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Amanda Carr

Executive Director

Amanda Carr officially joined WICN as the Executive Director on May 15th but she's been involved with the station for over 20 years following her first ever interview as a jazz artist. In addition to her music and production background, Amanda brings her sales and marketing knowledge to her role at the station.

Amanda is an international recording and touring artist and 2016 Boston Music Awards Nominee has received worldwide critical acclaim of her fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Her performances include, The Boston Pops (with Keith Lockhart), Michael Feinstein and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Wall Street Journal, hails her, “...a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”. 

While still performing and tapping into her roots of pop, blues, folk & rock with artists like the legendary James Montgomery and Myanna, Amanda has been a guest vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, The Artie Shaw Orchestra and Harry James Band, among many other guest vocal appearances. A Headliner artist at global jazz festivals, she recorded “Live in San Giorgio” with Trio Martinale in Torino, Italy. Her Portuguese rendition of ‘Mas Que Nada’ labeled her the top 3 Vocalists of in the jazz category in Brazil’s ‘Rio Review’. Amanda created and headlined in the national tour show of  “A Tribute to Peggy Lee” selling out nationwide. 

Among her corporate and commercial work, sheʼs composed music for two PBS documentaries, one being ‘The Story of Golf’ which received an Emmy Nomination, and also acclaim for her musical contributions to ‘Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History’. Her original work with childrenʼs music for the  ‘Lilʼ Iguana’ series is among her favorite composing and recording projects. She is the writer and composer for THE BOSTON ANTHEM which has been adopted by major Boston sports teams, corporations, organizations and schools.  Her most ambitious project, a big band album entitled “Common Thread”, debuted on the top of multiple Jazz Best Seller charts and in the top 50 on Billboard. Paying homage to her big band musician parents, Amanda founded ‘American Big Band Preservation Society’ in 2009,  a non-profit (501c3) that preserves the essence of American musical heritage. She was chosen to represent the USA in a music ambassadorship to Shanghai, China in 2014. Currently, she is Artist Liaison for the esteemed organization, ‘Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’ authoring a popular online interview series. From 2012 to 2016 Amanda has been the official commentator for Boston’s prestigious annual “Boston Pops July 4th” concert on the Esplanade with CBS Radio. With 5 jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist. In 2015, Amanda was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.

Email: amanda@wicn.org

Jon Marable

Production Manager

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 and people who are amused by life, not burdened by it.

Email: Jonm@wicn.org

Astha Shrestha

Membership Director

Astha was born in Nepal but did most of her schooling in India. After earning her 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. Her role has now broadened to include fundraising, marketing, special projects and community relations.

Email: astha@wicn.org

Kate Travaline

Marketing/Admin. Manager

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 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!

Email: kate@wicn.org

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