Finley Woolston's voice is very familiar across Eastern North Carolina to listeners of WTEB 89.3 FM, Public Radio East's Classical Music station. For over 20 years Finley has hosted a variety of classical programs and currently is the host for PRE's Classical Morning Concert, heard each weekday morning from 9:00 am to 12 noon. Finley is also the producer and host of The Choral Tradition, a program dedicated exclusively to choral music, heard each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. on PRE.
Finley was born and raised on the farms and small towns of Nebraska and Kansas. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in early 1967 and served a 13 month tour of Vietnam as a rifleman with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Finley enjoyed a 21- year military career, first as a Marine and later as a member of the US Navy, that included stints in Vietnam, Canada, Okinawa, Nigeria, Zambia and the US, serving in Counterintelligence, Marine Security, and as a Religious Program Specialist.
After retirement he attended the University of North Carolina in Wilmington where he majored in music and vocal performance. Finley has performed with many Eastern North Carolina choruses and is a long-time member of the Schola Cantorum, the official choir of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. He is the Music Director of Richlands United Methodist Church, in Richlands, NC and is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Crystal Coast Choral Society.
Finley lives happily on the outskirts of Jacksonville with his wife Karen and a menagerie of Indian Runner ducks, chickens, dogs and cats.