Jeff Spurgeon

WQXR Host

Jeff Spurgeon is the morning host on WQXR.

Jeff joined WQXR in 1997, and during his 30-year career in radio, Jeff has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Jeff also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing.

Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.

Favorite composers: Bach is first; I find more food for the mind and heart together in his music than in anyone else’s. Beethoven reminds me that I’m alive. Schubert’s and Schumann’s songs contain worlds in small packages. And Sibelius’s symphonies tell me of the vastness, beauty and mystery of nature.

Desert island disk: What a cruel question. Just one? I shall defeat your cruel purpose by choosing just one set — Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. 28 CDs, 200 cantatas, one set. I win.

Shows:

Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:

Out The Door: A 9/11 Dedication From Jeff Spurgeon

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

To commemorate the 17th anniversary of 9/11, WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon prepared some remarks in lieu of his regular "Out-the-Door Dedications." Listen to and read them here.
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Remembering Sam Hall, Former WQXR News Director

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Sam Hall, Former WQXR News Director, Dies at 81
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Before Spotify: The Player Piano

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Before there were records, many pianists recorded for the player piano. Watch Rachmaninoff play his own Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, and more!
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Hear the World’s Oldest Piano at The Met Museum

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

When Bartolomeo Cristofori built the first piano, he didn’t intend to create an entirely new instrument.
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3 Minute Opera: Massenet's 'Cendrillon'

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Got a few minutes? Let morning host Jeff Spurgeon walk you through Massenet's retelling of the Cinderella story.
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3 Minute Opera: Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'

Friday, March 30, 2018

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Mozart's "Così fan tutte" in a New York minute (or three).
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3 Minute Opera: Puccini's 'La Bohème'

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Puccini's "La Bohème" in a New York minute (or three).
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3 Minute Opera: Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'

Friday, February 02, 2018

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in a New York minute (or three).
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3 Minute Opera: Puccini’s 'Tosca'

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Puccini’s "Tosca" in a New York minute (or three).
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What Exactly Is a Carol Anyway?

Monday, December 18, 2017

And why do we only use it with the word "Christmas"?
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The Healing Power of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in a Post-9/11 World

Friday, December 15, 2017

Listen to a 2001 audio clip featuring morning host Jeff Spurgeon speaking with community leaders of Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel.
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Listen: Author Jonathan Keates on the Complex History of Handel's ‘Messiah’

Friday, December 15, 2017

The renowned author spoke with morning host Jeff Spurgeon about his new book detailing the genesis, premiere and enduring legacy of Handel's oratorio.
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Watch: Martha Argerich and Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 20, 2017

Listen to legendary pianist Martha Argerich and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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Michael Tilson Thomas Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS present an evening of symphonic Mahler.

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Listen: Jordi Savall's Musical History of Venice

Friday, February 03, 2017

Jordi Savall takes us through a musical history of Venice.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."

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Listen: Neil Sedaka's Musical Career Comes Full Circle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Best known for his pop hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Neil Sedaka started his musical career as a concert pianist. These days he's returned to the concert hall. 

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'Shuffle Along,' an Unusual Revival Finds Its Way Back to Broadway

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The musical 'Shuffle Along' tells the story behind the making of a 1920s production of the same name. Charles Isherwood discusses the merits show and its 10 Tony nominations.

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'Hamilton' Receives Record 16 Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Charles Isherwood joins WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss this year's Tony nominations, which honored the musical 'Hamilton' in nearly every category possible. 

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'Waitress' Serves Up a New Recipe for Movie-to-Musical Adaptations

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The new musical, 'Waitress,' starring Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, with a character-driven score by Sara Bareilles opens on Broadway. Charles Isherwood weighs in.

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