. I will miss your voice and I like it went you did the over night shift went it was owned by NYT. Because most night I go to sleep to classical music and rock & roll during the day mostly listing to WFUV 90.7

Feb. 01 2013 06:08 PM
Greg & Linda Dib from dix hills ny

Listen to you through out the years and always enjoyed your show.
Heard your sign off in the car on the way home and we felt sad you were leaving. I hope the future brings new and exciting journeys

Feb. 01 2013 05:52 PM
Connie Anestis from Bronx, NY 10458

Thank you for the years of years of good music and commentary. I'll miss the sound of your voice. Good luck in your next venture.

Feb. 01 2013 05:37 PM

Please remember SOUSA BOY whenever you hear ''Stars & Stripes Forever'' dear Midge....(And THANKYOU for years of great fun & terrific music) I LOVE YOU....WE....ALL LOVE YOU MIDGE WOOLSEY! / All my love / DANNY

Feb. 01 2013 04:47 PM
cristina araujo from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I listen to WQXR almost everyday. You have been company for a long time and I'll miss you. Enjoy this largely deserved moment of your life.

Feb. 01 2013 03:45 PM
Bob O'Brien from Port Washington

Thank you for presenting classical music to us New Yorkers. As you introduced the music and provided insightful comments over the years, you gave me the chance to really appreciate classical music. Brooklyn College music appreciation course introduced me to the topic and you provided the continuing opportunity to grow and learn. Because of your nudging and info, my wife and I have attended classical music venues in foreign countries, attended Tanglewood, and of course took advantage of the NY scene (Carnegie, Lincoln Center, Hunter, etc). I have even joined the Board of the North Shore Opera Group. Once again, thank you for your insightful comments, your love of good music and your playlist choices. Your voice will be missed. Good luck with your future work.

Feb. 01 2013 01:56 PM
Pat Brunkhorst from Waldwick, NJ

Dear Midge:
I will miss you so! Your pleasing voice has been my soothing companion, just about on a daily basis, since the year 2000 which is when I retired from business.
I have truly appreciated and enjoyed listening to your cheerful and knowledgeable introductions to and discussions about the composers and music which I so love!
It was such a pleasure meeting you, if briefly, at one of the Parlance Performances held at the Ridgewood West Side Presbyterian Church.
May you now receive plenty of “R & R”, which you certainly have earned after your dedication throughout these past 20 years. May you enjoy your well-earned retirement!
Should we ever meet in the future, I will not walk directly in front of you (per Jeff’s advice)!
Fondly, Pat Brunkhorst, (One of your many, many devoted listeners)

Feb. 01 2013 01:55 PM
Michelle Pellegrino from Bound Brook, NJ

It was an absolute pleasure listening to you through the years. I wish you the best of health and happiness in your future endeavors.

Feb. 01 2013 01:11 PM
meg from brooklyn

Midge is leaving us?? oh, no, say it ain't so!!!!!
QXR has lost a bit of it's glimmer.

Jeff wakes me up and you warm my days.
please come back as a 'substitute' or guest host.

good luck and godspeed,

Feb. 01 2013 01:09 PM
Pat from Queens, New York

Dear Midge, I will miss your calm and dignified voice at WQXR and while you were on Channel 13. Your cheerful and reserved personality will be sorely missed. You have touched my life and many lives. Thank you and all the best in the future!

Feb. 01 2013 12:41 PM
David from Bronx, NY

Best Wishes to you Mrs. Woosley. You are a bright and beautiful lady, I will miss your time on the air.

Feb. 01 2013 12:04 PM
Anne Burtnett from Albuquerque, New Mexico

I live in Albuquerque, NM and have listened to Midge Woolsey ever since I lived in NJ from 2001 until 2007 - then I could turn on the radio; now it's my computer at work! I had not listened yesterday, so was so shaken today to hear the news. I hope we will still be able to see her on PBS pledge drives! She always is a delightful and thoughtful interviewer/host.

She is the epitome of a radio host, class and knowledge of music and the NY cultural scene combined. I will miss her and do wish her the best in future endeavors. I know she will be great at whatever she chooses. It has been a highlight of my day listening to Midge.

Feb. 01 2013 11:43 AM
Al Luna from Bronx, NY

Don't get to listen all that much now, since I'm on the road a lot. Weekend shows? Special events maybe...? Best wishes to you!

Feb. 01 2013 11:24 AM
Ben Robinson from New York, NY

It is 10:35am on February 1, 2013. I just hit my desk in my home office and my parrot companion of 20 years Stubby is sitting behind me. I always make him breakfast and then say, "Let's listen to Midge." He repeats back to me with excitement: "Midge! Midge!" And then we click on to WQXR. He clucks his happiest sound when her voice comes on as he eats his breakfast of papaya and apple and whatever else we find.

This morning I saw Annie Bergen was stepping in and I thought Midge was taking along weekend,until I notice the lower right hand corner with the words, "Midge says goodbye."

I played her final statement and I feel like I've lost a friend. Stubby is clucking away and probably doesn't know yet.

Ms. Woolsey, you have made an indelible impression on my family, and I wish you all the best.


Ben Robinson & Stubby
New York City

Feb. 01 2013 10:39 AM

don't disappear! :(

Feb. 01 2013 10:15 AM
Gail from Queens, NY

Dear Ms. Woolsey,

My late father used to listen to you regularly, and my mother was so heartbroken yesterday to hear you sign off. You filled their home with great music. In memory of him and on behalf of her, I thank you for your dedication and wish you all the best for the future.

Feb. 01 2013 10:06 AM
Adele from Stamford, CT

Dear Midge,
Your programs have escorted me all over in my travels.
Very best wishes on your next chapter!
You will be missed!

Feb. 01 2013 09:22 AM
Stephen Gyetko

I've enjoyed and shared in her passion for great music and her insightful interviews, especially of the cast of Wagner's "Ring" in 2012. I hope she enjoys whatever new challenges she will undoubtedly rise to meet with her unique style. Godspeed, Midge....

Feb. 01 2013 07:02 AM
Harper Jackson from NYC

Cheers! Enjoy your next chapter.

Feb. 01 2013 06:31 AM
Max from Greenwich, CT

Hi Midge! I work an extremely high stress job with children that requires me to drive all over the tri-state area. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for keeping me sane all this time.

All the best!

Feb. 01 2013 01:03 AM
Anton Dislaking from Teaneck, NJ

Dear Midge,
Just before 3:00 PM, I heard your final presentation and realized how much your voice, calmness and great presence on the waves will be missed! I enjoyed so much listening to you at the night shift as well as the afternoon. It was always a satisfiying listening experience. Your voice has become part of the classical music repertoire. We'll miss you. My best wishes to you!

Feb. 01 2013 12:43 AM
AF from Long Isalnd, NY

Thanks, Midge, for all the hours, all the years of music and your company! You will be missed! Best wishes for the future!

Feb. 01 2013 12:14 AM
DMiller from New Jersey

Dear Midge,

Midge, Midge, Midge. I used to love saying your name. Not the usual name. Not a usual name and not a usual voice. Not a usual name, voice or presence. Whenever you were out for the day, or on vacation and I heard one of your comrades filling in, instead, I'd say, "It's a Midgeless day." And then when I'd hear your voice again the next morning, I'd comically exclaim, "MIDGE!" and all was right with the world. My favorite quote that I ever heard you say in the last five years or so that I listened, was something about being on vacation and seeing the glorious sunflowers in the south of France. That quote alone inspired me to find the beauty in life and strive for a French Sunflower kinda vacation. Thank you for all of your words, voice and company Midge.

Best regards and be well,

Jan. 31 2013 11:53 PM
Edith Frank from Morristown, nj

Midge you will be missed. We loved traveling with you on the cruise some years Ago. We have great memories of how much fun you were to be with. WWe shall never forgot the Happy Birthday seranade for our group that filled the entire dining room. Your last selection today was stunning and I shall think of you every time I hear it. Thanks
and best wishes to you.

Jan. 31 2013 11:37 PM
Tom Lupinski from Red Bank, NJ

Midge, Thank You for the many years of fine music, Your voice brought comfort and relaxation in time of need, We wish you the very best in your future plans. We are going to truely missed,
Tom Lupinski

Jan. 31 2013 11:10 PM
Frank from Long Island City

Dear Midge,

I will miss you. You always made me feel you were glad I was listening and that you were glad you were there doing your show. Please stay on as an occasional host. Thank you and good luck.


Jan. 31 2013 11:02 PM
Gabriele from NY

Dear Midge,

Thank you so much for the enthusiasm and happiness that you brought to your show. I listened frequently and loved it all. Please do come back often !


Jan. 31 2013 11:00 PM
Monica from Forest Hills, New York

Dear Midge,
Thank you for these 20 years of presenting classical music on WQXR radio.
I will miss you while understanding that you are away attending to important callings in your life. Your characteristic warmth, knowledge, and poise that were visible on Channel 13 also reached your delighted audience over the air waves. I will look forward to hearing your spoken words in the not distant future. With sincere gratitude for listening to music together with you. Monica

Jan. 31 2013 10:36 PM
Clemente from Hillsdale, NJ from Hillsdale, New Jersey

Dear Midge-
WQXR has made my wife Claire cry twice in all the years (20+) that we have been listening to this wonderful radio station. The first time was when Nimet retired. The second time was today at the end of your segment and then when she was telling me all about it after I got home from work. She recorded the entire five hours and I am now half way listening to it. I will lie if I say that you leaving has not affected me as well. A couple of years ago when Claire and I met Nimet, I told her that Claire had cried when she retired form WQXR. She said to me: "I cried too." I am sure that this was not easy for you either. Perhaps, as Nimet, some day we will have you back. Maybe we get to meet at Parlance, which is just around the corner from where we are. You will be sorely missed. The very best to you.
Clemente and Claire from Hillsdale, NJ

Jan. 31 2013 09:43 PM
Don from Westfield, NJ

Midge, your intelligence, knowledge of music, and graceful management of broadcasting details have added to our enjoyment of good music over these years. We’ll miss you. Thank you and many blessings.

Jan. 31 2013 08:06 PM
William Leo Coakley from Manhattan

For so many years with your good taste and good cheer you have helped us survive the morning and dance into the full day--and have presided over so many other events as well. We can only sit back and wish you the very best in the future

Jan. 31 2013 06:51 PM
Desi Maik from Hawthoren , NJ

Mage ,
You alwasy seem to know the greatest of music an with your pleasant voice you gave a deeper musical understanding to us .

The music worl will miss you and so will I .

Jan. 31 2013 06:21 PM
Carol from City Island, NY


This is 'so long', not good bye.


Jan. 31 2013 06:13 PM
Susanne Servin from Tuckahoe,NY

life is full of changes- unfortunately your leaving is a change I'd rather not experience. All the best for your future.sms

Jan. 31 2013 05:44 PM
Mary from Yonkers, NY

I've recently, in the last two years, put away my rock and roll records and become a great fan of classical music and WQXR. Thank you Midge Woolsey for making this transition beautiful and full of enlightenment!

Jan. 31 2013 05:40 PM
Nedra Gillette

As you finished the 12:00 nooon show today I had tears in my eyse, partly because of the lovely choices made for that hour, but mostly because of my saddness to loose you, an old friend. How many hours have we listened to music together, as you've said? hundreds, I would guess, over the years. Thanks,'ve surely enriched our lives.

Jan. 31 2013 05:01 PM
Miriam Hood from NYC

Dear Midge Woolsey,
Having watched and listened to you since you've been with WQXR, I can't begin to describe how much I shall miss you. I hope that whatever you decide to do will bring you great satisfaction in which we, too, may share.
Thanks for everything.
My very best wishes.
Miriam Hood

Jan. 31 2013 05:01 PM
Ruth Hirsch from NYC

Thank you for being such a wonderful host for all these years at QXR. Your calm voice and thoughtful presentations have enriched the lives of all your listeners. I hope we can still find you at another venue. All the best.

Jan. 31 2013 04:38 PM
Kentaro Ogasawara

Flemming and Solti...

That was last one.


Jan. 31 2013 04:23 PM
Erika Scipione from Middletown, NJ

Hearing your lovely voice accompanying the beautiful music on this station was a pleasure I will always remember. Thanks and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Jan. 31 2013 04:13 PM
Arnetta Quigley

You have the most melodious voice and I will miss hearing it every day. Our radio is never tuned in to any other station from morning until night--and have loved every moment of your broadcasts. Hope you will make a guest appearance from time to time. The best of everything to you in the future.

Jan. 31 2013 04:09 PM
Karen and John Erickson from NYC

You are such a glorious person and our daytime bedroom will never be the same without you, Midge. When I heard your "Song to the Moon" today, I wept with it..loss and renewal. Every time the moon shines in, we'll think of you. We wish you well on the next phase of your journey. God bless.
Karen & John

Jan. 31 2013 04:07 PM
Glenn Askew

Midge: As another Texas admirer, I wish you a great "change of pace". You have always been a class act and a wonderful advocate of really good classical music. Peace and happiness to you and yours!

Jan. 31 2013 04:04 PM
Norman Weil

Dear Midge,
I am very sorry to hear you're stepping down as a full-time
WQXR announcer.You'll be greatly missed by me and by so many
other listeners.Thank you so very much for all the sun-filled
listening hours.All my best wishes with all your future projects.
Norman Weil

Jan. 31 2013 04:02 PM
Kathleen Slayne

I have listened to Midge these past 20 years. She brought such warmth and professionalism to her programs. And I was delighted when she got married and shared her story with us. The last piece she played today is a favorite of mine and I will remember Midge with fondness whenever I hear that music in the future. Good luck and best wishes for all your future endeavors. And thank you very, very, very much.

Kathleen Slayne
Pearl River NY

Jan. 31 2013 03:50 PM
Jim from Yonkers, NY

Thank you for bringing beautiful music and a sense of peace and joy to our day. I wish you and your family every grace and blessing.

Jan. 31 2013 03:40 PM

Thank you for an absolutely perfect afternoon of music. With the wind howling outside, I wrapped myself in the warmth of your selections and your company.
All the best to you!

Jan. 31 2013 03:32 PM
Russ from Plainfield, NJ

And now, like a beautiful sunset, our time with you has faded to black. As it's always darkest before the dawn, I hope that your reference to leaving us "full time" means that you will occasionally illuminate the dark with your wonderful insight and passion. In the meantime, best wishes to you for peace, happiness, and fulfillment as you turn the libretto's page. May the next movement bring you the joy you've brought to your grateful listeners.

Jan. 31 2013 03:31 PM

Thanks to your choice for today, especially Song to the Moon. Hope to see you as a special guest in a future Knights performance at the Naumburg bandshell.

Eddie from Short Hills

Jan. 31 2013 03:27 PM
Holliday from Purchase, NY

Hail and Farewell, Midge Woolsey. Thank you for a wonderful last show. Classy and gracious right to the end. Best wishes and thanks for sharing your talent all these years. You will be much missed.

Jan. 31 2013 03:22 PM
Anne-Sophie Blank from St. Louis, Missouri

I teach in a unversity and your program kept me focused and entertained at the same time, as I would prepare my classes. Best wishes to you as you start a new chapter of your life. Sincerely.

Jan. 31 2013 03:19 PM

last at bat : a grand slam ... all the great moments of the past came back to me ... beyond perfect!

Jan. 31 2013 03:05 PM
Dianne Chapitis from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Gosh Midge.. I sure will miss your rich voice and commentary ! How serendipodous the you should exit with Rusalka.s Song to the Moon ! I choreographed a solo for myself to this exact recording before leaving NY to return to Canada, HappilyI soon performed it again upon arriving home. So for you too I trust it will also be a song to bring in more, fresh good !

Thank you for your artistry !

Most kindly, Dianne Chapitis

Jan. 31 2013 03:04 PM
Bruce Bursten from Knoxville, TN

Thanks for the wonderful hours, days, months, and years of your programming, lovely commentary, and never-ending sense of calm. We will miss you but wish you much happiness and success in your new ventures.

Jan. 31 2013 03:03 PM
Tom Berke

We will miss your soothing presence on WQXR. I have listened throughout the time you have been at the station and know it will not be the same without you. I wish you only the best. Hopefully we will have the privilege of hearing your sweet voice on special occasions.

Jan. 31 2013 03:02 PM

What a way to go - with The Song To The Moon!
Alles Gute - all the best, Midge, and thanks for all the terrific music.

