George Eldred

Host/Producer of Café Jazz, Jazz Vault, Classical Encore, Carson Myre Youth Series

George Eldred has lived most of his life in Princeton, Kentucky except for a 15 year stint of studying music in Sewanee, Tennessee and Lawrence, Kansas and working in camera and photo finishing shops in the Washington, DC area. George first went on the air around the 4th grade when the local station in Princeton used to get elementary school students to read children's books from the library on the air.

He grew up listening to the old tube-type radios: clear-channel AM stations let him "travel" over more than half the country. During college he hung out at the "big time" 10 Watt FM station and subbed in on occasion. For some time he volunteered during on-air fundraising, drawing from his own classical music collection.

He first joined the WKMS staff from 1994-1998 producing a classical music show. In 2001 he started producing Café Jazz one night a week and in 2005 began hosting Commonwealth Classics. Now he hosts Café Jazz on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thurdays (at 10). He also produces Jazz Vault.

As of April 1, 2016, George began producing and hosting the Carson Myre Youth Series on the Classical Channel.

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2016-2017 season this Saturday. George Eldred and Maestro Raffaele Ponti preview the first concert on Sounds Good.

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Later this week, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” at the Carson Center. Maestro Raffaele Ponti speaks with George Eldred on Sounds Good about the performance.

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs at the Carson Center once again this Saturday night. WKMS classical producer George Eldred speaks with conductor Raffaele Ponti on Sounds Good about the upcoming concert, Pictures at an Exhibition. 

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra gives its next performance at the Carson Center this Saturday night. On Sounds Good, classical producer George Eldred speaks with conductor Raffaele Ponti about the concert, titled "Sibelius' Violin Concerto."

Andy "Jazzman" Smith has been a Sunday afternoon fixture on WKMS and The Jazzman Show has aired for almost 20 years. We're sad to say the final program was last Sunday (December 27) as Andy retires his program. George Eldred and David Fleming produced his show and chatted with Andy about the memories:

The Jazzman Show will continue to air from time to time on The Jazz Vault. WKMS thanks Andy for all his volunteered time, effort and love of the music. 

The Eisenhower Hour takes over the Sunday, 1 p.m. time slot beginning January 3.

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Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents their the annual Christmas celebration, one of the most energetic performances all season. On Sounds Good, Maestro Raffaele Ponti speaks with George Eldred about the performance and explains why some consider this concert the official start of the Christmas season in Paducah.

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This Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra gives the third performance of their season, Mahler's 1st Symphony, at The Carson Center. on Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with artistic director and conductor Raffaele Ponti about the concert beginning with a tribute to his father through the work by Mascagni, followed by special vocals in Debussy, then a work filled with the sounds of nature by Mahler.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony on Saturday, October 3. His final completed symphony, Tchaikovsky premiered this and conducted it himself in October 1893, nine days before his death. The second performance was in November and was played at his memorial service. On Sounds Good, Paducah Symphony's Maestro Raffaele Ponti describes the composer's struggle behind this piece and Barber's progressive Symphony No. 1 and Saint-Saens' lauded Cello Concerto No. 1 ahead of their performance.

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra kicks off their 2015-2016 season this weekend with a huge opener from the romantic period, featuring two composers who shared similar styles and love for the same woman. Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3, op.97 E-flat major is followed by Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No.2, op. 83, B-flat major. On Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the work and life of these two contemporaries.

Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz, starting September 17. Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.