For Release: August 17, 2009

127th AES Convention Names Bill McGlaughlin Keynote Speaker

Peabody-Winning Broadcaster Offers Observations on Talent/Engineer Symbiosis

Bill McLaughlin

AES Keynote speaker Bill McLaughlin

NEW YORK: Peabody Award-winning radio personality William “Bill” McGlaughlin has been named Keynote Speaker for the 127th AES Convention. The long-time host and music director of American Public Media’s popular Saint Paul Sunday public radio program McGlaughlin is a highly regarded broadcaster, educator, composer and conductor.

In making the announcement Convention Chair Agnieszka Roginska remarked, “While the focus of our conventions are largely technical in nature, we are delighted to provide our attendees with an opportunity to enjoy a discourse by a broadcaster celebrated for his performance behind the mic rather than behind the control room window.”

Entitled Talent Doesn’t Push Buttons, Mr. McGlaughlin’s address will consider the relationship between the on-air talent and the audio engineers who insure the high-quality sound and technical support that contribute to a program’s long-term success.

In 2003 McGlaughlin began hosting Exploring Music a WFMT daily radio program showcasing great works of classical music. Every week the widely popular show explores a single classical music theme in hour-long daily episodes. McGlaughlin’s unique brand of information-laced enthusiasm has drawn praise for instilling a sense of classical music appreciation within an audience that has grown to over 500,000 listeners. Beyond his career as a broadcaster and music educator, he is an accomplished orchestral musician, classical composer and conductor

In 2004 Exploring Music garnered McGlaughlin, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fine Arts Radio International. He has co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio series Center Stage from Wolf Trap since its inception in 1999, and since 2007 has hosted the nationally syndicated Concerts from the Library of Congress radio series. Among his many awards and honors are five ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming; the 1990 Deems Taylor Award (ASCAP) for Saint Paul Sunday; a 1990 Honorary Doctorate from Westminster College; and a 1995 Peabody Award for Saint Paul Sunday.

The 127th AES Convention will be held Oct. 9 – 12 at New York’s Javits Center.

Pictured: AES Keynote speaker Bill McLaughlin


The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit