Meet the CRB Staff
Weekday Morning Drive Host, 5am-10am
Laura Carlo has been WCRB’s Morning Program Host for over 20 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. She is a pianist and channels Chopin daily.
Producer and Host, In Concert
Weekday Mid-day Host, 10am-3pm
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, In Concert
Weekday Afternoon Drive Host, 3-8pm
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
Weekend 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
Director of Production
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
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.
Sunday Morning Host
Jay was introduced to classical music thanks to a series of cheesy CDs (Classical Kids) that he still swears by to this day. He kept music close to his heart as he pursued his Bachelor's in History and Women's Studies at George Washington University, while singing with musical theater groups. While in college, the "radio bug" bit him in the forms of comedy talk radio and podcasting. He made his professional radio debut at WCRB. When he is not at the station, Jay can be found drawing, learning piano, and wandering museums to learn more about dinosaurs.
Weekend Afternoon Host
Weekend Evening Host
Emily has degrees in Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University and Boston University. She lived in Brookline, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge (again) before settling in Somerville. A full-time performer, she has a particular fondness for Boston organizations like the Lorelei Ensemble, Cantata Singers, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has been sharing classical music with WCRB audiences since 2018, and if you are a gardener or a Boston historian, she probably follows you on Twitter.
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.
James Bennett II
James Bennett II is a Digital Writer/Announcer for CRB (and a reporter in the newsroom at GBH). The Brooklyn-based Bennett cut his public media teeth with New York Public Radio before joining this particular Boston outfit, and will continue to hold it down in his borough until he bounces up to Massachusetts Bay. At any given point in time, you can find him frantically catching up on book-club reading, sacrificing to the zeitgeist, cataloguing records, or thinking about the next time he’ll eat pâté.
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.
Digital Associate Producer
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 nerdy podcasts, and trying every locally-owned coffee shop in the Greater Boston Area. At WCRB, she does a little bit of everything, from social media to broadcast production.
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. The rest, as they say, is history. When she's not focused on radio, you can find her soaking up New England by bicycle, tending to plants, and advocating for more equitable transportation systems around the region.