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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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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Bakersfield sisters Hannah Tran (14 years old)  and Meghan (12 years old) brought their Chinese zither artistry to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday February 13 for a live broadcast of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight. Hear about this traditional Chinese instrument and enjoy the sounds of the Tran sisters on this broadcast from our 2013 Y.A.S. season.

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Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang kicked off the 2013 season of Valley Public Radio's program Young Artists Spotlight with a moving performance of The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto by Chinese composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao.


Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

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