Ed. Simone

Ed. Simone
Program Host
Ed. started at Classical 94.5 WNED as an evening (and sometime morning) host in 1995, then went off to Texas for three years where he taught theater and was a producer/host for classical radio in San Antonio.

He returned to us in 1999 and began hosting "Music from Chautauqua," our 13-week summer music series. Ed. continues to host live symphony broadcasts from Chautauqua, and can be heard hosting most Monday Afternoon Classics.

Ed. holds a Ph.D. in theater and directs the academic theater program at St. Bonaventure University. He's acted and directed for the late, great Studio Arena Theater, Upstage New York and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. He's also appeared as a narrator with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Hartford Symphony, and in many national and regional ads and industrials.

Ed.'s favorite classical composers are Beethoven, Ives, Copland, Rorem and Ravel; but he's also likely to have Louis and Ella, Dexter Gordon, most members of the Marsallis family, Ben Webster and the Beatles on his iPod. He cooks French and Italian (often with his friend, TV chef Fr. Paul Seil), enjoys the art of the Hopi and loves life with his wife Leigh, and their German Shepherd, Kiva.

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