KARL HAAS, HOST OF "ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC" DIES
Long-time classical music radio personality Karl Haas, host of Adventures in Good Music, heard on WCLV and radio stations throughout the world, died Sunday, February 6, 2005, in Detroit. He was 91.
His program which brought musical enjoyment to millions of listeners, was for many years the most listened to classical music radio program in the world, carried by hundreds of stations in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Panama and world-wide by Armed Forces Radio. Traditionally it has been the highest rated program on WCLV.
Robert Conrad, the President of WCLV, which has produced and distributed Adventures in Good Music since 1970, said, "Throughout his broadcasting career, Karl Haas had the knack of informing and delighting his listeners with his vast knowledge of music. And who can forget his penchant for punning the titles of his programs - The Joy of Sax, Baroque and in Debt, May the Source be with You, and No Stern Untoned. Karl leaves a valuable legacy of music appreciation that is unparalleled. And because his programs are timeless, WCLV will continue to make these priceless musical treasures available to the WCLV audience and to other radio stations.
In1950, Haas began his broadcasting career hosting a weekly preview of Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts on WWJ, Detroit. In 1959, Adventures in Good Music was born when WJR, Detroit, offered him the prime-time morning hour of to create a one-hour program of classical music and commentary. For two decades it was Detroit's number one program in its time period. In 1970, WCLV and Haas teamed up to produce and distribute his programs to radio stations, world wide.
Haas received many awards including two George Foster Peabody Awards and the National Endowment for the Humanities Charles Frankel Award. In 1997, he was the first classical personality to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fine Arts Radio International Awards presented by Missouri Southern State University.
His book Inside Music was published by Doubleday in 1984. It is currently in its 10th reprinting. From 1993 to 1995, Haas and WCLV produced and released three best-selling compact discs - The Romantic Piano, Story of the Bells, and Song and Dance.