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Anne Melvin: Committed to Classical Music and the Arts

Anne Melvin: Committed to Classical Music and the Arts
We are sometimes inspired by a person whose influence leaves its mark, but doesn't take root instantly. For Anne Melvin, it was her grandmother who stamped a passion for classical music in her heart by always playing her record collection. Anne says "a switch went on" as she became an adult and her devotion to classical music deepened, despite it being the era of The Beatles and rock 'n' roll.

Anne was born in Columbus and grew up in Long Island and Chicago. She returned after graduating from Smith College with a degree in Art History and soon married Columbus attorney Noel Melvin.

Anne spent three years in the mid-1970s studying music history at Capital University, before joining WOSU to work in the music library where she says "every day was different and a joy." For eight years she worked the afternoon shift at WOSU radio.

Anne Melvin has devoted her life in central Ohio to growing an appreciation of classical music and supporting the genre. Her recent gift, which included a bequest to WOSU Public Media, was critical to creating Classical 101, one of the rare 24-hour classical music stations in the country. As she says, "it's a moral imperative to make sure classical music grows and is sustained."

WOSU proudly honored Anne Melvin's lifetime devotion to the arts and classical music by naming the Anne Melvin Classical Music Studio, where Classical 101 is regularly hosted by our talented team.


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