Jan. 31 2013 03:01 PM
Elda Stifani from Bloomville, NY

Thank you for a wonderful program and hours of great music! Best wishes for your future.

Jan. 31 2013 03:00 PM
Andrea Marques from New York

We will miss your lovely voice and comments,
But your voice still be there while we listen to WQXR,
Best luck on your new pathway,

Jan. 31 2013 03:00 PM
Kate from Old Bridge NJ

Midge! I am sorry for the last minute note-- I've been in denial all week. Thank you, thank you, for being there, ushering us gently from one lovely musical place to the next. You have helped me through many a hard time, and you will be sorely missed. Best of everything, always!
Be well!

Jan. 31 2013 02:59 PM
Farzin Farhang from New York

Midge... My story is bigger than this comment so I make it short "voice is important to me and I will miss your heavenly voice" Wish you the best and may god bless you always...

Jan. 31 2013 02:59 PM
Janet & Terry Pierce from New York, NY

Dear Midge,

We will miss the dulcet tones of your voice and your insightful comments on the music you played. You were our daily companion for many years!

Best of luck in your future adventures!

Janet & Terry

Jan. 31 2013 02:59 PM
Laima Dingwall from Gibsons, BC

A warm farewell and best wishes to you all the way from the small but beautiful fishing town of Gibsons in British Columbia. You will be missed.
Kind Regards
Laima (as in the bean)

Jan. 31 2013 02:58 PM
Daryl graves

So long Midge, take care,thank you very much.

Jan. 31 2013 02:57 PM
Larraine Mohr from Rye, NY

I wish you all the best. You have been such a tremendous pleasure to listen to everyday. Your lovely voice and sense of humor have been such a wonderful experience for me.

Good luck to you

Jan. 31 2013 02:56 PM
Joe Longo

Goodbye, Midge, I am going to miss you. I love listening to you while I write. I am a transplanted New Yorker living in LA, and I thank the internet for letting me listen to wqxr and especially to you. Sincerely, I will miss your warmth and professionalism. Thank you.

Jan. 31 2013 02:55 PM
Scotland Davis


I believe it was you who showed me the real, everlasting power of music to touch the soul. I was at work in a very lonely part of my organization and I'd turned WQXR on. You played R. V. Williams, "The Lark Ascending," which was a charming piece by itself. But as the last notes faded, your weak, trembling voice came on describing what was already apparent. You said the piece never ceased to move you every time you heard it. And for my part, you made my lonely office seem filled with emotion and joy.

Thank you!

Jan. 31 2013 02:51 PM

I shall miss your intelligent and informed announcements of the music very much. Best wishes for the new ventures you begin.

Jan. 31 2013 02:50 PM
Douglas Berry from Asbury Park NJ

Dear Midge Woolsey - So Long for Now - Hope to hear from you in the Future - tho' I must tell you that I'll always think of you as I first misheard your name - Midge Wolfie - thanx fer all the Good Times!

Jan. 31 2013 02:49 PM

Dear Midge,
I began listening to WQXR in October, 2012.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear you on WQXR and that you have been announcing for 20 years. I'm more familiar with your fund raising work on Channel 13.
Thank You for taking the stress out of my daily living and relaxing me through the music you presented. My only exposure to Classical Music was in Junior High School. It was a part of the Vocal Talent Program which I enjoyed very much.
May I extend my sincerest wishes in your next adventure. You have touched
many lives...including me and my first granddaughter. We watched many
programs on Channel 13 plus the fundraisers. At age 4, she said, "You're
a very nice person"...and developed an admiration for you.
Both Channel 13 and WQXR play a big part of my life.
The Best,
James Hong
The Bard Of the Bronx

Jan. 31 2013 02:48 PM
stevel from morristown, nj

You have been an integral part of my listening experience for every one of those twenty years. I will forever miss you sunny voice and disposition. Enjoy your leisure time. Best of luck.

Steve L

Jan. 31 2013 02:47 PM
Paul from Merrick, NY

Dear Midge,

I have tears in my eyes as I write this note and think about how WQXR’s listeners will no longer be able to hear your gentle voice and thoughtful observations and comments. I know it might seem odd for a man to get so emotional about a woman he has never personally met. However, I have long been a fan of yours, ever since I first saw you in the mid-1980s on pledge drives on New York’s WNET television station. (Fortunately, my wife doesn’t seem to mind my admiration for you.) I have been a regular WQXR listener since I was teenager in early 1970s, and while I still miss all the great announcers who have left my favorite radio station, I think I will miss you the most. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us, and for filling the listening hours between 10 am to 3 pm with your intelligence, love of music and kind-heartedness. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Jan. 31 2013 02:46 PM
Marilyn DePice from Secaucus, New Jersey

Hi Midge,
There's no voice quite like yours on the radio -- and I will surely miss hearing it! Thank you for all the years of your gracious company and beautiful listening. Your remarks and reactions to both good news and bad was always very kind,human and relatable. Whatever your future holds, I wish you the best! Perhaps you will be back on Channel 13? I can see you hosting Masterpiece on Sunday evenings! Good luck!

Jan. 31 2013 02:41 PM
Ashley K. from NY

Dear Midge,

I have been listening to WQXR and your voice for as long as I could remember. My mother would always turn on the radio to wake my brother and me up, and the wonderful selections of Beethoven and Vivaldi would fill my ears first thing in the morning. WQXR would accompany me to car rides, afternoon tea, or a rainy day with a book and coffee. Your voice is simply beautiful, soothing, and collected. I have always enjoyed listening to you host WQXR. It is a sad day today to listen to your last hour on the radio. Thank you so much for all these years, and I will never forget you, Midge Woolsey, on WQXR. Best wishes!

A grateful listener

Jan. 31 2013 02:37 PM
Vic & Kathy Oburg from Kinnelon, NJ

We are truly sorry and saddened that you are leaving WQXR. We will surely miss your very, very pleasant voice. The best to you!
Vic & Kathy Oburg, Kinnelon, NJ

Jan. 31 2013 02:36 PM
Vicki Hoagland

Dear Midge,
I am so sorry to hear that I will no longer hear your sweet voice in the afternoons. I have listened to WQXR for 40 years and have so enjoyed your show. I wish you the best that life can offer and I hope you will come back to WQXR for special appearances. I hope that whatever you choose to do after this will fulfill you and that the people you will interact with will appreciate your many talents.
God bless and have a great life.
Vicki Hoagland

Jan. 31 2013 02:26 PM
Richard F Marino

Midge, all the best to you! I will sorely miss your delightful company and your inspiring music. It's as much a part of my day as my morning coffee. It's inspiration on a good or bad day, and always uplifting through good and rough times. Thank you for sharing your love of classical music with all of us!

Jan. 31 2013 02:25 PM
Joe LaRocco from Linden, NJ

Oh, how sad. You are leaving us.
But good wishes in your new undertakings.
Be well! God love you, hope we meet again.

Jan. 31 2013 02:24 PM
Prachi Shah from Ann Arbor, MI

Your voice, warmth and knowledge have been such a welcomed part of my mid-day. Your on-air presence will be truly missed. Best wishes in your future endeavors, and I know I speak for many when I say I hope we hear you back on the air soon.

Jan. 31 2013 02:22 PM
Cheryl from Staten Island, NY

Though the music will live on, I will miss the sound of your voice. Thank you for so many years of engaging programming!

Jan. 31 2013 02:22 PM
Deborah R from White Plains NY

Best wishes as you enter the next chapter of your life. Its been a pleasure to listen to you during the workday the past few years.

Jan. 31 2013 02:21 PM

Dear Midge,

I have loved listening to you and will miss your calm and gracious presence as I go about my day. I wish you much happiness wherever life takes you next.

Jan. 31 2013 02:18 PM
Jane Lombard from New York

Thank you Midge for days and days of great listening....for 20 years. I'll miss your voice.
Best of luck to you.

Jan. 31 2013 02:17 PM




Jan. 31 2013 02:15 PM
Máire from New York City Listener and Fan

Wishing you all the best, Midge and hope you will return to 'QXR at some point.

Jan. 31 2013 02:12 PM
mario finkelstein

i will miss your voice and the quality of the music you played.
but overall i will miss your pronunciation of foreign names, you always made such an effort ie "maria joao piresh".
thank you for the memories. mario

Jan. 31 2013 02:10 PM
Barbara from NY Suburbs

Like your beloved predecessor at WQXR, June LeBelle, you will be sorely missed. May you have many wonderful adventures in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Hail and Farewell dear and wonderful radio & TV friend to all who have enjoyed listening to you.

Jan. 31 2013 02:09 PM

Dear Midge,
I was in that Free for All at Town Hall concert that you hosted with David Finckel and Wu Han performing. I believe Jeff Spurgeon was there too, as I gave a donation and he gave me a cap that I still wear today.

Thanks for so many years of enriching our lives with lovely music. Wish you all the best.

Eddie from Short Hills

Jan. 31 2013 02:02 PM
nancy e heller from NYC

Sorry to see you leave WQXR. Hope things go well for you Hope you visit the staion sometime. Wishing you good health & happines in what ever you persue.

Jan. 31 2013 02:01 PM
Gail Pedescleaux-Muckle

Thank you, Midge for your inspiration and love of classical music. Thank you for your calm, beautiful voice that helps me through moments of grief after the tragic death of my husband. Thank you for providing great music as I prepare presentations and papers for my Masters Degree at NYU. I am graduating in May this year. I will miss you.

Jan. 31 2013 01:59 PM
Honey M. Kurtz from New York, N.Y.

Dear Midge,

You have given me so much musical pleasure over the years, thank you for all you have done for so many
of us. I moved into the city in 2010 from Westchester, stayed in a temporary apartment for a year and a
month and then moved into my present home. I bought a Bose stereo, played it all the time in that small
place, and you and the hosts of WQXR were my companions. I don't know what I would have done without
you! You kept me on track, during a renovation, and adjusting to New York. I owe you a huge debt of
gratitude. I still listen of course and enjoy it so with my new sound system. I like that you introduce us
to works we do not know, play the favorites, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and Mozart, and provide a wide range
of music for our listening pleasure. Many mnay thanks for all you have done for your audience. I wish you
all good things in your future! Best, Honey Kurtz

Jan. 31 2013 01:59 PM
CC from San Francisco

Thank you so much for your wonderful presence and assuring tone. You will be missed!!!

Jan. 31 2013 01:56 PM
alex from NYC

Say it anit so Midge. I am a sustaining memeber of WQXR and have listened to WQXR for near 40 years. I love the music but without the voices and personalities of the very talented people like you that have worked for this station over the years, it is not much more than a wonderous playlist (with all respect to everybody not heard on air). Thank you for being with me just about every single day for these many years. A really big --if a bit forward of me--HUG! All the best. Alex

Jan. 31 2013 01:54 PM
Eleanore Sudbrock from Bronx

Dear Midge.

You have given joy to our days together over the years. No matter what is going on in the world or in our own worlds, music reaches our hearts, minds and spirits. Thank you so much. You have played favorites to keep us humming all day. You have played biblically and faith inspired music - a rarety in Metro NY. Thanks for inspiring us. We wish you all the best as you go on to the next things.

Jan. 31 2013 01:50 PM
john Beier from

this is really too bad for us - who have listened to you.... in New York or in Fort Worth Texas via streaming. Hard to think of someone more urban yet down to earth. Will miss that wonderful speaking voice - best wishes to you ... listening from Texas today .... John Beier

Jan. 31 2013 01:50 PM
Mary V. Donohue, Ph.D., OTL, FAOTA from Lynbrook, LI, NY


I'm going to miss you muchly. You are the best!
Hope you enjoy being with your family and any new ventures you undertake.
I'm moving to Ramsey, NJ shortly, so maybe I'll see you around~

Mary D.

Jan. 31 2013 01:50 PM
bill yeomans from new jersey

Midge Woolsey and Tina Fey leaving on the same day! I can't stand it! I am used to pleasant company and beautiful music mid day and off center humor at night.

Midge, thank you and all the best.


Jan. 31 2013 01:49 PM
kevin rimasse

midge your voice is so common and welcome in our home that when your on my wife shouts out " your girl friends' on . where has twenty years gone. may a strong wind be at your back and your fortune be at your front -

Jan. 31 2013 01:49 PM
portia from ny, ny

Midge we discovered WQXR with your show. Thank you for many years of listening pleasure. We love your voice, insights and generosity.

Wishing you much peace and happiness in the next phase of your life.

Jan. 31 2013 01:46 PM

Dear Midge, thank you so much for your gracious presence, which has deeply touched our hearts and minds. We will miss you more than we could ever say. And we wish you the best, for the time you get to spend with family, and in all your endeavors and pursuits.

Jan. 31 2013 01:43 PM
Ed Donner from Bohamia New York

Hi Midge; I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving WQXR. I am recently retired from Verizon. About 12 years ago, I was doing a billing survey for a consultatnt. At that time, I was taken around the old stuido on fifth ave.I got to meet Jeff Spurgeon, and Mr. Jellineck.I had hoped to meet you and Greg Whiteside. However,Greg had allready left, amd you did not come in untill later. Any way, thank you for many years of good music, amd for your work on channel 13. Best wishes and thanks again. Ed Donner

Jan. 31 2013 01:38 PM
Joseph Costelli from Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

Dear Midge
I will miss you. You have been a vital part of my "bess're Welt" for as long as I can remember. I have to thank you especially for re-uniting me with my piano tuner. Ingo tuned my piano many years ago and somehow we lost touch. A couple of years ago I was in need of a tuner and you miraculously mentioned his name on air. I couldn't believe it.
Enjoy whatever you are planning to do. I know we'll be hearing from you again.


Jan. 31 2013 01:37 PM
Shawn from Kingston, NY

Best wishes, Midge, on your new endeavors. It's been a joy to listen to your distinct voice and boundless knowledge of the music you presented since 1993. You'll be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 01:35 PM
Doug Dye from freeport, ny

I thank you for the many hours of pure serenity that you have brought into my home. You have done so much to broaden the scope of my musical knowledge. You will be sorely missed.

Jan. 31 2013 01:35 PM
Eduardo S from Santa Fe, argentina

We will miss you a lot. Many many thanks. Enjoy the time with your family.

Jan. 31 2013 01:24 PM
Carl from Erie, PA


I listen to you everyday from Erie, PA. You are a breath of fresh air in this frozen tundra. Why must all goods things end?

Jan. 31 2013 01:18 PM
Reece Minerley from Jersey City, NJ

I'm a regular listener; thanks for making my daily experience that much brighter.

Jan. 31 2013 01:17 PM
Dave from New Jersey

Thanks for all the times. Great finale. Warm wishes.

Jan. 31 2013 01:14 PM
Stan Patz from SoHo, right down the street from you.

Dear Midge,

I am unhappy you are leaving because your voice has become part of the sonic profile of WQXR. I will miss your warm tones and intelligent comments.

Jan. 31 2013 01:13 PM
Daureen and Tom from White Plains, NY

Midge, we will miss your morning smile, yes, it really does come through.

Jan. 31 2013 01:11 PM
Laura C from Brooklyn, New York

Midge - I will miss your gentle and intelligent way of presenting - listening to you was like listening to a good friend who happened to be on the radio. Thank you for dedicating your talent, energy and enthusiasm to beautiful music. The best of luck in all that you do.

Jan. 31 2013 01:08 PM

Dear Midge, I am from New York and began listening to you back in high school. Since then I have lived in other cities and am currently residing in Spain. Throughout these few years, your music and your voice have always been a source of peace and harmony. Although I am far away, listening to you online has always allowed me to bring a piece of New York with me wherever I go. Thank you for your company.

Jan. 31 2013 01:08 PM
Jeanne and Rick from Pearl River, NY

Thanks so much for your wonderful service on WQXR since 1993! We have listened to you since nearly that long, whether in the evening, on weekends and more recently during your mid-day time slot. You always bring a wealth of knowledge, grace and charm to all your listeners. You will be sorely missed, but we hope you come back for an occasional special on WQXR or on PBS - New York needs you on the air! Whatever the future holds for you, we wish you the very best of success and happiness!
Jeanne and Rick

Jan. 31 2013 01:06 PM
Elizabeth from Manhattan

Midge -- Your regular, normal speaking voice is an absolute gift and has brought countless hours of pleasure to listeners around the world. Best of luck to you in this next, very exciting phase of your life!

Jan. 31 2013 01:05 PM
Arthur D. from Milwaukee, WI

Best wishes and thank you for your knowledgeable and gracious hosting. You will be missed here in the heartland.

