Naomi Lewin, WQXR Host
Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR, and the host of WQXR’s bi-weekly podcast Conducting Business. Before arriving at WQXR, Lewin was the midday host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station.
It's hard to imagine American music without Stephen Foster. We all grew up singing Oh, Susannah, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Old Folks at Home--the list goes on and on. With no recorded music in mid-19th century America, the market was all about sheet music and lots of people churned out popular songs. But no other composer of the time wrote as many great songs with as much sticking power as Stephen Foster.
In the words of another great American songwriter (George M. Cohan), Stephen Foster was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on the Fourth of July. In celebration of his birth, I've put together an hour-long program of his music, which will air on WQXR on Saturday, July 3 at 5 p.m.--right after the opera--and again on Sunday, July 4 at 11 p.m. You can also hear the show on WQXR.org.