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Stage Notes with Robert Hammond

Saturdays at 12:00-1:00 p.m. on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

Stage Notes is hosted by Rochester's own Robert Hammond who brings his vast knowledge and passion for theatre and music to this one-hour radio series. In addition to playing music from Broadway's best, Hammond shares news about the local theatre community, as well as about nationally recognized directors, choreographers and stars, and presents interviews and behind- the-scenes conversation.  Click on the episode link below to LISTEN to this past week's show.

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Six-time Grammy Award winner and Christmas music diva, Amy Grant joins host Robert Hammond for a Christmas Eve edition of Stage Notes.  She’s on the program to talk about her new holiday CD, Tennessee Christmas, and her upcoming concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on January 7.  As always, she'll talk candidly about her career, family & friends, trials, and music.


What’s your favorite holiday song? Let host Robert Hammond know—he just might play it on this week’s festive edition of Stage Notes. Contact him via Twitter, Facebook, or by email,

Broadway leading man and former Glee Star, Matthew Morrison, joins host Robert Hammond for the hour to talk about his CD Where it all Began (released in 2013), Glee, and his fascinating Broadway career. The program, that originally aired in 2013, is filled with classic songs from the Great White Way sung by Morrison, and  a few new songs from Finding Neverland, the latest Broadway production he starred in as J. M. Barrie in 2015.

Rochester’s most glamorous holiday tradition staring the Big Wigs, Mrs. Kasha Davis (AKA Ed Popil) and Aggy Dune (AKA Tom Smalley), start their thirteenth season at Blackfriars Theatre December 2 & 3 and Golden Ponds December 9 &10. But, before the concerts, Mrs. Kasha Davis, who was on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, joins host Robert Hammond in studio to talk about the family friendly show.


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Stage Notes is celebrating the season with some of your favorite Broadway-themed holiday songs! From Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to Mame, be sure to join host Robert Hammond for some holiday fun.


As we prepare for Thanksgiving, host Robert Hammond cooks up a Stage Notes stuffed with some of Broadway’s best songs offering thanks.

Put On A Happy Face

Nov 11, 2016

The long election cycle is over. Whether your candidates won or lost, it's time to put on a happy face. (At least for an hour!)  And, host Robert Hammond is going to try to help you on this week's Stage Notes.  The entire program will be filled with songs that embrace happiness.


In celebration of Halloween, join host Robert Hammond for a spooktacular edition of Stage Notes.  He’ll feature chilling songs from Broadway musicals and the movies, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Omen,  Sweeney Todd, and, of course, Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Join Host Robert Hammond and his guest, Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. They'll discuss the '16 '17 season lineup of shows on both the Wilson and Fielding Stages at Geva Theatre Center.  Unlike past seasons, this one includes four musicals, beginning with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (through November 6) and Million Dollar Quartet (May 30-June 25). Full season available at

Prior to the airing of PBS' documentary Hamilton's America on WXXI TV, Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m., join host Robert Hammond and his guest Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of the Jewish Community Center's  CenterStage. They'll discuss the documentary and the historical aspects of the musical and why it's the hardest ticket to get on Broadway. Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony Award nominations, winning 11, including best musical. In addition, it was the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.