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Ruth Phinney

WXXI Classical 91.5 Program Director


Ruth began working for WXXI in 1982 as the radio division secretary after working as a music teacher in several local districts.  Trained as a classical musician and voice major, she was the perfect match for working with the radio hosts on vocal presentation, and setting programming goals and initiatives to reflect the diverse community of the greater Rochester area.

Today she sets the strategic goals and programs for Classical 91.5 and works collaboratively with other classical public radio stations to shape the future of classical music radio as the field confronts evolution in delivery across multiple broadcast and digital platforms, demographic and cultural changes, and significant disruptions throughout the music industry.