Berkshire Eagle Staff

AMHERST-- John Nowacki, former music director and classical music announcer for WNPR in Hartford, Conn., is New England Public Radio’s new morning classical music host. He replaces longtime host and music director John Montanari who retired in December.

Nowacki, who began Monday, can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New England Public Radio -- 88.5 FM WFCR.

"John has extensive programming and hosting experience over several decades, and we’ve already received very positive listener feedback about him in both areas," NEPR CEO and general manager Martin Miller says in a news release, referring to Nowacki’s recent fill-in work while the station conducted a national search for a host.

Nowacki brings with him nearly 30 years of radio experience, mostly as classical music announcer and music director for NPR affiliate, WNPR in Hartford, Conn. He stayed on as the local host of "All Things Considered" at WNPR for several years following that station’s decision to cut classical music programming in favor of an all-news format. Since leaving WNPR, Nowacki has worked as a narration contractor and voiceover artist.

Nowacki’s interest in classical music began while he was a high school student, having discovered organ music recordings by E. Power Biggs and singing in his high school’s choirs.

Nowacki lives in Hartford, Conn. where he sings as a bass/baritone in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church.