K-Mozart is meant to serve as a beacon for music lovers because Levine gave the station the intoxicating goal of showcasing the best of the best. It will be a treasure trove of excellence in the classical concert arena, with a pinch of the best of Broadway and Hollywood star composers and performers, along with its lineup.
“K-Mozart’s goal is to bring the best concert music to the world in Southern California,” according to Levine.
The station was originally launched over 60 years ago when Levine crowned Mount Wilson with an antenna and became a powerhouse in broadcasting. There have been different formats over the years. Now the relaunch is taking the resort back to its classic roots.
The May 1 debut featured a loop of Beethoven’s “Symphony Number Nine”, truly bringing an “Ode to Joy” to listeners on day one. Throughout the day, interstitial messages were broadcast with acclaimed conductors, composers, star performers and other personalities from the music world expressing their congratulations and enthusiasm for the new K-Mozart.
Equally stellar is the local talent on air for K-Mozart. There is a great selection of classical music personalities and seasoned presenters. The lineup will include the return of the iconic “Evening Concert,” previously broadcast on Los Angeles Radio for 75 years. It airs Monday through Friday nights at 7 p.m. with Nick Tyler as the host.
Much-honored opera superstar, Los Angeles native, Suzanna Guzmán, hosts “At the Opera” Sundays at noon. Winner of an Emmy for hosting the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration live event and host of KCET’s open call, Guzmán’s impressive track record and ease on the microphone will delight listeners.
Grammy-nominated composer and pianist David Benoit will host “Ovations” on Sunday afternoons. Russ Maloney, formerly of Public Radio in the Midwest, will host “K-MOZART Morning Classics” from 7 am Monday through Friday.
Legendary Los Angeles broadcaster Chuck Southcott (of Music of Your Life fame), known for his presentations of great Broadway and Hollywood music, hosts “Curtain Call,” starring the Saturday morning. In addition, other special programs are planned for the future.
In the ever-changing landscape of radio, know that good music is still good music. And a superhero on that lineup is Saul Levine who features classical music superstars, with a sprinkle of the best of Broadway and Hollywood, songwriters, conductors and stars.
To agree K-MOZART.