KCBX's Andy Harp to retire from radio station in December

The classical music director for KCBX Public Radio, Andy Harp, is retiring from the station Dec. 31.

“It is time for me to pursue long-delayed musical projects,” Harp said in a news release, adding that he’s looking forward to playing drums more, exploring the desert and spending time with his partner, harpist Jennifer Sayre.

“Andy will be greatly missed by the KCBX staff and the station’s audience,” said Marisa Waddell, program director. “He has been a warm voice and companion to our listeners. Behind the scenes, he picks up any ball that is handed to him and runs with it, from engineering live talk programs to writing and producing promotional announcements for the station.”

“KCBX has been family to me since my first volunteer air shift in 1981,” said the 66-year-old Harp. “The tone set by management of encouragement and artistic freedom is the hallmark of the station to this day.”

Following his volunteer days, Harp went on to hold positions as music director and host of various station programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition” (as local host) and “Morning Cup of Jazz.” Since 2007, Harp has been the classical music director and host of “Afternoon Classics.”

He will continue to oversee development of a new KCBX program that will feature archived performances by local performing arts organizations.

KCBX is a noncommercial public radio station that serves an average weekly audience of more than 40,000 listeners in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and south Monterey counties.