New England Public Radio has hired John Nowacki to be its morning classical music host, replacing longtime host and music director John Montanari who retired in December.
Nowacki will be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New England Public Radio - 88.5 FM WFCR. He began March 3.
"John has extensive programming and hosting experience over several decades, and we've already received very positive listener feedback about him in both areas," said Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of NEPR, referring to Nowacki's recent fill-in work as the station conducted its' search for a full-time host.
Nowacki has nearly 30 years of radio experience, mostly as classical music announcer and music director for NPR affiliate, WNPR in Hartford. He stayed on as the local host of “All Things Considered” at WNPR for several years after the station moved to an all-news format. Since leaving WNPR, Nowacki has worked as a narration contractor and voice-over artist, lending his voice to such projects as the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford's current fundraising campaign.
Originally from the Midwest, Nowacki developed an interest in classical music in high school when he discovered organ music recordings by E. Power Biggs and began singing in school choirs. He also sang with the Milwaukee College Conservatory Chorus (later the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus). He worked for several Illinois stations before moving to WNPR in 1990.
Nowacki lives in Hartford, where he sings as a bass/baritone in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church. He also enjoys reading good science fiction and biographies of 16th- and 17th-century historical figures.