Mr. Conrad is co-founder and President of WCLV and is the dean of orchestra commentators, having been the host for the broadcasts of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1965. Research indicates that Robert has been the continuous commentator for an orchestra broadcast series longer than anyone else in the history of American radio. Also, he hosts Weekend Radio (Saturdays at 10:00 pm on WCLV); a unique and award-winning conglomeration of comedy and light classical music heard on some 80 radio stations throughout the country.
Robert entered the broadcasting business at the age of 14 over WKAN in his home town of Kankakee, Illinois, when he was chosen to write and announce a weekly high school program. Eventually, he became a full time announcer and the host of a weekly live country and western broadcast called Hayloft Jamboree, where he was called Sagebrush Bob. He graduated from the School of Communications at Northwestern University. While in school, he worked at WEAW AM/FM in Evanston, and WFMT, Chicago. After graduation, Uncle Sam provided him with an all-expense paid vacation in Hawaii with the 14th Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet Battalion. During off hours, Robert graced the Hawaiian airwaves from KAIM AM/FM and KULA. While in Hawaii, he won Second Place in “Most Beautiful Voice in America" contests. On the NBC Radio network program Monitor. First place was won by a lady in Los Angeles, so he can say "Most Beautiful Male Voice." He won a grand piano and other prizes, enough loot to sell and buy a Volkswagen when he was discharged from the Army. When discharged, he returned to WFMT for several years, moving to Detroit in 1960, to become the program director of a new station, WDTM. Then in 1962, it was on to Cleveland and WCLV.
Activities outside WCLV include appearing as narrator with area ensembles including The Cleveland Orchestra. He has also performed the non-dancing role of "The Speaker for the Jury" in Morton Gould's Fall River Legend with The Cleveland Ballet, and he and his wife Jean starred in the Beck Center production of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. On Saturdays, he puts on the academic gown of an Adjunct Professor of Broadcasting at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In the Spring of 1998, Robert gave the commencement speech at the CIM graduation ceremonies and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree. In 1982, he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. His third honorary degree (Doctor of Humanities) was given him by Oberlin College in the Spring of 2002. He has received the "Life Time Achievement Awards" of the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, the Cleveland AIR Awards, and the "Glissando Award" from Rainey Institute..In January of 2011, Conrad was given the Distinguished Service Award by The Cleveland Orchestra. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, the Rainey Institute, and the Music Theatre Project. the Cliffside Foundation and the Cleveland Playhouse.
Mr. Everett currently retired and living in Penang, Malaysia. Prior to his moving to Malaysia, he was the Indonesia Reprresentative for the International Business Leaders Forum [formerly The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum] and past Director of Indonesia Business Links, a partnership of multinational and Indonesian businesses in association with PWBLF and UNDP. He also represented BESO, an organization supported by the British government and industry as a provider of low cost consultancy services to small organizations in developing nations. He was also Honorary Secretary of the British Chamber Of Commerce. Following 32 years of General Management experience with Burmah Castrol plc, working in UK, Afghanistan, Indonesia and throughout Australasia, he undertook a number of consultancy positions with Indonesian companies.
Music, in its various forms, has played a major part in his life. At the age of 10 he was awarded a music scholarship with the Trinity College of Music in London for piano and composition. Since then his musical activity has been associated with choirs in UK, as conductor with the PPIA International choir in Jakarta, PESSOC [now Penang Philharmonic Choir] and Dolce Voce the last two based in Penang, Malaysia.
Mr. Everett’s first experience of radio was as a teenager with the BBC 'Younger Generation' programme. In Jakarta he broadcast over 200 programmes mainly associated with classical music. His interest in broadcasting has continued and he regularly attends exhibitions related to broadcasting and its technology.
Yusak Oppusunggu is a graduate of the University of Indonesia and he was one of the announcers on the on Radio Klasik and the Classical Programming at Radio CNJ.
Aryo Wicaksono is Radio Arts Indonesia Advisor with responsibility to help Radio Arts Indonesia to continue to increase participation by American contemporary composers and especially women composers in our broadcasts. Aryo has had a long connection with the radio service since 2010 when he was on the Board of Advisors for the Yayasan Payung Seni Budaya Indonesia, the foundation that was involved in the expansion of Radio Arts Indonesia. He lives in New York City, where Aryo can help the radio service reach young composers so that we can help expose the world to their music.
He currently works for Chamber Music America as a Membership Manager since 2013. with responsibility for managing relationships with a diverse member of ensemble professionals, artist managers, presenters, training institutions, and funders. With over 6,000 CMA members in 26 countries, the primary goal is to provide a holistic membership services to enhance members’ career growth and to strengthen and connect an evolving chamber music community. He was the Artistic and Executive Director of YOGYAKARTA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ACADEMY from(May 2011 to February 2013) He Designed a Summer Music Festival that created long term educational, cultural, and economic benefits for the region. Responsible for the entire program curriculum building, social media outreach and marketing, brand image development, as well as fund-raising and corporate sponsorship. Supervising and leading a staff of 15. Aryo was the Founder, Artistic & Executive Director for MUSIC IN THE HILLS CONCERT SERIES from July 2002 to July 2004. This was a community supported chamber music series located in the Foothills area of Tucson Estates. He led a team of 10 diverse, inclusive UofA student staff members from France, Germany, United States, Indonesia, and Mexico. Performers came from international talents in the Southern Arizona area, in which lots of them have gone into international careers in the Netherlands, Mexico, Boston area, and professorships in the Midwest, Asia, Canada, and Europe. He holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano and Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance, Collaborative Piano, and Arts Management from University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, For more information about him, please visit:Â www.linkedin.com/in/aryowicaksono or www.aryo-wicaksono.com. He can be followed on facebook at : www.facebook.com/aryowicaksonopiano or Twitter@AryowPiano