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Bonnie Johnson

Jazz Host

Colors of Jazz, 12pm-4pm, Sunday

Bonnie Johnson is host of Colors of Jazz on Sunday afternoon. If you asked the Worcester native how she found jazz, she would tell you that jazz found her. As an undergraduate student at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Ms. Johnson became a fan of the Quiet Storm featured on the college station. Later, upon returning home and in her quest to find a radio station that would fill the gap, Ms. Johnson discovered that WICN was playing music that she found reminiscent of the slow jams she heard at HU. Some years later, after becoming a member of WICN, she heeded an invitation to become a volunteer and the rest is history.

Ms. Johnson appreciates the diversity and the evolution of music. As a self-taught electric bassist, she has enjoyed many years of playing various types of music with her daughter and close friends in a family band. Growing up, she sang in the St. Cecilia Girl Choir at All Saints Worcester. Her keen awareness and understanding of the importance of legacy building for future generations is demonstrated by her role as a past director and co-founder of the women's alumnae group and the association’s scholarship fund established for graduating high school choir girls.

Ms. Johnson holds B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.S. in Communications and Information Management degrees from Bay Path University. She believes the future of jazz is in our children, stating, “Music and the arts is one area that gives young people an outlet and release of creative energy. While there are many children exposed to music through lessons and attending live performances, there are too many more that are not”. One of Johnson’s primary goals as host at WICN is to reach youth in creative ways through community engagement. Bonnie is honored to bring her voice to the music and hopes to find interesting ways to inspire people of all ages.

Email: bonnie@wicn.org 

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.

Email: steve@wicn.org

Vince Lombardi

Jazz Host
Vince Lombardi

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.

Email: vince@wicn.org

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.

Email: marklynch@wicn.org  

Rick McCarthy

Jazz Host

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.

Email: rick@wicn.org

Karen Mungal

New Age Host

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.

Email: karen@wicn.org

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.

Email: nicknoble@wicn.org 

Tom Nutile

Jazz Host

Standard Time, 3-6pm, Tuesday

Although a child of the classic era of rock ‘n roll, Tom grew up in a suburban Boston household where the music of his parents – Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman – shared equal billing with the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

As a teenager, Tom dove head-first into jazz, listening to the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, both on LP and on the radio. On nights and weekends he would travel to Boston to play saxophone in a soul/funk band that covered hits by Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament/Funkadelic and the Temptations. Tom also accompanied his father Roy, a band leader, on gigs in Greater Boston, sitting in on saxophone and clarinet. He took over his father’s 15-piece big band 15 years ago, and still leads it, playing big band as well as smaller ensemble engagements throughout New England (www.tomnutile.com).

As host of WICN’s Tuesday edition of Standard Time, 3 to 6pm, Tom brings to bear his knowledge and enthusiasm for jazz, the Great American Songbook and the pop, soul and rock he grew up with in the 60s and 70s.

Email: tomn@wicn.org

Dana Robbins

Jazz Host

Jazz360, 11pm-2am, Friday

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 hosts JAZZ360.

Email: dana@wicn.org

Jerry Robertson

Roots Host

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.
Email: jerry@wicn.org

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