Melissa Ousley Named Assistant Music Director/Classical Music Producer for Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Classical Music Service, and American Public Media’s National Music Service, Classical 24

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Melissa Ousley Named Assistant Music Director/Classical Music Producer for Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Classical Music Service, and American Public Media’s National Music Service, Classical 24

Popular classical music host was the morning voice of radio station WCAL for 10 years, currently host of WCAL’s "Favorites on Fridays"

(St. Paul, Minn.) Oct. 12, 2004 — Melissa Ousley has been named assistant music director/classical music producer for Minnesota Public Radio’s regional classical music service, and for Classical 24, the live national classical music service produced by American Public Media (the national production and distribution arm of Minnesota Public Radio) and distributed by Public Radio International.

In this role, Ousley will help design programming — for regional and national broadcast — that draws from Minnesota Public Radio’s extensive music library. She will produce specialty music programs and other elements for broadcast, collecting and editing material, coordinating interviews and integrating material into programming.

For the past 15 years, Ousley has worked at public radio station WCAL in Northfield, Minn. From 1989-1999, she was WCAL’s "morning voice" as host of "Top of the Day," which the Twin Cities’ City Pages cited as "Best Classical Radio Program," noting that Ousley created "a seamless audio picture in which the DJ plays the role of classy, informative, yet unobtrusive party host. Ousley knows her stuff and relates it engagingly." At WCAL, she currently hosts classical music on weekdays and the request program "Favorites on Fridays." She is also the creator and host of "Music from Minnesota," a showcase for local talent.

Before joining WCAL’s staff, Ousley was a classical host and music director at Radio Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and as a teenager, attended the Preparatory Division of the Manhattan School of Music.

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Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.
Fall 2003