Get to Know Your Hosts – Garry Peters
Maybe you’ve noticed there are a few new voices on the air at KMFA. Check in each month, we’ll sit down with one of the hosts and find out what makes them tick.
First in the hot seat is Garry Peters, KMFA’s newest relief announcer.
My name is, indeed, Garry Peters. Joseph Garrison Peters, Jr.
My official title is Relief Announcer. I substitute for the regularly scheduled announcers when they are unable to do their shifts due to illness, traffic, vacation, holidays, etc.
I was born and grew up in Dallas. But I’ve lived in Austin since the days when Leonard Masters first prowled the KMFA airwaves.
As a fresh new KMFA announcer, what are you most excited about?
Two things. First, just being live on the air is pretty dang exciting. At this early stage of my doing it, I really feel like I’m walking a tightrope without a net. So it’s exciting AND a bit nerve wracking. Second, I’m excited about learning on-air technique and learning about the music from the regular announcers. They have all been very generous with their time and encouragement — as has the rest of the KMFA staff.
Who’s your favorite composer?
That’s tough. But the first name that pops up right now is……Debussy.
Tell us about a favorite memory of yours that involved classical music.
I played the Devil in a performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Story during the 2011 Round Top Music Festival. Two Austin performers played the Soldier and the Princess. Fred Child of Performance Today was the Narrator. The accompanying musicians (a sextet, I think) and conductor were a combination of teachers and students at the festival. I lived there for a week, rehearsing and getting to know the visiting faculty members. We performed on Saturday night in their gorgeous concert hall to a large and receptive audience. I’ll never forget it.
What drew you to classical public radio?
It is so important for the civility of our culture that all the great art forms are alive and thriving. To do that, we have to find, cultivate, and educate an audience. For classical music, radio (especially non-commercial) can be a powerful, cost-effective way of doing that. On a personal level, it’s just wonderful to be able to listen to the Western world’s greatest music at the touch of a button, whenever I want to.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I was a cheerleader in the 1972 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. Stanford (my team) kicked a field goal with 8 seconds left to beat Michigan 13 – 12. My voice is still hoarse. I’m also an actor in town, doing theater and voice work.
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