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Mr. Weston comes to Worcester from Delmarva Public Radio in Salisbury, Md., where he was manager for four years. He is best known as one of the architects of Public Radio Partnership in Louisville, KY and was President for twelve years. Mr. Weston managed the entire project of bringing Louisville’s three public radio stations under one non-profit umbrella. He served as General Manager of WFPL and WFPK in Louisville from 1985 until 1994.
Mr. Weston has had a long association with jazz. He was Jazz Director at WFPL in Louisville from 1980 to 1985, where he hosted a five hour show every weeknight. He began his career at WVLC/WLOM on Cape Cod where he hosted a jazz show on Saturday nights for four years. Mr. Weston served as President of the Louisville Jazz Society. Other community service included the American Red Cross, Louisville Downtown Development Committee and the Development Exchange, Inc. the funding resource for public radio stations across the country.
Mr. Weston is a Massachusetts native (Hingham) and a graduate of Syracuse University. He now resides in Worcester, MA.
John is the behind the scenes person who supports all the technical needs of WICN's diverse musical genres and news programming, and the signal distribution. Unlike most other stations with narrow playlists,hosts at WICN need to play just about any kind of media, whether it is available on vintage vinyl discs or the latest in flash memory. Listeners, as well, want to enjoy WICN programs on all available devices which can range from analog FM radios, to HD receivers to streaming media players on computers, phones and internet appliances. John has always had an appetite to know how things work and has never stopped learning as each new tecnology has arrived. WICN's studios, transmitter and IT networks are all designed to keep pace with the times as is the emerging technology for receiving the signal traditionally and via mobile devices.
John hasn't always worked behind the scenes. His decades of experience as an on-air host means he has also used all these various technologies himself in program production. That knowledge helps to keep the technology from getting in the way and makes real world ease of use a priority. John's job experience includes WBUR and WMJX in Boston along with many, many others. John has also been affiliated with non-commercial WMBR FM, Cambridge at MIT since the late 1960's. He continues to be involved there as a member of its board of directors.
Jon has spent the majority of his "adult" life teaching, writing and arranging music and working in production departments of Boston area broadcasting facilities.
Favorite things: anything journalistic or musical, starting the day before the sun rises, people who are amused by life, not burdened by it.
A Tasteful Blend, 6am-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.
Astha was born in Nepal but she spent most of her life in boarding schools in India. After earning the Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from Delhi University in India and a summer course in Management in London School of Economics in UK, she decided to come to Clark University in Worcester for her MBA in Marketing. During her two years at Clark, she honed her marketing skills not only in class but also in the "real world" as a summer intern at both KPMG Advisory Services and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages in India. When she graduated in May 2010, she was offered an internship at WICN Public Radio as a website and social media intern. As the months passed by she became more and more involved with the station and took on more responsibilities. She eventually took on the role of Membership Coordinator and since then there has been no looking back. You will find her at the station knee deep in working out every little detail of our membership drives, harassing hosts to send information about their shows for our website and social media, chatting with our beloved volunteers, hosts, staff (anybody she can get a hold of), munching on burgers or smelly Indian food in the conference room. Yes, she is everywhere! She loves her job and people she works with – they are her American family now (go Amerimom Kate!). And though she did not grow up listening to Jazz, she is really enjoying learning all about it directly from talented artists and our knowledgeable hosts.
Kate Travaline joined the WICN family in December 2009 as Administrative & Development Coordinator. She works closely with the General Manager in Underwriting development, marketing communications and administrative duties. A graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Theater/English, Kate attended the Lee Strasburg Theater Institute before beginning a career in Marketing Communications at Eastman Radio in New York City. She soon joined an upstart company, Screenvision, Inc. and learned the ins and outs of commercial advertising in the Big Apple. After moving to the Philadelphia area in the late 80’s, Kate worked in the Marketing Department of The PMA Group, working her way from Communications Coordinator to Sr. Writer/Editor. She brought these skills to Fleer/Skybox, Inc. a division of Marvel Comics, where she wrote and edited licensed entertainment cards which led to her appointment as PR Manager of Entertainment. Kate often volunteers in her community, and as the President of the Uxbridge Education Foundation, she raises monies for scholarships and grants within the schools. Kate enjoys spending time with her four children, including twelve-year old twin boys, attending baseball games, watching old movies, writing poetry and gardening.
Kate’s musical tastes tend to be more “Against the Grain,” but she’s loving and learning all about jazz and the public radio experience – every day is an adventure!
Nick DiBiasio’s passion for music began on the evening of Sunday, February 9, 1964, when The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Against The Grain features Americana music by many local and international artists.
Tune in to the Against The Grain, Wednesday nights from 7-11pm
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