"Sunday Brunch" host Anders Yocom retiring | Wisconsin Public Radio – Wisconsin Public Radio

"Sunday Brunch" host Anders Yocom retiring | Wisconsin Public Radio – Wisconsin Public Radio

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Please join us in wishing a fond farewell to Anders Yocom, who is stepping down from hosting “Sunday Brunch” and the 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday classical show. Anders has brought his “special blend” of classical music to WPR’s News & Music network Sunday listeners since 2012. Anders’ last broadcast is Sunday, Nov. 27.
Anders came to WPR after a long career in public media. He worked in public television in Connecticut, was Coordinator of Programming at PBS in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s, and worked in public television and classical radio in Chicago for more than 20 years. Anders and his wife retired to Fort Atkinson in 2001, but he soon got his chance to take up what he called his “dream job”— working as a fill-in host for WPR classical shows. He began hosting his own show, “Sunday Brunch,” in 2012, after retiring (again) from Interim Director and Associate Director of Radio positions at WPR a few years earlier.
“We’ve been so privileged to have Anders’ sensibilities as a broadcaster at WPR,” said NPR News & Music Program Director Peter Bryant. “Anders combines a love for the music with strong hosting skills and a deep knowledge of how to program music for radio. He’s often said how much he loves this work, and it shows in his genuine desire to connect with listeners, and in the quality of his programs.”
Anders considers what his listeners might want to listen to while they read the paper, do laundry, or drive to and from church on Sunday morning. “I think about it as trying to sound fresh. Shorter pieces, generally lighter,” he said. “If it’s an adagio with some melancholy, then I want to make sure it’s beautiful melancholy.” He plans to end his broadcast of his last show with the final movement of Mahler’s Symphony #3, which he called his “desert island piece” and “the most gorgeous music I’ve ever heard.” Anders will miss his connection with WPR listeners, but “I’ve come to the end of a long journey,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”
Going forward, WPR is committed to continuing live music hosting on Sundays. While plans for that are finalized, the interim Sunday schedule will include a mix of syndicated shows and Wisconsin-based shows, including the ongoing weekly “Wisconsin Classical” broadcasts and a new series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra starting Jan. 1.
 
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