Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ann Shaffer - 30 Years of "A Time for Singing"

Ann Shaffer  listens to a special
message from Jessye Norman
at her surprise reception.
Ann Shaffer, host of A Time for Singing marked her 30th anniversary as a WTJU volunteer announcer March 30, 2013. Her love of opera comes through with every broadcast, both in the music she selects, and the information she shares from her encyclopedic knowledge of the genre.

This past Sunday her fellow volunteer classical department announcers gathered at the station to give her a surprise reception during the Sunday Opera Matinee. After the first act of Tannhäuser Ann and her many well-wishers gathered in the WTJU studios.

Tim Snider, her co-host for the Sunday Opera Matinee delivered a heart-felt tribute over the air, and the broadcast a special surprise -- a personal message from Jessye Norman! A fitting tribute for a remarkable person.

30 years of broadcasting is a major achievement -- even in the field of professional broadcasting. And to maintain a high quality of programming throughout even more so.

If you love opera, or the great operatic singers, then you should be well-acquainted with Ann Shaffer. If not, then you should make it a point to listen. Opera and vocal music tends to get the short shrift on most classical radio stations. Not so at WTJU. We celebrate it -- and Ann Shaffer continues to lead that celebration, as she has for 30 years.

Ann Shaffer and her husband, Hugh - their
marriage has run even longer than
"A Time for Singing!
Hear Ann's Anniversary Tribute


On the radio:
WTJU 91.1 FM in Charlottesville, VA

A Time for Singing, - Ann Shafer, host - Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM
Past programs can be replayed online at WTJU.net/vault
Playlist Archive

 The Sunday Opera Matinee - Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider, hosts - Sunday afternoon, 2-6 PM
Sunday Opera Matinee Schedule
Past programs can be replayed online at WTJU.net/vault
Playlist Archive


  1. Ann, thank you sooooo much. What a tremendous gift you've given us.

  2. Congratulations, Ann, and thanks for the years of music.