Glenn is host for the Princeton Festival series, the Concordia Chamber Players series, and brand new, starting March 31st, host of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra series on The Classical Network.
Glenn Smith retired as The Classical Network’s Music Director in the summer of 2013 after 25 years at WWFM, beginning in 1988 when the station advertised for an on-call announcer. Shortly after he began, he stepped up to fill in for the afternoon music host and production manager who was on maternity leave, and he continued hosting the afternoon shift right up to the time of his retirement.
Glenn learned his craft at WBUR at Boston University, now a key NPR constituent but then a student-operated station specializing in classical music. After two years in the Army, Glenn began writing and announcing news at WJLK, the radio station of the Asbury Park Press.
Over the years his career has included positions throughout the classical music world, including public relations director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (then led by Max Rudolf, whose assistant conductor was the young Erich Kunzel); assistant manager of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, then led by Henry Lewis; and classical record buyer and store manager of Franklin Music, then a leading retail record chain in metro Philadelphia. As classical division product manager at RCA Red Seal in New York, he spent four years traveling the country servicing record retailers and working with artists as James Levine, Placido Domingo, Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal and the young Emanuel Ax. He followed his boss who left RCA to set up his own company, in the very young performing arts home videocassette business. After three years at VAI Glenn struck out on his own to form Proscenium Entertainment. It was during Proscenium’s infant years that Glenn answered the ad from WWFM.
Glenn continues in retirement to produce concert broadcasts for The Classical Network as radio producer for Concordia Chamber Players and The Princeton Festival broadcasts. That’s just the right amount of commitment for a retiree with two high school juniors at home.