WBJC's monthly newsletter to keep you informed about programming highlights, upcoming local events and general station news. 
We have good news and
not-so-good news for you!

First, the not-so-good-news: Our winter on-air drive begins on February 1st. The good news: You can shorten the drive.   

For every $50,000 we raise by Friday, January 27th, we will shorten the drive by one day. We are counting additional gifts, renewals, new memberships, gift memberships – everything, in this attempt to lop off a day or two. This is your chance to minimize the interruption to our regular 100% classical music schedule.

We would much rather bring you the classical music you enjoy without interruptions. But 70% of our budget comes from listeners, so we must come to you for support.

Since we began giving our listeners the opportunity to shorten the drives by buying back a day or two of regular programming, we have eliminated 25% of our scheduled fundraising days. This successful joint effort to bring you more classical music is something we can both be proud of.  

It’s in your hands - your donation by January 27th can shorten the drive. Click here to make a secure pledge, or call our Membership Office at 410-580-5800 and make your gift today.


Joseph M. Hutchins
General Manager

People sometimes ask who my favorite composer is, or what my favorite piece of music is.  I don’t have a favorite anything, so I tend to go blank when asked these questions. There is simply too much to choose from, especially with classical music. I also tend to be in the moment with music.  So, if I’m listening to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 or his Symphony No. 2, those are my favorites.  Listening to Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, I almost always decide that the Russians are my favorite composers until I hear Bruckner’s 4 th  symphony or Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  We are always changing and evolving, and our likes and dislikes tend to ebb and flow, at least mine do.  However, If I were faced with the prospect of having to choose only 10 recordings to take with me onto a secluded radio-less, iPod-less desert island, here are my choices…at the moment, and for the time being in no particular order... 

Read Kati's list here!
From the Blog

Dance Movement Therapy is one of a range of practices that has proven remarkably successful in the treatment of certain mental health cases.  Deborah Quirk, a former dancer, is a board certified dance movement therapist who has witnessed its success first hand.

  Getting a new car? “Don’t trade it, donate it!”  Before you head to the dealer, plan on donating your older vehicle to WBJC. Usually the value you'll receive for your donation will meet or exceed what the dealer will offer you as a trade-in and is fully tax-deductible.

Call 855-WBJC-CAR or donate securely online.  Click here to see how easy  it is!

All this month of January the Enoch Pratt Free Library, partnering with the Maryland Food Bank, is accepting Food for Fines. One can = one dollar off of a library fine.  Gordon Krabbe, interim CEO of the Enoch Pratt Library took the time to tell Kati more about this inspiring January event!  

“My library shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color.”
– Enoch Pratt

Enoch Pratt’s gift to Baltimore City is in a time of transition, and Judy Cooper, Coordinator of Programs and Publications, is this month’s guest on Booknotes to talk about what’s in store.

Listen here!

WBJC is proud to bring you the 86th season of the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts, made possible by you, our members. Join Jonathan Palevsky a half hour before the opera for the Opera Preview Show!

  • 01/21 - Romeo et Juliette - Gounod @1pm
  • 01/28 - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini @1pm
  • 02/04 - Rigoletto - Verdi @1pm
  • 02/11 - Carmen - Bizet @1pm
  • 02/18 - I Puritani - Bellini @1pm
  • 02/25/17 – Rusalka – Dvorak @1pm

Your continued support for opera keeps the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts and other live performances on the WBJC Operafest Saturdays at 1pm throughout the year. 

Would you like to be a WBJC Volunteer?
If you'd like to come in during one of our Pledge Drives to help out in Pledge Central, we'd love to hear from you.

Come hang out with other classical music fans, eat great food and meet the staff!

At the bottom of this email, you can click "Update Profile" and add yourself to the Volunteer Email List. You can also call the Membership Department at 410-580-5800, or reply to this email, to volunteer for the Winter Drive!
Sponsor Spotlight

Hosted by Wine World Beer & Spirits, Abingdon and Harford Community College Foundation, this year’s 

Winter Wine Expo will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at APGFCU Arena, HCC, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of fine wine, fabulous food, silent auction and music.  Last year the event raised over $25,000 for programs and scholarships funded by the Harford Community College Alumni & Friends Association. Click here for tickets and more information.