The buttered-popcorn lilt of her majesty Dee Perry will, come August 26, no longer waft over the terrestrial radio airwaves of Greater Cleveland.
After 40 years in the local biz and 20 years hosting her arts & culture interview show "The Sound of Applause" (originally called "Around Noon"), Dee Perry is taking some time for herself.
The 66-year-old Perry told Scene
last month (and told The Plain Dealer yesterday
) that she's looking forward to pursuing some personal artistic projects in retirement — visual art, music, dance — and will most certainly find time for classes and travel.
"For me, the important thing," said Perry, "will be establishing a new routine."
She's spent years arriving early at WCPN and prepping for the vast array of interviews that she's conducted with (as listeners have noted) genuine interest and delight. She's spoken with musicians, filmmakers, writers and directors of local arts organizations, coaxing the region toward a deeper understanding and heartier embrace of the diverse artistic scene. Continuing a routine — a different one, slightly more relaxed — will be essential for her.
Perry said she's hopeful that she'll still make guest appearances on the show in the future, or maintain involvement with the station in a casual way, but for now, nothing specific has been planned. In the meantime, the Sound of Applause segments will be hosted by WCPN's Dan Poletta until a permanent replacement is found.
This might be the bittersweet sound of farewell, but because it's Dee Perry, it still sounds like caramel.