Jeff Spurgeon


Jeff Spurgeon has been the morning host of WQXR since 2006. He joined WQXR in 1997 and during his 30-year career in radio, Spurgeon has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Spurgeon hosts remote broadcasts in New York City and internationally.

His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Spurgeon 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.


Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:

Musicians from the Middle East Unite through Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tell Jeff Spurgeon about how they seek to overcome national and ethnic differences through music.
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Ask John Schaefer Anything: What Makes A Good Wedding DJ?; Who Invented The Bassoon?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Anna Sale of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast and WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon pose a pair of questions for Soundcheck's brainy host.


3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. Spurgeon breaks down Der Rosenkavalier in a New York minute (or three).

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss' Salome

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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Face The Music: Why You Quit Your Instrument

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York Public Radio's classical station WQXR is currently collecting and repairing old band instruments, then donating them to New York public schools. With the drive in full swing, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer and WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon pause to ask: “Hey, why’d ya stop playing that instrument in the first place?”


What Made You Put Down That Instrument?; Dum Dum Girls Performs Live

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In this episode: Running through April 7, the WQXR Instrument Drive is collecting and repairing your old band instruments, then donating them to New York public schools. With the drive in full swing, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer and WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon pause to ask: “Hey, why’d ya stop playing that instrument in the first place?”

And: Fronted by Dee Dee Penny, Dum Dum Girls has earned acclaim for its dirtied-up blend of 1960's pop and ‘80s polish. Hear the band perform songs from its new album, Too True, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Songs, Signs and Sounds of Spring

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For much of the United States, it has been a long, harsh winter. And though today—the first day of spring—may still not quite feel like winter has departed, there are signs that spring is on the way in. Jeff Spurgeon, morning host for classical station WQXR, has his favorite signs of spring as well: All in the form of spring music. He joins us today to discuss some spring-sounding tunes as the Sun crosses the celestial equator for the Vernal Equinox.

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Master Class: Pianist Angela Hewitt + Third Street Music School Settlement

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5:30 PM

Join WQXR and world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt for a Bach master class with students from Third Street Music School Settlement.

Concert to Recreate Rhapsody in Blue Premiere on its 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.

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On-Demand Video: 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafał Blechacz Performs Live in The Greene Space

Thursday, January 09, 2014

On January 8, 2014, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was named the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, one of the classical music world's most distinguished honors and one given only every four years.

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Pratt's Steam Whistles to Herald in the New Year

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Brooklyn's Pratt Institute will continue its tradition of blowing steam whistles to usher in the New Year.

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My Favorite Christmas Carol (This Year)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.

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WQXR Presents The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here

Friday, December 13, 2013

7:00 PM

In an exclusive New York performance, the legendary Canadian Brass, beloved for their virtuosity, versatility and mad-cap showmanship, perform from their all-new CD Christmas Time is Here, featuring classics from some of the most popular animated specials created for the holidays.  

Benjamin Zander, Maestro Who Works to Motivate

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.

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Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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Placido Domingo Calls Otello His All-Time Favorite Verdi Role

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.

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Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

Friday, October 04, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for a special broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Wagner and his contemporary Verdi.

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Why Sad Songs Make Us Happy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Sad songs say so much,” Elton John once sang. But what do they say, and why do they speak to us? In a recent study published in the journal “Frontiers of Psychology” researchers tried to find out. Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host for WQXR, shares his thoughts on this new study and shares some if his own sad music picks with The Takeaway.

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Long Delayed, Kenneth Branagh's 'The Magic Flute' Arrives in the US

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.

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