Public radio debuts series on musicals


The Maryland Public Radio Association, an organization of eight public radio outlets, is making its initial foray into programming with a 13-week series on musical theater.

Titled "Curtain Up!" the series was supported with $500 from the MPRA and is hosted by David Harfeld, a federal administrative law judge from Chevy Chase with a long interest in the subject, and produced by John Davlin of MPRA member station WHFC-FM (91.1) at Harford Community College.

The first of the hour-long programs is on the 1965 musical "Skyscraper" and will air on WFWM-FM in Frostburg Sunday at 4 p.m. It airs Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. on WHFC, at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 on WEMS-FM (91.3) in Princess Anne. WTMD-FM (89.7) at Towson State University and WKHS-FM (90.5) in Worton in Kent County have not yet scheduled an air date.

The MPRA is seeking funding to expand the series to 52 weeks and has also contacted American Public Radio about possible national distribution, Mr. Davlin said.

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