About the show: A Night on the Town
A Night on the Town celebrates the American Musical, bringing you the best of Broadway with back stories and songs.
A Night on the Town is a weekly radio program celebrating the American Musical, produced and hosted by George Harter. This show provides insights into the history of the American Musical with songs, stories about the composers and interesting tidbits on the creation of our favorite shows.
For an in-depth review: George Harter takes listeners out for A Night on the Town
About the host: George Harter
Saturday nights have always been special to George Harter, whether as a boy listening to the Grand Ole Opry growing up in West Virginia or now hosting a show of Broadway tunes. Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 1949, George began in radio in 1976 at KCUR-FM, the NPR affiliate at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, working first as a late-night Jazz host and then as News Producer. George left KCUR in 1980 to return to school at KU. He majored in Theater and completed studies at the University of Kansas.
Planning only to remain in radio as a hobby, George accepted an on-air shift on Saturday nights with classical KXTR. Alone at the station from six to midnight on Saturday night, George decided keep himself awake and liven up the classical format with Broadway show tunes and selections from film scores. He called the show A Night on the Town. It's been going strong ever since. In 1999, George took A Night on the Town to a national audience as the prestigious WFMT Fine Arts Network picked up the program for syndication. Today, A Night on the Town is heard on 82 radio stations in the United States and Canada.
In 1998, George founded Musical Theater Heritage, a non-profit production company, in order to develop A Night on the Town for national syndication on the WFMT Fine Arts Network. Today Musical Theater Heritage produces and distributes A Night on the Town to radio markets nationally, and is sponsored by the Algonquin Hotel in New York. MTH has also received special licensing to offer the program, on demand, on the A Night on the Town website. George also runs a company that organizes tours to New York and London theater shows.
George has a simple programming philosophy: "I want the listeners to celebrate the 100-year history of the American musical."
- Saturday 9-10pm