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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.
Standard Time, 3-6pm, Thursday
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 Standard Time, 3-6 PM on Thursdays.
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.
Jazz Highways, 8am-Noon, Monday through Thursday
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.
Standard Time, 3-6pm, Tuesday
Boston born and bred, McKinley started a career in film and television upon entering her freshman year of high school. By 16, she had already signed with a New York talent agent, began taking weekly private voice instruction and attended a long series of intensive music programs that specialized in voice performance. After high school, she attended The Boston Conservatory of Music majoring in Musical Theater and Voice and has now held an accomplished career spread over 3 decades as a professional singer, dancer, actress, voice-over artist and print model.
McKinley is best known for her powerhouse voice and stylistic versatility and ability to cross genres effortlessly. She is renowned for her spirited and emotional performances with a presence on stage that is exuberant and passionate yet warm and disarming. She has shared the stage, and in some cases, recorded with greats such as Dick Johnson, James Cotton, Clay Obsorne, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jay Geils, Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters) and Herb Pomeroy.
After the release of several favored straight-ahead jazz albums, McKinley released a courageous “soul” inspired jazz album in remembrance of the late Marvin Gaye. The cover album generated a heightened local buzz and attracted the attention of the St. Louis based label MAXJAZZ who signed McKinley and re-released (and re-titled) the album “Til Tomorrow - Remembering Marvin Gaye”. Jazztimes Magazine hailed the work as “a rich, sensual salute” and the albums steady success in straight-ahead and crossover markets, both nationally and internationally, have legitimized her career as a prominent artist.
McKinley has toured nationally and overseas and her music can be heard on over 500 national and international radio stations, cable and internet music outlets including XM radio, Pandora and iheart Radio.
She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. and continues to tour regularly.
Rhythms of the World, 6-9pm, Sunday
Karen Mungal first came to WICN in 2000 as a volunteer, answering phones for a WICN fund-raising event. In the fall of 2003, the opportunity arose to host Tonal Rhythm on a bi-weekly basis. Karen offered to fill that position and quickly found her stride. Shortly thereafter, she became the full-time host of Tonal Rhythm, sharing her eclectic selections of New Age and World music with listeners every week. Karen brings her worldly perspective and unique ear for music to Tonal Rhythm, where the mix of songs is always evolving.
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.
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.
Against the Grain, 7-10pm, Wednesday
Jerry Robertson grew up in a family that listened to nearly all forms of music, from his Grandfather’s love of classical, his mother’s affinity for Big Band, to his Southern Dad’s leanings toward country and bluegrass. Jerry absorbed all of this but always went back to his 45’s of Elvis, Little Richard and Ray Charles, and later the Beatles and Bob Dylan. A high school friend introduced him to the music of Fred Neil and Paul Butterfield, which to this day he traces most of his musical leanings to. Today his collection of LPs, 45’s and Cd’s number in the thousands, and he’s happy to share them with you on “Against The Grain.” Jerry started hosting “Against The Grain” in January of this year. While his playlists lean toward Americana type music, you’re likely to hear blues, soul, bluegrass, and country. As Jerry says, “If it was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Nashville, or Chicago, it’s Americana to me! For several years he would have his brother and friends in his house on Wednesday evenings just to share music and a little wine. Now he is able to share his knowledge of music with a wide audience through his association with WICN. You must provide your own wine, of course.
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.
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