Barone, (J.) Michael
- William F. Coscarelli
(b Kingston, PA, 1946). American radio personality and producer. Barone is a nationally recognized radio personality heard via Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)/American Public Media (APM) as host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated series, Pipedreams, a 120-minute weekly program devoted to organ music. He served a similar function for national broadcasts of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1983 to 2005. Barone joined MPR in 1968 following graduation from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio with a BM degree in music history, with organ as principal applied instrument. From 1968 to 1992 he was network music director for MPR, and is currently senior executive producer. Pipedreams, in continuous production since 1982, is the longest-running and only nationally distributed weekly program devoted to the pipe organ in US radio history. Awards and honors include the American Guild of Organists President’s Award (1996), the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society (...