Experience the variety and wonder of the pipe organ.

Hosted by Michael Barone, Pipedreams has been a classical music staple on public radio for more than 30 years, and boasts a strong and loyal following.

Pipedreams is available as a two-hour or one-hour show. Stations may carry the two-hour show or carry only the first hour as a stand-alone program.


Michael Barone



Program Feeds

Pipedreams is available via ContentDepot. File Transfer - Monday 09:00 ET


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.

Program listings

Current and archive audio files and program rundowns are available on the Pipedreams website: www.pipedreams.org.


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Station Visit

Subject to availability, Pipedreams host Michael Barone is happy to make visits in support of station events and to promote performances by local organists.

In the past, these visits have been very successful when the station partners with the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists to coordinate and host the event.

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Michael Barone, Host

Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 40 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and it remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael's talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President's Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997 and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

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Program Feeds

Pipedreams is available via ContentDepot. File Transfer - Monday 09:00 ET


00:00 to 59:00
Segment #1 (59:00 total content)
59:00 to 1:00:00
Break (:60 ...empty content/silence)
1:00:00 to 1:59:00
Segment #2 (59:00 total content)
1:59:00 to 2:00:00
Break (:60 ...empty content/silence)

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In this 2-hour program, the first Pipedreams hour is 'self-contained' so that it can be aired independently/stand-alone. Content for the second Pipedreams hour relates to the first hour and functions as an enhancement and continuation of that first hour. It is permissible to broadcast only hour one, but the second hour must be carried following (and not without) the first.

The first hour of Pipedreams is organ-focused. In the second hour, while the organ element is prominent, we explore opportunities for integration of some related non-organ music, so as to provide enhanced context for the organ solos, their composers and their performers.

Both program hours are available for 24/7 audition on the Pipedreams website, and listeners in the first hour are directed there (in an indirect way) for 'additional listening opportunities'. Commentary in the first hour does NOT reference the second hour, so there is no on-air sense of 'something missing', though it is apparent to anyone hearing the full 2-hour show that continuity for the package is totally integrated and progressive.

Program Clock


Pipedreams is heard by nearly 150,000 listeners each week.

Pipedreams audience:

  • 50% female, 50% male.
  • Median age of 70, with 18% between 25 and 54.
  • 69% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • 38% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Sources: ACT1 Systems based on Nielsen Audio Nationwide DMA Audience Estimates, Persons 12+, Spring 2021

Broadcast Rights

Pipedreams is available to all American Public Media affiliate stations for broadcast. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

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