Jan. 31 2013 01:03 PM
Jeff Twine from Upper West Side, Manhattan


I will so miss your cheery and optimistic voice om WQXR each day. My wife Scottie is ending her full-time work with a NYC non-profit at the end of March (she's excitd but also a bit intimidated), so I have some inkling of what you're going through. I wish you the best of fortune in whatever you do and hope to occassionally still hear you on the air.
I can't resist asking--how did you get your first name/nickname?

Jan. 31 2013 12:58 PM
Daniel Rutkowski from New York City

Nothing compares waking up to Midge's voice followed by some Beethoven and Brahms.

Jan. 31 2013 12:58 PM
Wendy D'Lugin from Upper West Side,Manhattan

A Bird Flies By
Dedicated to Midge Woolsey on her last day at WQXR

Flying by
I see you from my window
Bright blue and yellow
A glance
I see you out of the corner of my eye
Free flying high
Rare beauty in the sky
Filled with sweet memories
Of song and tone
Deep in my heart
Farewell, dear lady

Jan. 31 2013 12:57 PM
Viv B from NJ

I, too, just celebrated my 20th year with my current employer...cannot believe that Midge is moving on! My "sit at my desk lunches to catch up on work" will be that much less productive without Midge's soothing voice and enchanting musical selections. May all your days ahead be filled with love, laughter, health, propserity and, above all, classical music! all the best.

Jan. 31 2013 12:55 PM
Gabri'El Alice Stollman from Norwood NJ

Dear Midge,
I will miss your voice and playlist through good times and not so good times. You and QXR were an anchor through hurricane Sandy. All the best and may your dreams come true.

Jan. 31 2013 12:53 PM
Richard Curtis from New York

Dear Midge,

Your voice has been a constant companion for years and years, and is as familiar as a mother's.

Brahms wrote a farewell song - Fahr Wohl - and if you can find it, do play it and think of all who love you.

May the next stage of your journey bring you joy and satisfaction and fulfillment.

Jan. 31 2013 12:51 PM
max allen from Toronto, Canada

Midge, WQXR/Q2 is an international treasure (I work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto). May your personal future be as bright as you have made the past two decades for me and a million other listeners.

Jan. 31 2013 12:50 PM
Kathy from Hackettstown, NJ

Thank you for all the wonderful years of being the voice of calming sweetness on the radio. Enjoy your time with your family and the new directions that life brings. All the best to you.

Jan. 31 2013 12:47 PM
Mel from Queens, NY

I have enjoyed Midge Woolsey's knowledgeable and soothing presence on WQXR since her very beginning there. I guess that it was only a matter of time that now, after 20 years, she'd decide to move on. Now that she's married, it's only natural that she'd want to spend more time with her family and leave the daily schedule at the station.

I know that Midge has been a tireless advocate of classical music, not only on WQXR, but also on public television and in other venues.

Midge, you will be sorely missed. Good luck and thanks you for all of those wonderful times.

Jan. 31 2013 12:47 PM
Gail Appleson from St. Louis, MO

I started listening to Midge when I lived in NYC and continued to do so after moving to St. Louis in 2005 for family reasons. Midge's voice has been a constant in my life for some 20 years. She's become an anchor for me as I get the WQXR feed on my work computer. It helps me pretend I'm still there. Thanks, Midge. Don't know what I'll do without you.

Jan. 31 2013 12:46 PM
Elizabeth from Washington DC

Very sad news! I only started listening to you three years ago, around the time my son was born. It feels like longer. I moved to DC one year ago, but still listen to QXR whenever possible.

Could you give us just a glimmer of hope? Would you tell us whether you plan to occasionally return as a guest host?

Jan. 31 2013 12:44 PM

midge woolsey will miss herself badly as time goes by. Midge will come to realize that who we are and what we do.over time,blends into oneness.
retirement,like old age, is not for the faint of heart. We become what we do, and when we stop doing whatever that is, we lose who we are.
Part time work helps.a lot. But,there will be a vacuum at first, and depression can be the replacement.
so watch out for it- it creeps up on you. It feeds off disappointment and let downs. Expectations and hopes are always part of the retirement process,so stay realistic and keep all options open.good luck

Jan. 31 2013 12:42 PM
Janine from Maplewood NJ

Midge, my 10-3 hours will not be the same. Your wonderful voice and quiet ways are an inspiration daily and will continue to be, even though only in memory. Thank you for making my classroom and now library a peaceful place to be. I wish you all the best in your future.

Jan. 31 2013 12:41 PM
Laure Blomquist from Bayonne, NJ

Thank you for all the wonderful listening throughout the years. I will miss the calm and soothing tone of your lovely voice and your extensive knowledge of music which you imparted with such joy. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Jan. 31 2013 12:39 PM
Janet Schwartz from Vacaville, California

Dear Midge,
Thank you for many years of beautiful music and for your articulate and thoughtful presentation. I have been listening to you online since I moved to California in 2009, and you will be missed here in the West. Best of luck to you!

Jan. 31 2013 12:38 PM

Dear Midge,
We will all miss your lovely voice and wise comments. It is like having a dear friend move away!
Best wishes always,

Jan. 31 2013 12:37 PM
Diana Hosley Burchfield from Brooklyn, new York

Many Thanks for so many introductions to various selections of music history as heard through your personal experience comments and shared with your listeners! Everyone will miss your kind voice! Best Wishes and Good Luck for your future plans.

Jan. 31 2013 12:37 PM
Catherine - Upper West Side from Upper West Side

Joining my voice to all the others, I can only say that I hope this is au revoir and not good-bye - that you will pop up from time to time on WQXR and allow us to enjoy your most gracious company again.

Jan. 31 2013 12:37 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Bye Midge,

Stop by and join Nimet some nights and play a tune twice - just to show 'the man' that music is fun, not prescribed.


Jan. 31 2013 12:31 PM
Faith from Somerville, NJ

I will miss you, Midge. I have been eating my lunch in my PreK classroom with you each day and recharging my batteries with the peace you bring over the airwaves. I will be thinking of you in the days to come and wish you all the best.

Jan. 31 2013 12:27 PM
Richard Bossbaly from fort lee, nj

Thank you for making my work day even more enjoyable with your music, knowledge and commentaries. It is a pleasant and salubrious change. Best wishes.

Jan. 31 2013 12:26 PM
CJ from NJ

we will miss your voice, its part of our lives, thank you for being there as long as you have been. be well

Jan. 31 2013 12:24 PM
John Campbell from New York City

Dear Midge: I will miss your lovely voice and pleasant demeanor on the radio. A great loss for WQXR and the city. Please come back soon.
John Campbell

Jan. 31 2013 12:19 PM
Tisha from New Jersey

Midge, you might not remember meeting me in the lovely garden party and chamber music recital that you hosted last summer in New York, but we had a very charming conversation at that time. And I had told you then, and will say again now, that you do a great job of hosting music programmes and you'll be sorely missed by many. Good luck with the new direction in your life.

Jan. 31 2013 12:17 PM
Lisanti from Glen Ridge, NJ

Thank you for so many wonderful shared hours. I join with everyone else in wishing you only the best in whatever you do next. Enjoy the time with your family!

Jan. 31 2013 12:16 PM
Rabbi David Novak from Vermont

Dear Midge: Have a wonderful future! I jumped from a major career into my present profession and have (mostly) never looked back. Thanks for giving me my New York energy boost as I listen in my office at my congregation in southern Vermont. Experience life to the fullest and extract from it all that you can.

Rabbi David Novak

Jan. 31 2013 12:15 PM
Toni from Old Tappan, NJ

It has been such a pleasure listening to all of your wonderful conversations and lovely radio voice. Wishing you all the best!

Jan. 31 2013 12:15 PM
Maureen Callanan from New York City

Will miss you, your lovely voice and relaxed commentary. I have been listening to you every day that I am home since I retired. Best of luck and happiness.

Jan. 31 2013 12:15 PM
SusanW from NYC

A tip o' the tam to a lovely blond who enchanted us all with her beautiful face, voice and music. Let's have cocktails after you catch your breath and talk about all the fun ahead...drinks are on me! All best always to you, Midge.

Jan. 31 2013 12:14 PM
Joseph Dispenza from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Buena suerte, buona fortuna, good luck! May you go from success to success. Joseph

Jan. 31 2013 12:14 PM
Tim Seibert

Dear Midge,
I am so sorry to see you leave WQRX, however, I wish you all the best. You have given us listeners so much enjoyment over the years - job well done! I will miss your very comforting voice.
many thanks,

Jan. 31 2013 12:12 PM
August W Orlando Jr from Staten Island

Midge, thank you for so many years of wonderful listening. Whether I was studying or having a tough day at work, or even trying to play along I could always count on you and WQXR. My wife and I listen all day in our home with our 8 month old son August William III. I think he's your biggest fan.

Jan. 31 2013 12:10 PM
Adam Zucker from Brooklyn Heights, NY

Midge, you will always be one of my favourites and I am incredibly sad to see you go. You are the one host that I can always count on to play and to sing the praises of the music of Gilbert & Sullivan.

I will truly miss you, your voice and your music selections.

Best wishes-

-Adam Z.

Jan. 31 2013 12:07 PM
Frederick Schmid from Los Angeles CA

Thank you for many wonderful hours of listening and enjoyment. Please best wishes for the future. I am sorry to see you leave, but I support you to find new opportunities and adventures. A full life does consist of many good byes. Don't be a stranger. Maybe you can develop special programing and air the results of WQXR.

Jan. 31 2013 12:06 PM

I feel I am to blame for you leaving. Before you found Jerry, you'd ask me about marriage and guys and we'd talk and talk. And now you are all married, happy and leaving. Where did I go wrong?

Jan. 31 2013 12:02 PM
William Bell from Closter, NJ

Good luck in your future! I'll miss your warmth and style. The station seems to be losing something, although the passing of time does that to us all. One may hope to hear you (or see you via Ch.13!) from time to time in the future.

Best wishes,

Jan. 31 2013 11:59 AM
Christine Corso from Cedar Grove, NJ

Dear Midge,

Best wishes on this new direction and continuing chapter. You have brought many smiles to your WQXR audience through the years with your engaging, informed and cheerful demeanor and lovely voice.

You will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 11:57 AM
Raoul from Whitestone, NY

We hear a lot about the Founding Fathers, but here we have a Founding Mother of listener-supported WQXR! Dear Midge, thank you for the happiness and joy you have given us over the air these many years. As the Irish blessing implores, May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warmly upon your face, and rains fall softly upon your fields. May the future contain nothing but health and happiness for you and your family.

Jan. 31 2013 11:57 AM
Reginald T Brown from Brooklyn

Thank you for sharing yourself so unselfishly. I came to know you first as you participated in WNET Channel 13's pledge drives. I met you face to face at the first singles event at Lincoln Center. Your smile and charm are infectious. I have learned so much about music from you. I won tickets to the Gala NYC Ballet event celebrating Jerome Robbins by being caller #33 when you had the night shift! As a dancer who grew up in Kansas City, attending the Gala was a boyhood dream that only could have been fulfilled in NYC! You made my mornings brighter. Congratulations. May you continue to find joy and fulfillment in your marriage. It was/is a blessing to know you and have you as a part of my life. God bless and keep you. I love and validate you.

Jan. 31 2013 11:57 AM
skip sisson from new canaan ct

manewny thanks for those wonderful years. forever grateful, margo and skip

Jan. 31 2013 11:53 AM
Gerhard Schreiber from Cliffside Park, NJ

I will miss your warm and soothing voice, your wonderful comments, what a shame! This is another loss for this faithful WQXR listener. After Lloyd Moss, Duncan Pirnie, Gregg Whiteside (I think unjustly fired),another loss.
I wish you all the possible success in you future endeavours. I hope to see you on Channel 13 in the future, one of your faithful listeners, Good Luck, Gerhard Schreiber.

Jan. 31 2013 11:46 AM
Sheena from Manhattab


You and WQXR have been part of my mornings for many years; you will be missed but, like Nimet, will hopefully not disappear totally from our listening. It was very thoughtful of you to mention Greg Whiteside...a well deserved accolade indeed. Thank you!

Jan. 31 2013 11:42 AM
Chris from suburb of Cooperstown

Thanks Midge,
You made my day yesterday by reading what I wrote about Shepherd and the Rock BUT I will miss you!
WQXR has always been part of my family. When I was a child QXR was on AM and in upstate NY we could get it in the evening. My mother always listened and it has always been a part of my life.
After they left QXR I was lucky to meet Nimet (at Glimmerglass Opera) and
June Lebell in Sarasota(with the Sarasota Symphony) so I hope to meet you too! Oh yes, and Joe Durso - was he before your time - a sports reporter for the Times and had a short piece at 6pm. I met him at the races at Saratoga and we became friends- a small world.

Enjoy your new life and remember all the pleasure you have given to many through your talents and love of music!

Chris Bulson

Jan. 31 2013 11:40 AM
E. M.C. D from Upper East Side

After all these years it is hard to believe that we will not hear Midge Woolsey's wonderful voice each day on WQXR nor her careful detailed introductions to the continuous selection of beautiful music. We wish her well.


Jan. 31 2013 11:27 AM
EllenBronx from New York

Dear Midge: All the best to you in your next chapter. You, and music have been companions throughout the day in the several decades since I started listening to WQXR. How much can be learned about music, beloved composers and life just by listening to the messages sent through the notes composed. You have been a wonderful guide on that continuing journey.

Jan. 31 2013 11:22 AM

Glad you mentioned Gregg Whiteside. He is one of the best and deserved to be honored by colleagues and listeners.

Thank you for all the music you have offered over these years.

Jan. 31 2013 11:21 AM
John from Prescott, Az.

As a 40+ year listener, I would just like to say thanks. Sooooo..."Thanks!!!".

Jan. 31 2013 11:18 AM
Wendy Williams from Brooklyn

Midge, I sure will miss your voice in the morning. I always enjoy your humor and your enthusiasm for the music you introduce. I've been listening to you for so long that I feel like we know each other well. Best of luck in all you do going forward, and I hope you still visit often.

Jan. 31 2013 11:16 AM
MJ from NYC

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. ~Author Unknown

Thank you for lessening the load of a day’s travails with music to make it better. I wish you much success in all of your future endeavors.

Jan. 31 2013 11:15 AM
John from Dallas, TX

The compliment you just paid your music director can be paraphrased and returned to you. You know just what to say and you are always insightful. You have enhanced the pleasure of listening to WQXR as I prepare for my afternoon classes. Very best wishes in all of your endeavors

Jan. 31 2013 11:13 AM
Gerald Michael Doyle from Bronxville, N.Y.

My dear Midge (aka) Mary... Carpe Diem... AND YOU HAVE! Wishing you and Jerry all the best. see you in Bronxville.

Jan. 31 2013 11:10 AM
Susan Gutterman from Upper West Side

My husband & I are long-time WQXR listeners. We want to wish you the best of luck. We will miss your gentle voice.

Jan. 31 2013 11:04 AM

I am sure that with all the accolades you have received upon your switch to a new life that this one probably will never get read. Nevertheless I am compelled to tell you that you were superb at what you did for the past 20 years at WQXR. And for that I thank you. Also, with your beautifully groomed accents my French pronunciation has improved immeasurably. Enjoy your new life.

Jan. 31 2013 11:03 AM
eduardo lopez from Manhattan

Thanks Midge, for those wonderful 20 years of bringing us the finest and best music in the world along WQXR, we shall miss your fine voice, all the best wishes for you.

Jan. 31 2013 11:02 AM
Debbie & Harold Abramowitz from Little Neck, NY

Dear Midge,

We will miss you. Your melodious voice and interesting comments before the wonderful music sustains us.

Enjoy time off with your family and whatever new endeavors come your way.


Debbie & Harold Abramowitz

Jan. 31 2013 11:02 AM
rosalyn hoffman from highland park,nj

You have been my lunch companion and always enjoyed the noon
selections. Best wishes.

Jan. 31 2013 11:00 AM
Madeline & Laszlo Szeles from Mountainside, NJ

Good luck in your future endeavors looking forward to your return.

Jan. 31 2013 10:55 AM
Ashlynn from North Jersey

I'm going to miss you sooooooo much!! :*) I wish you all the best, and thanks for always playing my requests!

