Jeff Spurgeon is finding your corner in the big, bold world of classical music. He is the morning host on WQXR.
Raised on a farm in western Nebraska, Jeff Spurgeon was never a good farm kid. He was, however, a natural born speaker. A retired local radio station owner’s chance visit to Jeff’s church on the day he was presenting announcements led to an audition that sparked the beginning of Jeff’s broadcasting career. However, his upward climb was delayed briefly by a slight lateral lisp that had to be addressed through rigorous speech therapy sessions. The experience, while debilitating at the time, made Jeff acutely aware of his speech patterns, and his self-consciousness ultimately developed into an awareness that has since served as an asset in his career.
Jeff worked at pop stations in Nebraska for years before meeting the love of his life and moving with her to New York. By the time a slot at WQXR became a possibility in 1996, Jeff had been an avid listener of the station for years, partially in admiration for radio greats like Lloyd Moss, June LaBelle, and now-colleague Nimet Habachy, and partially out of a genuine love for the music. But he failed his first audition — the knowledge he had gleaned from childhood piano lessons and listening to WQXR just wasn’t sufficient. Thankfully, a second try brought success. When he got to the station, he knew he was still very much a fish out of water, so he got straight to work, studying and learning on the fly, and finding his passions within the genre. Today, Jeff is WQXR’s morning host, bolstering listeners on their morning commute and encouraging them to find their home in the big, bold world of classical music.
Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:
Monday, April 27, 2020
A tribute to the beloved late host of WNYC's Morning Edition, Richard Hake.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Due to the COVID19 virus, this concert has been cancelled, and Carnegie Hall will be closed from March 13 through May 10. For more information, please visit Carnegie Hall's website.
Monday, February 24, 2020
WQXR brings you Beethoven's 8th and 9th Symphonies in the first Carnegie Hall Live broadcast of 2020.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
On December 11 at 7:30pm, WQXR took you to Carnegie Hall for the New York recital debut of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.
Friday, November 08, 2019
WQXR takes you to Carnegie Hall this Friday night at 8 for a program of Richard Strauss and Brahms!
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Carnegie Hall Live returns with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven, Strauss, and more.
Friday, September 13, 2019
WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon spoke with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason about performing Clara Schumann on her bicentennial.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for performances by the winners of this year's Sphinx competition!
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Short on time, but still want your "Traviata" fix? If you can find three minutes, Morning Host Jeff Spurgeon has got you covered.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Carnegie Hall is a legendary venue, but artists that have shone on its stage have brought music to expectant mothers in hospital's and homeless shelters throughout New York.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
To commemorate the 17th anniversary of 9/11, WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon prepared some remarks in lieu of his regular "Out-the-Door Dedications." Listen to and read them here.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Sam Hall, Former WQXR News Director, Dies at 81
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Before there were records, many pianists recorded for the player piano. Watch Rachmaninoff play his own Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, and more!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
When Bartolomeo Cristofori built the first piano, he didn’t intend to create an entirely new instrument.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Bring your family to a magical interpretation of Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" performed by musicians from the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and narrated by Jeff Spurgeon.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Got a few minutes? Let morning host Jeff Spurgeon walk you through Massenet's retelling of the Cinderella story.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Mozart's "Così fan tutte" in a New York minute (or three).
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Puccini's "La Bohème" in a New York minute (or three).
Friday, February 02, 2018
Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in a New York minute (or three).
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you an entire opera. Listen as Spurgeon breaks down Puccini’s "Tosca" in a New York minute (or three).