Monday, February 20, 2012

Farewell to a classic: Karl Scroggin to retire from WUIS

Hosting a public radio program for nearly 30 years has put Karl Scroggin in the company of some of classical music’s greats.

Meeting and talking to people who are as passionate about classical music as he is are among things Scroggin said he will miss when he retires March 30 as music director and host of “Classics with Karl Scroggin” on WUIS-FM (91.9), the public radio station at the University of Illinois Springfield.

“I’ve done everything I can to enlighten, inspire, to educate, to kind of pay it forward in terms of keeping classical music alive, teaching people to appreciate it, to love it, to become accustomed to it, to recognize it as an inestimable, invaluable part of our culture,” said Scroggin, 60.

Like many UIS employees who are about Scroggin’s age or who have been employed there for 30 years or more, Scroggin’s retirement decision is based in part on changes in pension calculations.

Scroggin was featured in an February 19, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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