John rittmeyer

Longtime Classical 101 afternoon drive-time announcer John Rittmeyer hosts his final broadcast Friday, Dec. 29, before heading into retirement after 30 years at WOSU.

color photo of John Rittmeyer taking at the microphone
Jennifer Hambrick

The afternoon announcer with the warm voice and the calm, gentle demeanor — on and off the air — will be signing off from Classical 101 for good at the end of December.

Classical 101 afternoon host John Rittmeyer is retiring after more than 30 years at WOSU. The friendly voice you’ve heard at the end of your workday, during your evening commutes and while you settle into your evening at home has been a steady companion for thousands of listeners through the years.

Romantic Rachmaninnoff on Tonight's Symphony @ 7

Jun 18, 2015

You might think that after the disastrous premier of his First Symphony in 1897, Sergei Rachmaninoff could have given up writing symphonies for good.  The great Russian pianist and composer went into a nearly three year long depression that ended only after the intervention of psychological counseling, which resulted in his popular Second Piano Concerto in 1901.  

Fortunately for us, Rachmaninoff also wrote two more symphonies.  On the tonight's Symphony @ 7, I'll have the well-received and popular Symphony No. 2 in E Minor from 1908.