Gabriela Guinea Johnston
Born in Mexico City, Gabriela Guinea Johnston lived for many years in the enchanting old barrio of Coyoacan, where she liked to visit many old colonial houses and churches. She studied History of Art at the Ibero Americana University in Mexico City and taught colonial architecture classes at the same university. She was also one of the founders of the University's Library of Slides, which was the first and is now one of most extensive in Mexico. Gaby has taught Art History at various educational institutions and acted as curator of several exhibitions.

In addition, she has been a researcher of an important Mayan ceramic collection of Barbachano Ponce. She was curator and researcher also of the colonial painting collection from the house of the Jesuits in Mexico City, and acted as consultant and evaluator to the INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City) related to their own slide library.

While working at the University, Gabriela was able to study a variety of subjects, including communications, creative writing, editing, musicology, psychology, and didactics. Gabriela has actively participated in theatre, both as a writer and an actress. One of her plays, "Fronteras" ("Borders") was presented in San Diego and San Marcos, after winning an award as part of the Fritz Theatre New Plays Project. In addition to being a playwright, Gabriela is also a published poet.

Gabriela is a born artist and communicator. She has enjoyed a lifelong involvement in communications. She has written editorials (in Spanish) for several newspapers in Mexico, Tijuana, and California. For many years she worked as Production Director and Community Affairs Director for Radio Latina, the leading Hispanic radio station in the Tijuana and San Diego area. In that capacity, she interviewed scholars, politicians, artists, and all kinds of celebrities.

Sue Harland
Sue has been in the radio business for nearly two decades. During that time, she has worn many hats and been involved with a variety of musical formats. She's as comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind the microphone. As a commercial actress, Sue has been seen in local and national television commercials as well as heard on a multitude of radio stations during the course of her career.

Sue occasionally acts in local theater and most recently played the part of Karen, Margo's best friend in "All About Eve," the part for which Celeste Holme won the honor of best supporting actress. Sue has traveled extensively throughout Europe in all seasons, returning most often to visit dear friends in France and Germany. She has skied and hiked South America and Europe, but still prefers the snow in the U.S.

Sue is a gifted amateur artist and enjoys painting as well as sculpting in clay, metal, and stone. She is a small-time egg rancher with four laying hens and 12 ducks, a creative cook, and an oenophile with a special fondness for wines of France, Oregon, and the California Central Coast.

A native Californian, Sue was born on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo, where her parents still reside. She has a strong appreciation for classical music and considers it a privilege to be associated with 104.9 FM XLNC1.

David Amos
David has made it his specialty as an orchestral conductor to introduce to the public lesser known works of composers worthy of greater recognition, as well as more obscure music of famous composers. To this end, Mr. Amos has commissioned new works as well as conducted many world premiere performances in concert and in recordings.

His musical training includes two degrees from San Diego State University, and Doctoral studies in conducting at Indiana University. He has conducted and recorded over 150 compositions on more than thirty two compact discs.

Gordon Brown
Listeners to classical music in San Diego may recognize the voice of Gordon Brown, who has been involved in classical-music radio in one form or another for over twenty years. Mentored by Kingsley McLaren, Gordon joined the staff of KFSD-FM 94.1 in 1986, where he announced regularly until the station's demise in January 1997. In 1998 Gordon secured a position with the Astor Broadcast Group, which maintained the classical stations KFSD-FM 92.1 and KFSD-AM 1450 in San Diego's North County until February 2007.

During that time Gordon produced and hosted, or co-hosted, three programs, including Fridays Live at the Museum with Wes Brustad. For several seasons Gordon also produced and co-hosted the San Diego Chamber Orchestra Radio Program with the Orchestra's Artistic Director and Conductor Donald Barra. In 1998 Gordon proposed to the Astor staff that they consider a live program of classical listener requests. The suggestion germinated, and Listener Request Friday, which Gordon produced and hosted weekly, became a staple of KFSD's programming for over eight years. Gordon continues to work for the Astor Broadcast Group, where he writes and produces public-service announcements and maintains the Group's websites.

