GenreClassical music
Running time2 hours
Country of originUnited States
Home stationMinnesota Public Radio
SyndicatesAmerican Public Media
Hosted byJ. Michael Barone
Original releaseJanuary 3, 1982 –

Pipedreams is a radio music program produced and distributed by American Public Media (APM) based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, created and hosted since its inception by J. Michael Barone.


Each one or two-hour show features organ music, and centers on a theme such as a particular instrument, venue, organ builder, performer, composer, period, etc. The program has been in weekly national broadcast syndication since 1983 (following pilot episodes in 1982),[1] and it remains the only nationally syndicated radio program in the United States devoted to organ music. The program is available on APM-affiliated stations and on the Pipedreams.org website.[2][3] In recent years, Pipedreams' weekly radio audience has fluctuated around 200,000 listeners.[2][4] The program's major sponsors include the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. In addition to the radio program itself, Pipedreams is also known for producing guided tours, often to Europe with the objective of visiting organs of unique quality or interest. Recordings of these notable instruments are frequently featured in the broadcasts of Pipedreams.


The program's major accolades include the 2001 Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for Excellence from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.[5][6]

In popular culture

The program was referenced on Episode 116 (Santa Claus) of the cult TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1993.[7]


  1. ^ "Pipedreams 35th Anniversary", The American Organist (June, 2018), p. 27.
  2. ^ a b "Tuning In to the Organ, and Not Just in Church". The New York Times. October 18, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "About Pipedreams". American Public Media. 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pipedreams: Research and Audience Data". American Public Media. Spring 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Recipients". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. December 5, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Pipedreams Wins ASCAP–Deems Taylor Broadcast Award". American Public Media. December 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  7. ^ MST3K: Santa Claus - It's Liberace Santa on the show's official YouTube channel