Rani Schloss

Programming Manager

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." 

My love for the city of Chicago is pretty serious, and a big part of that is its modern classical music scene. The first time I visited the city as an adult I had the ridiculously good fortune of going to a concert at Constellation, a performance space with a bar (and excellent cocktails), and witnessing a program by the Spektral Quartet. On the program: a few movements of a Beethoven quartet, highlights from their Mobile Miniatures project, and the centerpiece of their new album, "Serious Business": The Ancestral Mousetrap by David Reminick.

This new album from The Sixteen juxtaposes William Byrd's music with Arvo Pärt's to create a beautiful polyphonic wall of sound.

Horner's Pas de Deux is the centerpiece on a lush, captivating album featuring sibling duo Mari and Hakon Samuelsen.

About the "New (to me)" Series:
One of the many hats I wear at WCRB is that of de-facto librarian. In these posts, I’ll talk a little bit about CDs that are new to the library, or just new to me. You can work in radio for years and still discover gems you didn’t know about with surprising frequency.