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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

Stories filed by Todd Moe

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Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie Blythe

Homecoming: Opera Star Returns to Crane

Stephanie Blythe is one of the hottest young American singers, with several top awards and regular appearances at the Metropolitan Opera under her belt. She's an alumna of SUNY Potsdam and returns for a concert Saturday night at 7:30 in the Hosmer Concert Hall. Music critics agree Blythe was born an opera singer, with a huge, rich voice that is ideal for opera houses. Todd Moe talks with the mezzo-soprano who is stealing the show on the opera stage.  Go to full article
Queen Elizabeth arrives for interfaith Thanksgiving service on Parliament Hill Sunday.  (photo courtesy Lawrence Gitterman)
Queen Elizabeth arrives for interfaith Thanksgiving service on Parliament Hill Sunday. (photo courtesy Lawrence Gitterman)

Queen Observes Wet Thanksgiving in Ottawa

Under driving wind and rain yesterday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended a Canadian Thanksgiving service in Ottawa. About 3,500 people joined the royal couple for the outdoor ceremony on Parliament Hill. Todd Moe chats with some of the many royal watchers.  Go to full article
Matt Bullwinkel, accordion, and Beth Robinson, 'cello, of <i>Piquant</i> in the NCPR studio.
Matt Bullwinkel, accordion, and Beth Robinson, 'cello, of Piquant in the NCPR studio.

Piquant Warms up the North Country with Spicy Latin Dance Tunes

The Potsdam ensemble Piquant joins Todd Moe in the studio for some Latin dance music: tango, waltz and rhumba! They're on a quest to promote ballroom dancing in the North Country. Get your dancing shoes on and join us!  Go to full article

Mr. Music: St. Lawrence University Celebrates the Music of Richard Rodgers

St. Lawrence University's semester-long tribute to the life of composer Richard Rodgers, includes the screening of the film Evergreen this Sunday afternoon, lectures and an old-time radio show. Todd Moe talks with Dr. Barbara Phillips-Farley, who's coordinating the music department's tribute to Rodgers.  Go to full article

Canton Celebrates Frederic Remington's Birthday

Frederic Remington's birthday will be celebrated this weekend in Canton with two days full of events and exhibits for artists, art lovers and history buffs. The celebration recognizes Canton as the boyhood home of the world-renowned artist. Todd Moe talks with Kathy Curro, one of the organizers of the Remington Arts Festival.  Go to full article
Alexander String Quartet
Alexander String Quartet

Music in the Classroom and in the Wild: The Alexander String Quartet

The Alexander String Quartet, artists in residence at St. Lawrence University, will give a public performance Thursday night at 7:30 in Gulick Theatre on campus. The group's residency at St. Lawrence has included visits to classes in a variety of departments, providing master classes for music students and a trip to the Adirondacks. Todd Moe talks with two members of the ensemble, violinists Zak Grafilo and Fred Lifsitz, about their recent tour of Germany and a personnel change.  Go to full article

Preview: Orchestra of Northern New York's Fall Concert

The Orchestra of Northern New York's fall concert is tomorrow night in Potsdam and Sunday night in Brockville. It's a musical reflection on the events of the past year. Todd Moe talks with ONNY Music Director and Conductor Dr. Kenneth Andrews.  Go to full article

Orchestra Fall Concert Features Gypsy Violin

The Orchestra of Northern New York opens its fourteenth season this weekend with two performances of "Gypsy Night Fire." We'll talk with Music Director Ken Andrews.  Go to full article

Preview: Lake Placid Curling Club Open House

The Lake Placid Curling Club holds an Open House this Sunday night. Passion for curling is high across the region, and riding the wave of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Todd Moe talks with George Mosey, President of the Lake Placid Curling Club. Mosey has been curling for 5 years, but says he still has a lot to learn.  Go to full article

Preview: Red Grammer's Concert for Families

Red Grammer is one of the most sought-after children's performers in the nation. With numerous appearances on television and radio, Red has the unique talent for delighting audiences of all ages. He and his wife, co-lyricist Kathy Grammer, write music for families that understand and respect the power of music to influence young hearts and minds. Red Grammer presents a family concert Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam. Todd Moe chats with Red about children's music.  Go to full article

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