A full stage at the Woody's Children 50th Anniversary Concert (Photo: © Steve J. Sherman)
Though Robert Sherman's background is in classical music, his long-running program Woody's Children has made him a de facto authority on contemporary folk. The long-running show got its start at WQXR in 1969, a natural time to spark the interest in folk music that continues today. The series moved to WFUV in the fall of 1999.
Yet Sherman remains involved at the classical station as well, hosting their Young Artists Showcase and special events. "Folk music is an offshoot of what I've been doing all these years," he says. He can often be found emceeing classical concerts in New York City in addition to his regular jobs teaching "The Business of Music" at The Julliard School. Sherman has also co-authored two books with musical comedian Victor Borge, plus The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Music, and with his brother Alexander Sherman, a pictorial biography of their mother, the distinguished pianist Nadia Reisenberg.
Sherman, who celebrated his 75th birthday in 2007, shows no signs of slowing down. "I have no interest in retiring," he says. "I love hosting Woody's Children, I still find it engrossing... so as long as somebody will have me, and I'm still able to do it, I have no intention of stopping."