Jan. 31 2013 10:53 AM
Dan from Forest Hills, NY

Dear Midge,
I've listened to your morning show for a very long time and have enjoyed it immensely. I wish you the best as you've provided a lot of happiness for your listeners. I'm very sorry your show is ending as I look forward to it every morning. I have tuned in WQXR for about 42 years. I love classical music and appreciate what it has done for my life.

Jan. 31 2013 10:53 AM
David from NYC/Saratoga Springs

It is very sad to see you go, Midge. Your elegant voice was a perfect fit for the station. Thank you for helping to brighten my days and sustain my love for classical music. Good luck and best wishes for your next adventure!

Jan. 31 2013 10:48 AM
Jean from Upper East Side

It's difficult to believe that today is the last day I'll be hearing your voice on WQXR. Thank you for providing hours and hours of beautiful music and commentary. Wishing you all the best in the next phase of your life!

Jan. 31 2013 10:47 AM
Cecile Brunswick from Manhatten

I am SO sorry you are leaving your post. I've listened to you every morning for what seems forever and will miss hearing your warm cheerful melodious voice daily. Knowing many languages, I especially appreciated your careful correct pronunciation of French.
With best wishes for whatever next you chose to do,

PS I did have the pleasure of meeting you very briefly in front of Town Hall after a Sunday concert you hosted, and was delighted to find you as warm and friendly as you sound on the air.

Jan. 31 2013 10:47 AM
Richard from Salt Point, New York

Thanks for bringing the joy of classical music to the airwaves and your always pleasant voice. I will miss spending afternoons with you. All the Best/


Jan. 31 2013 10:46 AM
Regis Wallace

I will miss you very much.
Mazel tov!

Jan. 31 2013 10:44 AM
Gail from Wanaque, NJ

Goodluck and best wishes. I have heard you continuously when my company closed it's NJ doors and I lost my job. I know I must have heard your lovely voice before, perhaps on the weekend since all of my radios are tuned to QXR--always. You will be missed, but I am glad that I was able to enjoy you for these few months. Again, Goodbye and best wishes.

Jan. 31 2013 10:43 AM
Marie H from Seattle

Have very much enjoyed listening to you on WQXR. Thanks so much for great music and commentary. Best wishes!

Jan. 31 2013 10:41 AM
Luzimar Primiano from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

We are so sad in lose you. I´m listener WQXR almost 1 year and like so much from your selection. God bless you on your new journey.

Jan. 31 2013 10:39 AM
Madeleine from Demarest

Dear Ms. Woolsey,
I probably can't find anything to say that hasn't already been said...I was shocked to hear of your leaving the post you have had and manned so beautifully all these years. I'm listening to you as I write this...I shall miss you very very much, but I want to wish you lot's of joy and fulfillment for the future and happy times with your family.
I have seen you occasionally at the Parlance Concerts, looking down from the balcony..........
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the countless hours of enjoyment you have brought into my home with your warm and soothing voice and all the wonderful music - I couldn't live without it. WQXR is BIG part of my life !
Fondly, Madeleine

Jan. 31 2013 10:36 AM
Cynthia from Bergen County, NJ

Dear Midge,
I listen almost every day to your program, and I thank you so very much for your insights and your obvious love for the music and passion for public radio. It’s just been 100% enjoyable! I especially love it when you read text translations and poetry related to the programming. Your readings are beautifully delivered and are a great accompaniment to the music itself. Thanks also for presiding over the showdowns and listener requests at mid-day with such interest and warmth. I will certainly miss hearing from you each day.

Jan. 31 2013 10:31 AM
Jo Labanyi from New York City

When I moved to New York from the UK six years ago, and looked for a classical music radio station (which I have on most of the time), I was immediately struck by your beautiful voice. I shall miss that beautiful voice. Thank you for improving my day during the last six years.

Jan. 31 2013 10:26 AM
Linda Muldoon from Hawthorne, NJ

I have only just started listening to WQXR but have really enjoyed listening to Midge Woolsey. I will miss her and wish her all the best.

Jan. 31 2013 10:23 AM
Kirk Bookman from Upper west side

Midge, sad to know that your classy personality and elegant voice will not be part of my mid morning life – best wishes – you will be missed - Kirk

Jan. 31 2013 10:21 AM
Jeanne Van Steen from Nutley, NJ

Thank you Midge for your wonderful voice, so soothing and so knowledgeable. I've enjoyed listening to you for many years.
You'll be missed. I wish you the best in your next endeavor.

Jan. 31 2013 10:21 AM
Claudia from Naples, FL

Midge, I'm in tears today listening to you since I know it's your last day. To me you have been the delightful voice of WQXR and I'm sad that you are leaving, but want to wish you all the best and much happiness on your new path in life.

Jan. 31 2013 10:20 AM
Emma Missouri from Brooklyn

Thank you so very much for years of hosting and commentary on WQXR. It has been wonderful to spend time with you and great classical music. All the best for your future. I will miss you.

Jan. 31 2013 10:17 AM
Louise from Ocean Grove

I have heard Midge for so many years that it is hard to think of WQXR without her. Midge has helped to make my days pass quickly and enjoyably. I enjoy listening to her soothing and calming voice.

Best wishes on your future endeavors. May you be blessed with good health and much happiness in the days ahead.

Jan. 31 2013 10:15 AM
Tricia from Ohio

I live in Ohio and have been listening to you for years on WQXR and am a very big fan.

Thanks for bringing New York to the Midwest all those years.

Your selection of music and commentary has been absolutely enjoyable.

You will be missed.

Kind regards,

Jan. 31 2013 10:14 AM
norb from NEW JERSEY


Jan. 31 2013 10:12 AM

It's always been a pleasure to listen to you pleasant voice and to hear your comments about the music you are playing. You said you are leaving WQXR to be with family. I hope your family are all well and just eager to have more of your time.

Jan. 31 2013 10:12 AM
Macdonald of Ragged Neck from Ragged Neck, New Hampshire

We enjoyed listening to Midge when we lived in Connecticut and were delighted when the Web brought her and WQXR back to us in New Hampshire. We wish her the best!

Jan. 31 2013 10:10 AM
Mina Greenstein from NY,NY

I'm sorry to see you leave WQXR. It's been a pleasure to listen to you through the years. Good luck.

Jan. 31 2013 10:09 AM
Arnold Saks from New York City

Midge Woolsey has been a daily part of my life for so many years. I will miss her so much -- just as I am now hearing her voice for the last time on a regular basis on WQXR.

I wish her really well.

Jan. 31 2013 10:09 AM
Norma Arnold from NYC

Wanted to wish Midge a fond fairwell today, on her last full-time day at WQXR. As a patron, music devotee and regular listener, I have very much enjoyed Midge's tasteful hosting of musical selections, and especially remember her coverage of WQXR's first night as a public radio station at Carnegie Hall, which including Elgar's Enigma Variations. Also remember enjoying Midge's cabaret night performance at Cafe Sabarsky and various gatherings of former WQXR travellers. Anyhow, Midge, hopefully, this is au revoir, not adieu. May we see much more of you in future. Best wishes, Norma

Jan. 31 2013 10:07 AM
Fran from Upper West Side Manhattan

A classy sophisticated delivery always enjoyed hearing her wonderful voice.
Will miss her.Best of luck in all new endeavors.

Jan. 31 2013 10:05 AM
Stephen R Silver from Lebanon, N.H.

Farewell, Ms. Woolsey! A broadcaster of the old school, who lets the music shine, ranges widely in her selections, and treats her listeners with respect, and also happens to be blessed with a wonderful on-air voice and demeanor, you will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 10:01 AM
jess from pelham, ny

I wish you all good things in your new phase of life.
I cannot describe how much I enjoyed your daily tour of classical music - as well as the warmth and knowledge you brought to it.

God Speed and Good Luck. I will miss you so much!

Jan. 31 2013 10:00 AM
Joanne from Scarsdale, New York

Dear friend. I hope you visit us often!You will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 10:00 AM
robert from manhattan

You have been, each day, my last calming sound before a tidal wave of unnerving noise. Thank you! Best of luck

Jan. 31 2013 09:58 AM
Bruce Barnett from Fargo ND

Sorry to hear you are leaving. I have listened on and off for about 15 years starting in Fairbanks,AK, then Princeton NJ, Chapel Hill, NC and Fargo, ND.
Thank-you for your dedication and hard work.

Jan. 31 2013 09:53 AM
Joann Mitchell from Elizabeth, New Jersey


I wish you all the best as you leave WQXR to spend time with your family. They have made a sacrifice and now it is time for your listeners to make ours.

I have always looked forward to hearing you announce yourself when you take your shift. Your cheerfulness and class at all times I have admired and I will miss very much.

We never met, but I will always consider you a friend.

Jan. 31 2013 09:51 AM
Lynda Lees Adams from Port Washington, NY

Midge - I will miss your voice and music selections that have enriched my life all these years. I, therefore, thank you for your work at WQXR but also for the support that you have given the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation. As a close friend of the Strauss family myself, I know how much your friendship and support has meant to the foundation and to the family.

Jan. 31 2013 09:47 AM
Greg from Manhattan


Thanks for many years of listening pleasure. You have been a most welcome presence during my work day and now in retirement.

Wishing you well and hoping to see or hear from you again in the musical arts community

Jan. 31 2013 09:45 AM
Maureen from Staten Island

Wishing you all the best as you leave WQXR, Midge. It has been such a pleasure listening to you all these years--and it was a delight to meet you years ago at a mutual friend's (MG) party!

Jan. 31 2013 09:43 AM
Cynthia Wainwright from New York NY

I have so many memories: listening to you on the air at WQXR after Jeff so many days; doing fund drives at Channel 13 with Chemical Bank and Chase Bank (pre-JPMorgan Chase) volunteers when you were the gracious host; seeing you in the park at the Naumburg Bandshell. You have always been interesting and informative and easy to listen to. I will miss you.

Jan. 31 2013 09:42 AM
Jeanne McCurdy from New Jersey

Will miss you Marge -- you always brought a wealth of information and enthusiasm to your show!
Best of luck and we look forward to hearing about your new adventures.

Jan. 31 2013 09:42 AM
Michele A. Bracco from Brooklyn, New York

I am sad to know I will not be hearing your lovely voice and warm and generous spirit on the radio anymore. I first heard you when you participated on Channel 13's fundraising drives and your warmth and kindness was evident in both your voice and your manner. Most recently I have been privileged to be able to hear you during the day on WQXR and you have added knowledge, appreciation and a special insight to the music you played and that I enjoyed (even when I didn't "enjoy" it as much as you.) Thank you so much and may you be blessed with all of life's special treasures now and in the future. May light, peace, laughter and love fill your life always.

Michele Bracco

Jan. 31 2013 09:41 AM
Dan Shanok from Somerset, N.J.

I'll just join the throng of those who have basked in the glory of the masters... as selected by Midge, and on Wednesdays at noon, by her listeners. I look forward to hearing you again ono "oldtimers' day)

Jan. 31 2013 09:39 AM
Judith Galletti from Randolph, NJ

Dear Midge, Well, your last day is here and I guess I'll have to face the music. I've listened to you at work forever, and will miss you so! All the best in your future.

Jan. 31 2013 09:39 AM
Ann from New york

Your gracious style and illuminating commentery will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 09:37 AM
Randy C from NYC

My favorite memory of Midge happened years ago. She expressed her love of the harp. I went on a business trip to Europe and found a small elegant harp ornament. I sent it to her at the station and she was gracious enough to thank me on the air!! I will forever remember that lovely gesture and her kind words. All the best in all you do. Randy

Jan. 31 2013 09:35 AM
Sal Bracco

Thank you for your sensitive comments on the music you played.

Jan. 31 2013 09:32 AM
Luiz Caetano from Brazil

Thank you for the moments that you conducted us. God bless in your new challenges.

Jan. 31 2013 09:30 AM
Robert Stanley from Armonk, NY

Midge, we will miss you terribly but wish you all the best for your future. WQXR is my favorite station mainly because of you and Jeff.

So long, Auf Wiedersehen!

Robert Stanley

Jan. 31 2013 09:28 AM
JL Harvey from Annville, PA

Work day just won't be the same without your voice! All the best to you.

Jan. 31 2013 09:26 AM
Gene Pagano from Oyster Bay, NY

Thank you so much for all you have given, including helping me over the bridge from the old WQXR to the new.

Jan. 31 2013 09:25 AM
Susan Seigle

Dear Midge,
Wishing you all good things post-QXR. You have a style and elegance which really comes across via the radio waves...I will miss you.
I also have very special memories of you hosting a PBS special in 2000; Andrea Bocelli at Liberty Park. As a singer with the New York Choral Society I was part of the ensemble and the view of the Twin Towers in the background on that sparkling clear July evening will always be with me. Many thanks for the times we've shared. Hope to see you around New York City! Susan.

Jan. 31 2013 09:25 AM
Lisa Bogart from Central NJ


Thank you for all your years of helping to bring classical music alive on WQXR.

Jan. 31 2013 09:20 AM
Bobbo from Long Island

Farewell & good luck Midge.
I have enjoyed your various shows for many years.
You will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 09:14 AM
eleanor venables

You are my favorite radio personality. I like your manner of presenting music without phony cheerfulness and news about the composer, as if you knew him or her personally. Also, I appreciate your love of comes across.
Enjoy your life!

Thanks for your good work.


Jan. 31 2013 09:12 AM
Florette Bodmer

Hi Midge,
Once I retired you became a regular part of my day. I so enjoyed your calm,lilting voice and all the musical information you gave to all of us. One thing I would like to know---how did you put up with Jeff Spurgeon and all of his "Midge Moments"???? What will he do without you??? What will we all do without you???? We shall carry on with all of the wonderful music you shared with us in our hearts.
My very best to you and may all good things come your way in the years ahead.

Jan. 31 2013 09:07 AM
John"Giovanni" Padovano from NJ

Thank you,Midge Woolsey,for your company over the radio. I'll miss you very much. Most of all, I wish you the best in whatever you do next. Thank you.
John Padovano

Jan. 31 2013 09:04 AM
Edward Schneider from Florham Park, NJ

Many thanks, Midge. It's hard to imagine a warm friendship where one party does all the talking, but you have done just that, admirably. You will be missed!

Jan. 31 2013 09:02 AM
Gerilyn Bender

What! No more Midge! Thank you and good luck to you. I will miss you. Someone has very classy shoes to fill.

Jan. 31 2013 09:00 AM
margo vignola from manhasset NY

What a pleasure it has been to listen to your beautifully modulated commentary and intelligency which we will all miss.
Best of luck in your new endeavors.
Margo Vignola

Jan. 31 2013 08:53 AM
Rita and Pierre from White Plains, N.Y.

thank you for hours and hours of enjoyment. May the blessings continue for you and yours.

Jan. 31 2013 08:53 AM
Brian D from NJ

Best of luck in your new life's will be sorely missed.

Jan. 31 2013 08:53 AM
Kathleen Collins from Dumont, NJ

Sad, sad and again sad. A very sour note. Your graciousness will be missed.

Jan. 31 2013 08:47 AM
Verna Bloom from Manhattan

Dear Midge,

I will always remember you for your wonderful work on WQXR as well as getting to know you...very briefly..when you used to come to the wonderful exercise class led by Suzanne Brown at the 92nd Street "Y". It was lovely to put your beautiful face with your beautiful speaking voice. My only regret is that I was never able to hear you sing.(I understand from my friend, Suzanne, that you have a glorious voice.)
I will sorely miss you and your vast knowledge of music on WQXR, and I hope that this move will bring you much happiness in your future life...whatever that may be.


Verna Bloom

Jan. 31 2013 08:45 AM
Jill Z from New Lebanon, NY

Dear Midge, Your work is a thread in the fabric of so many lives, including those of my husband, myself and my son. I insisted that Mt.Sinai hospital allow me to listen to WQXR while I was in labor and delivery. After my son arrived he and I spent hours upon hours listening to you and your co-workers as you nourished our souls with life-affirming classical music. Today, he is a caring, compassionate, highly intelligent 12-year-old who loves classical music! Thank you for all that you do! Wishing you all the best as you write the next chapters of your life!

Jan. 31 2013 08:41 AM
Margaret from Manhattan

Dear Midge,
This is a sad day for WQXR listeners. You've been part of my day for many years and I'm going to miss you lots. I always looked forward to hearing your warm and lovely voice and was especially happy to share middays with you.
All the best,

Jan. 31 2013 08:40 AM
William from New Jersey

Thank you for the times you shared with us on the air and wishing you the very best.

