Best Classical Radio DJ (2009)

Jeff Spurgeon

Oh, hell, let's just call him the city's best radio DJ, period. Or at least the most amusing. The classical music scene can sometimes take itself a bit too seriously—no news there—but there's little danger of stuffiness every weekday morning on WQXR from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., when Haydn, Mendelssohn, and the rest of that strings-loving crew find themselves in the ever-capable hands of Jeff Spurgeon, a ray of wit and intelligence on New York's mostly uninspiring radio spectrum. Jeff's down-to-earth manner and low-key sense of humor are every bit as pleasurable as the concertos and nocturnes he spins. And his droll delivery of the announcements he is forced to read are often the highlight of the broadcasts. With the station's recent shift from 96.3 FM to 105.9 FM, Jeff is now "right of the dial"—to misquote the Replacements—but still very right for New York's classical music.


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