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Steve Jones-D'Agostino

Talk Show Host

The Business Beat, 10-10:30pm, Sunday

Steve began hosting The Business Beat in 1995. The show was born out of his passion for reporting and paralleled his duties as Editor of Worcester Business Journal (1992-2004), a regional business-to-business newspaper serving Central Massachusetts and Metrowest. Prior to that, Steve was Managing Editor of WBJ from 1990 to 1992 and of its immediate predecessor, Business Worcester, from 1987 to 1990. He also served as Investigative and Enterprise Reporter for Worcester Magazine, an alternative newspaper serving Greater Worcester, from 1992 to 1997.

Steve served as Social Media/Public Relations Strategist for CommCreative from 2010 to 2012. From 2005 to 2010, and presently, he is Chief Pilot of Best Rate Of Climb, which specializes in B2B and B2C Awareness Building and Lead Generation. Since 2012, he has been Account Executive/Content & Channel Strategist for WCRN 830AM News & Talkradio. And since 2011, he has been a Board Member of Venerini Academy, chairing its Marketing Committee.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys traveling with his wife Lana Jones, who is a news reporter/anchor for WBZ 1030AM in Boston. They particularly enjoy coastal Maine and Central America. His other pastimes include taking flying lessons, sailing, bicycling, rollerblading, hiking, ice skating, cross-country skiing and, whenever possible, just plain goofing off.


Vince Lombardi

Jazz Host
Vince Lombardi

A Tasteful Blend, 6am-9am, Monday through Wednesday

Born in Rockville Centre, NY, raised in New Jersey, Vince has been a New England resident since 1976. He was named after his extremely inventive grandfather, who had no knowledge of, nor connection to American football, although Vince loves the sport.

Following a career in printing and publishing, he became involved in voice work. He is currently the Director of Audio Journal, a nonprofit radio reading service for residents of Worcester County who are blind. A life-long lover of all the arts, his concentration has been in radio and theatre. He has received awards for producing, hosting, and voice talent for several radio productions. He is also a professional audio describer for live theatre and other performances, and produces and narrates audio tours of museum and art exhibitions. He is a Corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and a member of their Diversity Committee. He is also a member of ArtsWorcester, recently working on miniature sculptures in clay polymer.

Vince began volunteering at WICN in 1996 as a substitute jazz host. He presently hosts A Tasteful Blend from 6-9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays.


Mark Lynch

Talk Show Host

Inquiry, 9-10pm, Sunday

Mark has been with WICN in some capacity since the very early 1970's, when the fledgling station started at WPI. His early shows included the bizarre Psychic Journal and the extremely questionable Put Your Head On My Shoulder, WICN’s only “advice to the lovelorn” show. Not content with these short strange spots, he heard Never Mind The Bollocks and immediately joined the Rock Department in the late 1970's. He and Bob Mercer soon became the department heads and together they rapidly turned WICN’s alternative take on contemporary rock into one of the most cutting edge shows in New England. The late nightly show Positive Noise garnered recognition and praise from bands and press all over the world by being the first on any radio station to play bands like The Galloping Coroners from Hungary and promoting artists like Laurie Anderson. All the while that Mark was on the air till 3am, he was simultaneously getting up early to study birds and to teach at the Worcester Art Museum. This schedule could only go on for so long, and he retired from Positive Noise in the mid-1980's. It was then that he decided that the best way to understand his bifurcated life in art and science was to listen to artists and scientists speak, and so Inquiry was born and has been on the air ever since. Besides hosting Inquiry, Mark still teaches (and is a docent) at the Worcester Art Museum, typically offering classes on Contemporary and Modern Art. He is an ecological monitor, teacher and trip leader at the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Broad Meadow Brook and is currently writing an ornithogeography of the Blackstone National Corridor. He is the Book Review Editor at the ornithology journal Bird Observer.


Rick McCarthy

Jazz Host

Morning Jazz, 6-9am, Thursdays and Fridays

Rick was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and moved around a lot as a child, finally settling in Westborough, Massachusetts at the age of 16. Being a drummer, at that time he sought out other musicians and began playing in rock bands, a bad habit he still cannot seem to shake. Rick fell in love with jazz when, in his early 20's, he heard the tune "Lil Darlin'" by the Count Basie Orchestra. His love of the music has grown exponentially ever since that day. In the late 80's, Rick discovered WICN and he became a fan of many of the shows -- particularly A Tasteful Blend, which at that time was hosted by the wonderful musician, educator, and producer, Jack Wertheimer. Hosting A Tasteful Blend  is an absolute dream come true for Rick. When not on the radio, Rick works as a Technical Writer for the EMC Corporation. Much to his wife Lisa's chagrin, Rick maintains an ever growing collection of LPs and CDs…another bad habit he can't seem to shake! Rick and Lisa have two children, Zachary and Amelia.


