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Award-winning, Nationally Syndicated Show Comes to WOSU-FM Weeknights

COLUMBUS – Each week, Exploring Music enthralls listeners across the nation, and now, listeners in Central Ohio will have the chance to join in on that exploration. On Monday, March 6 WOSU Public Media’s Classical 101 welcomes Exploring Music to its lineup, weeknights at 6 p.m.

Classical 101 listeners can tune into the show, hosted by musician and conductor Bill McGlaughlin, for an hour-long look at classical music composers, their lives, musical influences and the impact they have had on different genres. Each week the show focuses on a single theme, so Monday through Friday listeners get a comprehensive overview delivered in compelling, serialized chunks. The format appeals to listeners of all ages and past themes have ranged from the composer Duke Ellington to the musical style of the Tudor period in English history.

Bill McGlaughlin has been at the helm of Exploring Music since 2003 as writer and host providing lively commentary and in-depth analysis. Compared to other musicians, McGlaughlin got a late start when at age fourteen he took his first piano lesson. Recalling that moment when he caught the music bug McGlaughlin said, “Happily, I understood immediately what a wonderful thing I’d stumbled into!”

McGlaughlin’s passion for music is what makes him a great host according to Classical 101 Program Director, Cheryl Dring: “Bill has a way of speaking about music that anyone can understand. And his enthusiasm is contagious. I find he always asks the questions I would like to ask!”

Classical 101, at 101.1 FM, is the only all-day classical music radio station in Central Ohio and is the hub of a five-station network of classical stations across Ohio. It features a variety of on-air shows, podcasts, live in-studio performances and recordings of local orchestras and ensembles. Listeners can also tune in to the classical music service at WOSU HD-2 on 89.7 FM, through the online stream at, and by downloading the free WOSU Public Media mobile app.

WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services. To learn more, go to

Songbirds Guitar Museum now open

Chattanooga, Tennessee — Tickets are now on sale for Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The family-friendly, guitar-oriented, pop culture museum is located on the campus of the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Museum Curator David Davidson says, “The guitars in this collection are some of the finest in the world and many have never been seen in this format before. There is something here for everyone from rock ‘n roll to country to blues to jazz. We’re looking forward to sharing it all with music lovers everywhere.”

After a sneak preview, iconic guitarist and top blues artist Joe Bonamassa posted to social media. “Had a great day at The Songbird Guitar Museum in Chattanooga. Thank you fellas for the advance tour. It is simply the greatest guitar collection I have ever seen.”

Grammy-winning musician Vince Gill will curate select cases in the museum and appear in a campaign to introduce the museum to guitar enthusiasts and visitors to Chattanooga. He will welcome visitors via a giant LED screen at the entrance of the museum. Gill was named ambassador for Songbirds Guitar Museum in December.

General admission tickets are $18.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 5-12, and $15.95 for students (13+), seniors (65+) and military with a valid ID. Children 4 and under are free. Family packs are available. Visit to purchase tickets.

Visitors may upgrade to an All Access pass to see the collection’s best and most valuable instruments – some as valuable as one million dollars. This personalized guided tour with a Songbirds Guitar Museum expert allows visitors to ask specific questions about the guitars, their manufacturers and their previous owners, many of whom are well-known celebrities. The personalized All Access upgrade tour is available for an additional $19.95 per person.

Songbirds Guitar Museum is housed in a 7500-square foot section of the historic Terminal Station in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Famous for its role in transporting musicians to their performance destinations throughout the South in the early 20th century, the building has been restored and renovated to remain true to the original time period.

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