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Boost your music I.Q. in just two minutes a day. Host John Birge presents a daily snapshot of composers past and present, with timely information, intriguing musical events, and appropriate, accessible music related to each.


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Composers Datebook is distributed by American Public Media via ContentDepot. Delivery Time: Monday 0:00 ET

The program is listed in the ContentDepot as a weekly episode. Each weekly episode contains seven audio segments, one for each respective day of the week.

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John Birge

John Birge has been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 25 years. Since 1997, he has been hosting on Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music Service. He played French horn for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra and performed with them on their centennial tour of Europe in 1995. He was trained at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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Composers Datebook is heard by more than 700,000 listeners each week1.

Composers Datebook audience2:

  • 53% female, 47% male.
  • Median age of 66.
  • 64% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • 36% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

1Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Fall '18
2Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Fall '17

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