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Behind the Scenes

Celebrating a Century on the Airwaves

Three white men sit at a table in the lobby of a large concert hall, all laughing at what the man on the right of the image is saying.
(Left to right): Technical director Michael Osborne, Associate Vice President of Individual Giving and former MPR broadcast host Brian Newhouse, and historian John Michel.

On most Friday nights, no matter where you are in the state—or in the world, for that matter—you can look forward to tuning into YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio to hear a live concert. From a radio debut in 1923 under Bruno Walter to television transmissions in the 1950s and the ensemble’s unprecedented international broadcast from Havana in 2015, the Orchestra has always been on the forefront of finding new ways to connect audiences with music.

Reflecting on 100 years of radio broadcast history, MPR host Melissa Ousley sat down with historian John Michel, technical director Michael Osborne, and former broadcast host and current Orchestra staffer Brian Newhouse for a spirited re-telling of this vital history.

Have you visited our Digital Concert Hall? This video was originally filmed as part of a livestreamed This Is Minnesota Orchestra concert. When you head over to our Digital Concert Hall—our latest innovation in connecting audiences with concerts virtually—you can find free and premium behind-the-scenes content, full performances and exclusive interviews.