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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 22, 2011 

Contact:  Barbara Hamm Lee, 757.889.9437


Segments to be available on WHRO 90.3FM and podcasts on

NORFOLK: WHRO announced today that it has engaged M.D. Ridge to review theatre, concerts, operas and other arts events appropriate to the classical music/fine arts format of its public radio station WHRO 90.3FM.  Ridge will become Critic at Large, following in the footsteps of the late Edgar Loessein, whose reviews the station aired for many years.

Ridge’s reviews will be recorded and heard on the air on 90.3, and will be made available as podcasts on WHRO’s web page in the Arts Conversations category.

A native of New York City who grew up in Los Angeles, Ridge first came to Hampton Roads in 1963. She is a longtime journalist, editor and author whose articles have been published in the United States, Canada and England. She has written features and reviews about the local arts community — theatre, opera, music of all sorts — for Artsong Update, Port Folio, Hampton Roads Magazine, Flash, Ghent and OnStage.  Ridge is also a composer of liturgical music, whose compositions appear in many hymnals.          

“We are delighted to be able to once more provide these reviews to the community,” said Dwight Davis, Program Director of WHRO 90.3FM.  “M. D. Ridge brings a wealth of experience to our air, and we’re fortunate that she has joined us.”

About WHRO
WHRO is a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services.  Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO’s four public television and eight public radio stations.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.