Jeff Spurgeon is the morning host on WQXR.
Jeff joined WQXR in 1997, and during his 30-year career in radio, Jeff has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Jeff 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.
Favorite composers: Bach is first; I find more food for the mind and heart together in his music than in anyone else’s. Beethoven reminds me that I’m alive. Schubert’s and Schumann’s songs contain worlds in small packages. And Sibelius’s symphonies tell me of the vastness, beauty and mystery of nature.
Desert island disk: What a cruel question. Just one? I shall defeat your cruel purpose by choosing just one set — Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. 28 CDs, 200 cantatas, one set. I win.
Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
'Mozart in the Jungle' co-creator Roman Coppola talks to Jeff Spurgeon about where he looks for inspiration in the classical music world.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The new musical 'Disaster!' crashes onto Broadway, spoofing 70s films such as 'The Posidon Adventure' and 'Earthquake.'
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Series creator and cast member Jason Schwartzman shares his discovery of the classical world.
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.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Jeff Spurgeon looks at the last time the classical cannon topped the Billboard Hot 100 in honor of Throwback Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.