Michael Shobe

Assistant Program Director, WQXR

Michael Shobe is the assistant program director for New York’s classical music radio station WQXR.

When New York Public Radio acquired WQXR in 2009, Shobe was hired to build the digital music library and database in preparation for the station’s re-launch at 105.9FM. Shobe has handled the operational responsibilities for WQXR, produced the station’s fundraisers and worked on live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall to The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. He's programmed the internet stations devoted to holiday music, Mozart, Beethoven, Great Symphonies, Vintage WQXR, the WNYC/WQXR September 11th Decade of Remembrance: Measuring Time and worked on the launch of Operavore. Most recently, he has worked with Jonathan Schwartz on the launch of The Jonathan Channel, the new home for the American songbook at

Prior to joining WQXR, Shobe worked in music programming at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and held positions at L'Oreal and Epic Records. He also currently writes and performs the music for Louis CK's hit comedy "Louie."

Born in San Francisco, Shobe holds degrees in music business & management and music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. His work as a musician has taken him across the US, Europe, South America and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Oh Land, Cage the Elephant, SweetPro, Amazing Baby, Wu Li, Dana Leong, the Dymaxion Quartet, Tam Lin, Maxfield Gast and others. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog and cat.

Michael Shobe appears in the following:

The Headliner: Partners from Barbra Streisand

Monday, October 20, 2014

This week, we're taking a look at the new studio album from Barbra Streisand, Partners. 


Everything Old is New Again with Kat Gang

Monday, October 13, 2014

This week, we're featuring the second release from jazz vocalist Kat Gang, Dream Your Troubles Away. 

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Celebrating Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One Meets Cécile McLorin Salvant

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The annual Jazz In July festival at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan has had an abundance of great programs this year. Bill Charlap is celebrating his 10th anniversary as artistic director while the festival marks its 30th. His program touched on many different faces of the American songbook: Miles Davis, Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and Fred Astaire. There was a meeting of three generations of piano men – Dick Hyman (the previous artistic director of Jazz In July), Charlap and Christian Sands. Last night was devoted to the divine one, Sarah Vaughan.


A Night of Johnny Mercer with the John Pizzarelli Swing Seven

Friday, July 25, 2014

The John Pizzarelli Swing Seven ensemble is at Birdland this weekend. It’s an expanded version of his quartet and, as he announced last night, we were about to see their 5th performance as a unit.


10 Interpretations of Richard Rodgers

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is celebrating the 112th birthday of Richard Rodgers in style. Here are our favorite, top 10 Richard Rodgers videos - the interpretations that have us holding our breath.

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A Success for the Great American Songbook: Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Last Sunday, The Jonathan Channel took to the stage at BAM for Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. Hosted by Jonathan Schwartz, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, the program featured several top interpreters of the Great American Songbook. 

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