In Massachusetts: Giving Music

At 3 p.m. on a gorgeous Sunday in June, Simon Geller slouches in an easy chair in his darkened apartment, with the windows closed and a chuck steak in the oven, listening to himself on the radio. At the moment, he is broadcasting the ballet Sylvia, by Leo Delibes, on the station he periodically identifies as "WVCA, 104.9 megahertz, in Gloucester, Massachusetts."

Apart from this announcement and the briefest possible description of the music, Geller says little, which is just as well. His listeners happily acknowledge that he has the least polished delivery in broadcasting. The accent is distinctly north-of-Boston, which...

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