Five Public Radio Types Who Are Fun To Follow On Twitter

Some of the folks we follow on Twitter.

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We might be just a tad biased here, but we think folks who work in public radio are among the most interesting, witty, fun and engaging people around. (You should just see them at parties!)

So for our occasional series of Twitter-centric guidance, here are our recommendations for five of our favorite public radio personalities and stations. They've carved out distinct social media identities, but what unites them is how well they use Twitter with a classical music bent, creating tweets that are smart, informative and loaded with personality.

(You can find us on Twitter as well at @nprclassical.)

Five Public Radio Types Who Are Fun To Follow On Twitter

  • Fred Child

    Fred Child.
    APM

    Fred Child of Performance Today is perhaps an overachiever: It's not uncommon for him to tweet and host a radio broadcast simultaneously. Either way, the commentary is always insightful and entertaining. A recent revelation: "4,040. Did I count right? The number of snare drum notes in Bolero, I think. A 24-note pattern 168 times, then a 7-note flourish."

  • WQXR

    WQXR.

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    Coming off of their genius #obeythoven campaign, they have digital delights to share: videos of pianists performing all 32 of Beethoven's solo sonatas, recorded live at their Greene Space.

  • Daniel Gilliam

    Daniel Gilliam.
    Daniel Gilliam

    Many people working in classical public radio frame their lives around the music they love. The program director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio tweets about his life as not just as a music lover, but as a composer: "For me, slow music writes fast, but fast music writes slow."

  • Brian Lauritzen

    Brian Lauritzen.

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    In Los Angeles, Brian Lauritzen brings the funny — and demystifies classical music along the way. Sample tweet about a poor recent segue on KUSC: "Schubert G-flat major Impromptu followed by Khachaturian Sabre Dance. Sublime to ridiculous. #badprogramming #sorry"

  • Texas Public Radio

    Texas Public Radio.
    Texas Public Radio

    Texas Public Radio mostly tweets about their playlists, but their style of delivery is very charming. This is their wry if accurate introduction to Bartok's ballet 'The Wooden Prince': "The simple tale of a Prince's attempts to woo and win a reluctant Princess through the use of a broomstick dummy."

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