John Banther serves as a weekend host on Classical WETA 90.9. John is the tuba player of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. John has also performed with artists and orchestras like Larnelle Harris, Martina McBride, Delfeayo Marsalis, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra among others. With a passion for music, John received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music from the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands. When not on the radio or performing, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Zenas, and their dog Gabby.
WETA looks back at the people and events of the 1980s — the disorderly decade that saw Washington's emergence as a true global capital.See all broadcast times →
Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital.Watch video →
WETA Channel 26 hit the Washington airwaves on October 2, 1961, when station manager George Baker introduced viewers to WETA's inaugural broadcast, The New Era.Watch first broadcast →