Karl Haas is the creator and host of the longest running daily
classical music program in broadcast history, Adventures in Good
Music. Using a new theme each day, he has delivered the classics
to listeners around the world for over 40 years.
Karl Haas, a native of Speyer-on-the-Rhine, Germany, began his
love affair with music at age six, when he received his first piano
lesson from his mother. At age 12, he formed a piano trio with some
Fleeing the Nazis, Haas and his family settled in Detroit, where
he taught piano and commuted to New York to study with the legendary
pianist, Arthur Schnabel.
His broadcast career began at WWJ/Detroit in 1950, where he hosted
a weekly preview of concerts performed by the Detroit Symphony.
Soon the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked him to talk about
the music on the air. In 1959, WJR/Detroit proposed a daily time
slot for Haas to expand his commentary and, thus, Adventures
in Good Music was born.
Since 1970, WCLV/Seaway Productions in Cleveland has syndicated
Adventures in Good Music to a worldwide audience. The program
has received two coveted George Foster Peabody Awards during its
long run, and Karl Haas has received the National Endowment for
the Humanities George Frankel Medal.
Karl Haas died on February 6, 2005
Karl Haas was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
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