Mary Hoffman became program director of WOSU-FM in 1966. Before her retirement thirty years later, Mary interviewed at length some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. She caught Maria Callas on the fly at Port Columbus airport. Beverly Sills caught in a drafty Ohio Theater dressing room. A jovial Arthur Fiedler chatted on the phone prior to a concert in St. John's Arena. Igor Stravinsky was in Columbus to conduct the Columbus symphony in his Rite of Spring and Symphony of Psalms.
Hoffman recently downsized and moved into a new home. You bet she's alive and well. Mary continued a long career in the travel business. Her boxes of reel to reel tapes made their way to retired WOSU audio master Dave Gelfer. Dave digitized the reels and voila!
During my time here, I've inherited offices and files originating with Mary. Reading about her music programming and her views informing what makes a tremendous music station made for a wonderful education.
Mary Hoffman was long time Program Director and chatelaine of WOSU into the 1980s. Recently, Mary "downsized" and gave me a box of reel to reel tapes of all the interviews she'd done on the air going back to the late 1960s.
Mary Rousculp Hoffman was Program Director at WOSU radio through the early 1980s. During her tenure Mary sought out and spoke to some of the world's greatest artists. In future posts we'll hear Mary's visits with Vladimir Horowitz, Igor Stravinsky, Maria von Trapp and Yehudi Menuhin.
Mary Hoffman, long time program director for WOSU has gifted us with her interviews with some of the world's great musicians, done between the mid 1960s to the 1980s. Mary spoke to absolutely everyone, and as you'll hear, they were all delighted to speak with her: