FURTHER COMMENTS FROM KARL HAAS FANS
There are very few people in the broadcast world that actually make the listener feel welcome. Karl Haas was such an individual. It did not matter what the subject of an episode was, I always felt like it was something worth my time because of Karl.
I have enjoyed listening to Adventures in Good Music for several years now and am saddened to learn that the syndicated shows will be discontinued. I guess it is a continuing testimony to how our culture has opted out for activities that require less mental effort.
I wept as I listened to the final program. I hope the Hass family can work out an agreement so Karl's masterful intellect can be heard once again on aire. Karl's radio programs spans decades.
There is a wealth of radio programs he has made. I hope to hear him again. As a listener, is there any way I can make my voice hear to appeal for his return?
Lana B. Callahan
St. Petersburg, FL
Thank you for keeping the Master on the airwaves as long as you have. I wrote to Wisconsin Public Radio several years ago to ask them to commit again to the Adventures in Good Music program, but the request fell on deaf ears. From reading your notes regarding the Program cancellation other public radio stations must be ignoring their public as well. I have enjoyed the insights and entertainment that Mr. Haas provided for over 27 years and feel a loss in my quality of life.
Mr. Haas knew it well...............shared it with us who don't..............and we will miss him.
I was fortunate to be of a slightly older generation with parents that let me play, endlessly, classical LPs in their small collection.
While that started me in my fascination and love for the music, I must say that while I didn't have any formal music appreciation courses in school. listening to Karl Haas each morning fairly regularly starting in my teens was surely more rewarding than reading dry history from a book.
As other respondents have said, Karl never let his immense knowledge, his ability to put the music into the perspective of their times, make the presentation of the show "high brow." Indeed, just the opposite, he was like the kindly uncle who shared his joy and secrets with the next generation.
To think that I'll not be able to listen at 8AM on KWAX - Eugene, OR for that voice or to hear his playing of 2nd movement Pathetique any longer is incredibly sad.
Many blessings to the Haas family for allowing Karl into our lives for these many decades, and here's hoping that they can find a way to solve the copyright issues to allow us to purchase those treasured recordings.
Knowing that Karl Haas was no longer around was sad enough, but no programs at all. Oh dear. I will miss the seemingly endless pool of anecdotes and facts about music that came from listening to Karl. I loved the emotions that came over me when I heard the music and the voice. If it has to be that there are no more programs, my world has become emptier because I looked forward to being able to listen even if I couldn't. Thanks Karl for your contribution to making listening to classical music an art of the most enjoyable kind.
I am in Canberra, Australia
, listening right now to the last Karl Haas program that our local Artsound FM 92.7 will be broadcasting. I appreciate the reasons that this wonderful program will no longer be distributed, though I am surprised there isn’t a strong enough following for what has been amongst the best of classical music programs for so long, perhaps the only one that introduced us to such a breadth of music, and educated us all through Karl’s own very broad knowledge, infectious love for music, and immense tolerance and humanity. And as far as any problem of ‘repetition’ is concerned, how clearly is anyone going to recall decades of commentary the second, or even third or fourth times around? Good lessons anyway are worth revisiting. I realise I have spent time with Karl for so much of my lifetime, and I will miss him. There has been no other broadcaster like him.
Please, our family has gotten hooked on Dr Haas' program. Is there some way we can continue listening to him? He, even in his physical absence, is helping to fill in the gaps of my adopted children's musical educations, and creatively cultivate their appreciation for classical music in a way that we, their parents, have not been able to. I, too, have had my musical horizons expanded by listening to his novel presentations. We were crestfallen when our local public radio station here in Ft. Pierce, FL, WQCS, said that after tomorrow they would no longer be able to air his program. Please, would you reconsider, and/or give us an opportunity to buy a compilation of his "best" programs (if any differentiation can be made between fantastic and superb)? If they are available for purchase, I could even take them to my class where I teach! Thank you in advance for whatever you can do.