Nick Noble

Roots Host

Folk Revival, 7-11pm, Thursday

Nick has hosted the Folk Revival since 2007. He is an enthusiastic advocate for folk music in its broadest sense, with a particular fondness for the songs of the Folk Revival period during the 1950's and '60's. He enjoys sharing his passion with the radio audience through a series of themed shows year-round. Nick loves hearing from listeners and responding to their ideas, suggestions, information, conversation, and requests. His THE FOLK REVIVAL page on Facebook is home to an online coffeehouse of more than a thousand regular and irregular listeners to the show, who often connect in real-time during the program. In keeping with the station’s commitment to the local music scene, Nick is a strong supporter of local New England artists, many of whom have been guests on the show. A Worcester resident and a long-time educator (he taught middle school and high school history and English for 28 years), Nick currently works as a writer, editor, and historian. He has published six books over the years—all on historical topics—including “NUMBER #1”—the story of the original Highwaymen—a journey through folk music history: the Folk Revivals, “The Great Folk Music Scare”, and their legacies (Outskirts Press, 2009). Nick loves to read (others’ work, not his own), and is a sometime singer (thirty years ago he belonged to one of the last collegiate folk groups before a cappella became the rage), a part-time poet, and a full-time husband and father. Nick is also a loyal WICN member and an active WICN volunteer.


Dana Robbins

Jazz Host

Jazz360, 11pm-2am, Friday

Dana Robbins grew up in the small town of Millbury, MA with musical influence from his father as he listened to him play the guitar at various family functions through the years. Dana began his career as an electronics technician before transitioning into sales and marketing. After entering the newspaper business in 1987 with the Middlesex News in Framingham, Robbins relocated to Florida in 1989 and worked for the Tampa Tribune while also putting his self-taught drumming skills to use in a blues band called Borderline. Robbins then married, and moved his wife and two kids back to good ol’ Millbury where he began his 20-year tenure at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as a manager in the circulation department. In addition to previously co-hosting a jazz program on WICN a few years back, Dana has been part of a few different musical projects such as presiding over an online radio program, drummer for a local blues band and producer for an entertainment company. Please join Dana on Friday nights from 11pm-2am as he returns to WICN to host JAZZ360.


Norm Rosen

Roots Host

Saturday Night Fish Fry, 7-11pm, Saturday

Norm Rosen grew up in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas as a kid where he was surrounded by a vibrant blues and rockabilly scene. As a teenager, he would sneak into many of the area clubs to see some of the top musicians perform. One of his earliest concerts was a free show at American University featuring B.B. King. Norm spent some time as a booking agent and music critic in New York where he worked closely with groups like The Johnny Copeland Band, Larry Davis, and Jimmy Dawkins. In 1989 Norm got his first on-air radio experience at an alternative station in Pittsburgh. Since then he has worked his way through the New England radio network with stops at WRIU, WATD, WHOB, WGBH and now WICN where he educates and entertains his listeners with the various styles of the blues.


Tom Shaker

Roots Host

Soul Serenade, 7-11pm, Monday

Tom Shaker is a professor at Dean College where he directs the Communications Program. He grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of a plumbing contractor who was a jazz nut. They fought like cats and dogs over the one stereo in the house until Tom realized his Dad was right, Billie Holiday IS better than Grand Funk Railroad. He spends his weekends saving diners for the American Diner Museum and listening to all kinds of music. In addition to international travel, Tom loves hitting the road to visit music festivals, diners, drive-ins and oddball museums. He has an extensive collection of not only jazz, country, soul and gospel, but Hawaiian, hillbilly and early 1920's dance band music. Over the years, Tom worked in radio, television and film production, before pursuing his academic career, receiving a masters degree from UMASS and a doctorate degree from Boston University. He is currently working on a book and documentary about the history of jazz in Rhode Island. Tom’s also on the Board of Directors of the New England Jazz Alliance.


Joe Slezik

Jazz Host

Jazz Matinee, 12-4pm, Saturday

Joe was born in Concord, MA but grew up in Bellingham. Coming from a musical family he was often appointed "booking agent" in providing music for school dances. Following high school he attended Dean College in Franklin and later Graduated from Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston and at the age of 18 was hired by WMRC in Milford as an evening disc jockey seven nights a week. In a 17-year period Joe was employed by various radio stations in over a dozen towns including Providence, Springfield, Worcester and many in between. The deterioration of popular music forced him out of the radio business and in 1978 he became an antiques auctioneer. After hearing WICN in 1985, Joe became the host of Thursday morning's A Tasteful Blend and later the Saturday Jazz Matinee (upon the retirement of his good friend Mary Mardirossian). Joe and his wife Pat now live in Paxton and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They continue their romance with antiques, old houses and most of all... music.

Brian Vinik

New Age Host

Tonal Rhythms, 6-9pm, Sunday

Brian Vinik has been passionate about radio for over ten years.  He has volunteered for the Audio Journal, the radio reading service for the visually impaired of Central Massachusetts, since the age of 12, and hosted his own world music program on his college radio station.  That program, Common Ground, was based on the idea that music is a universal language and concept, no matter how exotic and different the sound and language may be.  Now a graduate, Brian is very excited to be hosting Tonal Rhythms Sunday nights on WICN, bringing Common Ground’s message to a wider audience.  He has a deep love of music and new sounds from around the world, and loves to share them with as many people as he can.  Some of his favorite artists include Ofra Haza, Loreena McKennitt, Marina and the Diamonds, and Shakira.

Outside of the world of radio, Brian loves video editing, and is pursuing it as a career.  During the summer of 2014, he was one of 46 college students selected nationwide by the Emmy Foundation for an internship in Hollywood, California.  Brian also enjoys the outdoors, mixing music, and discussing the music he likes online.  Join Brian on a musical journey across time, across genres, and across the world Sundays at 6pm on WICN!


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