Conrad Balliet

Host - Conrad's Corner

Conrad A. Balliet was weaned on the likes of "Mary had a little lamb," bounced on his mother's knee to the tune of the Pennsylvania Dutch rhyme of "ride-a ride-a Geilie," grew up in a home with Kipling's "If" on a plaque on the wall, and spent his adolescence with The Best Loved Poems of the American People, fancying himself as A.E. Housman's Shropshire Lad.

After brief and not very successful efforts at painting (houses and fences), bus driving, and the U.S. Army, he worked his way as an English major through Muhlenberg, Lehigh, and Cornell. His academic interests paralleled his personal growth from late Victorian to early modern, and he spent, part time, many years wandering through Europe and the lower reaches of the imagination trying to understand and explain the poetic and human complexities of W.B. Yeats and his beloved Maud Gonne MacBride.

He came to WYSO in 1993, and still does what he enjoyed doing at Wittenberg University for thirty years: reads and recites poetry whenever possible, and encourages people to share his appreciation and love of images and metaphors, rhythms and rhymes.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 4, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Meredith Henrich's poem, "Dreams of Grandma."

National Poetry Month
10:42 am
Sun May 1, 2011

Readings from the Dayton-Metro Library: Herb Martin

Herb Martin is a local poet, retired Wright State professor, and an expert on the life and work of Paul Lawrence Dunbar.  Here he reads a philosophical poem at the Dayton-Metro Library.

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Conrad's Corner: April 29, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Zach Rogers' poem, "Loomer."

WYSO Programming Notes
3:48 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Host Highlights: Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner. They discuss Conrad's rich history with poetry and the relationship between poetry and song.

Conrad's Corner airs weeknights at 7:59 and is also available as a podcast.

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Conrad's Corner: April 25, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads John Booth's poem, "Guitar Man."

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