Ft. Pierce, FL
Adventures in Music is a classic series in understanding and I will miss it. With all the work and thought put into the series over the years, how can such work be swept under the carpet to be forgotten when it can exist? If ever any of the series are released, I would welcome the chance to listen over and over to them. Like a good play, you can't fully appreciate all they it meant by attending a single time; watching again and again only heightens the awareness and deepens the impact of the meaning. I do hope the family allows Karl Haas' work to continue over the next generations.
I first heard Adventures in Good Music as a young man in Cleveland,from WJR, the goodwill station,
broadcasting from the Fisher Building in Detroit (as the station announced it). It came across Lake Erie
and could be picked up in Cleveland on most days. As a student of the piano, violin, and viola, I was
fascinated by the approaches Karl Haas took to music. He introduced me to compositions and composers I had never heard of. I remember one memorable program in which Aaron Rosand played the same piece on different violins, and Karl's analysis of each performance. Listening to Adventures in Good Music was like taking a course in musicology. I will miss the stimulation and the insights into music that it provided. I hope that someday someone will find these programs and broadcast them to an audience that has not heard them, and that they will find them as enjoyable and educational as I have.
Aaron Ballonoff, Physicist
I have been a long time listener of the Karl Hass program. It was terrible to experience him passing away in February 2005 but to think his legacy could live on with his music program continuing on air kept his spirit alive. Again I am so deeply upset to learn that his music program will no longer be available on air. Your web site has cue sheets for his program this week. I make a plea and a suggestion that perhaps myself and other listeners can have access to additional cue sheets of Karl Hass' past programs so that we can go off on our own and listen to his selections. It seem like all programs of academic substance are disappearing from the airwaves. It is disturbing that younger generations will miss the exposure to the intellect of Karl Hass. There are hardly any music programs available today where you can listen to a range of music that one would ordinarily never encounter on one's own. Is there any way to e-mail the Hass family and make an appeal for Karl Hass' music to be heard once again.
Lana B. Callahan
St. Petersburg, FL
I was very saddened to hear that Adventures in Good Music will no longer be aired. Although Mr. Haas has been gone for almost 2 years, and his new shows absent for longer, I have never tired of hearing him, even in repeats. His voice soothed and inspired while teaching. I very much regret that this show will end for too many reasons to list. Who knows what new or young listener would accidentally pause on this program, only to be immediately mesmerized by Mr. Haas's fabulous voice, then to linger and maybe learn an appreciation, if not love, for classical music.
The end of the airing of this show is a huge loss to all. I am glad that I had exposure to him for so long. I am delighted in what he taught me and am amazed that I could have such love and admiration for someone only known via the radio voice. I will miss this one hour of my daily life experience immensely.
Thank you to WCLV for providing an opportunity to thank Karl Haas for his many inspiring and memorable broadcasts. When asked by new listeners to classical music if I could make any suggestions to help with their appreciation of classical music without hesitation I always recommended Karl’s radio programs. I have been listening to Karl for over 30 years in Australia and loved every minute of his shows. I can listen to so many different pieces of classical music now and think of Karl. Karl proved that classical music surmounts all boundaries and links the world together. I do hope that WCLV will produce a special AIGM anniversary program each year to say thank you to Karl.
You are absolutely right. The market has spoken. My wife and I have listened to Karl Haas from Detroit until today. We even found him on AFN when we were in Germany on family business. I can only say this; like so many things in life , it was a good ride. And, like all rides, it had to end sometime. We are richer for the experience and blessed for the opportunity. Thank you.
Hugh M. Windsor
I'm so sad to think that Adventures in Good Music will not be out there educating and blessing novices in the world of classical (GOOD) music via WCLV any more. I have recommended that program to countless
people who have said they "don't know anything about classical music." Nor did I as a young mom moving in the circles of the family domain, having never taken so much as a music appreciation course in
school. But, Karl taught me everything I needed to know, and that was a lot! I learned to know the composers and even to recognize their style and many of their compositions. And, it was fun
learning!! Karl never talked down to his listeners, never made you feel backward or ignorant. His own love of the music was contagious; you had to love it right along with him. Furthermore, his humanity and humor
lifted the humdrum of the everyday stuff. You felt like a better person. Now that the only way I can access WCLV is through my computer, I haven't heard Karl so much these days. (I used to be able to walk
through the house and not miss a word or note cause all the radios were tuned to WCLV all day!)
