Alec Baldwin to host New York Philharmonic on WCNY-FM

The New York Philharmonic will launch the sixth season of the concert broadcast series, The New York Philharmonic This Week, beginning Thursday, Oct. 1. Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is the new host of the two-hour radio program, which is broadcast and syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year nationally, and locally by WCNY-FM (91.3). Utica listeners can hear the broadcast on WCNY-FM (89.5), and Watertown listeners on WCNY-FM (90.9).

The first 39 weeks of broadcasts will represent virtually the Orchestra's entire 2009--10 season, the first under Music Director Alan Gilbert, and will include interviews with Philharmonic musicians, guest artists, and conductors. The additional 13 weeks of broadcasts, which will air during the summer months, will draw on the Philharmonic's extensive library of commercial recordings.

"I'm very, very excited to be working with the New York Philharmonic. I'm a huge fan of classical music; I am a collector of classical music recordings, and I have a newfound relationship with the Orchestra," said Alec Baldwin. "I am very glad to be here at the inception of Alan Gilbert's first season." "Alec Baldwin is a great music lover, and loves the Philharmonic," said President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta. "We are delighted he will join us as the announcer of our radio broadcasts at this exciting time in our history, as Alan Gilbert becomes the 25th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Alec is a great fan of ours, and we are great fans of his."

Screen and stage actor Alec Baldwin will host The New York Philharmonic This Week beginning with the 2009--10 season. He received the 2009 and 2008 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his starring role in the television series 30 Rock.

WCNY is a private, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, and member-supported affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) founded in 1965. We serve a 19-county viewing and listening area, reaching more than 1.8 million households via on-air, radio and online content.

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