Jan. 31 2013 08:34 AM
PHYLLIS MORRIS from Jersey City, NJ

Dear Midge:

I am sorry that you are leaving WQXR. You are part of the WQXR family. I am going to miss you. You are a beautiful person. You brought intelligence, knowledge, dignity, variety diplomacy, enjoyment, pleasure, relaxation, etc to the program. Don't get me wrong. Mr Spurgeon, Ms Habacey, Mr McKnight, etc are just as great also. I will miss you at this beautiful radio station. Have a great time with your family at home. God bless you.

Jan. 31 2013 08:34 AM
David Sussman from Staten Island,NY

Midge, I knew you looked just like. What a beautiful woman you are. Your voice follows your looks. Good luck to you.

Jan. 31 2013 08:32 AM

Dear Midge, THANKS. B. Sowell

Jan. 31 2013 08:25 AM
Tamara Geacintov from Mountainside, NJ

Dear, beautiful Midge! So sorry to see you go. I will miss your beautiful voice and your constant, reliable presence on WQXR which I listen to every day. Good luck and best wishes for any future endeavors on which you may be embarking. I will miss you very much!

Jan. 31 2013 08:25 AM
Elaine K. from New York City

Dear Midge, This is a sad day for all of us who enjoyed listening to your program over the years. The midday will never be the same for me. All best wishes to you! You will be sorely missed.

Jan. 31 2013 08:17 AM
Cecilia from Ridgefield, Connecticut

Bon voyage dear radio lady! Your beautiful voice, concise wit, charming warmth, and deep knowledge will be MISSED!
In gratitude,
Mrs. Rosevalt

Jan. 31 2013 08:15 AM
Cathy C. from NJ

Midge, I'll miss you!

Jan. 31 2013 08:02 AM
Jim Stenerson from Yonkers


So much as already been said and it's all true. I just wanted to add my thanks and to let you know that my lunch will never be the same! I will miss you!

Jan. 31 2013 07:58 AM
Robert & Bernadette Iezzi from Jersey City, NJ

We have been following you since the days of Channel 13, and we listen almost every day to your lunchtime program. All the best and enjoy the next page in your book of life. We will miss you.
Bob & bernadette

Jan. 31 2013 07:58 AM
Anna Taylor Sweingen from Brooklyn, NY

Dear Midge, I wish you all the best as you spend more time with your family and journey down new paths. I will miss hearing your wonderful voice on the radio, but hope your new endeavors will give me a chance to hear it again.

Jan. 31 2013 07:55 AM
Carol Hagglund

I'll miss you! You've added a great deal to the richness of my life over the past 12 years since I moved to this area. Best wishes to you in all of your new endeavors. You deserve all the happiness and success I know you'll find whereever you go.

Jan. 31 2013 07:54 AM
Jody Jobe

Even tho the twang has been long gone I will miss this fellow Okie.
Good luck, Midge-- thanks for the memories!

Jan. 31 2013 07:54 AM
Tom Stewart from WNET/13

Dear Midge,
Maureen and I join in the loving chorus of "Thanks for the Memories". You've had a great run at 'Qxr and now it's time to say goodbye. I know your next act will be equally fulfilling.
To echo another old friend, "Keep Shining"!
All the best!

Jan. 31 2013 07:35 AM
Francis O'Brien

Hi Midge,
I cannot believe that you will no longer be part of our day. You were a wonderful part of our lives for the last 20 years. I will miss the warm glow of your voice and all of the fabulous music which you shared with us.
I wish you all the best in the future.
Francis O'Brien

Jan. 31 2013 07:25 AM
David Lazik from Brooklyn, NY

Midge has had a major part in my falling in love with classical music at my advanced age. I will particularly miss her soothing & angelic voice. I wish you godspeed Midge.

Warmest regards,
David Lazik

Jan. 31 2013 07:13 AM
Peter Mueller from St. Louis, Missouri

I am a relatively new listener and was just getting to know you. Sorry to lose you and best of luck in your new ventures.

Jan. 31 2013 07:13 AM
JOE BARLETTI from yonkers, ny

midge woosley has been a shining light every day with her mastery of classical music. her outward beauty is matched by her inwood beauty and her love of the music that gives joy to all who hear her progranm at 10 to 3 daily--change is hard and i will miss her but wish her good health and happiness in her new endeavors--pls visit wqxr or the web site so you won't be gone forever--i personally will miss you--love and best wishes, joe from yonkers

Jan. 31 2013 06:08 AM
Olivier van Bekkum from Zwolle, The Netherlands

Dear Midge,

Thanks for sharing your classical music with me. Wish you all the best for the future and perhaps I'll be hearing somewhere else from.

All the best from a dutch by-internet listener.

Jan. 31 2013 05:49 AM
Cynthia from New Jersey

Thank you, Midge, for your company and for the lovely music. WQXR won't be the same without you. I wish you the best, and I hope to hear your voice once again.

Jan. 31 2013 04:30 AM
Paul Feehan from Upper West Side, Manhattan

I am so sorry you are leaving WQXR and I wish you a very happy and fulfilling future! I have listened to your segment on WQXR almost every day for years and it was a big part of my daily life, which I very much appreciated. All best wishes!

Jan. 31 2013 04:06 AM
Christopher Patrick Mullen from Brooklyn, NY

Feels like I'm losing a friend.
You'll be missed here, Midge.

Jan. 31 2013 02:38 AM
Carl Bengston from Qxr

Back in tne 30s my mother made me come in to listen to Peter & The Wolf after school and made sure I to got back in timehear Ganmborelli & DEvito 6PM show.After 7:30 so I was allowed to listen to WNEW.After they closed down on my60th birthday in dec. of 92 iswitched alliencge to WQXR and have learned to love and appreciate M idge Woolsey & Minette
The management has a committment to get competent replacements.

Jan. 31 2013 12:54 AM
Roxanne Toomey from Levittown Long Island

Dear, dear Midge
I have listened and enjoyed your radio and tv presence for so many years! You and your wonderful selections have graced my day and previously my evenings and became a respite during trying times and then uplifted my soul. I can wish you nothing but joy and blessings in all your future endeavors and hope that you will grace our presence again occasionally.

Thank you again for all the joy!

Jan. 31 2013 12:49 AM
Anthony from Harlem

It's shocking to realize I have been listening to you -- off and on, in whatever day-part, before and after QXR went from dot-com to dot-org -- for twenty years. Thank you so very much for all of the, if I may, "great listening". So many memorable moments. It's clear you've enjoyed it, but I do think the pleasure has been mostly ours. Thank you, and be well.

Jan. 30 2013 11:56 PM
Joann from NJ

Just another voice in the chorus thanking you for the many happy hours of listening. Your clear enjoyment of the music always comes through. Good luck to you and hope to hear your voice again!

Jan. 30 2013 11:55 PM
Jean Savage from New York

Dear Midge:

I am sorry to see you leave. I have enjoyed listening to you over the years, and I wish you well. Hope to see you when you are back in New York.

Jan. 30 2013 11:13 PM
Claire from Hillsdale, NJ

Dear Midge,

I have taken the liberty to address you by your first name because, after all these years of listening to your unmistakable voice on WQXR, I consider you more as a friend than as a radio announcer. I was saddened to hear that this would be your last week at WQXR.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude since you and your program always helped to defer the stresses at the workplace I encountered on a daily basis. I can't thank you enough for making my time at work more bearable.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and if your leave was prompted by an unforeseeable twist of fate, then I’m truly hoping and sending good vibes your way for a positive outcome. I’m hoping that maybe one day I’ll get to meet you at one of the Parlance Chamber Concerts performances. Until then, may God bless you always. You will be truly missed.


Jan. 30 2013 11:05 PM
Richard Fahlbusch from North Oyster Bay

Please move into our neighborhood !! You're a "Classy Chick." I didn't

always agree with all of your violin selections--but we can discuss that!

(maybe I'm missing something!)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!!

Jan. 30 2013 10:18 PM
Daniel from New Jersey

How I will miss hearing your distinct, sophisticated, and at once soothing voice quality on your broadcasts! Thank you for all the years of listening enjoyment. WQXR will not be the same without you.
Thank you for introducing to me Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock" today.... when you said it was a favorite of yours, it peaked my interest and I was sure to listen at the noon hour, hoping that it would be the winner. May you be well and thrive in all you do. You will be a true gift wherever you go and to whatever work you will do.

Jan. 30 2013 10:08 PM
Leonore Tiefer from Stuyvesant Town

Arthur Zitrin, in Great Neck, not a techy, asked me to leave a message on his behalf.

"Thank you, Midge Wolsey. I listen practically every day all day and enjoyed your comments and broadcast style immensely. You made every day happy and more enjoyable. Best wishes, Arthur Zitrin."

Jan. 30 2013 09:21 PM
George from New Jersey

You are so special to have given so much joy to so many listeners.
Your gifts of personality and expressiveness will be missed.Thanks to you, WQXR is alive and well - a blessing in my life for the last 60 years.
Please come back to guest host. We'd love it!!!
Best wishes to you and your family.

Jan. 30 2013 09:16 PM
Adair from New York City

One of the first things I began to do on moving to NYC after 40+ years of life in Japan was to listen to WQXR every day, and I feel as though you, Midge, cushioned my reentry to the US, helped to make it a soft landing in this wonderfully bustling and diverse city. Your special combination of calm and enthusiasm graced my days. I will miss your presence in my new life here. Wishing you well in whatever new ventures you choose. May your transition be as rewarding as mine has been.

Jan. 30 2013 09:10 PM
cal snyder from NYC

Midge, I will never forget the years of pleasure your radio presence has meant. Your inestimable voice has made a legion of QXR devotees feel as though you were right in the room with us, and the most gracious and dearest of friends.

Much, much has been lost in the past few years at QXR, but your departure is the most profound and diminishing of all. God speed, and may a blessing be upon you.

Jan. 30 2013 09:08 PM
Gail & Jim from Uptown.

Farewell, Midge. You were a wonderful presence.

Jan. 30 2013 08:58 PM
Evan Buck from Charleston, WV

Midge: Even we WQXR listeners in West Virginia will miss you. Best wishes for your new endeavors.

Jan. 30 2013 08:57 PM
Peter LaRosa from Woodmere, N.Y.

Your presence will be greatly missed in my travels. Many hours of wonderful music and commentary have accompanied me on my daily journey at work. I virtually live in my car during the work day and you have made my life so much more pleasant. I was the recipient of one of your complimentary tickets to see Richard Goode. It was a consumate performance and will stay in my musical memory for a long time. I dabble a little in music, having made my living performing for over forty years. It was mesmerizing to observe Richard's tremendous talent live, up close and personal. I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity. The best of everything in all you do. May your future provide you with all the blessings you deserve.

Jan. 30 2013 08:55 PM
Claudia from Bayside, Queens

Midge, you will be sorely missed. Your professionalism, decorum, warmth, and your expertise and passion for music made your midday broadcasts an absolute joy. Good luck and godspeed.

Jan. 30 2013 08:48 PM
Louis from New York New York

Louis from New York City
Losing Midge Woolsey on the air is like losing someone dear to me. In words of Steve Wonder Ms. Woolsey “You were The Sunshine Of My Life and “Forever you will stay in my Heart”
Best of Luck to you and Family,

Jan. 30 2013 08:34 PM
Emily B. Curtis from Hoboken, NJ

To: Midge Woolsey
I will always remember how soothing it was to hear your voice in the
days following 9/11. Calm, carrying on and helping all of us through those
terrible days.
Thank you for everything, and the very best wishes for you in the

Jan. 30 2013 08:30 PM
C. Speligene from Tulsa

Live streaming WQXR to hear you and your musical offerings are part of my daily routine and one of my last links to NYC. I recently relocated back to Oklahoma after 25 years in NYC to be near family. I hope this time with your family proves just as rewarding as mine has been. I missed many opportunities to tell you -- my sister adored working with your mother at Mercy. All the best as you begin these next chapters.

Jan. 30 2013 08:22 PM
Annette from North Bergen, NJ

A real class act. I'll miss you.

Jan. 30 2013 08:01 PM
Barbara Fink from Manhattan

Midge--the consummate professional. Always a pleasure listening to you midday. Thank you and
best wishes.

Jan. 30 2013 07:47 PM
Maureen from Oradell

Congratulations Midge! Go forth with gusto. We are all better for having shared time with you. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Jan. 30 2013 06:34 PM
Carole Valera from Lyndhurst, NJ

It has been a pleasure to listen to you all these years on my favorite radio station WQXR. I will miss the sound of your lovely voice.
You are a true professional.
The best of health and happiness in all your future endeavours.

Jan. 30 2013 06:13 PM
Vivian Russo from Brooklyn, NY

Midge, you are part of my life eventhough we never met! I shall miss your soothing mid-day voice. It has been a pleasure to listen to you on WQXR. All my best wishes for good health, happiness and joy.

Jan. 30 2013 06:03 PM
Edward from Sea Cliff from New York, NY

At precisely 6PM each weekday night, back in the early '60s, my dad would make his grand entrance into the house to the strains of Robert Farnon's "Journey Into Melody" resounding from our little Emerson radio over the kitchen table via WQXR, one of my indelible childhood memories and one I find myself remembering again now, with the news that Midge W. is leaving the station. Of course I still miss the old man, who signed off many years ago, and I will miss you too, Midge. _Thank you_ for your years of remarkable service, and here's wishing you the very grandest of exits.

Jan. 30 2013 05:50 PM
Steven Vause from New York, NY

Wishing you all the very best Midge. I will miss hearing your (always) positive voice, and fine selection of music, during the work day. What a great loss to WQXR and NYC radio. Much continued success.

Jan. 30 2013 05:23 PM
Hoyt Spelman

Dear Midge: You're leaving WQXR for "new and exciting" activities? New, yes. More exciting? Hmmmmmm. Who's going to tell me what a nice name I have? Seriously, I'll miss you and your dulcet tone, and I wish you all good luck. Hoyt Spelman (it isn't a bad name, is it?)

Jan. 30 2013 05:21 PM
Constantine from New York

Midge, sorry to see you go. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors. ("C SHARP minor!")

Jan. 30 2013 05:18 PM
Lynda from NYC

I have to admit when Annie Bergen was not brought over with the new structure of public radio, I really missed her; but I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed your insights and warmth that you have brought to your program. It was also nice to know who you were as I knew you from Channel 13 fund raising. I am sorry that you will not be at the Feb 5 event as I was hoping to finally meet you in person, but that will have to wait for another time. I wish you well in all your future endeavors, and look forward to hearing you back with "us" when you have the time!!!!
Be well and have fun! We will all miss you.

Jan. 30 2013 05:16 PM
Pat Reardon from scotch plains, nj

Dear Midge,
I will miss your professionalism, your beautifully moderated voice, your musical knowledge and the smile that somehow comes across the airwaves. Good luck in all your future endeavors. You are a class act.

Jan. 30 2013 05:10 PM
Nancy and William from Flushing, N.Y.

You have been a constant presence in our home since your day one. BE happy in your new life .You are an icon of civility, knowledge, humor, and warmth. Ad multos annos.

Jan. 30 2013 05:10 PM
Robert Lehmkuhl

Midge, You have been my favorite WQXR announcer in all the years that I've been listening. I always looked forward to hearing your voice everyday and being inspired by your energetic and passionate love for the music. I also enjoyed seeing you periodically on P.B.S. as a host for their fund drives. You'll most definitely will be MISSED and cannot be replaced. I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Good Luck!!!

Jan. 30 2013 05:05 PM
Tony Hoyt from 10065

Thank you, thank you, thank you Midge. I feel as if we're good pals. but until today, I had no idea what you looked like!!! Now I know! Good luck to you in the future and thanks for making my "QXR" experience so wonderful over all these years!!! Best wishes, tony hoyt

Jan. 30 2013 05:01 PM
Victoria Crompton from Greenwich, CT

You will be missed on the WQXR airwaves! I hope to hear your beautiful voice in other venues around NYC. Best of luck to you!

Jan. 30 2013 05:00 PM
'Doc' Masoomian from Plano, Texas

THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE. Best of luck as you move on //

Love that station///

Jan. 30 2013 04:55 PM
Sheri from Columbus, OH

I've tuned in daily from Columbus, Ohio for many years. Your voice is as familiar to me as those of my family! Your music selection and commentary, delivered in a voice that instantly calms me regardless of what is going on around me, will be sorely missed. Best wishes in the years ahead.

