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Leonard Oakland

Host of Sunday Morning Classical

Leonard Oakland hosts a classical music program each week: Sunday Classics, which can be heard from from 10 a.m. – noon on KPBX.

Leonard started listening to Spokane Public Radio when it first came on the air in 1980, and by 1985 was hired to do a Sunday evening jazz shift. Later, he added a Tuesday evening chamber music show. A few years later, he took over the Sunday morning classical slot instead. Today, we all know Leonard as the voice of Sunday Morning Classical Music.

He has taught at Whitworth University since 1966 as part of the English faculty and in Whitworth’s Core Program. In recent years he has taught Epic (Homer, Virgil, Dante); Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel; and Seventeenth-Century British Lit (especially Paradise Lost). He founded the film study program at Whitworth in the late 1960s and has continued to teach a course in the history of documentary film.

Leonard has a daughter (and grandson) who live in far-off Boston, a son who is an attorney in Spokane, a cat and a dog (that are both public radio listeners). He loves to travel, especially to France, Italy, and the U.K., and is an avid backyard gardener. His passions continue to be books and movies. And the hostas in his garden.