Experience the variety and wonder of the pipe organ.
Celebrating more than thirty years on the air, Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ.
Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, and in doing so, encourages listeners to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of this instrument. He talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the “mighty Wurlitzers” of movie house fame.
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.
Current and archive audio files and program rundowns are available on the Pipedreams website: www.pipedreams.org.
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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.
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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Air Window & Program Feeds
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Air Window: Monday 3:00 PM ET - Sunday 11:59 PM 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)
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.
ResearchPipedreams is heard by over 120,000 listeners each week.*
- 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.
*Source: ACT1 Systems based on Nielsen Audio Nationwide DMA P12+ Audience Estimates, Spring 2022
Broadcast rights for this program can be viewed and downloaded here. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.
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