Jan. 30 2013 04:55 PM
elayne dimond from Franklin Lakes, NJ

The better part of me is fighting saying "How dare you?" Please return and
provide another vote offering the C Major Quintet. The calm excitement of
choice was only one more pleasure you provided. Best in all ventures.

Jan. 30 2013 04:35 PM
Judith from Manhattan

In the decade since I moved to New York City, your presence on WQXR and therefore in my living room, has been part of my day.

Thank you for the many hours of beautiful music you have made so enjoyable.

Best wishes.


Jan. 30 2013 04:25 PM
Dan Biederman from NYC

Midge has always been exceptionally generous to Bryant Park in her support of classical programming there, publicizing it at every opportunity and showing up to lend class to our classical events. We'll miss her on the air, but hope she will visit us at Bryant Park all the time!

Dan Biederman
Bryant Park Corp.

Jan. 30 2013 04:24 PM
RT from NYC


I listen to WQXR every chance I get and it has always been a great pleasure to listen to you. It's a privilege to be able to listen to such a wonderful station that has the best music in the world. A large part of why WQXR is the best station is because of you. Your knowledge and your genuine love of the music make classical music all the more enjoyable.

I wish you all the best in your future and I hope that you will continue to make appearances on PBS and elsewhere. Please make a guest appearance on WQXR every now and then.

Here's to you, Midge - wishing you good health and happiness always!
I'm hoping that I and all your other fans will hear from you again.

Best of luck to you! Thanks again for the wonderful job you have done over the years and the joy you have brought to me!


Jan. 30 2013 04:06 PM
Richard Localio

Midge: The music will go on,however your voice will be very much missed -all the best!

Jan. 30 2013 04:03 PM
Bernard F. Dick from Teaneck NJ

I knew you were a singer from your beautifully lyrical voice. I also know you have performed in cabaret. I hope that some day I can hear you in person. To paraphrase Laurence Olivier's last line in THE ENTERTAINER, Tell me where you're playing and I'll drop by. Devotedly,Bernard F. Dick

Jan. 30 2013 03:47 PM
Marian Lichtstein from Westchester

I have listened to you regularly, have seen you on tv but have not had the pleasure of hearing you sing.
You will be missed. Your positive, cheerfrul and informative presence added to the pleasure of listening.
Enjoy your family and your retirement. I add my voice to those who hope you will return to WQXR as a guest artist.
Thanks for adding to my day.
Marian Lichtstein

Jan. 30 2013 03:47 PM
D. Leong from Manhattan

Thanks Ms. Woolsey for the many years of pleasant listing music.....and for maintaining on-aire "class" with ClassicaL Music.

Jan. 30 2013 03:43 PM
Anna Szpakowska from Astoria, NY

Midge, to see you departing is like seeing my last nightingale flying away... Your soothing voice always brought that calm to sometime hectic day. My knowledge about classical music is much richer today because of you. Good luck in your future endavours. You will be dearly missed by many. Hope to see you again, Anna

Jan. 30 2013 03:37 PM
Harold Connolly from Hell's Kitchen

Midge, thank you soooooo much for so many years of keeping me company almost everyday. I am very happy for you that you are moving one, but I will very much miss you. I cannot express enough my deep appreciation for so much that you have given. I remember meeting you for the first time at The Stand many years ago for A Christmas Carol and that was such a delight! All the very best to you, be well, be happy, and enjoy your life. I look forward to any guest appearances you may make on WQXR.

Jan. 30 2013 03:37 PM
Daniel R Martin from Harsdale, NY

I am a 75 year-old college professor who has been an adoring fan of Midge's for years.... She is first and foremost (to use an old-fashioned term) a lady. Her combination of professionalism, knowledge of her field, charm and femininity have contributed to my listening pleasure for many years - she will be very missed! I wish she were my daughter-in-law! Good luck to you in your future endeavors, Midge!

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Jan. 30 2013 03:33 PM
Coralyn Gorlicki from Edison, NJ

My husband and I will miss you on WQXR. We wish you the best in your future endeavors

Jan. 30 2013 03:31 PM
Wilhelm from Bavaria

Liebe Midge,

Es gefaellt mir nicht, dass du aufgehen werden muss. Ich werde dich sehr verlassen. Ich hoffe wir koennen uns spaeter reden. Danke fuer die Weinglaesse. Bis bald, ich bin sicher...


Jan. 30 2013 03:26 PM
pam from Westchester

Well, Midge, by now you're surely getting the idea that you have touched hearts near and far, not only in the NY listening area but worldwide. You certainly deserve all the praise you are receiving. I wish you well in the next phase of your life. And I'll miss hearing you ENORMOUSLY. You have brightened so many days for me and I've learned so much from your commentary. You'll be tough to replace.

Jan. 30 2013 03:17 PM
Liana from Closter, NJ

Dear Midge,
My family and I will miss your presence on WQXR so much. Your gentle voice, sensitivity to the music, and cultured insights have made the mid-day hours such a welcome calm in the midst of busy days all these years. We wish you the best, and hope to hear you again on the station in times to come.

Jan. 30 2013 03:17 PM
Nayibe from Queens, NY

I will miss your beautiful voice and your great music selections. My sincere thanks and best of luck.

Jan. 30 2013 03:11 PM
Malachy Duffy

Thank you for yor wonderful company all these years. All happiness and good luck to you!

Jan. 30 2013 03:11 PM
brad willett from Eugene, Oregon

All the best, Ms Woolsey, and thanks.
We're in a new age, free of the limits of local radio.
I can 'surf' round the country and world for what I want. So often
I land at WQXR when you've been on. You and Mr Frumpkin at WFMT Chicago
define what an announcer should be.

Jan. 30 2013 03:11 PM
William Presnell

Thanks for the joyful ride from folks at Florham Park, Midge. You have been a flower on our landscape of musical entertainment for these many years, and we will truly miss you!May you have lots of grace-filled years ahead, and an abundance of well-deserved pleasures.

Bill and Nancy Presnell

Jan. 30 2013 03:08 PM
Penelope Colman

Oh, no, I was happily listening to Midge, my favorite, by far, WQXR host, & heard her announce that she's leaving tomorrow! What a loss!!!!! Midge, just know, that you will be sorely missed!!

Jan. 30 2013 03:05 PM

I'll really miss your voice! Enjoy your family time and best wishes for your new opportunities!

Jan. 30 2013 03:01 PM
katie m from NYC

Hearing Midge daily in the middle of the afternoon is the highlight of a hectic day, a rainy or gloomy day, a sunny day. It doesn't matter. She makes every day special and relaxing all at once. Will dearly miss her!

Jan. 30 2013 02:46 PM
Bill from Connecticut

Midge I have listened to you since 1993. Your professionalism, knowledge and the ability to so gracefully articulate to your audience has been inspiring,. Nothing lasts forever, however, I consider myself lucky to have been a listener in that time. Best wishes with future pursuits.

Jan. 30 2013 02:35 PM
Cynthia Carr-Johnson

Good luck and best wishes, wherever life leads. Look forward to seeing you in future endeavors. Thanks for the great music!

Jan. 30 2013 02:31 PM
James N. from Princeton

I have so enjoyed listening to you over the years, especially since the move to 105.3 FM. I hope you will not disappear altogether.

Jan. 30 2013 02:17 PM
Barbara from Tenafly

Best wishes to you. You've been my companion at work for so many years and I will miss you. Enjoy!

Jan. 30 2013 01:53 PM
Vincent from Manhattan

I will miss your lovely mellifluous voice, that for many years introduced so much of the great music of the world. Thanks, and all the best to you.

Jan. 30 2013 01:49 PM
Lani Mysak from Jackson Hts, Queens, NY

Midge has been so wonderful in every way. Her comments always made listening more of a pleasure and she has such a lovely voice. I remember seeing Midge on fundraisers for public TV, as well. I wish her much happiness in all her future endeavors and that she always enjoys whatever she chooses to do next.
She will be missed so much.

Jan. 30 2013 01:40 PM
Marty MacKay from Auburn, NY

I am so sorry you are leaving WQXR. I plan my schedule around your air time. Your voice is a lullabye, you are a wealth of music knowledge and you make listeners most welcome into your "classical home". You will be missed but I wish you the very best.

Jan. 30 2013 01:34 PM
Jeanne Spi4- from Yonkers, NY

Dear Midge,
Please know that amongst the passing multitudes in the metro NY area, you will be walking with those of us to whom you are considered a cherished friend, for throughout these years, your sincere sentiments of goodwill- and, of course!-sustaining music, have nurtured us, as any friend would.
My all the blessings of life be yours-you richly deserve them!
Your friend,
Jeanne Spira

Jan. 30 2013 01:29 PM
online listener upstate NY

I feel lucky to have found your station online. I remember you from the fund drives on PBS and was pleased to find you on WQXR-NY. Your gentle voice and choice of music is such a pleasure to listen to especially at work with a crazy boss. I hope this next chapter in your life is rewarding and enjoyable and that we may cross paths again.

Jan. 30 2013 01:29 PM

Midge! Let me count the ways to say I'll miss you. If I were to do so, the number would be infinite. Your gentleness, your knowledge, your rock-centeredness (if that were a word) will be terribly missed. I'm still getting over your news....but as someone who left my career recently, I wish you all the best.

Jan. 30 2013 01:24 PM
David Heeley

Dear Midge, I was sad to hear that you are leaving WQXR. It seems that it was only yesterday that we were colleagues at WNET, where you were the calm organizer of Jac's hectic department, as well as our leading on-air fundraiser. Then you disappeared from our offices on West 58th Street to re-appear in my life on the radio. I'll miss you.

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Jan. 30 2013 01:19 PM
Beatriz from Westchester

You will be missed! I have been hearing the station for years, specially when driving.. I wish you well in your new projects!

Jan. 30 2013 01:10 PM
Jim in Manhatta from Manhattan

Hey, Midge,

You've been a part of my life since I moved to New York twelve years ago. Great voice. Great commentary. Will you marry me?

(Just kidding.)

But not kidding when I say I'll be among the multitudes who will miss you very much.

Jan. 30 2013 01:09 PM
Carolyn from NYC

There should be a law against people who are great at what they do - for them never to stop doing what they're doing!! Maybe we can hurry and get that law passed today so tomorrow will not bring the disaster of your leaving. I will miss your calm, sensible, knowlegeable, musical caring voice. On to better pastures????? Where! We'll miss you.

Jan. 30 2013 01:02 PM
Cynthia from Greenwich Village


Your lovely voice and inciteful comments have helped me through many tight work deadlines. For me, you are the voice of WQXR, and you will be sorely missed by all your listeners.

My very best wishes for success in your future endeavors.


Jan. 30 2013 12:48 PM
Marianna from Manhattan

Change is hard even when its called for. There will be a hole in the afternoon air for a while and we will all adjust together. May you find joy and contentment ahead, Midge. Thank you for your service to the community.

Jan. 30 2013 12:34 PM
Yolanda from Orange, NJ


I was shocked to hear the news of your departure. I will certainly miss that beautiful angelic voice. Good luck in all your endeavors. Gracias por todo! (Thank you for everything).

Jan. 30 2013 12:25 PM
Steve Goad from Brookhaven, NY

So sadly shocked when I signed on this morning and saw that tomorrow will be your last day. I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent listening to you during the 10 to 3 hours. Although you will be sorely missed, I do wish you the very, very best in all of your upcoming endeavors. And I hope that we will still have the opportunity to see your beautiful face on Thirteen. All my best wishes.

Jan. 30 2013 12:18 PM
Gary from RVC, LI

Midge, I want to thank you for doing what you do so well, if it wasn't for you and WQXR, I may never have discovered the beauty, joy and emotions that classical music brings to me every day. It is such a part of my life and one of the greatest pleasures in life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I wish all the best for you and your loved ones. I will miss you for sure, thank you – thank you – thank you!

Jan. 30 2013 12:16 PM
Ed Ciaccio & Vicki Loudis from Douglaston, Queens, NY

Dear Midge,

As long-time WQXR listeners and now monthly sustainers, as well as long-time WNET-13 members, we have enjoyed your calm, professional, but always delightful approach to hosting on radio and pledge drives on TV. It has always been obvious how much you loved what you were doing, and that made listening even more pleasurable for us. So we will miss hearing you every day.

We wish you all the best in your next life phase, and hope you will occasionally guest-host on WQXR and participate in the annual reading of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Bonne chance et bon voyage!

Jan. 30 2013 12:13 PM
Mo from Quuens, NY

Dear Midge,

You have been a wonderful host and a savior of WQXR and will be sorely missed. I hope you come back in the not too distant future.

Besides your complete professionalism, your kind and calming voice complements the great classical music of the station. I also enjoyed seeing you support the donation drives for channel 13 public television station, and hope to see you and hear your voice again.

Jan. 30 2013 12:13 PM

I miss you already! It's not goodbye; it's just 'til next time! Hope you'll come back and fill in occasionally. Best of everything to you.

Jan. 30 2013 12:02 PM
Sari Anthony from New York City

We have listened to you forever; we will miss you but wish you all the best.

Jan. 30 2013 12:00 PM
Linda Bernstein from NYC

I am so sorry that you are leaving. I shall miss your voice and knowledge. Good luck.

Jan. 30 2013 11:59 AM

Dear Midge,

Thank you so much for the many years of wonderful music introduced by a delightful and knowledgeable guide, with best wishes for the years and careers to come. Please grace us with return visits to WQXR. Meanwhile, having passed through New Haven's Woolsey Hall countless times as a student, I am considering petitioning to have the building rededicated as Midge Woolsey Hall.


Jan. 30 2013 11:57 AM
Susan from Sarasota, FL

Dear Midge,I love your mellow voice, pleasant personality, and knowledgeable commentary.
I will miss you. Good luck with the next act of your life..... break a leg!
Best wishes from a former New Yorker.

Jan. 30 2013 11:53 AM
George Reber from Chatham

You and Naomi are my sole drive time voices. Please come back, even if it is as a fill in.

Jan. 30 2013 11:50 AM
albert mitchell

you will be missed. thank you.

Jan. 30 2013 11:48 AM
Julia Mucci from NYC

Dear Midge,

All the best to you in your next adventure. You will be missed very much!

Best regards,
Julia Mucci

Jan. 30 2013 11:45 AM
Charlotte A. Green from New York

Dear Midge,
I have been an avid listener to WQXR for many years, and feel that you are all almost my family. I had the privilege of seeing you and Jeff several years ago at the foot of Central Park, and the pleasure of hearing you sing the "Habanera" from "Carmen". Good luck for all your future endeavors. Charlotte A. Green

Jan. 30 2013 11:39 AM
Jesse from New York City

Dear Midge:

Say it ain't so! I will most surely miss your dulcet tones almost as much as I will miss your wonderful musical selections. May your future be joyous and fulfilling. Jesse

Jan. 30 2013 11:39 AM

I'm sorry that you'll be leaving, but sending best wishes for a very happy next stage in your life.

Jan. 30 2013 11:35 AM

Dear Midge,
Thank you for more than words can express. We will miss you!
I wish you all the joy and fulfillment your heart can hold.
Again, many thanks!!!

Jan. 30 2013 11:29 AM
Joyce from West jester Ny

So very sorry to see you go. I admire you very much and have so enjoyed listening to you. I will miss you! Best of luck.

Jan. 30 2013 11:27 AM
Jesus from Yonkers

Even her name, Midge Woolsey, reminds you of the Classics as well as of class. Best to you!!

Jan. 30 2013 11:27 AM
Howard Ellis from Westchester

Dear Midge:

Thank you for your personal touch and Godspeed.

Jan. 30 2013 11:24 AM
Charles B. Forster from Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Dear Midge Woolsey, This writer has enjoyed being with you during the midday hours for the past few years and also on Channel 13. Your departure is somewhat reminicent of Clayall De'Alferez whom I knew from WNCN-FM, moved to WQXR-F up until the 'transisition.' She returned however and we still enjoy her. What about you? Is such a transitional turn around in your future?
All the best to you and yours,
Dr. Charles B. Forster

Jan. 30 2013 11:24 AM
Kevin from New York

Dear Midge,

Oh how you will be missed! Your gentle enthusiasm, 'perfect radio voice', and musical knowledge have made you a wonderful companion to countless listeners such as myself for decades.

We all send you our heartfelt congratulations on a terrific career, and look forward to hearing your voice - somehow, somewhere - in the future.


