Dave Beck

Weekdays, 9-11am

Dave Beck hosts Classical KING’s late morning show. Previously, he was an award–winning producer of KUOW Presents. He had been at KUOW since 1985, beginning his career there as classical music host and music director. From 1993 to 2000 he was co–host of Weekday. His national and regional broadcast honors include the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Award for Best Interview and the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Regional Excellence Award. The only male in three generations of his family who didn’t work building rockets and airplanes for Boeing, Dave nonetheless has a keen interest in aeronautics and exploration. His favorite interviews include conversations with space pioneers Buzz Aldrin, Scott Carpenter, Bonnie Dunbar, Donna Shirley, Alan Shepard, Steven Squyres, and Don Brownlee.

Dave has won awards for his on–air conversations with historians Stephen Ambrose and Nathaniel Philbrick. His favorite musician interviews include cellist Yo Yo Ma, violinist Hilary Hahn, and the late performers Joe Williams, John Denver, Milt Jackson, and Milton Katims.

An active musician (cellist) as well as broadcaster, Dave is a member of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and has played as principal cellist of the Bellevue Philharmonic and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestras. He is past president of the Seattle Youth Symphony board of directors. A University of Washington music graduate, his cello instructors have included Harriet Shank, Toby Saks, Raymond Davis, and Cordelia Wikarski Miedel.

Dave’s love of music originally drew him to radio. His first on-air radio experiences were as classical music, jazz and folk hosts at community stations KBCS in Bellevue and KAOS, Olympia. Dave has been the pre-concert lecturer at the Cascade Symphony since 2009 and has hosted Seattle Chamber Music Society podcasts since 2012.

Enjoy Music That Speaks To Me

Of all the instruments to choose from in a list like this, the cello gets more than its fair share here. I suppose that’s understandable since I continue to play and love the instrument. One common thread in my list is how all of these pieces remind me of important personal moments in my life, of wonderful teachers, conductors and musical mentors I’ve experienced along the way, and of profoundly moving experiences listening in the concert hall, programming and presenting on the radio, or while making music with gifted friends.