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:

Throwback Thursday: Walt Disney World Opens

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Walt Disney World opened on this date in 1971. Jeff Spurgeon considers its place in popular culture, including its influence on classical music.

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Throwback Thursday: The Last Home Game Played by the Brooklyn Dodgers

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, 1957: A date that will forever live in baseball infamy.

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Throwback Thursday: Music for the IND Subway Line

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Eighty-three years ago, on September 10, 1932, the IND subway line began servicing commuters along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan


In-Studio: Alina Ibragimova Performs Bach and Ysaÿe

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.


Left-Handedness Leaves its Fingerprints All Over Classical Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In honor of Left Handers Day, host Jeff Spurgeon considers one violinist who had to switch hit out of necessity – and who thrived doing so.
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Berlin Philharmonic Names Kirill Petrenko as Chief Conductor

Monday, June 22, 2015

The 43-year old Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko will succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor and music director when Rattle steps down in 2018. 
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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Ethan Hawke: Live Concerts Are the Savior for Classical Music

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ethan Hawke, the actor recently nominated for an Oscar for "Boyhood," is back in movie theaters, but this time he's behind the camera.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries': The Sound of NYC Before a Blizzard

Monday, January 26, 2015

For WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon, Richard Wagner's surging rhythms evoke the sound of New Yorkers in the hours before the blizzard.

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Karl Jenkins: From Choral Classics to Classic Commercials

Friday, January 16, 2015

Karl Jenkins's knack for mixing different types of sounds has helped to make him one of today's most-performed living composers. The Welsh composer speaks about his unusual career.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Christmas with the King’s Singers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7:00 PM

Tues, Dec. 16 | Join us as one of the most celebrated ensembles performs Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend. A live video webcast will be available.

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A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama

Monday, December 8, 2014

5:00 PM

Mon, Dec. 8 | Join us for our beloved holiday tradition, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic. Featuring your favorite public radio personalities and actor Mark Linn-Baker as Scrooge.

The Hypnotic Power of Bach

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

This November, our friends at WQXR are bringing you a month-long tribute to the magnetic and hypnotic music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


On-Demand Video: WQXR Presents Welcome, Berliner Philharmoniker

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In advance of the Berliner Philharmoniker's kick-off to the new Carnegie Hall season, WQXR hosted an evening featuring special previews and a performance by the Varian String Quartet.


Replay: Why People Listen to the Same Music Over and Over

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nostalgia, force of habit and sometimes sheer laziness play a significant role in the kinds of music, movies and books that we consume on a regular basis.

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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Plays Wagner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Listen to the archived broadcast of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble that brings together young musicians from Israel and Palestine and other Arab countries.

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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' 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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