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New England Conservatory in Boston is recognized as one of the top music schools in the country, and at the forefront of leadership in educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. NEC’s music students represent more than 40 countries, and per its mission statement, it “cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for […]

On November 26, 2021, WICN Public Radio, licensee of 90.5FM, Worcester, Massachusetts, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for the renewal of its broadcast license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html?displayType=html&appKey=25076f917d0c2e17017d15092d4f2b61&id=25076f917d0c2e17017d15092d4f2b61&goBack=N.

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air? In 2004, I was doing a WICN Brown Bag Lunch concert at Mechanics Hall with my band, Evil Gal. GM Brian Barlow and I were standing onstage talking about the late Mai Cramer (beloved blues show host on […]

1) What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air? For example, were you a regular listener and/or member? Did you have a background in radio previously?  I discovered WICN in 1999 on my way home from my “day job” (more on that in question 4) in […]

Liz Fay Correspondent for Worcester Magazine At his HHiL recording studio, Dante Babb has had a front-row seat to both the talent and ambition of Worcester’s music community.  As the owner and chief audio engineer at HHiL, Babb is a popular go-to among current artists, particularly for creatives coming up in the hip-hop and pop genres. As […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?I moved into Worcester proper in the summer of 2007. I had been listening to The Folk Revival on WICN on and off—I love folk music and I was working on a book about folk music. I had known […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?I’m a lifelong lover of radio and always imagined myself putting together playlists and spinning tracks. In college (1969-73), I had a prime-time (i.e. 10 PM – 2 AM) “progressive music” show on WESU, 88.1 on your dial from […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?A roommate of mine, who was at WPI at the time, told me about this new station on campus (WICN) and convinced me to get involved. Production was a small room not much bigger than a phone booth. I […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?Playing and listening to jazz have been central to my life since I began learning the clarinet and saxophone in grade school in Needham in the 1960s and 70s. I devoured every book on jazz in the Needham Public […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air? My induction into the WICN fold started back 2003, soon after moving up from Florida. As I was driving up I-290, scanning the radio stations in the car, I came across some pretty cool jazz at the 90.5 […]


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