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Jeff Spurgeon

WQXR Host

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.

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Listen: Neil Sedaka's Musical Career Comes Full Circle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WQXR
Best known for his pop hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Neil Sedaka started his musical career as a concert pianist. These days he's returned to the concert hall. 

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'Shuffle Along,' an Unusual Revival Finds Its Way Back to Broadway

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The musical 'Shuffle Along' tells the story behind the making of a 1920s production of the same name. Charles Isherwood discusses the merits show and its 10 Tony nominations.

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'Hamilton' Receives Record 16 Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Charles Isherwood joins WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss this year's Tony nominations, which honored the musical 'Hamilton' in nearly every category possible. 

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'Waitress' Serves Up a New Recipe for Movie-to-Musical Adaptations

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The new musical, 'Waitress,' starring Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, with a character-driven score by Sara Bareilles opens on Broadway. Charles Isherwood weighs in.

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In 'Mary Page Marlowe' a Role so Big It Requires 6 Actresses

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New York Times Theater critic Charles Isherwood joins WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon to discuss a new work written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.

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'Exit Strategy': The Final Days of a Failing School

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ike Holter's play 'Exit Strategy' comes to Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater, following a successful run in Philadelphia. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood weighs in.

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'Bright Star' by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Shines on Broadway

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Comedian/author Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell have collaborated on a new bluegrass Broadway musical, about a woman coming of age in the South.

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Roman Coppola Is 'Tickled Pink' to Bring Classical Music to New Audiences

Thursday, March 24, 2016

WQXR
'Mozart in the Jungle' co-creator Roman Coppola talks to Jeff Spurgeon about where he looks for inspiration in the classical music world.

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Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick Bring 'Disaster!' to Broadway

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The new musical 'Disaster!' crashes onto Broadway, spoofing 70s films such as 'The Posidon Adventure' and 'Earthquake.'

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'Mozart in the Jungle's' Jason Schwartzman on Breaking Down Musical Walls

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WQXR
Series creator and cast member Jason Schwartzman shares his discovery of the classical world.

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Hélène Grimaud Dives into Nature with 'Water'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pianist Hélène Grimaud chats with Jeff Spurgeon about her latest release, which revisits her liquid 2014 performances at the Park Avenue Armory.
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When Beethoven Last Climbed the Billboard Pop Charts

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WQXR
Jeff Spurgeon looks at the last time the classical cannon topped the Billboard Hot 100 in honor of Throwback Thursday.

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When Arthur Rubinstein Packed the House at Carnegie

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Arthur Rubinstein was 74 years old in 1961, played ten recitals at Carnegie Hall. All of them were sold out.

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Plácido Domingo Celebrates 75, Recalls Switching From Tenor to Baritone

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Domingo turns 75 and WQXR's morning host Jeff Spurgeon recalls talking to him about becoming a Baritone for Verdi's Othello.
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Throwback Thursday: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It was on this day and this date 152 years ago, on a Thursday, November 19th, in the year 1863, that Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

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Throwback Thursday: Stokowski's Orchestral Toccata in D-Minor by Bach

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seventy-five years ago this week, Walt Disney premiered "Fantasia" featuring Leopold Stokowski is the conductor portrayed in the film, conducting Bach’s Toccata in D-Minor.

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Throwback Thursday: Monopoly's Origins

Thursday, November 05, 2015

It was on this date in 1935 that board-game maker Parker Bros. began marketing the game they called “Monopoly.” Jeff Spurgeon looks back on the game's history.

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Throwback Thursday: The Internet's Birth

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In life, it's important to look ahead. But once in a while, a glance in the rear-view mirror is a good idea. Today's throwback: the Internet's birth. 
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Throwback Thursday: Friederich Nietzsche's Birthday

Thursday, October 15, 2015

On this date in the year 1844, in a small town near Leipzig, Germany, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The rest is (music) history.
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Throwback Thursday: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' Opens on Broadway

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Love it or hate it, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'CATS' set all kinds of musical theater records. Jeff Spurgeon looks at its phenomenal run.

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