Howard Dicus

Music Host

Howard Dicus was a radio network anchor, reporter, and manager in Washington, D.C., until, after 22 years of part-time residence in Hawaiʻi, he moved here full-time to start life anew.

While at United Press International in the 1980s and 90s he reviewed classical CDs for the wire service, and in his spare time was president of the Washington Savoyards, an opera company focusing entirely on Gilbert & Sullivan.

Howard's Day Off is produced entirely by Howard from his own music collection and, unless he's off-island, he does the show live.

The next group of American composers were born several years later than most of the Boston Six, most lived much later, and in style they were more diverse.

Early classical concerts in America were narrow in their focus. Almost every concert featured a Beethoven symphony. To be adventurous a conductor would program Liszt or even Bizet.

This nine-part history of American classical music will run through January and February on the HPR-2 program “Howard’s Day Off.” The essays covering the same material, which do not always accord precisely with the programs, are posted here in full.

We think of rock as recent, jazz as older, classical music as much older. But the actual chronology may adjust your perception of this.

Despite studying journalism in high school – I was editor of my high school newspaper – my first inspiration to break into broadcasting was that I thought it would be fun to be a deejay. I got sidetracked into radio news instead, liked it, and am happily doing broadcast news 46 years later. My career started in 1970 and when I moved full-time to Hawaiʻi at the end of 2000, I had never actually worked as a deejay and I had never worked in television. HPR made both things possible.

Join Howard Dicus for a look ahead at 2016 with Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerly, Outrigger head David Carrey, and real estate developer Stanford Carr. Included in the discussion will be: tourism, development, the homeless problem, and events in Japan and Europe.