Gordon's professional interests have not been limited to radio broadcasting. A native Californian, Gordon had worked in the geotechnical industry from 1973 to 1981, when he decided to pursue one of his first loves, the study of philosophy. He was employed as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California from 1988 until 2005, where he taught courses in symbolic logic, critical thinking, and introductory philosophy.

Gordon's interests outside of classical music and broadcasting are almost too varied and wide-ranging to be recounted here. His hobbies include computer programming, website design and development, reading and writing philosophy, studying mathematics and symbolic logic, and collecting classical-music and jazz recordings. He is also a committed vegetarian who occasionally contributes his efforts to a handful of animal-rights groups in California and Michigan. When he really needs to unwind, Gordon rides his bike for 80 to 90 miles each week, and goes contra-dancing regularly.

Gordon says, "I consider it a privilege to have been asked by XLNC1 to come on board. From the start I could sense their passion for, and deep commitment to, the survival and flourishing of classical music, in San Diego and everywhere else. XLNC1's standards of professionalism in programming and production are also without peer. For me, coming to XLNC1 feels like 'coming home'!"

Erica Miner
Violinist turned author Erica Miner has had a multi-faceted career as an award-winning screenwriter, author, lecturer and poet. A native of Detroit, she studied music at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. After performing with celebrated ensembles in New York City, Erica won the coveted position of violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Company, a high-pressured milieu but the pinnacle of her field.

When injuries from a car accident spelled the end of her musical career, she drew upon her lifelong love of writing for inspiration and studied screenwriting in New York and Los Angeles. Erica’s nine screenplays, one of which is based on her award-winning debut novel, Travels with My Lovers, have won awards and/or placed in such competitions as WinFemme, Santa Fe and the Writer’s Digest.

Inspired by her journals written during her travel adventures in Europe with and without her children, Erica penned Travels With My Lovers, fiction winner in the Direct from the Author Book Awards. The first in her ‘FourEver Friends’ novel series chronicling four young girls bonding through their love of classical music in the volatile 60s was published in 2009. Erica’s suspense thriller ‘Murder In The Pit’, a novel of assassination and intrigue at the Metropolitan Opera, is due out in June of 2010 and has already won rave advance reviews.

Erica has also developed a number of lectures and seminars on opera, which she has presented at venues across the San Diego area. Topics range from ‘Reach for the Stars – Opera Singers I Have Known’ to ‘The Rain in Spain – Operas That Take Place In Spain’ and ‘Opera Meets Hollywood.’

Janine Martuscelli
Janine Martuscelli is a graduate of the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University, where she graduated with honors earning her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. Her love of classical music has been the center of her life since early childhood. She began her musical studies at age 5 and saved the music program in her school district from being cut by demonstrating that a young child benefits greatly from a classical music education, although her recollection of that performance is a little fuzzy! She studied music theory, piano, trumpet, French Horn and voice (Soprano).

Upon graduation from SJSU she embarked on a world wide career performing as a guest artist onboard both Royal Viking and Seabourn Cruise Lines. She also toured and recorded with the Kenneth Jewell Chorale during her musical studies in Michigan. Janine has an impressive listing of Opera and Broadway performances, along with a sprinkling of commercial/television work on her resume as a member of both Actor’s Equity Assoc. and Screen Actor’s Guild.

In 1993, Janine had the honor of performing the music of Edvard Grieg during Norway’s “150 Year Jubilee” celebration of the composer accompanied by the exceptional “Great Dane” Victor Borge. In addition, as part of the 2007 Worldwide Centennial Celebration of the composer’s death, Janine performed a recital of Grieg’s music here in San Diego, accompanied by pianist Bryan Verhoye. She was invited by Oprah Winfrey to perform for Maya Angelou’s 70th birthday celebration, when the Seabourn Pride was chartered for the festivities.

Since 2004 Janine has been a “noteworthy” member of the San Diego Master Chorale working as Music Librarian and helping raise funds in addition to lending her vocal talents. She was recently honored by the San Diego Performing Arts League as a 2008 “Star Awards” recipient, honoring her work with the San Diego Master Chorale. Because of her passion and commitment to classical music, Janine joined XLNC1 as a volunteer in 2007 and soon after focused her enthusiasm and energy as one of the membership campaign announcers in 2008.