WQXR Names Graham Parker, Executive Director of Orpheus Chamber, New Vice President

Tapped to Innovate WQXR’s Classical Programming for the Digital Age

Graham Parker, an innovative arts administrator, has been named to the newly-created role of Vice President of Classical 105.9 WQXR, announced New York Public Radio President and CEO Laura Walker today.

In this new role, Mr. Parker, will be responsible for envisioning and executing WQXR’s brand as a New York-rooted classical music destination with global relevance and reach. He will lead the efforts to create distinct, innovative content on multiple platforms, build strategic business relationships and cultural partnerships, and grow audience and create community among on-air, online and live audiences on WQXR 105.9, www.wqxr.org, and in the station’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

“Graham’s reputation as an innovative content producer, a champion of artists, and a collaborative manager is a dazzling match for our ambitions to make WQXR a vibrant classical music platform for 21st century audiences on-air and online, in New York and around the globe,” said Ms. Walker. “We are fortunate to have found a leader who possesses such rich experience in both the artistic and business sides of classical music, as a producer of content for live and broadcast audiences, and who values both the artistic integrity of composer/ musician and the experience of the audience. I’m excited to welcome Graham to the formidable WQXR team.”

"This is an extremely exciting time to be joining WQXR, working to extend and deepen the critical place classical music radio has in New York and around the world,” said Mr. Parker. “WQXR has become, in eight short months, the most listened-to public radio station in the country, and my goal is to build on this success by bringing quality classical music to an ever expanding audience of all types and ages, on multiple platforms in distinctive and original ways.”

Mr. Parker will join WQXR on September 1, 2010, reporting to Ms. Walker and working closely with Dean Cappello, Senior Vice President of WNYC Programming and Chief Creative Officer, and the rest of the New York Public Radio senior management team. Parker will be the first Vice President for WQXR since its acquisition by New York Public Radio in Fall 2009 and its transformation from a commercial into a public radio station. Christopher Bannon, who, in addition to his role as WNYC’s Program Director, has overseen the programming on WQXR with a transition team from across the station, will continue to do so until Mr. Parker’s arrival.


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