The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 February 2005

Losing my direction

Eleven o'clock, and I'm switching over to the classical station for Adventures in Good Music, and the announcer stalled the playback just long enough to let us know:

Karl Haas has died.

It's one of those things you never think about. I mean, Adventures has run five days a week since 1959, and while I'm no classical-music maven, most of what I know about it I learned from Karl Haas, day by day, piece by piece.

The show began on Detroit's WJR; WCLV in Cleveland picked up distribution in 1970, where it's been ever since. (One of the weirder thrills in my life was hearing the show on WCLV itself during my first visit to Cleveland, four years ago.)

Our local station will continue to air reruns throughout the month; after that, I guess I'm just totally lost.

Thank you, Karl. You'll be very much missed.

Posted at 11:17 AM to Tongue and Groove