George Eldred

Host/Producer of Café Jazz, Jazz Vault, Classical Encore, Carson Myre Youth Series

George Eldred has lived most of his life in Princeton, Kentucky except for a 15 year stint of studying music in Sewanee, Tennessee and Lawrence, Kansas and working in camera and photo finishing shops in the Washington, DC area. George first went on the air around the 4th grade when the local station in Princeton used to get elementary school students to read children's books from the library on the air.

He grew up listening to the old tube-type radios: clear-channel AM stations let him "travel" over more than half the country. During college he hung out at the "big time" 10 Watt FM station and subbed in on occasion. For some time he volunteered during on-air fundraising, drawing from his own classical music collection.

He first joined the WKMS staff from 1994-1998 producing a classical music show. In 2001 he started producing Café Jazz one night a week and in 2005 began hosting Commonwealth Classics. Now he hosts Café Jazz on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thurdays (at 10). He also produces Jazz Vault.

As of April 1, 2016, George began producing and hosting the Carson Myre Youth Series on the Classical Channel.

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Paducah Symphony Orchestra

UPDATE: The Symphony has postponed this concert out of concern for the health of their patrons and musicians. The performance will be rescheduled.

This weekend, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra will present two colossal works by Beethoven and Elgar with guest cellist, Julian Schwarz. Conductor Raffaele Ponti visits the WKMS studio to discuss the upcoming performance.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra's March performance is Saturday the 16th at the Carson Center in downtown Paducah. Included are two works by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Choruses presents its annual Christmas Celebration on December 8th. WKMS classical host and producer George Eldred speaks with conductor Raffaele Ponti on Sounds Good about the popular concert.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

Classical Producer George Eldred spoke with Raffaele Ponti, conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, about the opening night of the 2018-2019 season this weekend. 

           The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will be performing their 2017-2018 season finale concert this Saturday, April 14th. The performance features powerful works from several composers, including William Walton and Jacques Offenbach. PSO conductor, Raffaele Ponti, visits WKMS to discuss the upcoming event.

      The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Stravinsky's "The Firebird!" alongside works from several Romantic composers. Conductor, Raffaele Ponti, speaks with George Eldred about the upcoming concert and its musical context. 

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   The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is providing a music-filled weekend with back to back concerts featuring famous film scores and American composed choral repertoire. Conductor, Raffaele Ponti, visited Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming events. 

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra opens it’s 2017-2018 season this Saturday. On Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the performance.

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On Sounds Good, George Eldred and Paducah Symphony Orchestra conductor Raffaele Ponti preview Saturday’s performance at Paducah’s Carson Center.

George Eldred speaks with Paducah Symphony Orchestra conductor Raffaele Ponti about this year’s A Christmas Celebration on Saturday at the Carson Center in Paducah.