A name and voice familiar to listeners of nationwide public radio will become executive producer of the Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN), a project co-founded by KUSC in 1998 to provide round-the-clock music to stations across the country.
Cheryl Glaser, the business editor of “Marketplace,” public radio’s business and finance program, in September will leave that program and move two blocks away from American Public Media to CPRN’s office at the KUSC studios in downtown Los Angeles.
Glaser, who prefers the first name Chery when she is off the air, reports on breaking news and feature stories and frequently fills in as host both on “Marketplace” and “The Marketplace Morning Report.” In her new role at CPRN, she will aid programming direction and produce major projects.
“My heart is in reporting and being on the air,” said Glaser, who hopes to create longer pieces on the “human side and back stories of performers and performances.” She anticipates using interview clips from performers and conductors to help introduce classical pieces.
Glaser has a lifelong love of classical music, having begun piano and theory lessons at age six. During high school, she briefly entertained the thought of becoming a concert pianist � “for about a quarter second,” she said. “Then I realized I wasn’t good enough to make the grade.” She has been a dedicated KUSC listener for more than 20 years. Working at CPRN, she said, will allow her “to pursue two of my favorite interests � radio journalism and classical music.”
Glaser earned a degree in international relations from Pomona College and calls herself a “compulsive” traveler. She began her radio career as a traffic reporter and then switched to news. For two years, she performed the juggling act of serving as a morning newscaster for three types of Los Angeles stations � New Age, hip hop and public radio � simultaneously. “It was very good training,” she said, with understatement.
CPRN is marketed and distributed by National Public Radio. Brenda Barnes, the president of KUSC, is a co-founder of the alliance along with Max Wycisk, president of Colorado Public Radio.
Nine announcers host CPRN’s 24-hour music service, presenting a mix of well-known classical music and thoughtfully chosen, lesser-known works from medieval times to modern day. Fifty public radio stations currently are part of CPRN, with a geographic reach into 17 states. Over the Internet, the network has listeners worldwide.
The alliance also offers fund-raising programming three times a year for member stations. Explaining the group’s mission, Barnes said, “CPRN offers the best performance pieces from the classical repertoire as well as information about the music, delivered concisely, that helps listeners learn a little more about the music.”