About Pipedreams

Michael Barone
Michael Barone

Michael Barone, host

Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 65 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams, which recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of continuous broadcasts, began in 1982 and remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael’s talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President’s Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997 and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

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John Kuntz

John Kuntz, Associate Producer
John Kuntz is the Associate Producer of Pipedreams. He is busy in the background, responsible for assembling the sound of the show, assisting with music programming, conducting artist interviews, and completing post-production tasks. In his nonproducer life, John is a freelance composer and pianist in the Twin Cities. If not at the concert hall, you’ll likely find John biking along the road and enjoying the many great trails in Minnesota.

The power and wonder of the “king of instruments.”

“Pipedreams engages a wide range of listeners—not just organists—and that is the magic and the beauty of it. Pipedreams is not only an ongoing course

in organ repertoire, but it is also a door for people who have never yet heard a pipe organ or gone to an organ recital.”
—The American Organist Magazine

Celebrating more than forty years on the air, Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ.

Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, and in doing so, encourages listeners to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of this instrument. He often talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the “mighty Wurlitzers” of movie house fame.

Pipedreams 40th Anniversary

Broadcast Stations

Click here for a listing of all public radio stations in the United States that currently broadcast Pipedreams. Station schedules may change. Please contact your local station for further information.

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