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Radio My Way: Featuring Celebrity Profiles from Jazz, Opera, the American Songbook and More (Hardcover) Hardcover – November 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (November 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205252702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205252701
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

With a voice as smooth as a Charlie Parker alto saxophone solo, Boston broadcasting icon Ron Della Chiesa has brought music and musical legends alive for over thirty-five years.

 

The seeds of his passion for radio and broadcasting were planted in a Quincy household in the '40s where his father, Aldo, sang arias in the living room, and where the voices of the great Italian tenors: Caruso, Lanza, Gigli, held forth from the radio on snowy winter evenings. After Aldo brought ten-year old Ron to his first opera, La Boheme, young Della Chiesa promptly set up a makeshift radio studio at home, reading news, taping music, and imitating his favorite radio personalities.

 

There was simply no stopping his love affair with music and broadcasting that continues to this day.

 

For close to four decades, Bay State radio devotees have stopped the dial on his programming on a host of stations including WBUR, WBOS, WBCN, WGBH and WPLM. In that time, this "walking musical encyclopedia" has thrilled thousands of listeners with a smorgasbord of shows including "Classics in the Morning," "Morning Pro Musica," the groundbreaking and hugely popular "MusicAmerica," "The Jazz Songbook," and "Strictly Sinatra." Now the host of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in both Boston and Tanglewood, Ron and his wife Joyce, a renowned chef, host WGBH Learning Tours which take place all over the world.

 

Here are the inside stories of over forty years of broadcasting in Boston through the eyes of radio legend Ron Della Chiesa. Discover Boston's vibrant music scene as only Ron can tell it: through his interviews with everyone from opera greats Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, to jazz artists Dizzy Gillespie and Dave McKenna, beloved song legends Rosemary Clooney and Bobby Short, composers David Raksin and Andre Previn, the brilliant raconteur Jean Shepherd, to his close friend, musical legend Tony Bennett.

 

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in 1938 in Qunicy, Mass., Ron Della Chiesa grew up in a home where they listened to NBC broadcasts with Toscanini and was influenced by his fathers love of opera with Caruso or Lanza playing on the Victrola. His own musical interests expanded when his father took him to classical and jazz concerts and later, after graduation from Boston University, he began working in a variety of radio stations, developing his broadcast style and acquiring a loyal fan base in areas of jazz, ‘American standards,’ and opera.

During his nearly four decade career, Ron has hosted a number of popular radio programs and he has conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews. Well known as a longtime host of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he has also hosted, along with his wife Joyce, the WGBH-TV Learning Tours.

In 1995, receiving the Courage of Conscious Award, he was cited for being a classical and jazz scholar and for being a steward of intergenerational music that binds society and elevates cultural integrity.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Frank on November 22, 2011
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I can not put this book down...from Syphony Sid to Illinois Jacquet to Pavarotti...Ron knows them all...the book is well written and an enjoyable read ...I love the parts about Ron and Joyce...my wife started her read this AM...Dan Frank
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on November 20, 2011
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What a wonderful book about Ron Della Chiesa's love of broadcasting, music, friends and family. Ron has a zest for life and this book tells it. This book will make you laugh, cry and feel you know everything about the author. What an amazing journey through his personal and professional life in braodcasting. A must read....bravo!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl on November 11, 2011
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What a great read. Ron Della Chiesa seems to have always been in the right place at the right time. He has so many great personal stories about the legends who shaped Opera, Jazz, and the American Songbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PWB on April 1, 2012
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Not reviewing the book,reviewing the format. If advertised as a Kindle book, one would think you could read it on the kindle. Should be more prominently displayed on what format book can be read on, as unable to read on the kindle or iPhone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda E. Werbner on December 6, 2011
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As a longtime listener to the mellifluous and warmhearted voice that is Ron DC, I am enjoying this slender tome immensely. The narrative is jocular and inviting and Ron DC is not afraid to show a warts-and-all image of his early days in radio like when he left the booth to have a sandwich in the cafe downstairs and the record--Beethoven's Fifth Symphony--skipped for 25 minutes straight on the famous opening bars or when he advised listeners not to forget to "set your cocks back" that night. The book also provides a juicy and fascinating snapshot at such beloved classical curmudgeons as Robert J Lurtsema ("Don't you ever call me Bob!") and the early classical days of the late and much missed Boston rock station WBCN-FM and its kooky and eccentric founder. This book is required reading for radio aficionados in the Boston area. And kudos to writer Erica Ferencik for capturing the essential Ron DC.
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