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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Brad Althoff, Managing Producer
Highlights from Brad Althoff's award-winning career at APM include producing the live American broadcasts of the Minnesota Orchestra from Johannesburg, Havanna and Amsterdam; six Last Nights of the BBC Proms, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra live from Vienna, many concerts from Carnegie Hall, and the gala opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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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

Host, Composers Datebook

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 nearly 650,000 listeners each week.

Composers Datebook audience:

  • 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.

Source: ACT1 Systems based on Nielsen Audio Nationwide DMA Audience Estimates, Persons 12+, Fall 2020.

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