Radio Program Manager and Music Director Brad Cresswell is the host of Afternoon Classics (weekdays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), and Live from FM 91, heard at 10:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month. Brad produces and hosts our local performing arts showcase WGTE in Concert, which airs at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. He's also the creator, producer and host of New Music from Bowling Green, a one hour series distributed nationwide by the WFMT Radio Network.
An award-winning producer, programmer, and music host, Brad came to WGTE in 2009 from NPR's flagship radio station, WNYC in New York. In addition to programming and hosting music shows on WNYC, Brad oversaw the creation of that station's 24/7 classical music service on the Internet and HD Radio, "WNYC2" (precursor to WQXR's popular "Q2" channel).
As a contributing producer at WNYC, Brad was a co-recipient of the first ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award in 2007. He also stage-managed several live radio broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, including those by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as Sir Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce Cor Meum.
During his time in New York, Brad freelanced with the Metropolitan Opera radio department, and wrote dozens of scripts for their weekly broadcasts on Sirius Satellite Radio. He continues to appear regularly as host of the popular Opera Quiz intermission feature during the Met's Saturday matinee broadcasts, which are heard on over 300 radio stations world-wide.
Some of Brad's other professional activities include writing for Carnegie Hall's Playbill magazine, and performing voice-over work for HBO, Cinemax, and several nationally-syndicated Public Radio programs, including Radiolab and Studio 360.
He's also ventured into composition, with performances of his work reaching venues throughout the United States — including New York's Weill Recital Hall, where his music was characterized as "striking" by chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times.
In 2004, Brad wrote the music and designed the sound for a multimedia updating of Dante's Inferno, entitled Hell, which opened New York City's famed Rubin Museum of Art. The piece was subsequently revived for a series of performances at New York University's home for Italian studies, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
Before entering public radio, Brad enjoyed a 16-year career as a professional opera singer, and performed leading roles with the New York City Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington Opera, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, among many others. His voice can be heard on commercial recordings issued by the London, Philips, New World, Innova, and Carlton Classics record labels.
Brad currently lives with his wife Jennifer in her hometown of Temperance, Michigan, with their two young children Elliott and Brenda.