Anthony McSpadden joined WHRO in April 2009 as host and producer of “Afternoon Delights.” Now in his third decade in radio, Anthony is a veteran broadcaster and programmer whose career began at legendary WRR in Dallas, Texas. He hosted middays and mornings there, and served as the station’s music director. During his tenure, the station achieved remarkable numbers in listenership. As morning host, Anthony interviewed visiting guest artists and soloists, among them Anne-Sophie Mutter, Van Cliburn, James Galway, Luciano Pavarotti, Denyce Graves, Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinsen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1997, Anthony was chosen to accompany and report on the Dallas Symphony’s ambitious three week European tour, under Maestro Andrew Litton.
In late 2000, Washington, DC based WorldSpace Corporation, the world’s first satellite radio broadcaster, recruited Anthony to create and develop a classical music channel – Maestro – for its network platform offerings. Under the leadership of SVP of Content Samuel C.O. Holt (author of the 1967 Public Radio Study and one of the founders of NPR and PBS), the content team at WorldSpace created unique programming for distribution globally over WorldSpace’s two satellites, Afristar and Asiastar. These two satellites covered 134 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, India, and parts of Australia. Maestro was among the most popular channels in the company’s lineup.
In May 2011, Anthony was named Director of Programming for WHRV-FM, a position which complements his interest in news and public affairs programming. He retains his position as host and producer of 90.3’s Afternoon Delights.
In addition to his broadcast work, Anthony performed (as an enthusiastic alum) with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra in a benefit performance of the Toy Symphony; he served as narrator as well, notably in Peter and the Wolf and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. He has also produced two recordings, and as a writer contributed the notes to a recording of music by Manuel Ponce. Among his many interests are films, reading, spending time with his two children, travel, listening to and evaluating music, eating good food, and studying various thing s from architecture, early color photography, history and aviation. He resides in Norfolk’s West Ghent.