Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley will become the host of the Friday evening live Minnesota Orchestra broadcasts at the start of the 2019/2020 season beginning Sept. 20. She will continue to host Classical MPR’s live broadcasts of Minnesota Opera and serve as fill-in host for both Classical MPR and Classical24.
Ousley is taking the reins from Classical MPR managing director Brian Newhouse. She got her start in broadcast as a classical host, music director and producer at Radio Kansas before moving to Minnesota.
“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa Ousley as the new radio voice of the Minnesota Orchestra,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. “Her warmth and authentic style and her credibility as a musical storyteller make her a great fit for this role and for what we strive to communicate with the listening audience. We look forward to our new Friday night partnership.”