Reel Music

Series produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio

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Reel Music takes your listeners to the movies every week for an hour of orchestral themes from cinema's best film scores. The show is music-centric, with intriguing but brief commentary from host and producer Matt Rogers, who mixes in the occasional vintage snack bar announcement for a fun, nostalgic experience.

Reel Music is a great entry point for new listeners, who may know more about movies than they do classical music, and it provides an entertaining break from routine for seasoned classical listeners who also appreciate a good film score.

The show is 59:00 and comes in three segments. Segment 2 is always a :45 music bed for underwriting during the floating break.

Reel Music is a co-production of WDAV and KBACH. New episodes drop on Sunday. For more information, contact Matt Rogers at KBACH in Phoenix.

NOTE: Episodes are free. There is a $100 subscription fee per year.


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22 Pieces

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He was one of the pioneers of film music, with 12 Academy Award nominations and two wins. His scores for Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca, The Philad...

  • Added: May 26, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Conflict, bravery, sacrifice, victory—elements of the Hollywood war film. On the next Reel Music, we’ll sample themes from Glory, Darkest Hour, Thi...

  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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“The King of Instruments” has helped create the soundscape of countless movies. Hear themes from Interstellar, Journey to the Center of the Earth (...

  • Added: May 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Marvin Hamlisch is one of only two people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer. We’ll sample his best scores, including Sting, Ordinar...

  • Added: May 06, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The American Film Institute chose 10 films as the best in 10 classic American categories: science fiction, romantic comedy, gangster, epic, sports,...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Bill Conti won an Oscar for his spirited score to The Right Stuff, but he’s probably best known as the composer for the Rocky and Karate Kid films....

  • Added: Apr 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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More than 400 years after Shakespeare, the English poet and playwright is as much a part of our culture as ever. On this edition of Reel Music, we’...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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He’s been nominated for the Oscar nine times, with more than a hundred film scores to his name, including, The Prince of Tides, Fantastic Beasts, T...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Enjoy mysterious themes from great whodunits and other stories of intrigue: The Fugitive, Knives Out, Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Expre...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The Bible has provided rich source material for some of cinema's biggest films: The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Samson and Delilah, and King of King...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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March is Women’s History Month, and on this edition of Reel Music, we’re celebrating the women of the big screen: Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker), Rache...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a celebration of scores from movies made by the Irish or featuring Irish storylines. You’ll hear themes f...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Host Matt Rogers presents the nominees for this year’s Academy Award for Best Original Score: American Fiction (Laura Karpman), Indiana Jones and t...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Enjoy an hour of music by one of today’s best film composers, Alexandre Desplat. He’s scored everything from Harry Potter to The Shape of Water, an...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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From an early movie, simply called San Francisco, to recent films, Beautiful Boy and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the city by the Bay has b...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1997, Rachel Portman made history as the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Her work includes music for Emma, The Cid...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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With Valentine's right around the corner, you’ll hear themes from some of cinema’s best romances, including Love Story, Casablanca, Breakfast at Ti...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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February is Black History Month. We'll sample scores from three of Hollywood's most successful black composers: Quincy Jones, Mervyn Warren, and Te...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most acclaimed directors in cinematic history. The “Master of Suspense” is responsible for Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Win...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00