A classical radio icon was born 100 years ago Friday, December 6. And here at CPR Classical we’re celebrating Karl Haas by airing an episode of his wildly popular program, “Adventures in Good Music" (Friday at 8p; Sunday at 4p).
I’ve been working in public radio for about fifteen years now, the last three with CPR Classical. Almost as much as I love the music, I love radio history. When I tell someone where I work, they usually mention how much they enjoy the station, then go on to tell me that they enjoy hearing Charley Samson, and then it's not unusual for some to talk about "Adventures in Good Music"—a program that hasn't been on the air for years. Based on these conversations, I'm convinced: if you ever heard Karl Haas over the airwaves, the experience left a powerfully warm impression.
Haas is the only classical music host who’s been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame (along with many other accolades, as this video attests). Before broadcasting, his focus was music, studying at the Mannheim Conservatory, and with pianist Artur Schnabel. Haas got into radio in 1950 when radio station WWJ asked him to host weekly previews of Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts. “Adventures in Good Music” began as a daily, one-hour show at Detroit’s WJR in 1959, and the show was broadcast nationally from 1970 until 2007, including a long run on the old KVOD in Denver. Each episode of the show was devoted to a specific topic, such as the program from 1993 that we'll listen to this weekend that focuses on the "Romantic Piano."
Karl Haas died in 2005. In honor of his 100th birth anniversary this weekend, there are celebrations planned in Detroit, with his son, pianist Jeff Haas, and—maybe most fittingly—on the radio. Join us for CPR Classical's tribute Friday night at 8 and again Sunday afternoon at 4 on CPR Classical.