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Robert J. Lurtsema

Born: Nov 14, 1931

Death: Jun 12, 2000

Birthplace: Cambridge

Nationality: United States

Robert J. Lurtsema

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1931
Date of Death : Jun 12, 2000
Birth Place : Cambridge

Robert John Lurtsema was a public radio broadcaster. Lurtsema hosted the classical music show Morning pro musica on WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1971 until his death from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was known among public radio listeners throughout New England for his sonorous voice and his phrasing, which frequently included long pauses. The long pauses, anathema to mainstream radio, were either tolerated or loved by his loyal listeners. "I'm not afraid of dead air," he was quoted as saying. "I don't think there's anything wrong with a quiet spot once in a while. When I pause I'm visualizing my audience, the person I'm speaking to. I always imagine I'm speaking to someone in particular." Lurtsema also did a great deal of voice-over work, especially for public television documentaries and classical pieces that include narration. In addition to his work in radio, Lurtsema was also a composer. In 1975, he was awarded a lifetime scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he began to study composition and theory.

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