Ted Askew

Ted grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and hosted his first radio show at Western Washington University’s KUGS FM while he was still in high school. He continued to host at KUGS FM through his college years at Western. After graduation, he joined a band playing keyboards during the formative Seattle music scene of the 1980s.

His first classical musical announcing job was at KZAZ FM, Bellingham’s first classical public radio station. In the mid-90s, he returned to his roots at WWU to become KUGS FM station manager, and to guide students through their own first experiences in radio.

Ted went on to announce classical music for Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, WA; Colorado Public Radio; Aspen Public Radio; and Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. As part of the Classical Public Radio Network and American Public Media’s Classical 24, his work has been heard in both large metro and smaller rural markets nationwide.

Over the years, Ted has had the pleasure of interviewing many classical artists, including: Neville Marriner, Leon Fleischer, Gil Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Sarah Chang, David Zinman, James Conlon, Osmo Vanska, Robert Spano, David Finckel and Wu Han, Sharon Isbin, Christopher Rouse, James MacMillan, Pepe Romero, and many others.

When he’s not on-air, Ted enjoys reading and adding to his large, eclectic library; he likes to travel (he’s partial to London); he loves live theatre, his insane cats; and a good plate of pasta.

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