Jan. 30 2013 11:24 AM
Robert Heffernan from Staten Island, NY

Dear Miss Woolsey,

How sad it was to hear of your departure from WQXR, but let me be quick to add my best wishes to you as you move forward. Your great love for the performing arts has always shone through your warm and comforting voice which has seen me through many troubling times as well as through good. I do hope to hear you again on WQXR as a guest or fill in announcer. Thank you so much for all the great music you have brought to me and countless others all these years.

Robert Heffernan

Jan. 30 2013 11:21 AM
Marilyn Froelich

Dear Midge,I will miss listeniing to you every day. wqxr is the only station I listen to. Best of luck with your future.

Jan. 30 2013 11:19 AM
Silvia from New York City

Dear Midge: You will be missed. It feels as if you are a member of the family, not just WQXR family! All good things ahead!

Jan. 30 2013 11:13 AM
J CynthiaWeber from Manhattan, nYC

All good wishes and thank you for the hours, years!, of pleasure you and WQXr have given me.

Jan. 30 2013 11:10 AM
Ann Harris

Dear Ms. Woolsey, I wish you the best future ever. You have given me so many hours of pleasure, both on WQXR and on TV when you hosted all those specials. I have been treated for cancer several times since 2002 and have been listening to you through it all. I am now back to work and listen to you on my computer. I will miss you. Thank-you for being part of my life.

Jan. 30 2013 11:09 AM
Dave Horvath from Manhattan

I was so disappointed to return from a business trip this morning and hear on my office radio the announcement that tomorrow is to be your last day. Your soothing voice (never cloying or overly academic) and lucid comments will surely be missed by me, and many others I am sure. I hope you are moving to some future endeavor that fulfills you and perhaps we will still occasionally hear you on WQXR if you fill in for someone ill or on vacation? All the best!!

Jan. 30 2013 11:09 AM
Michael Meltzer

I hope your departure is an amicable one, and that opportunity becomes your constant companion. With so many people wishing you well, there should be much to look forward to, and you should be welcome everywhere.

Jan. 30 2013 11:06 AM
Sandra B. Edlitz from Westchester

Dear Midge,
You have been so much a part of my listening experience. Your presence is a wonderful mixture of intelligence, warmth and pazazz (not sure of spelling). You are a perfect professional.

I know you will continue to have a spectacular, career if you want one, and I hope to see you in some other format that is rewarding to you.


Jan. 30 2013 11:04 AM
Melissa from Raleigh, NC

Midge, you are one of my favorites and you will be missed. I recently moved from New Jersey to Raleigh, North Carolina, and I sincerely miss the wonderful hosts at WQXR. Other stations just don't have the breadth of knowledge and soothing, professional voices that WQXR has. I still listen online whenever possible.

Best of luck to you, Midge, and all the happiness for the future for you.


Jan. 30 2013 11:02 AM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey


Sorry to hear that you are leaving. We always enjoy your voice, and your style of announcing has always been one of the better ones. We hope we will still see you on PBS, unless you are pulling out of everything and running off to Bora Bora. Hope not: there isn't much classical music out there!

Jan. 30 2013 11:01 AM
Judy from Westchester

I will miss your soothing voice. It always helped me maintain my calm during some pretty hectic afternoons. You will be deeply missed; I feel like I'm losing a good friend.

Jan. 30 2013 10:54 AM
Richard from NYC

Soave sia il vento, tranquilla sia l'onda!

Jan. 30 2013 10:54 AM
Jocelyn Schwartz from Far Rockaway

I am a longtime listener and devoted member, and I'm going to miss Midge Woolsey very much. I've always enjoyed listening to Midge and watching her on Channel 13. Her kind demeanor and beautiful voice have always been a comfort to me. Thank you for so many wonderful years!

Jan. 30 2013 10:53 AM
jake from NY NY

best of luck, Midge!

Jan. 30 2013 10:49 AM
Manuela from Manhattan

You have brought bright commentary and fine music to my days since you came to WQXR. I will miss your presence and I wish you all good things in your new pursuits.

Jan. 30 2013 10:49 AM
Gerald Hulit from Oradell NJ

Will miss your melodic voice. Good luck in your new adventures.

Jan. 30 2013 10:37 AM
Francesca from Bronxville, NY

Listening to your dulcet tones has been such a pleasurable experience. You have been an endearing host at 'QXR' and will be missed. Best wishes for the future.

Jan. 30 2013 10:37 AM
Keith Farina from Upper West Side

A class act, a real class act! Upwards and onwards Midge Woolsey! Thank you so very much!

Jan. 30 2013 10:37 AM
Sally from NYC

What will WQXR be without you.? cetainly won't be the same -you will be sorely missed - but much luck with whatever you do.

Jan. 30 2013 10:35 AM
Yuri from Brooklyn, NY

I'm a long time listener of WQXR and always remember and recognize your excellent voice and language, Midge. I'll be missing you, definitely, and wish you the best!

Jan. 30 2013 10:35 AM
Peter J. Davies from Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

Dear Midge,

For so many years we have heard your pleasant and knowledgeable voice on WQXR -- it seems forever-- and wish you the very best wherever you are going. I will miss hearing your comments on the classical selections to be played. Good luck and best wishes.

Peter J. Davies

Jan. 30 2013 10:30 AM
Carol from Teaneck, NJ

You have always been a favorite at WQXR (and on Channel 13). Your warm personality, which never seemed forced or phony, together with your expert musical knowledge, will leave a void not easily filled. You'll be missed.

Jan. 30 2013 10:25 AM
Shannon Harris from Austin, TX

Hello Midge,
I discovered WQXR and your voice in 1995, while my husband was stationed at West Point, NY. Many moves later, I rediscovered you while at work at in Austin, TX. In a world of rapid change, consistency is so comforting. Not only is your voice as lovely and calming as the following comments reveal, but it has been a simply reminder of an exhilarating city, of discovering opera at the Met, and of all the art and cultural opportunities in the greater NY area. I wish you the best.

Jan. 30 2013 10:24 AM
Roger Baker from Brooklyn, NY

Midge, thank you for an incredible 20 years on WQXR. My first reaction on hearing that you will be leaving was a selfish "OH NO!". You've been a calming voice in days usually cluttered with stress and loud voices. It is always a joy for me to see someone doing something that they are meant to do and this really applies to you! Both on radio and on public television you've been a consummate pro. I wish you all the best in whatever you are doing and truly understand the need and desire to spend more time with family. Bless you!

Jan. 30 2013 10:20 AM
Benita Ober from Cary, NC

I've left a message on the "request" page; sent a personal note and can't seem to leave enough to wish you Ms. Woolsey all the very best life has to offer. Since moving to Cary, NC from NJ, I've been streaming WQXR through my computer. At first I was devastated that I could get the station on the radio, but took a deep breath and you're all back in my life. May you have peace and rainbows in your new journey! Be well and thank you for being in my life for so many years. Benita

Jan. 30 2013 10:20 AM
Chris Hasselkus from Bergen County, NJ

Sorry to hear that you will be leaving WQXR as of Thursday, January 31st, 2013. I have enjoyed you prpgram wherever you were on since 1993. Perhaps as a last request you could play Vaughn Williams "Serenade to Music" on your last day, we'll call it "Serenade to Midge" instead. Best of luck to you and your family.

Jan. 30 2013 10:19 AM

I was stunned when I heard you announce your "Very last request hour" just now. I've been listening to you since day 1 -- and I've been listening to WQXR all my life. I will miss you. I enjoy your calm demeanor and your way with words. Enjoy this new chapter in your life. God bless!

Jan. 30 2013 10:14 AM
Janice & Ed Meharg from Basking Ridge, NJ

Dear Midge,

Your voice and the music you presented filled our home with enjoyment for years. Our daughter Amy, met you in person years ago. Thank you and we will miss you.

Jan. 30 2013 10:14 AM
Dom from Memphis TN

I have always enjoyed your program on WQXR and will miss you. Thank you and good luck.

Jan. 30 2013 10:07 AM
Barrie Schultheis from Maplewood, NJ

Your musical commentaries and the sunshine of your voice will surely be missed. Thanks for many hours of great talk and music. All the best to you.

Jan. 30 2013 10:03 AM
Susan from Rahway NJ

Best of luck to you! We've enjoyed listening to you for years. You could always save a difficult day with your calm voice and great selections!

Jan. 30 2013 10:02 AM
harriet from Bayside, NY

Dear Midge

All of the WQXR listening audience will miss you. I hope you have the best of luck in whatever you do.

Jan. 30 2013 10:01 AM
Cheryl from New York

Although we've never met, you've been a wonderful companion for many years. We've decorated for holidays, cooked, baked, spent time in the many enjoyable hours over the years. Your calm, smooth voice and excellent programs were a pleasure to listen to. Very sad to learn you are leaving WQXR, but wish you bright and happy horizons.

Jan. 30 2013 10:00 AM
Penny Payne from Port Washington and NYC

I thought I read the headline incorrectly when the WQXR home page came up this am...
It is true that the VOICES which come through small the kitchen at 5:00am, at work in our diverse places of business in NYC Metro area, in the car driving to and fro, whether early or late in the day...become "friends" who bring us introductions to great works of music, familiar or new to our ears... These wonderful announcers have a unique talent, and we love them for what they bring to us.

I will miss you Midge, with your bright, warm voice and unique understanding of what I wanted - or needed - to hear during your shows...How did you do that?

Well, thank you for giving joy over the airways.
Hoping to hear or see what you bring to us all in your next chapter.

Jan. 30 2013 09:59 AM
Catherine Charlton White from Cary, North Carolina

I am scrolling through the comments here with tears in my eyes. They are so well deserved. I've known Midge since 1974 and our fun times as college students at Trinity University in San Antonio. As someone who knows Midge very well, the comments here from listeners who only know her from the airwaves are spot on. Midge, you are fantastic in every way, self-deprecating to a fault, with perfect diction, a wonderful singer, perfect NYC host, and precious friend! Dear Midge, from one Moose to another, I love you!! Best wishes as you start this exciting new chapter in your life.

Jan. 30 2013 09:57 AM
Lucy in NYC from New York City

Your warm, upbeat voice and presence will be greatly missed!
Much happiness, health and, of course, music on your new road.
Love ya!

Jan. 30 2013 09:57 AM
Guy St. Clair from New York, NY

Wishing you the best, Midge. You've done a great job for us listeners, and hope you'll come back from time to time to do some substitute work or something like that. You bring a great deal of pleasure to WQXR listeners. Good luck.

Jan. 30 2013 09:54 AM
Michael from Riverdale

Thank you so much for your work. The beautiful bouquet of voices at WQXR will lose one of its lovliest flowers. So many pleasant and memorable hours given. My favorite: "Why Beethoven?" Good luck and hope you will find time to "visit."

Jan. 30 2013 09:53 AM
Jose' from Cambridge, MA

Thank you for an incredible 20 years. I listened to your broadcast while at work in Manhattan. Now I listen to WQXR, while in graduate school in Boston. You will be missed. May the road rise to meet you!

Jan. 30 2013 09:51 AM
Zoe from Brooklyn Heights

Oh Midge, we will surely miss you. You have brightened our days for so long. We will you all the very best in any new endeavors.

Jan. 30 2013 09:50 AM
Susan Walter from New York, N.Y.

Thank you for the many, many hours of enjoyable listening you have provided!

Jan. 30 2013 09:49 AM
Giovanna Mantovani from New Rochelle

Dear Midge, Wishing you all the best for the future. Of all the wonderful deejays on WQXR, I always had the unique feeling when listening to you, I was listening to a personal friend. You will be greatly missed!

Jan. 30 2013 09:48 AM
Alice Kellman from Brooklyn

Will miss your soothing voice, your programming, your commentary.

Jan. 30 2013 09:47 AM
Nancy De Rienzo from Allamuchy, NJ

Dear Midge...So sorry to "hear" you go! WQXR has been a wonderful companion for me for a long, long time and especially, your show as it fit nicely into my day. As a woman who has enjoyed a 30 year love affair with classical music, I've greatly admired the depth of your knowldege and how eloquently you shared with your many listeners. I learned a lot from you. Godspeed on any future endeavors and may the time spent with family be precious and joy-filled. Thanks for the many years you've been a part of this fine station.

Jan. 30 2013 09:39 AM
Judith from fort lee, NJ

Midge please, don't go...


Jan. 30 2013 09:15 AM
Barton Cobert Cobert

Enjoyed your programs very much! Best of luck.

Jan. 30 2013 09:04 AM
Renee Tiesler from NYC

Midge, thanks for guiding us through part of the day for so many years. You will be greatly missed. I sure hope you'll come back from time to time. Best wishes for your new life. Renee Tiesler

Jan. 30 2013 08:17 AM
Russell Livermore from Endwell New York

Thank you for all the great listening. I will miss your show alot. You will be missed by all. Your smooth voice and knowledge. I wish you all the best.
Russell Livermore

Jan. 30 2013 07:48 AM
Elaine from Brooklyn

Say it isn't so! My mornings and afternoon will never be the same. But I am sure this decision wasn't easy for you. And I wish you the very best of love and luck. will be missed. Thank you for all you have given me and the WQXR family.

Jan. 30 2013 07:46 AM
Marli Lima from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I really will miss you, Milldred! From so far, in Rio de Janeiro, I'm always delighted to hear your voice and musical selection. Be happy!

Jan. 30 2013 07:39 AM
laura stix from White Plains NY

Thank you Midge for soothing my soul and bringing great joy to my heart with your wonderful music. I wish you well .

Jan. 30 2013 06:32 AM
Glenn NAUMOVITZ from Paris, France

When I looked at the wesite and read this news I literally shouted "OH NO!" I couldn't believe my eyes! What a shock! I am glad for Midge but this is such sad news for me! I live in Paris and work alone (freelance, at home) so I listen to Midge (and Jeff, another one who brightens up my day) every day and she is like a companion, a part of my life, and it's hard to imagine what it will be like without her. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Midge a few years ago at an event in NY and believe me, she is as gracious and lovely in person as she is on the air. I have sent her e-mails a few times and she has always replied, every time without exception... and within five minutes! Another testament to her exquisite graciousness. Paris will be a lonelier place, I will miss Midge tremendously, she keeps me company every day. But of course I wish her all the very very best.

Jan. 30 2013 05:54 AM
Tony from Bayonne

I've been listening to WQXR for a very, very long time and it's always a downer when a familiar and friendly voice leaves the station. Midge, though, is much more than a voice, but it was her voice that caught the attention of my then 3 year old son, Nicholas, in 1997. We were driving in the car and WQXR was on (of course) and as Midge came on the air and welcomed everyone to her show, Nicholas, from his car seat in the back, said, "Dad, it's Midge Woosey. He couldn't quite pronounce Woolsey. He did this every time he heard her thereafter. Then one night, while watching TV and flipping through channels, there was Midge on channel 13. I called Nicholas to come see and told him that lady was Midge Woolsey. His mouth opened wide and then he started yelling, "Mom! Mom! Midge Woosey is on TV! Midge Woosey is on TV! Then he sat there and watched the show. It was so funny. Nicholas is now 19 years old and a freshman in college, but to this day we still laugh about it. He loved listening to Midge. Didn't we all? Best wishes to you, Midge, and thank you.

Jan. 30 2013 02:05 AM
James from Brooklyn

Venus, Bringer of Peace, farewell.

Jan. 30 2013 01:10 AM
Andrea Pack from Astoria, NY

Dear Midge:
After reading all the accolades and sweet sentiments, it is so obvious that you have connected well, on a personal level, with a wide range of radio listeners. Thank for sharing some history and current information about the musical world. I appreciate your humanistic approach to living and will miss hearing you on the air.

Best wishes for "all good things" in the future for you and your family.

Jan. 30 2013 12:17 AM
Marie from Jersey Shore

I selfishly will miss your lovely company in the afternoons, but I wish you much luck in whatever you move on to. I hope you find as much happiness as you have so graciously provided to us through your warmth and talent.

Jan. 30 2013 12:01 AM
margarita feygina from queens,NY

I was absoluteli shocked! It is impossible to loose such a perfect dictor! Something is wrong on WQXR! I feel like we going to loose best friend! Wnen I came in this country I learned English listening Mitch on Channel 13 and then so many lucky years on WQXR! Such a sadness!

Jan. 29 2013 09:45 PM
Maria Rodríguez from New York City

Dear Midge Woolsey,
I listen to WQXR every day and I can easily say that, to me, you have been one of the most influential presenters of classical music at the station. My daughter and I will miss hearing your daily broadcasts. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Will miss you.

