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Weekdays from 9-12 p.m.

The Monday program starts off with "Mystery Melody Monday" inviting listeners to identify the music selected. "First Friday" is Melony's request show heard morning's on the first Friday of each month. Listeners can send in requests via email to or by phone at 865-974-5541, or send them on our Facebook page.  

Composers Datebook airs at approximately 10 a.m.

Note: playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the spring and fall.

Marble City Opera and Executive/Artistic Director, Kathryn Frady, have been working hard to organize and produce a live performance during the time of Covid-19. The opera company will present Leoncavallo's one-act opera, I Pagliacci, at the Tennessee Amphitheater at World's Fair Park, August 13, 14, and 15. All performances are at 7:30pm, but seating will begin one hour prior to the performance to encourage less crowding and more social distancing. Seating is general admission to keep patrons from having to walk in front of one another in order to get to one's assigned seat.

In 2012, David Lang composed a work for the vocal quartet, Anonymous 4, all about the subject of love. He took, as his starting point, the many different retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde and then put them next to stories by the contemporary author, Lydia Davis, which are also about love and honor between two people, but from a modern perspective that we can relate to today.

The Crossing

"America's most astonishing choir"--The New York Times

The Crossing: based in Philadelphia and led by Donald Nally, this professional chamber choir is dedicated to commissioning and recording substantial new works for choir. Many of its nearly ninety commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues. With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued nineteen releases, receiving two Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019) and seven Grammy nominations.

J. Henry Fair

Multiple Grammy award-winning classical guitarist, Sharon Isbin, has just released two new albums: Affinity, which features world premiere recordings of music by several composers, including Chris Brubeck, Tan Dun and Richard Danielpour, and Strings for Peace, which combines western classical guitar with north Indian classical music. 

Stephanie Berger

One decision can change the course of your life. And for Knoxville-native and Double Bassist, Will Yager, that decision was to attend a concert presented by the Nief-Norf Summer festival. That concert inspired him to attend the festival the next Summer as a fellow, which led to a passion for performing and creating new music. Will is finishing up his DMA at the University of Iowa and his dissertation is to record an album of newly composed music...that was specifically written for him.

Marble City Opera has had to postpone one production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci was originally scheduled for May 29th and 30th, but has been postponed to August 13, 14, and 15th. Fortunately, the original venue of the Tennessee Ampitheatre in World's Fair Park remains the same and offers a great solution of outdoor seating and space for social distancing. During this time when the curtain is temporarily closed, executive and artistic director, Kathryn Frady, has been brainstorming and sharing ideas with other arts administrators.

The city of Oak Ridge, TN was essentially born out of a need to solve a problem. Established in 1942 as a production and development site for the Manhattan Project, scientists came to live and work in this small town where the atomic bomb would be developed. Not long after arriving in Oak Ridge, one scientist, Waldo Cohn, a cellist, felt the need to play chamber music with some of his colleagues. Out of this grew the Oak Ridge Symphonette, which would later become the Oak Ridge Symphony, conducted by Cohn.

Symphony Orchestras and performing arts organizations all over the world have had to cancel performances, postpone events and shutter concert hall doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Live performances involve large groups of people and that's not a good idea right now. So what are these artists doing in the meantime? How do they create music and connect with an audience? Thankfully, we are in a digital age and have technology to help, but how people choose to use that technology is up to them.

Amidst the chaos of COVID-19 and the disruption it has caused for live performances, there has been some good news for music director, Aram Demirjian. The young conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has been named the eleventh recipient of the Sir Georg Solti conducting award. This prestigious award is the largest grant given to a conductor under the age of thirty-eight years old. The grant may be used  for career advancement, whether it be for furthering studies, purchasing scores, or paying for travel.

In early to mid-March, when performances and tours were swiftly cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small window of time, before lockdowns were set into place. The professional male vocal ensemble Cantus seized the opportunity and recorded as many songs as they could in a span of three days, a total of twenty-eight, which they have called the COVID-19 sessions. The eight-member ensemble chose selections from their repertoire that they knew they could put together quickly and that would also bring comfort to their fans.