I wonder if there is any consideration of archiving (or accessing an archive somewhere) these programs. The need continues!!
Concerning the loss of Karl Haas and AIGM: My wife and I first met 33 years ago, and our enjoyment of Karl's programs has been a shared delight for all those years. To lose AIGM is - as someone said of Jules Verne - "as if Santa Claus had died." There were so many enjoyable aspects of AIGM, but I'd say the the most important was the human aspect: the little anecdotes, background, setting the music in its times. With classical music becoming more and more an esoteric taste (if anyone pays attention to it at all), it's absolutely vital to show that it's just as closely intertwined with the rest of life as any other endeavor. Karl was exceptional and very fortunate to find a unique niche where he could do what he loved and be so appreciated for it for so many years. I think it kept him alive into a venerable old age, and at the same time made many others happy. This is a great loss for the cause of classical music and to the world at large.
My husband (Josh Kopp of Chagrin Falls) wrote a Note Subject: "Adieu" For sake of brevity, I will not repeat his comments. I would like to add some personal moments. Before we moved to the Cleveland area, AIGM was already a steady "listening moment". Since we moved to Cleveland area (1989), we have not only continued to enjoy the broadcasts, but have had the opportunity to enjoy Karl's wit and humanity, in person, as we attended his piano concert, following a week long AIGM "personal adventure" at the University of Akron. Another note: my husband has, on many occasions, been able to identify the mystery composer quite early on in the broadcast.
Just a quick story. A few weeks ago, during a conversation about music with a total stranger (while my husband and I were visiting a Book Sale at the Beachwood public library) we mentioned Karl and AIGM. To our surprise, a piano tuner (tuning the piano) started to play the theme to AIGM. He had overheard our conversation and so, interjected his musical comment. We four quickly entered into an animated conversation about music and AIGM etc. Just total strangers with only AIGM and the love of good music in common.
We were both saddened at the news of Karl's passing. Tears fall, now, as I reflect on the loss of AIGM and the end of an other era. AIGM will surely be missed. If you do bring AIGM back, we will continue to be loyal listeners.
Mabel Kopp, wife of Josh Kopp
Chagrin Falls OH (really Bainbridge Township)
I was born in Detroit in 1964 and Karl Haas has been a part of my life for my entire life. My mother would
listen to WJR all afternoon, starting with Focus with JP McCarthy, then going into Kaleidoscope with Mike
Whorf and the Adventures in Good Music with Karl Haas. I loved the rhythm of Karl's voice, the friendly
beginning of the show, the incredible depth of his knowledge and his delivery. Karl was never talking
down to anyone. He wanted to teach, but mostly he wanted people to enjoy music. He taught us all how to
look for patterns in music and that music, good music, was for everyone.
When I moved to Cleveland as an adult, I was delighted to find Adventures on WCLV. It was a great link to my childhood as well as a welcoming friend. Hearing the introduction of the show reminds me of so
many good things in the world. Adventures is a reminder to look for beauty in the world around us. It is a chance, every day, to learn new things. It is discovering an old friend. While I understand the reasons for ending the show, the pain is there nonetheless. Adventures in Good Music was a show like no other and it will be missed. Hopefully, there will be a way to pass on some of Karl's wealth of knowledge to future generations. It is too precious to lose.
Shaker Heights OH
i am so sorry to learn of the end of the Adventures in Good Music program. I have listened to the show for what seems to be a lifetime. My mother introduced me to the program. I learned so many things from the program. It gave my mother and I many things to talk about and appreciate together. It truly bridged the generations. I would be interested in purchasing cd's of the programs. Do you suppose this will be a possibility? In that way I can share all the wonderful stories and important musical heritage with yet another generation. Thanks for broadcasting the show for so many years.
Unfortunately, because of copyright restrictions, the CDs of Adventures cannot be sold to the public.