Furman had the same position at the public station WNYC from 2000 to 2003. She previously worked at the American Symphony Orchestra League; at the Clarion Music Society, a presenting organization; and at WQXR, as a consultant, from 1991 to 1998.
"Hester is a consummate music and radio professional," said WQXR program director Margaret Mercer. "We're delighted to welcome her back to the station."
Furman will oversee the station's daily playlists and will assist in program planning.
WQXR bills itself as the nation's most-listened-to classical station, with close to one million listeners per week.