This month, Broadway to Main Street, a public radio program devoted to songs that originated on the Broadway stage, will celebrate the beginning of its second decade on 88.3, Long Island’s only NPR station. The program, which debuted on WPPB in January 2012, now airs weekly on WLIW-FM Sundays at 3 p.m. and wliw.org/radio. To mark the 10th anniversary, on Sunday, January 16, a special episode, My Clever Friends, will feature new interviews and songs from Tony-nominated performers Veanne Cox, Malcolm Gets, David Garrison, Lewis J. Stadlen, as well as Ann Harada, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano.
Hosted and produced by Laurence Maslon, each week Broadway to Main Street highlights a different theme or topic, celebrating a seminal show or legendary performer or songwriter or examining a historical or cultural movement through the show tunes of Broadway. The selections are drawn from classic albums, rare recordings and surprise popular interpretations. Each of the more than 425 episodes is supplemented by Maslon’s commentary, news from Broadway and guest appearances. Among Maslon’s guests have been Brian Stokes Mitchell, Judy Kaye, Randy Rainbow, Rebecca Luker, Andre De Shields, Betsy Wolfe, William Daniels and many other Broadway personalities and experts. The program was awarded the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award from ASCAP for “Best Radio Broadcast/Internet Program” in 2019 and has received funding from the Noel Coward Foundation, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Philanthropic Trust.
“We are pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Broadway to Main Street with Larry Maslon,” said Diane Masciale, Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and 88.3 WLIW-FM. “We are proud to bring Larry’s musical theater expertise and highly entertaining program to listeners on the East End and beyond. We look forward to the next ten years of Broadway magic on WLIW-FM.”
Laurence Maslon is a part-time East End resident. In addition to his work on Broadway to Main Street, he serves as an arts professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Acting Program. He has enjoyed a relationship with The WNET Group for over three decades: he was a cowriter (with American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor) on three documentary series, including the 2004 Emmy Award-winning Broadway: The American Musical (as well as the author of their respective companion volumes). He is the writer of two American Masters documentaries: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Got to Be Me (2017) and Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds, broadcast on PBS in 2001. He is also the author/editor of over a dozen books on Broadway and popular culture; his latest, I’ll Drink to That! Broadway Cocktails, will be published by Weldon Owen in 2022.