Station News and Events

WWFM hosts a variety of concerts and other community events. Check out photos, descriptions and recaps of our recent events celebrating our musical partners, our listeners and our donors, and other special announcements about our staff and programs.

WWFM is saddened to learn of the death of Bliss Michelson. Bliss was WWFM's Production Manager and Morning Host from 1992-2011. He died in New Jersey Sunday, March 14 from complications of Covid-19. A respected, professional double-bass player, Bliss was passionate about classical music.

This Giving Tuesday, we are continuing our tradition of highlighting some of the wonderful work done by non-profit organizations in our region. Although we can't invite people into our studios, we are sharing an interview done via Zoom with HomeFront NJ's Community Engagement Coordinator Suki Wasserman by host Rachel Katz. Please consider supporting this amazing organization, which brings much-needed support and programs to families at risk of homelessness in Mercer County. You can help here.

“Shostakovich and the State” presents commentary by Solomon Volkov, author of Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich(1979). The musical focus is Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 (1960): a unique autobiographical document, capturing a moment both personally and historically fraught. Watch here.


Here is the solution to the puzzle first posted on March 29, 2020. (For the original puzzle, see here)

WWFM The Classical Network extends its appreciation to supporting members with a Gratitude Gala on Friday, November 22 at 6 pm. 

Inside Between the Keys with Jed Distler @NYU

Aug 3, 2019

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler gives a special presentation as part of New York  University's annueal Summer Piano Intensive on Wednesday August 7th at 3:30 PM. Distler will speak about his innovative ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning radio program Between the Keys, taking the audience behind the scenes through his process of selecting, editing and producing more than 220 episodes to date. "Creating each Between the Keys episode is not unlike putting together a recital program," says Distler.

J.S. Bach's 334th birthday anniversary is Thursday, March 21, and we want you to help us celebrate his great and enduring music. Join us in membership by renewing your membership, becoming a brand new member, or making an additional gift. If we reach 500 donations, we will end our fundraising and claim our "Bach Pot" of more than $17,000 promised by some of our most committed supporters .

Join The Classical Network as we share our love of music with you in celebration of Valentine's Day - and we hope you will return our affection by becoming a member. We'll bring you music of love and romance all day Wednesday and Thursday. Enjoy the classics that make you swoon! And please take this time to show us how much you appreciate the music we bring you every day of the year by becoming a member, renewing your membership or making an additional gift to the station.

The Classical Network salutes the great work being done by the many non-profit organizations in our community that work to lend a hand to others. We are glad to once again offer some of these organizations the opportunity to share some thoughts on their mission on our airwaves on Giving Tuesday, November 27.

Note: This trip is now sold-out. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to come along!

Have you ever wondered just how a grand piano is created? If your answer is yes, a fabulous opportunity awaits you on December 10. WWFM is pleased to partner with Jacobs Music in Lawrenceville for another tour of the world-famous Steinway & Sons Factory in Astoria, Queens.

#1: Johannes Brahms - German Requiem
#2: Ralph Vaughan-Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
#3: Johannes Brahms - Intermezzo in A Op. 118/2
#4: Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
#5: Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

WWFM had several visitors on May 18 as part of the Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and held at Mercer County Community College. Production Manager and A Tempo host Rachel Katz led a workshop showing students what goes into creating a show and being on the air. As always, it was great to meet these students who appreciate music and the arts!

Due to the inclement weather in the Northeast, The Classical Network postponed its celebration of the musical genius of JS Bach to today. However - don’t delay your support of the great programming you enjoy here every day. Help us make our goal of 500 donations this month by renewing your membership, becoming a new member or making an additional gift.

The Classical Network once again is looking forward to its annual Beethoven Birthday Bash, marking the 247th birthday of the great composer on Friday December 15. This is also a day to celebrate the listener support that makes it all possible. 

As part of its ongoing 35th Anniversary celebration, WWFM recently invited its top donors and underwriters to a special Donor Appreciation evening, held at the Hopewell Valley Golf and Country Club on November 11, 2017. The event included short performances by some of our guest artists and program hosts, including pianist Clipper Erickson, Joe Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordonez (PostClassical), David Dubal (The Piano Matters), Rob Kapilow (What Makes it Great?) and Jed Distler (Between the Keys/JazzOn2's Piano Excursions).

The Classical Network is reaching out again this Giving Tuesday to help worthy organizations spread the word of the work they do to benefit people in our region.

This Tuesday, November 28, we are inviting representatives from HomeFront, TASK, Trenton Music Makers, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, SAVE - A Place for Animals and other local service organizations to come join us on the air and talk about their mission and the people they serve.

Jed Distler, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence, has been named the 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast/Internet Award for his weekly program Between the Keys, a creative, imaginative and unique journey through the keyboard repertoire. 

New: Watch the first part of this event on Facebook!

Join The Classical Network for our next live concert broadcast featuring composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow on Monday, May 8 at 8 pm live at Princeton High School, or on the air as our Celebrating Our Musical Future broadcast. Select young musicians from three area youth orchestras - Youth Orchestra of Central New Jersey, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of Bucks County - will come together to form an All-Area All-Star Youth Orchestra to perform Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, “Unfinished."