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WKSU's Vivian Goodman Reports on Cleveland Orchestra in Asia

Posted Nov, 8, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra is packing its bags, ready to bring its music to Japan and South Korea. WKSU-FM Reporter/Producer Vivian Goodman is loading up her recording equipment and traveling along with the orchestra on Nov. 14 through 22 in order to send home stories about one of Northeast Ohio’s most-beloved institutions. Her reports are scheduled to debut during “Here and Now” with repeat airings in WKSU-FM’s local broadcasts of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Stories will be posted on a special page at, along with photos and blog posts detailing her journey.

Photo of Vivian GoodmanGoodman has covered the orchestra on two of its European tours but this is her, and WKSU-FM’s, first time reporting from an Asian tour. Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra welcome guest pianist Mitsuko Uchida in a program that includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Ms. Uchida will play Mozart concerti that she has performed and recorded with the group, guest conducting from the piano. Works by Bruckner, Takemitsu and Debussy also will be featured. WKSU-FM will join the orchestra during its Suntory Hall Residency in Tokyo and continue to Goyang and Seoul, Korea.

This past spring, Goodman was named a legend in Cleveland broadcasting by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters. Goodman, who was named Reporter of the Year – Large Market in 2006 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, has been at WKSU-FM since 1997. Along with being an award-winning reporter, Goodman also serves as WKSU-FM’s host for “All Things Considered.” Goodman began her radio career in Northeast Ohio at WHLO-AM and then worked in Washington, D.C., from the mid-1970s through the early ‘80s. She served as news director at WERE-AM and WCPN-FM in Cleveland.

WKSU-FM airs “Here and Now” with host Robin Young weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. NPR’s flagship news magazine “All Things Considered” is heard Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WKSU-FM’s coverage of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Asian tour is made possible through support from the Noble Foundation, Western Reserve Academy and Summa Health System.

WKSU-FM broadcasts NPR & Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU-FM programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 in Norwalk, W298BA 107.5 FM in Boardman, and W239AZ 95.7 FM in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD Radio channels – adding WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel to the analog broadcast schedule. The Classical Channel also can be heard in Cleveland at 107.3 HD-3. The WKSU-FM website is

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