Fridays, 11am to 12pm
Many radio listeners know Robert Conrad as the subdued, perhaps even staid and conservative, host of the Cleveland Orchestra broadcasts. He is, in fact, the dean of orchestra commentators, having been the resident of the Severance Hall announce booth since 1965. (Research indicates that he has been a continuous orchestra commentator longer than anyone in the history of American radio.)
Since 1982, however, the other side of Robert Conrad - the one with the unique sense of humor and circuitous imagination - has been displayed to the national radio audience via Weekend Radio, that "curiously strange and offbeat potpourri of music, wit and convivial companionship" that is heard each week over some 80 outlets.
Weekend Radio is the national spin-off of a local program on WCLV, Cleveland - where Conrad is President - that ran Saturday nights for 27 years until his wife persuaded him that there were other things to do on Saturday than go to a radio studio. The hour-long show is a skillful mixture of classical music, cross-over selections and comedy bits, the latter drawing on WCLV's extensive collection of comedy and humor LPs and CDs that dates back to the late 50s.