María Rodríguez and daughter.

Jan. 29 2013 09:38 PM
Dianne from NJ

You will be missed! Thank you for the knowledge you have shared with us--and your sense of humor. It is sad to see you go but family is so important! Best wishes!

Jan. 29 2013 09:34 PM
Arthur Watson from Arlington, Texas

Art from Arlington (DFW), Texas. I agree with Tom from Manhattan. I also work at home and listen to you each day. I have enjoyed your music selections and your music knowledge and information each day. I sit here at my computer listen to you and WQXR each day and do my work while enjoying the classical music that I love so much and spent many years playing myself. You will be missed and I do wish you the best in whatever you decide to do in the future. God Bless.

Jan. 29 2013 09:32 PM
Bert Dahm from West Nyack


You have provided the "class" in classical music in New York. We will miss you and QXR will sound a little less classy without you. Best wishes.

Jan. 29 2013 09:20 PM
Jack Weiss from Westchester NY

Midge: I always enjoyed listening to you on the air, and wish you well in your new pursuits.

Jan. 29 2013 09:20 PM
carol bankerd

Dear Midge,

Who hasn't heard your observations on music and living in this world? Context is always your long suit, well-considered and astute detail. I always thought that you brought a fresh breeze with you into the studio and into those places where we listen.

Bon Voyage!

Jan. 29 2013 09:06 PM
Zulema from Bronx, NY

We will all miss you very much and hope you will come back once in a while, or at least let us know what and how you are doing. Your voice has been unmistakeable and a joy to listen to for so many years. Truly wish you Godspeed in all your endeavors.

Jan. 29 2013 08:00 PM
Fred Williams from NYC

All the best to you Midge. More then the music, I will miss your wonderful readings of the texts and poetry. And, thanks again for squeezing in Freni on that evening broadcast so many years ago.
Fred Williams

Jan. 29 2013 06:56 PM
Mary Eckstein from Standish, Maine

I have enjoyed your broadcasts very much. We moved to Maine from NJ in 1984 and I missed hearing Duncan Pirnie's voice as I drove home from work. We were happy to realize we could receive WQXR via the internet and pretty much have it on all day.

Jan. 29 2013 06:41 PM
Nancy Currey from Ridgewood NJ

the beautiful classical selections on WQXR aren't the only lovely music on air when Midge Woolsey is announcing. The lilt of her voice and the enthusiasm she brings to her discourse are also music to my ears. I will miss her and wish her every good thing!

Jan. 29 2013 06:20 PM
Albert Butzel from Manhattan

Ditto to all the above -- everyone of them. We love Midge in our home and will miss her lovely voice, her wisdom, her love of the arts and her commitment to her audience. All the Best of luck, Midge.

Jan. 29 2013 06:08 PM
Ruth Kamerman from NYC

I will truly miss Midge Woolsey's charming voice and lilting laughter and knowledgable commentaries... I look forward to hearing about her nexr adventure.

Jan. 29 2013 06:03 PM
Julia de Bary from Verona, NJ

Mrs. Woolsey: I am one more of all your clasical music lovers fans..
Thank you very much to be there for us and share the music that we love.
You are such a sweet lady with a lovely voice! Good luck!

Jan. 29 2013 05:56 PM
Vivian R. Gruder from New York, NY

I am sorry not to hear your voice again on WQXR. I wish you happiness in this new stage of your life.

Jan. 29 2013 05:51 PM
Calvin Mew from UWS

I will miss you, your voice and your music. My sincere thanks.

Jan. 29 2013 05:47 PM
Ray Pizarro from Surprise, Arizona

I am very saddened to learn that Midge is leaving. She's such as breath of fresh air and a wonderfully lovely person who shared with everyone her passion for great music. My deepest gratitude for all of your magnificent work and wish you and your family the best.

Jan. 29 2013 05:47 PM
Raphael from New York

You have my gratitude Midge. You kept me company many times after I moved to New York when I was studying as an undergraduate student, then when I was at work as a young professional and then for the past two years you kept me company again as I listen to WQXR when I am again studying this time as a master's student. You will be missed. Best of luck with your future and thank you for everything.

Jan. 29 2013 05:44 PM
Allan McLeod from New York City

Just one more appreciative voice among the many; there will never be enough.

Jan. 29 2013 05:43 PM

My sincerest thanks Midge for your impeccable service. Your selection of music was always stellar to me and always uplifting. I will miss you very much. Wishing the very best in your future endeavors.

Jan. 29 2013 05:43 PM
The Birds in Convent Station

Dear Midge,
My birds and I listen to you every day! We are all the calmer for your wonderful program. You will be missed. Thank you and best wishes.

Jan. 29 2013 05:42 PM
Susan Frankel from New Windsor, New York

I am saddened by this news. You have always struck me a an individual who truly loves the classical world, and as an individual who presents it in an informed and interesting way.

I will miss your presentations. I wish you joy and happiness.

Jan. 29 2013 05:05 PM
Margaret Anne from Ottawa Canada

I am so so sorry to hear you are leaving. So many people have commented on the quality of your voice, and it is all true, but a lovely voice does not always translate into what you project in your programs. There is a sense of humour, a sense of grounded reality, and a deep, deep knowledge and love of the program content. I wish I had been able to meet, know, and spend time with you. God bless, Godspeed. I am so glad that I was able to spend some time listening to you on the internet. You are a legend in your own time and a priceless treasure to the WQXR presence. will they now name a performing space after you? They should. I do wish you all the happiness in the world in the future. I listen from Ottawa Canada. Will we hear you again? Please?

Jan. 29 2013 04:52 PM
Kevin Vitting from Ridgewood, New Jersey

Godspeed Midge - I will miss you.

Jan. 29 2013 04:35 PM
Jeanne Scott-Monck

Best wishes for a wonderful new journey. I hope you and your family are able to give and receive much happiness in the coming years. I will miss hearing your broadcasts daily, but will remember how much enjoyment you added to my retirement years. It was wonderful to meet you albeit via the radio.

Good luck,

Jeanne Scott-Monck

Jan. 29 2013 04:21 PM
Brenda from Rye Brook, NY

Dear Midge, The only classical station in all of NYC and it is losing the most valuable member of its family. You will be missed by all of us who, through the years, have enjoyed your informative comments and soothing, melodic voice. Had the pleasure of seeing you host a show at the botanical gardens years ago and was totally mesmerized by you. God bless, and much luck in your new endeavors.

Jan. 29 2013 04:20 PM
Bruce from NYC

Dear Midge, I have been a devoted listener and fan of yours for so many years. You represent so much of what I love about QXR. So sorry to see you go but all the best in the future. Thanks for the great memories.

Jan. 29 2013 04:17 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Just a word of thanks Ms. Woolsey. I vaguely remember you from Channel 13. Now, 'The Q.' You are professional and class. "Class" in your case meaning intelligent, sophisticated, considerate and empathetic. That or as the old joke goes, you fake it really well. :P.

Thanks again. All the best for you and yours.


Jan. 29 2013 04:17 PM
Clayton from White Plains

Thank you for the many years of education and for providing the soundtrack to countless memories. Continued success and happiness.

Jan. 29 2013 03:53 PM

Dear Midge,

It was a distinct pleasure to have shared these past years with you and the wonderful music and stories. I wish you success in all your future endeavors, and hope you will return from time to time to let us know how you're doing. Sincerely, Margaret Papazian, Dumont, NJ

Jan. 29 2013 03:52 PM
Nicholas Arcoman from Manhattan

Cara Midge,
So many enchanting moments of music for so many years,,,, a friend we never met except thru the magic of music May your new life bring you all the joy that you gave us!
Nick ( and his angel , Cathy)

Jan. 29 2013 03:47 PM
Charlie from Ocean, NJ

I have enjoyed your shows so much. It was always a pleasure to see the different parts of your personality come out when you were doing different things like the fund raisers on WNET, interviews, and of course the music on WQXR. You will be missed but I wish you the best in whatever you do. I know you will do well.

Jan. 29 2013 03:45 PM
lana from long island

you will be so missed. i have been listening to WQXR all of my life and am saddened when i see friends leave. have a great new life and thanks for your many years of broadcasting.

Jan. 29 2013 03:40 PM
Lorraine Rolston from New York

Midge Woolsey's commentaries and voice will be missed. She is as much a part of my love of WQXR as the music - a true refuge in the otherwise frantic and often incoherent environment that has come to define New York.

She will be missed

Jan. 29 2013 03:36 PM
Jean Matzinger from Bedminster, NJ

I am sorry to hear you are leaving 'QXR. Your confident, cheerful voice will be missed.

Jan. 29 2013 03:35 PM
hank from nyc

hi midge:
our office listens to wqxr all day. i am very sorry to see you go. i am a big fan of annie bergen, and i was very sorry to have her lose her afternoon slot. i came to appreciate you, the more i listened your show.


Jan. 29 2013 03:30 PM
Daniel from Long Island and Columbus Circle

Thank you for making our days so enjoyable. We will surely miss you Midge. Good luck and God bless in your future endeavors.

Jan. 29 2013 03:24 PM
Karen from New Orleans

Midge, say it ain't so! Your lovely voice will be truly missed. Every good wish for whatever comes next!

Jan. 29 2013 03:23 PM
Sue from Rye Brook

Dear Midge,

I am so shocked to hear that you are leaving WQXR. Besides having a beautiful speaking voice, the informative commentary you gave to your programs will be missed. I wish you all the best for your future with your family. BRAVO!

Jan. 29 2013 03:19 PM

I will very much listening to you during the midday hours
You were on my radio as I drove around central jersey at my work
Best wishes Stephen

Jan. 29 2013 03:15 PM
Agostino Cinardo

Hello Midge,
Bella voce, bellissima donna!! Been one of your devoted fans from the beginning- your voice, your knowledge, etc, etc. Our day with wqxr won't be quite the same! We'll miss you terribly! We wish you the best of health and happiness in your future life and endeavors!

Jan. 29 2013 03:07 PM
Elizabeth from Northern Manhattan

I've been a QXR listener for almost 30 years. You've been part of my aural New York landscape. Will miss hearing you on QXR but wish you all the best in the future!

Jan. 29 2013 03:07 PM
Beverly from Manhattan

Your lovely voice and presence has become an essential part of my New York daily life. Thank you for adding so much to my musical knowledge and pleasure. We will all miss you!

Jan. 29 2013 03:05 PM
sylvain from nyc

I will miss your wisdom, knowledge and melifluous voice. I listen to you at all times in the office and even when on vaation. I wish you nothing but the best. Sylvain

Jan. 29 2013 03:02 PM
Christine from NJ

I will miss you! Your voice is so lovely and your gentle approach to giving informative, joyful flourishes to the pieces you play has made classical music seem so much friendlier to me. Thank you so much. And by the way, I applaud your decision to spend more time with you family, I crave doing the same and am trying to figure out how to work less and be a mom more! Best wishes.

Jan. 29 2013 03:00 PM
joe from n.j.

Just heard you were leaving. BOO! I'm going to miss listening to you every day at work Midge. Thanks for all the great listening hours you provided. It's like having a longtime friend move away. All the best.

Jan. 29 2013 02:59 PM
June Severino Feldman from NYC

Dear Midge,
Change is so difficult but also so good and necessary. I wish you everything your heart desires in this new time of your life. So many of your listeners are sad to hear of your departure but also deeply understanding of what life calls us to at certain junctures and the importance of heeding that call.

Jan. 29 2013 02:58 PM
Michael from Garrison

Dear Midge, I echo everyone's sentiments: you will be missed. All the very best wishes for a fantastically fulfilling next chapter!

Jan. 29 2013 02:56 PM
ted kaufman

seeing you all the time everywhere on qxr and 13 I would shout 'get a life midge' and then one day you said in passing that you handed a light bulb to your fiance, I fell off my chair and exclaimed - she got a life! What joy and what sadness in your departure to fully enjoy that life. Thanks for the memories.

Jan. 29 2013 02:46 PM
Rob Cameron from New Jersey via the Web

My wife and I looked forward to hearing your program as often as we could. Your program will be surly missed. Your soothing voice and commentary are very comforting during our hectic days. WQXR has been our daily listening choice over the years.
We wish you much success in your future endeavors and hope hear of you on upcoming specials and summer concerts.
Thank You for your insight in to music.

Jan. 29 2013 02:46 PM
Emily Mikulewicz from weehawken n.j.

Thank you for being an audio friend for years. I wish you all the best. Emily Mikulewicz Weehawken, N.J.

Jan. 29 2013 02:45 PM
Gail from New York

Thank you, Midge, for spending afternoons with me while we listened to wonderful music together. I wish you all the best.

Jan. 29 2013 02:09 PM
Christian Waters from Long Island

I feel as if a friend I enjoyed seeing every day is moving out of town. Good luck on what comes next in your life.

Jan. 29 2013 01:58 PM
Bill Hillman

I will truly miss your voice, but I wish you nothing but success in the future. Thanks for all the years.

Jan. 29 2013 01:41 PM

You will be missed. Jerry, Dover, N.H.

Jan. 29 2013 01:39 PM
David Bowers from Estes Park, Colorado

Dear Ms. Woolsey,
I have only recently found you and WQXR. What a find, and now a loss. Your programs have become the musical "glue", via the web, for all sorts of daily tasks here in Colorado. Having recently retired, I can appreciate, however, the opportunities afforded by change. Best wishes for whatever new endeavor this transition brings to you.

Jan. 29 2013 01:31 PM
Rose from New York

So sorry to hear this - you bring such class to the airwaves. Your soothing, serene and mellifluous voice will be sorely missed. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

Jan. 29 2013 01:16 PM
Sandra from Manhattan

Dear Midge,
What a loss for WQXR and all of its listeners. I only hope that this is your desire and that you have wonderful future plans.
Your beautiful voice and gracious attitude added much class to this radio station; thus, you will not be easily replaced.
Perhaps if enough of us protest, you will come back soon.
Best of luck to you,
Sandra Krystal

Jan. 29 2013 01:15 PM
Cory Haber from Silver Spring,Maryland

Hi Midge, Thank you for your many years of class and grace you have exhibited.You will be Missed!

Jan. 29 2013 12:56 PM
Jana from Woodland Park, NJ

Best of luck in your future projects! Your voice has been a part of my day for a long time now, you shall be most sincerely missed.

Jan. 29 2013 12:52 PM
Raisa from Staten Island

Dear Midge,
Thank you very much for your wonderful voice and elegant manner -- it's been great sharing music with you! Hope to hear you again at some special WQXR programs.

Jan. 29 2013 12:47 PM
Ralph Goldberg from New York

You have played a major role in making the station vital and interesting . Good luck in your future endeavors..

Jan. 29 2013 12:39 PM
Michael from Staten Island

Best Wishes Midge! I'll miss you and certainly the entire New York classical community will miss you! Don't stop and stay active! Thanks for making my day a little brighter.

Jan. 29 2013 12:14 PM
Paul Steinberg from New York City

Midge, I remember you first from years and years of Channel 13 pledge drives, and I can honestly say that because of your presence, the pledge drives never bothered me or felt too long. In fact I actually looked forward to the breaks in the wonderful programming so I would get to watch you host the drive, talk about the perks of donating, interview performers and others, and make your case for supporting public television. And of course I have always loved the special programs you host. Then when you came to WQXR everything got even better. I listen to you virtually every day, and while I am also very fond of Naomi Lewin, I will admit that I hate to see the clock inch toward 3 p.m. Your voice is powerful but soothing, and it conveys the energy of intelligence, kindness, generosity and wonder. It is very compelling. I have so appreciated your presence in my life in these ways. I know I will miss you terribly, but I also know that when I conjure up the sound of your voice it will make me smile. Thank you for the gift you have given us for so many years. I am sending blessings for a peaceful and joy-filled next phase of life. And of course I hope to see you again sometime before too long. Thank you so very much.

Jan. 29 2013 12:06 PM
Peter Kals from Washington, DC

So sorry to you see you go.

Jan. 29 2013 12:04 PM
Bob Welter from Brooklyn

Dear Midge,

Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us. I will so miss the wonderful & soothing sound of your voice each day.
I remember one day, driving my step-daughter up to college, listening to your program, and she remarked, "I really like her voice", all I could say was, "Yes, she does have a beautiful voice, doesn't she?".
All the best to you in the future and good luck in all endeavors.
Warmest wishes...

Jan. 29 2013 11:56 AM