Boston Globe/March 28, 2000
Ron made his radio debut at age 10 on a children's
program in his home town of Quincy, Massachusetts. He joined 'GBH in 1966
as a part-tin1e news and promotional announcer for Channel 2. Three years
later he switched to radio to host two 'GBH/89.7fm classical music programs:
Prelude and Morning pro musica. Before long, Ron found himself behind the
microphone of an afternoon classical music show, an afternoon jazz show,
a late-night jazz show and an overnight show called 'GBH After Hours.
Ron continued to explore the relationship between
classical, jazz and other musical forms, expanding his lineup to showcase
live performances and classical programming on The Classical Hour, Great
Voices and live broadcasts of The Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Attracting an impressive roster of in-studio
guests, this lover of "Heife1z,Fiedler, Callas and Leontyne" as well as
"Sinatra, Shearing, Torme and Cleo" is as likely to be on the air talking
painting with pal Tony Bennett as discussing the golden age of coloratura
with soprano Phyllis Curtin.
Ron Della Chiesa attended Boston University's
School of Public Communication, where he worked part-time at the university
radio station, WBUR-FM. He served in the Army Reserves, then landed his
first full-time job at Boston's WBOS-FM, where he hosted culturally diverse
programs. He later was selected to hold simultaneous posts as the music
host and program director for WBCN-FM, then an all-classical music radio
station. While at WBCN, he also worked part-time as a television announcer
for Boston stations WBZ/4 and WNAc/7 (now WHDH-TV).
Itís Ron's broad musical expertise, embracing
both classical music and jazz, that keeps him in demand both on the air
and off, hosting any number of events around Boston, from the BankBoston
Celebrity Series 'GBH Classics to the Harry Ellis Dickson Boston Pops Esplanade
concerts, and serving on the board of numerous local arts organizations.
He is also in demand and noted for his many lectures on opera, classical
music, jazz and the Great American Songbook.
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