George Mason

On-air host, Clearly Classical

George Mason, a host of FM89's Clearly Classical,  is a longtime presence on the airwaves of Central California,  in both radio and television. George has spent the last 29 years here in the Valley, though he says he’s still thawing out after 40 years of Michigan and Ohio winters.  He got his start as a cue card boy at age 16.  Soon after, he took on a midnight on-air shift for a Detroit FM station.  George later served in Vietnam, in 1967, and in Thailand in 1968. 

His years working in radio, including time in Detroit in the mid-1960’s, would lead to opportunities in television, as he soon was doing weather for stations in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. George came to the Valley in 1983, when he took a job at KSEE, channel 24 in Fresno.  It was that year that he began listening to Valley Public Radio as well.  In Fresno, George would meet his wife, Toom, who now works as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at VA Hospital in Fresno.  “It is profoundly humbling what they know and do,” George shared.

George became a part of the FM89 team in 1990, when he began working as a night and weekend announcer.  From 2000 until 2005, he was the station’s Morning Edition announcer, and since 2010 has been enjoying semi retirement, while doing some part-time announcing for the station. George says that when it comes to his past work in television news and weather, “I’m happy to put that identity behind me, with its requirement for suit and tie, makeup, anchor chit-chat, and having to smile at a camera when you sometimes don’t feel like it.”  He enjoys the challenge of learning on the job, and feels that “you can never know enough about classical music composers and I find it impossible to understand how they could do what they did.”

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12:03 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Keyboard Concert Broadcasts Return To Valley Public Radio

Philip Lorenz
Credit Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series

Fresno's Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series returns to the airwaves of Valley Public Radio this fall with broadcast performances recorded during last year's season. Since 1972, the series has brought the world's finest pianists and organists to Fresno to perform for local audiences. This year FM89 listeners will hear the following performances Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

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Valley Writers Read
12:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oscar G. Williams's "It's Coming" On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams reads “It's Coming.”  A science fiction story.  A very strange object in outer space is headed our way, and the astronomers decide it's a huge black hole which has a good chance of colliding with our galaxy.  So all the nations start building spacecraft in hopes of saving humanity if what's out there dislodges the earth from its regular orbit.

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 3

Aaron Grisez performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of soloists from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This week we hear performances by three exceptionally talented musicians from YOOF:

Joanne Chen, violin performs Max Bruch's Concerto in G minor, first and second movements

Henry Woolf, flute performs Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, first mvt

Aaron Grisez, marimba performs Paul Lansky's Hop(3)

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Young Artists Spotlight
7:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fresno State President's Quintet

  This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear the President's Quintet of California State University Fresno. This scholarship woodwind ensemble is funded through the office of the university's President Joseph Castro and performs at many official campus events. The student members also receive additional support from the Fresno State Associated Students Inc. for tours, supplies and commissions. The group was founded in 1978, and is directed by Fresno State flute professor Dr. Teresa Beaman. In previous years, the ensemble has toured Europe, Asia and California.

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Young Artists Spotlight
11:19 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear the music of the Fresno City College Guitar Quartet, featuring students from the FCC Advanced Guitar class. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Kevin Cooper and performs music by Albeniz, Penella, Praetorius and others. 

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet:
Andrew Gomez-Ramirez
Roger Hallaway
Brandon Mendez
Micah Byers
Dr. Kevin Cooper, director

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Young Artists Spotlight
2:34 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Michael Delfin

FM89's George Mason and pianist Michael Delfin
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The 23-year-old pianist Michael Delfin is no stranger to FM89 listeners. He has twice before performed on Young Artists Spotlight, and this week he returns to our studio to share his music with local listeners. Now a resident of Baltimore, Michael is on the faculty of the Baltimore School of Music. He also is a double major at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, studying both music (at the Peabody Conservatory) and history. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:41 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 2

Olivia Lin, Luke Zhao, Benjamin Pegram, Hope Yuan, and Emilea Okayasu
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of performances from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This time, we feature five young string musicians from ages nine through eleven. Hear these talented pre-teens: Emilea Okayasu, Benjamin Pegram, and Hope Yuan, violin, and Olivia Lin and Luke Zhao, cello.

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Young Artists Spotlight
7:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Ensembles Part 1

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature three ensembles from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF), including five trombones, three flutes, a cello and violin. FM89's George Mason hosts this special program featuring some of the Central Valley's finest young musicians.

