Archive for Friday, December 23, 2011

Opera Is My Hobby’ going off the air

December 23, 2011


Jim Seaver

Jim Seaver

An institution at Kansas Public Radio is coming to an end, according to a statement from Kansas University.

The program “Opera Is My Hobby” will air its last broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on KPR. The show, which has aired weekly since Sept. 19, 1952, has been airing encore broadcasts since its host, Jim Seaver, died in March at age 92.

Seaver, who also taught Western Civilization and ancient history at KU, hosted the show since its inception.

At the time of Seaver’s death, it was the second-longest public radio program with its original host in the country.

The last show will feature Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” which is typically performed around the New Year holiday.


StirrrThePot 6 years, 2 months ago

:( This is not unexpected however. What a run! This was a show I enjoyed immensely. RIP Jim Seaver--we miss you and we'll miss your show.

bastet 6 years, 2 months ago

No, not unexpected. But I hoped that it would remain in some fashion . Now KPR has no time devoted to opera . This is a great loss.

George_Braziller 6 years, 2 months ago

I was trapped in an office for a year with a boss who constantly listened to KANU. Any time "Opera is My Hobby" came on I always found an excuse to run an errand.

I just couldn't deal with the monotone droning.

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