FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Date: September 13, 2002               Contact:  Sinta Seiber, 206-6516      

 

WUIS-WIPA changes Saturday night jazz programming

SPRINGFIELD -- WUIS (91.9 Springfield) and WIPA (89.3 Pittsfield) will change its Saturday night jazz programming starting October 1, with the addition of a program that takes listeners on a jazz-infused walk along the river in San Antonio, Texas.

Riverwalk, Live from the Landing is an hour-long program that celebrates the lives and music of America’s greatest jazz musicians, past and present. Co-hosts are Grammy Award-winning storyteller David Holt and San Antonio bandleader/jazz club owner Jim Cullum Jr.  Each week, the show salutes jazz pioneers through live performances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, combined with more intimate and revealing musical biographies.

Riverwalk is a welcome addition to our jazz line-up and will be entertaining whether listeners are getting in the mood for an evening out or simply want quality entertainment while spending the night at home,” explained WUIS general manager Brad Swanson.

Riverwalk will be heard on WUIS at 7 p.m. Saturdays and replaces Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center, which National Public Radio has stopped producing. Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson, which has been airing at 7 p.m. Saturday, will be heard an hour later, at 8 p.m. The final Billy Taylor Jazz, with guest Jane Ira Bloom, will air on WUIS on September 28.

Upcoming Riverwalk shows include:

October 5 – “Bourbon Street Top Ten: The Jim Cullum Jazz Band in Concert.” Special guest Australian cornet master Bob Barnard performs traditional jazz classics.

October 12 – “Burgundy Street Blues: Snapshots of New Orleans.” The Jim Cullum Jazz Band takes a musical tour of 19th century New Orleans.

More information about WUIS programming is available at www.wuis.org.

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