YOOF Trombone Choir:

Featuring Madeleine Guekguezian, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin, and Ethan Santos performing  "Song for Japan" by Steven Verhelst

YOOF Flute Trio:

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Young Artists Spotlight
4:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2014

The Lindsay Guitars honor ensemble performed on Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight
George Mason Valley Public Radio

The eight-member honor group from the Lindsay High School Guitars paid a return visit to Young Artists Spotlight this year. The performance included solos from graduating seniors Salvador Madrigal and Joseph Ochoa, not to mention a surprise cello solo from Kathryne Wills, the youngest member of the Tulare County Symphony and the daughter of Lindsay High School teacher Nancy Wills, who founded the Lindsay Guitars in 1999 and leads the group to this day. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
2:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet performs in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

The 2014 season of Young Artists Spotlight begins with a performance by four talented teens from Bakersfield, Henry Song, Liang (Vicky) Zhao, Sharon Hong and Sebastian Lee. Together they are the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet. They performed the following:

Bach: 1st movement from the Third Brandenburg Concerto
Mozart: Rondo
Folk song medley: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) and Arkansas Traveller (arranged by George Frederick McKay)  
Mozart: 1st movement from Eine kleine nachtmusik

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:56 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Constantine Pappas and Maelyn De Fede

Soprano Maelyn De Fede and baritone Constantine Pappas
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

We bring the 2013 season of Young Artists Spotlight to a close this week with a performance by the winners of the Fresno Musical Club's Young Singer Awards. Baritone Constantine Pappas and soprano Maelyn De Fede join us to perform live in-studio on this special edition of Young Artists Spotlight.

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Young Artists Spotlight
9:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Harpists Erin Kim & Madeline Olson

Harpist Erin Kim performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances by local harp students Erin Kim and Madeline Olson. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
12:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Youth Orchestras of Fresno Musicians

Erin Scofield performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature three different ensembles drawn from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Violinist Erin Scofield opens the program with a performance of Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano, accompanied by Hatem Nadim, piano. Following that, we hear a performance of Cambini's Wind Quintet No.2 in D minor by the Gigabyte Woodwind Quintet, featuring Andrew Young - horn, Henry Wolf - flute, Noelle Tutunjian- clarinet, Alana Stevenson - oboe, and Issac Ebury - bassoon.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2013

Lindsay Guitars
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we welcome 19 young guitarist from Lindsay High School to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. Director Nancy Wills brings her students to FM89 every year for this broadcast, which is always a treat for all those involved.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Brian Liu, Kara McCoy and Anna McCoy

Cellist Anna McCoy performs on FM89's Young Artist Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight, we hear live performances from three talented musicians from Bakersfield. Sisters Kara McCoy, violin and Anna McCoy, cello are joined by pianist Brian Liu, who also performs several selections for solo piano.

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Young Artists Spotlight
11:38 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Youth Orchestras of Fresno & CSUF Soloists

Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances by members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and from students at Fresno State. YOOF soloists include  Andrea Bogle, viola; Emilea Okayasu, violin; and Benjamin Pegram, violin. Fresno State soloists include Esther Verrinder, violin and Aimee Dockum, cello.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: LeCheng Tong and Michael Ko

Clarinetist Michael Ko performs on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature two more talented young musicians from Kern County: clarinetist Michael Ko and violinist LeCheng Tong. The two joined pianist Patrick Bender and FM89 host George Mason for this week's broadcast. 

Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:04 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: FPU String Quartet & Vocalists

The Fresno Pacific University String Quartet performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances from the Fresno Pacific University String Quartet, (Allison Ens, Valerie DeFehr, Blong Vang and Maxton Viera) and three Fresno Pacific vocalists, Michael Villarreal, Angelica Evangelista, and ​Chianti Wilson. 

Young Artists Spotlight
3:06 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Fresno Pacific Young Composers

Vocalist Joslyn Sarshad and pianist and composer Joseph Joseph del Giorgio perform on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by young composers with ties to Fresno Pacific University, Joseph del Giorgio and Luffy Bailey. Both del Giorgio and Bailey attended Fresno Pacific as undergraduates. Bailey is now working on a masters degree at Fresno State, and del Giorgio is doing the same at Cal State Fullerton. Joining del Giorgio for his performance on Young Artists Spotlight is fellow Cal State Fullerton vocalist, soprano Joslyn Sarshad.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:02 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers perform at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Young Artists Spotlight, the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers visited the Bonner Performing Arts Studio for a live in-studio performance. Listen to this talented group of south valley students showcase their love of music in this special broadcast. The choir is directed by Christopher Borges. 

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