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Weekly two-hour classical music concerts (limited series) 

"Pittsburgh Symphony Radio" proudly brings one of the nation's top-ranking orchestras to classical music lovers nationwide with a weekly two-hour classical music concerts (limited series). Host Jim Cunningham and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra captivate audiences with works from the standard repertoire as well as by new composers in world premiere performances. As indicated by the thousands of letters fans send in each season, the PSO richly deserves its acclaim. "Pittsburgh Symphony Radio" — one thrilling concert after another!

WQED, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Jim Cunningham

Program feed schedule
Content Depot: Files delivered every Thursday by 0600 ET October through March


Number of programs

Broadcast rights
PRX affiliate stations may carry any or all programs in the series, as fed or delayed, twice within one year of the feed. Each program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this series, stations must contact their PRX Station Services contact.

Listener inquiries

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 Host Bio


Jim Cunningham

WQED-FM's artistic director, Jim Cunningham hosts the WQED-FM Morning Show weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m., and the nationally syndicated Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra broadcasts heard on more than 150 public radio stations which air Sundays at 8 p.m.

Cunningham served as the classical music critic for Pittsburgh magazine where he contributed a monthly column for 15 years. He has produced and hosted more than 30 features for WQED-TV's nightly OnQ magazine. He's a regular pledge host for Channel 13 and has twice produced feature programs with Andre Rieu in Rieu's hometown of Maastricht, the Netherlands. His OnQ special followed the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony on their tour of Europe.

Cunningham has traveled as a correspondent with the Pittsburgh Symphony on 20 world tours to Europe, Japan, South America, Australia and the Orient. Cunningham has served as a narrator and host for numerous classical music events.
Cunningham’s work has been recognized with awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania with numerous Golden Quills, the Air Award from March of Dimes, the Gabriel Award from U.S. Catholic Broadcasters, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's Millie Award, the Board of Directors of Chatham Baroque and the Pittsburgh Symphony Paul J. Ross Award for Excellence in Education and Audience Engagement.

As an active member of the community, Cunningham regularly appears as a guest speaker, narrator or host at various cultural events, including Pittsburgh Chamber Music pre-concert lectures. He is a frequent host at classical music events, introducing concerts at the Mellon Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins for Andre Rieu; Hartwood Acres, South Park and the Bach Beethoven and Brunch series for Pittsburgh; Citiparks at Mellon Park; and he’s hosted the Three Rivers Community Band Festival for 10 years. He also served on the boards of the City of Pittsburgh Arts Commission, Chatham Baroque, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and Eastern Public Radio. Currently, he is a board member of the Friends of the Carnegie Library, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society Executive Committee and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Steinway Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society.