Dennis Bartel is a thirty-year veteran broadcaster, having served in Washington, D.C., where among his duties he assumed the role of opera host from Paul Hume upon the legendary music critic’s retirement; in Baltimore, where he was founding program director for WJHU; and in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Bartel began his broadcast career in his native Los Angeles as morning host at KUSC in late 1970s, when he also produced a celebrated series of hour-long documentaries on California writers. In the summer of 1984, Mr. Bartel returned to KUSC to produce the station’s nightly coverage of the Olympic Arts Festival.
He is also an accomplished writer, having published hundreds of articles, stories and essays with such enterprises as Harper’s, Time-Life, Doubleday, and others, on a rainbow of subjects ranging from Israel to Parisian cemeteries; a pagan farm to maple syrup farming; a celebrated abortion trial to homelessness; and Sikh ashrams to contract killers for which he won a press club award for investigative journalism. He has also written extensively on music – as a national columnist and for several major orchestras. His award-winning book of short stories Voyeurs was published in 2006.
Dennis and his wife Erin are parents to four young children.
His weekday morning program is heard on Classical KUSC from 5 to 9 am, Monday through Friday.