Mindy Heusel

Music Director, Host of Perspective

Mindy started at WVIK on the evening shift, one night a week, while still a student at Augustana College. Not long after, the station began overnight service and she took on the graveyard shift for a full six nights. In 1985, she moved to days and began her long tenure as host of Perspective, WVIK's afternoon classical music program. Under her direction, the program has developed into a show focused on exploring new music from living composers, not just from orchestra halls but including Broadway and film music.

A strong musical background prepared Mindy, a native of Hooper, Nebraska, for a career as a classical music announcer. Mindy studied piano from the age of 3 and flute from the sixth grade, was a frequent piano accompanist, and was named a Promising Young Musician in the State of Nebraska.

Mindy served as Operations Manager at WVIK from 1985 until 1988. From 1992 to 1995 she served as Membership Manager, running Fund Drives and processing the all-important listener contributions to WVIK. She now serves as Music Director, keeping the CD and LP library up-to-date and organized for WVIK's classical programmers.

Gaelynn Lea, 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Winner
Courtesy of Alicia Lees / Green Room Music Source

Gaelynn Lea, winner of NPR's second annual Tiny Desk Contest, returns the Quad Cities to perform at Daytrotter in downtown Davenport this weekend.

Jacob Bancks and Mindy Heusel discuss theworld premiere of Bancks' Occidental Symphony, commissioned and performed by the United States Marine Band. This work is inspired by the poetry of Illinois writer Vachel Lindsay.


Join Mindy Heusel as she goes to the movies and previews the music and composers up for Best Original Film Score. She'll also talk with Mike Schulz of the River Cities' Reader about his picks for Best Picture.


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