WNET Up Next: NYC-Arts with Joan Hershey

November 9, 2017

Now that we’re in the midst of another exciting fall season in the arts,  WNET Up Next sits down with Joan Hershey, Editorial Director of  NYC-ARTS,  WNET’s weekly program devoted to  arts and culture.

A long time producer of  arts programming for WNET,  Joan shares with host Tom Stewart an inside look at the series, its on-air talent, and how it all comes together every week when  it  airs on Thirteen on Thursday evenings at  8:00PM and Sundays at 12:00Noon. The program also airs on WLIW-21 on Tuesdays at 5:30PM and 7:30PM.

The hosts of NYC-ARTS, Philippe Montebello and Paula Zahn bring complementary skills and backgrounds that offer viewers great interviews with visual and performing artists, and introduce segments which focus on many of the of the area’s outstanding  cultural institutions.  The on-air team also includes  Christina Ha, who  reports on upcoming exhibitions and cultural events and Rafael PiRoman, who tells of the latest happenings at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Segments from NYC-ARTS  are also seen across the country as a part of WNET’s Major Marketing Group (MMG)  initiative which shares material with many public media stations.  Another way to access the program’s content is through its website  at www.nyc-arts.org, where  a library of complete episodes  and featured  stories can be found.

While difficult for her to choose a single favorite among the  many stories that NYC-ARTS  has presented,  Joan describes several she is particularly fond of  including a focus on pianist Jeremy Denk, another on dancer,  choreographer and activist Bill T. Jones, as well as an interview Philippe Montebello conducted with the noted architect Moshe Safdie.  She also has several “go-to” recommendations for our listeners, including the American Folk Art Museum’s “War and Pieced” exhibit, a new exhibition on the Wiener Werstatte movement  at the Neue Galerie, and “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”, which is now on view  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Recorded on October 25, 2017 at WNET Audio C

Audio recording – Jonathan Berman

Audio  mixing – Josh Broome

Producer/Host – Tom Stewart

Executive Producer – Daena McBride

A presentation of the Design & On-Air Promotion Department of WNET/New York