Meet the Staff – Phil Pollack
The Classical 89.5 Blog is rolling out a new series where we get to know the staff of KMFA. We start with Phil Pollack, who is the technical operations manager for the station.
Tell us a favorite memory of yours that involved classical music.
As a child, I sang with a boy choir that worked with the Houston Symphony on several occasions. At one point we were involved in a production of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 or “Symphony of a Thousand”. There were so many performers onstage that when we took our position at the top of the never-ending risers we could almost touch the ceiling tiles! Below us stretched a sea of people that could barely be contained by the orchestra shell. I will never forget that sight.
Who is your favorite composer?
An unfair question on too many levels. I couldn’t possibly answer this.
Where are you originally from?
Tell us an interesting personal fact.
I married my high-school sweetheart…at the age of 29.
What is your title and what you do at KMFA?
Technical Operations Manager – I ensure that technical equipment at the station is operational and maintained. I focus specifically on the airchain, computers, and telecommunications.
What does KMFA mean to you?
Well it means Klassical Music For Austin of course! I kid, I kid. In all seriousness KMFA epitomizes the inherent strengths of being a small non-profit entity. We are able to maintain a maniacal focus on providing what our listeners want, which is a lot of classical music with a little background information. By leaving so much time to the music we can include a wide variety of classical works and still provide shows where a particular sub-genre is explored more thoroughly. KMFA means that all of us always have an place to turn when we need to scratch our classical music itch.
Why do you think classical radio is important?
Classical radio, and KMFA in particular, provides everyone with easy access to the world of classical music. This is true regardless of your classical IQ or ability to attend live performances. Classical radio breaks down participation barriers and brings more folks to the table. By doing so it increases the appreciation of classical music in general and strengthens the community built to support it.
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