Reel Music

Series produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio

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Reel Music takes your listeners to the movies every week for an hour of orchestral themes from cinema's best film scores. The show is music-centric, with intriguing but brief commentary from host and producer Matt Rogers, who mixes in the occasional vintage snack bar announcement for a fun, nostalgic experience.

Reel Music is a great entry point for new listeners, who may know more about movies than they do classical music, and it provides an entertaining break from routine for seasoned classical listeners who also appreciate a good film score.

The show is 59:00 and comes in three segments. Segment 2 is always a :45 music bed for underwriting during the floating break.

Reel Music is a co-production of WDAV and KBACH. New episodes drop on Monday. For more information, contact Matt Rogers at KBACH in Phoenix.

NOTE: Episodes are free. There is a $100 subscription fee per year.


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Grab some leftover turkey and dressing, and settle in for an hour of themes from movies that capture the essence of small town America: The Grapes ...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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We’ll boldly go to the movies for themes from Star Trek films. Enjoy scores by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Leonard Rosenman, Cliff Eidelman, and...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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World War II has been the focus of hundreds of movies. On this edition of Reel Music, you’ll hear themes from the best of them: Midway, Pearl Harbo...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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With nine Oscar wins, Alfred Newman remains the most decorated composer in Academy history. He received 45 nominations, including nods for Wutherin...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Look out! The monsters are loose! Get your fright on with music written for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, and more.

  • Added: Oct 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Disney films are often famous for their songs, but it’s all of that other music in between that holds the film together. Enjoy incidental music fro...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Sometimes, the orchestra alone just isn’t enough to convey the drama that the director and composer are reaching for. That’s when the chorus steps ...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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From an early movie, simply called San Francisco, to recent films, Beautiful Boy and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the city by the Bay has b...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Philip Glass is one of today’s most influential composers. You can hear his works in the opera house, the concert hall, and the movie theater. He’s...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re off to Hogwarts on this edition of Reel Music. We’ll sample the Potter film scores by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alex...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This time on Reel Music, we’re celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latin American composers who have left their mark on Hollywood: Lalo S...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Alex North earned 15 Oscar nominations during a long career that included scoring Spartacus, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Stre...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Saddle up, partner! It’s a tribute to that most American of genres, the Hollywood western, both classic and contemporary. Hear music from The Searc...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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If you need to get away from it all, this episode is for you. We’re taking you on fantastic journeys with themes from Everest, The Time Machine, Th...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Stanley Kubrick is regarded as one of history’s best film directors, known for his stunning visuals and his focus on the music in his movies. We’ll...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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A long time ago, John Williams wrote his first note of music for Star Wars. We’ll explore Williams’ 40-plus years of unforgettable themes for the s...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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With 22 Oscar nominations and four wins, Dimitri Tiomkin left us decades worth of incredible film scores. You’ll hear his best: High Noon, It’s a W...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s fair to say, Tom Hanks can do it all. He got his start in comedies, but won two Oscars for dramas. Enjoy music from Forrest Gump, Philadelphia...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Cinematic heroes often have to undertake dangerous quests. Maybe the search is for a lost ark or a holy grail, a missing comrade, or simply the way...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00