Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

I began covering the arts on Florida's Treasure Coast almost 25 years ago after working in Miami with WTMI-FM. Before Miami, I spent 16 unforgettable years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, getting my feet wet in broadcasting at WVWI, as program director and host of a radio talk show, and learning how to live in the Caribbean - not easy but so worth the effort. When I made my way north to the Treasure Coast, I landed at WQCS, the regional NPR affiliate, producing Arts Spotlight and arts-related special programs for 15 years or so. I tried retirement, but that wasn't for me. Soon I was tapped to produce a weekly radio segment for the Cultural Council of Indian River County. My arts coverage spilled over from radio to print when I was asked to write an arts and entertainment column for At the end of 2018, I tried retirement again, and immediately realized there was no retiring from spreading the word about the wealth of arts, culture, and entertainment we have to offer. Over the years, I've met hundreds of interesting and talented people and discovered places to go and things to do that I just have to share. From Brevard County to North Palm Beach County and looking west, Willi Miller's Arts Blast will keep you moving, learning, and having fun. Subscribe to the free weekly eMagazine at or just check back here every week for the latest issue. On Facebook, it's Willi Miller's Arts Blast and Willi Miller's Arts Blast Extras. Come explore with me.


April 17, 2024 25 mins
Dr. Crystal Bujol tells us about the magnificent things to come with the Gifford Youth Orchestra, the book she's writing, the GYO Concert on May 11, and GYO Summer Camp.  Get details and info at

It's jazz appreciation month and Darryl Bey is here to talk about the Bluebird Educational Foundation, The R.I.K.E. Program ("Recycling in the Key of E"), and the Art of Jazz Event on April 26th at the Backus Museum in Fort Pie...
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Pat Kroger talks about the history of Vero Beach and the Vintage Clothing Exhibit at the Hallstrom House, at 1723 Old Dixie Highway SW.  Learn more about the Historical Society at

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April 3, 2024 25 mins
Jill Truax of the Community Church of Vero Beach talks about the music and fine arts coming to Vero Beach, including The Queen's Six and the CCOVB 100 Year Celebration Concert. And Adam Schnell tells us about Ballet Vero Beach's Ballet Under the Stars, the West Side Story Suite, The Sleeping Princess, and BVB's amazing partnership with Child Care Resources. 
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Poet Laureate of Indian River County, Sean Sexton, joins guest host Warren Obluck for a chat about poetry, and specifically, Poetry and Barbecue: April 13th at the Richardson Center at IRSC.  For tickets an details, visit
We also speak with the two members of the cast of "On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan," Barbara Bonilla and Miss YaYa Vargas.  

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March 20, 2024 25 mins
Guest host Oscar Sales speaks with Dr. Marcos Flores about the upcoming Easter Contada, "Footprints in the Sand: A Journey to the Cross and Beyond" on Saturday, March 30 at Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach, FL.  We also discuss "The Tango Rags and Classical Music Concert," a piano quintet on April 7th at Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church. 
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March 13, 2024 25 mins
Nancy Duclos tells us about the Spring Camp Sessions at the Vero Beach Art Club.  And we talk to two talented young musicians, Jake & Sky Valezquez, about the Music Angels concert on March 23rd at the Italian American Club in Vero Beach.  You can learn more about them at

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Author of historical fiction, Patti Callahan Henry dicusses her career and her upcoming plans... And Adam Schnell tells us about Ballet Vero Beach and the upcoming Egyptian collaboration with Vero Beach Museum of Art.
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Maria Sparsis from Indian River Clay joins the show to talk about Form & Fire, a juried clay show March 1-22... and we speak with Dr. Edie Widder and Jasmine Schwadron from ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association).
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February 21, 2024 25 mins
Janie Hoover of the Environmental Learning Center tells us about ELC's Brown Bag Lunch & Learn on February 28th. You can learn more about it at

Adam Conard gets us excited for Art Under the Oaks at Riverside Park, March 8, 9 & 10.

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February 14, 2024 25 mins
Adam Schnell, Ballet Vero Beach, drops by the studio to tell us about Program 2: Balanchine, Graham, Wheeldon at Vero Beach HS PAC, February 23 & 24, and a family friendly Firebird February 25. And Becca Harrison calls in to discuss her part as one of the seven pianists in the 7 Monster Pianos Concert on Sunday at Christ by the Sea UMC.

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Linda Sposato ( is now accepting musical students and she tells us about their upcoming fundraiser, Flamenco & Tapas on February 14th... And we're joined by two members of the cast of Kinky Boots at Riverside Theatre, Terrence Clowe and Val Moranto.
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Rusty Young and Marty Paris discuss the Live From Vero Beach Music Series via and Leah Blythe-LoPresti, David LoPresti and Dominique Tynes tell us about the 2024 Art Trail Fine Art Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club.
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January 24, 2024 25 mins
Today Mike Godown speaks to us about the Indian River Genealogy Conference... and Mike Block tells us about the Vero Beach International Music Festival.
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Connie Cotherman talks about the 15th Annual Motor Car Exhibition and A Tropical Flock of Avian Avatars at McKee Botanical Garden. Barb Russell and Karen Vatland from Garden Club of Indian Rivery County get us ready for Gardenfest! 2024 the first weekend in February.
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Adam Schnell of Ballet Vero Beach joins the show to discuss the Indian River State College Fellowship Initiative for Dancers along with his upcoming shows which you can find at Sergey Belyavsky takes center stage at the Emerson Center’s Grand Piano, Saturday evening, January 27 at 7 p.m.
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January 3, 2024 25 mins
Saxophonist and singer Danny Bacher tells us about his career, working with kids in New Jersey, and his trio's upcoming concert with the Treasure Coast Jazz Society. Ray Adams, a well-known local educator and musician and a board member of the Treasure Coast Jazz Society, tells us about upcoming shows and the scholarship program.

From the website:

The Treasure Coast Jazz Society was founded in 1986 by Ash Andon, Harry Buck...
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December 27, 2023 25 mins
Oscar Sales of Riverside Theatre tells us about what exciting events to expect in the coming year at Riverside... And Adam Schnell of Ballet Vero Beach updates us on the Nutrcracker on the Indian River and why Riverside Theatre is such a great place to work if you're a dog-lover!
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Xaque Gruber discusses the Vero Beach Film Festival coming in April, the Friends of Contemporary Art (FOCA) at the Environmental Learning Center, and "Iris' Cats & Old Buildings" Art Show on January 5th.
Megan Elyse Fulmer & Brian Golub are stars in the musical "Jersey Boys," playing Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach January 2-28th.
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December 13, 2023 25 mins
We speak with Ray Brown, of, about the his website and radio show, how hummingbirds fly, and the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival coming to Port Canaveral January 24-28th. And then we hear from David Amado, music director of Atlantic Classical Orchestra, about the coming season that begins January 11.
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Adam Schnell joins us to get us excited for Nutcracker on the Indian River by Ballet Vero Beach and we discuss the new documentary... Then we talk to Christopher Confessore about Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
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