WRR Classical 101.1 FM Dallas / Fort Worth is losing their weekend host Matt Erikson. He has been offered the opportunity to pursue an exciting journalism opportunity in Los Angeles. In May, Matt was selected to receive a prestigious Annenberg graduate fellowship at the University of Southern California. These awards are highly competitive, and as an Annenberg fellow, Matt will be researching the latest communication and digital media technologies to create a project of value to the field of arts journalism.
"I leave WRR with great sadness, as well as tremendous gratitude and respect for the station and how it contributes to the cultural life of the Dallas-Fort Worth area," says Matt. "I don't think that an arts journalist could have a better professional experience than reporting the Cliburn Competition with the kind of wall-to-wall, quality coverage that this station is used to providing its listeners."
Kurt Rongey, Operations Manager for WRR, says "In addition to a highly-regarded on-air presence, Matt's numerous interview podcasts and articles on a wide range of topics have raised the stature of our print publications and our online presence."
Matt began work at WRR in May 2008. Prior to that, he worked in print journalism as the classical music critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Hartford (Conn.) Courant. He intends to keep in touch with WRR and give updates of what looks to be a promising arts season in Los Angeles -- the first year of Gustavo Dudamel's music directorship at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a music festival curated by composer John Adams and a new "Ring" cycle staged by L.A. Opera.
"Matt's contribution to cultural discourse in this new era of communication promises to be of great consequence. We at WRR are pleased that his work has resulted in such an accolade," said Greg Davis, Station Manager for WRR.
Your last chance to hear Matt is this weekend and during a special edition of "Midday Music" next Friday.