Meet the WCRB Staff
Weekday Morning Drive Host, 5am-9am
Laura Carlo has been WCRB’s Morning Program Host for almost 19 years. She has written, produced and hosted numerous programs for WCRB including "ArtsAlive!" "Laura's Book Nook" "CEO Spotlight" and "Baroque in Boston." Under the station's original ownership she also hosted the morning show for the World Classical Network, syndicated in 16 US cities, making her the most listened to stand-alone female music announcer in America, according to Arbitron. She has been both a part-time Music Host and News Anchor on New York's WQXR. Here in Boston, Weekend News Anchor on WBZ Radio and Weekend News Writer/News Producer for WCVB-TV 5; Afternoon News Anchor for Channel 27 (Worcester); and News Director/Morning Anchor on Fall River's WALE Radio. Under her leadership, WALE and WCRB won numerous “Best News” awards from UPI and other prestigious journalism competitions. Ms. Carlo is the female voice for AT&T's national voice recognition system, as well as for entities as diverse as the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department (Arizona) and Macy's of Southern California. She is a pianist and channels Chopin daily.
Weekday Mid-day Host, 9am-2pm
Cathy Fuller has two degrees in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. When she was 16, she won the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Competition, and played the Schumann Concerto with conductor Harry Ellis Dickson and the BSO at Symphony Hall. She has been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Clark University and the Longy School of Music, and she continues to teach privately. She began her radio career at WICN in Worcester where she became Classical Director and Host. She joined the WGBH Radio team in 2000 as Classical Host and Producer.
Producer and Host, Sunday Night at the Opera
Weekday Afternoon Drive Host, 2-7pm
Chris graduated with a Masters of Music in Opera and Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he studied with longtime Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal. He joined the WCRB team in April 2015. Chris grew up in Lexington, MA and spent his entire childhood listening to WCRB and WGBH at home. It’s a dream come true to be working for both institutions, bringing great music to people all across the region.
Producer and Host, In Concert
Weekday Evening Host, 7pm-midnight
Alan McLellan has been entertaining with his voice for many years, ever since discovering the joy of singing as a boy chorister in Vancouver, Canada. He has continued to sing in choirs throughout his life, and obtained a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta, Canada. Alan currently sings with the Cantata Singers in Boston. He is also a vocal soloist, having appeared frequently at All Saints Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, and with the Cantata Singers Chamber Series. Professionally, Alan has served as Classical Music Producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Ottawa and Edmonton, and at 99.5 WCRB in Boston. And more recently, Alan’s voice has been heard on WCRB as evening host, sharing great classical music with audiences in Boston and around the world.
Producer and Host, The Bach Hour
Producer, Boston Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts
Brian McCreath came to WGBH from a diverse background in music. With degrees in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory and The College of Wooster, he spent several years as a musician, including two years with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and five years as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Ideas about the business of music, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led him into artist management in 2000, and radio wasn’t far behind. He worked on the production team for the talk shows of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network in Milwaukee before moving to Boston in 2001. Three years later he joined the classical music production staff of WGBH. Since then, his roles have included programming and hosting weekend mornings and weekday afternoons, and production and hosting of live concert broadcasts presented by the Handel and Haydn Society, Rockport Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and others.
Saturday Morning Host
As a commercial narrator, Ray has voiced presentations for Colgate-Palmolive, HasbroToys, McDonald's, and the US Coast Guard. He serves as a regular off-camera voice for Boston's WBZ-TV and narrates Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Language Programs. Ray also produces and hosts the Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds radio program.
Sunday Morning Host
Hailing from the wilds of Harvard, Massachusetts, Tyler grew up listening to WCRB and galloping around the room to the William Tell Overture. His first foray into radio came at Carnegie Mellon University as a DJ and play-by-play sportscaster for the Carnegie Mellon Tartans (a team as formidable as their namesake fabric pattern). He ended up falling in love with the medium, and incorporated a radio documentary into his master's dissertation on traditional singing in Ireland. When not behind the microphone he can be found happily picking away on the banjo, to the chagrin of all within earshot.
Weekend Afternoon Host
Larry grew up just outside of New York City, and as a child, he listened to and was inspired by the stations and on-air personalities heard on New York radio. He studied trumpet, nurtured an interest in both classical and jazz, and received the Lincoln Center Student Award his senior year in high school. It was during his junior year in college when Larry became involved with his college’s radio station. This ultimately led to a career in radio on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Boston. He is currently the evening announcer and host on the nationally syndicated World Classical Network. Larry has a bachelor’s degree in both music and speech, teaches several adult education courses and shares his passion and love of classical music. He enjoys listening to orchestral music, chamber music, jazz, practicing yoga and living in a coastal community.
Ron Della Chiesa
Host, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ron's love affair with radio began as a kid listening to the Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and other legends from Radio’s Golden Age. After graduating from The Boston University School of Communications he landed his first radio gig at WBOS as the host of a variety of ethnic shows including The Irish Hour, Music of the Near East, The Italian Melody Hour, and The Boston Greek Hour. In the early 60’s he was the program director of WBCN (Boston Concert Network), at that time an all-classical music station. In 1968 the station changed to an All Rock format. He had been working part-time at WGBH in both radio and TV and was asked to join the station full time later that year. A member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Ron Della Chiesa is the voice of WCRB's Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts.
Colin Brumley grew up in Duxbury, MA, a seaside suburb of Boston. As an active member of his high school wind and jazz ensembles, he performed at both Carnegie and Symphony Halls, sparking his affection for classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Analysis and a Minor in Saxophone Performance from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, he hosted a weekly radio show called The Pöwer Höur, exploring music ranging from classical to heavy metal. Before professionally entering the world of radio, Colin worked in music licensing, in organizations in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Wall Street. Outside of work, he enjoys his role as guitarist and songwriter for his heavy metal band, which is signed to his own label. Other than music, his interests include cooking, writing, and the New England Patriots.
Kendall Todd grew up in San Diego, California, and is asked every day why she left. She is a graduate of Tufts University with degrees in French and International Relations. Her interest in music began at age 7, when she went to a Christmas pops concert and got to hold a violin in an instrument petting zoo; she fell in love, and the rest is history. She played in the San Diego Youth Symphony and the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, and especially enjoys being in string quartets. Outside of classical music, her hobbies include arguing about politics, binge-listening to history or science podcasts, and trying every locally-owned coffee shop in the Greater Boston Area. At WCRB, she does a little bit of everything, from behind-the-scenes tasks to filling in for current hosts.
Rani Schloss was first heard on the radio when she was 11 years old and called her local oldies station (Oldies 100.3 in Washington, D.C.) to complain about Christmas music. They put her call on the air, and she was mortified. Since then, she has taken a more behind-the-scenes approach to radio. While studying Music Composition and Education Studies at Brandeis University, she produced and hosted two radio shows, was bit by "the radio bug," and interned at WCRB for a year. As Programming Manager, she now runs the day-to-day operations of the station, including overseeing on-air programming, managing social media accounts, training new air staff, and serving as liaison between the engineering and on-air staffs to minimize "technical difficulties."