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 WNYC.org.
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.
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Friday, November 17, 2017
This week's list features music written in the 1940's for feature films, a benefit for the troops, and his last Broadway revue.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Our exploration of the music of Arthur Schwartz continues with five must-have recordings for your collection.
Friday, November 03, 2017
Explore the best recordings of music by the man partially responsible for our channel's namesake: Arthur Schwartz.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Part four of The Definitive Johnny Mercer features Cassandra Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr., Sinatra, Streisand, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman
Friday, October 20, 2017
Part three of The Definitive Johnny Mercer features Ray Charles, Dianne Reeves, Tony Bennett, Ella and Sinatra
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Part two of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of Johnny Mercer has five more must-have recordings for your collection.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Johnny Mercer was one of the most prolific lyricists in American history, penning more than 1500 songs. Watch five definitive performances of his work.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
The final edition of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of George Gershwin looks at five must-have recordings of music from his time in Hollywood.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This week’s edition of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of George Gershwin looks at five must-have recordings of music from Porgy and Bess.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
We’re back with part two of The Definitive American Songbook: the music of George Gershwin with five more must-have recordings.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
There are many great recordings of the music we call the Great American Songbook, but which ones define the genre? Every week we give you the must-have recordings for your collection.
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."
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Ailyn Pérez and bass Edward Hanlon discuss one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, Puccini's "La Bohème."
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
"Nabucco" is the opera that got Verdi back in the game, but its premiere almost didn't happen. Hear the story and more on this week's podcast.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, author Fred Plotkin, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb discuss Rossini's masterpiece "L'Italiana in Algeri."
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang podcast, hear how a story about a child-eating witch became a Christmas classic.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The duets from his Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts raised money for victims of war and violence in the 1990s.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Swedish music producer and remixer Seth Everman is a "classical pianist who listened to hip hop once." He takes making music seriously but keeps whimsy in his re-mixing videos.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Croatian duo 2Cellos are the de facto bad boys of classical crossover whose videos have evolved into short-form art films.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
What is this genre called classical crossover? We found five videos that are exploring the idea of classical-meets-pop.