Remembering radio host Robert J. Lurtsema
Robert J. Lurtsema, composer and host of Morning pro musica on Boston radio WGBH from 1971-2000, died on this day fifteen years ago. His early morning classical music program began with five minutes of bird songs. Then, rising like the sun, the first measures of Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba would be heard along with the birds. Then, out of that song-filled, supremely-serenaded, light-washed meadow of sound came Robert J’s bullfrog voice.
He read the news with long moments of silence between sentences and stories, like the natural, untimed pauses between a frog’s calls or a bird’s songs. Casual, confident, unpretentious, Robert J. Lurtsema listened to the world and helped his listeners learn new things along with him while we were still in our pajamas.