Melanie Perreault-LeBoeuf, WICN’s Development Director, grew up in Lewiston, Maine and moved to Massachusetts in 1996 to attend college. She is a 2000 graduate of Framingham State University with a degree in Human Services and a minor in Psychology. Melanie spent the first 20 years of her career with youth programs in Worcester, including 16 […]
Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. Born Michael John Robillard in Woonsocket, R.I., Duke has carved out one of blues’ most illustrious legacies, while also trodding some lofty related territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator, and educator. After showing an early affinity for music and guitar, he founded Roomful Of Blues with pianist Al Copley in Westerly, R.I., in 1967. By adding horns, Roomful announced itself emphatically as the prototypical jump blues band and became a New England legend and a fixture beyond, as did Duke himself. His unsurpassed mastery of the guitar style of T-Bone Walker (later crystallized memorably in his 2004 release “Blue Mood”) was deservedly heralded, but his breadth was also head-turning — from swing, standards and ballads to rockers, gutbucket Chicago blues, and rockabilly. By the time Duke left Roomful after a dozen years, he was firmly established in the upper echelon of contemporary blues guitarists. Duke went from Roomful to a stint with rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon and then to the first iteration of the Legendary Blues Band, composed primarily of then-recent Muddy Waters sidemen. The Duke Robillard Band debuted in 1981, re-emerging as The Pleasure Kings with their eponymous 1984 album on Rounder. It and its sequel, “Too Hot To Handle,” burnished Duke’s songwriting portfolio; the 1987 jazz outing “Swing” (with saxophonist Scott Hamilton) underscored his versatility and remains a highlight. Continuing his solo career, Duke replaced Jimmie Vaughan with The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990. He cut his own much-awaited straight blues album “Duke’s Blues” in 1993 for Canadian imprint Stony Plain, leading eventually to a rewarding, continuing and prolific alliance, along with releases during the ensuing years on Point Blank/Virgin and Shanachie, as well as instructional videos. He has also launched his own labels with Jesse Finkelstein, Blue Duchess/Shining Stone. Duke's prolificity has included producing albums by Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Louis Walker, Rosco Gordon, Jimmy Witherspoon and Jay McShann, Zuzu Bollin, Billy Price and Otis Clay, Sunny Crownover, Bryan Lee and Al Basile as well as recording two collaborations with Herb Ellis, a pairing with his successor in Roomful, Ronnie Earl, a seat in the New Guitar Summit with J. Geils and Gerry Beaudoin, additional studio credits with Bob Dylan (the well-regarded 1997 “Time Out Of Mind”), Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Pinetop Perkins, Snooky Pryor, Al Copley, Todd Sharpville and Tony Z, and touring with Tom Waits in 2006. Duke’s resume is decorated with Grammy nominations, Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards, and other honors for his artistry, recordings and productions within the United States and internationally. On his latest release, "Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm" on M.C. Records, he wields an acoustic archtop and joins six thrushes for evocative and enjoyable renditions of 1920s and 1930s swing tunes; it's a worthy successor to his 2016 BMA-winning "The Acoustic Blues And Roots Of Duke Robillard." Duke remains based in Rhode Island and a whirlwind as a musician, producer, gardener and photographer. And now, he's joined WICN to host "Duke Robillard's Mood Room," bringing you into his actual recording studio to share his vast trove of blues 45s with you. This is an intimate listening experience sure to appeal to blues aficionados as well as casual fans.
Tony Baglio combines his decades-long experience as a radio broadcaster and professional musician with his indelible passion for music, to host New Orleans Grooves, a show featuring the music and artists that reflect the rich culture of New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana. Join him every Saturday, 6-7 pm on 90.5 WICN!
Stan graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Marketing and then began a 23-year career with Union Carbide in various sales, marketing, and financial management positions and finally as president of a corporate subsidiary. He served 12 years active and reserve duty in the U.S.Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. In 1981 he […]
Peter has been the publisher of the region’s business news source, the Worcester Business Journal, since 1990. The company also owns the Hartford Business Journal and Mainebiz, the statewide source for business news in Maine. A long time WICN Board member, Peter also serves on several other local boards including the Better Business Bureau, the […]
Mark Reed-Edwards is a seasoned marketing executive, writer and content expert. He runs his own communications and marketing agency, Reed-Edwards Global, Inc., where he serves clients around the globe, including Akamai, AT&T, 3Com, CA, Ciena, Kronos, Raytheon, SES Networks, SilverSky, Spartan Race and YP.com. Prior to starting his own firm in 2010, Mark was at […]
Tom Nutile is President of TN Communications Group, a boutique communications firm that provides writing, editing, public relations, marketing, and crisis communications services. Current and former clients include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the MITRE Corp., Colette Phillips Communications and Baystone Development. Before launching TN Communications Group, he held positions as vice president or director […]
Al has been a past President and continuous Board member of WICN Public Radio since 1986. He is president of Maykel Construction, which has served Worcester County for over 25 years. He and his wife Maggy are also the founders and owners of Living Earth, a family owned business established in 1971 that provides fresh, […]
Dr. Patrick Igwenagu is a consultant with 20 years of research, manufacturing and regulatory operations experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, public health, and medical device industries. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at North Carolina State University and the University of Rhode Island, respectively. He received his Doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. […]
Tom has been at Quinsigamond Community College for more than a decade, serving as their Database Administrator, designing and monitoring the school’s computer systems operations to meet their educational and business objectives. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, Lowell University and Clark University, acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and a Master of […]
Bernard P. Gagnon is a First Vice President and Team Leader in the East Commerical Banking Division of Country Bank, in Worcester. His banking career extends over 35 years in the Central MA market, with both large regional banks and community banks, working with clients in a variety of industries. Bernie served as a board […]
Robert Fields founded CommCreative an International marketing firm in 1996. In additional to his Board work at WICN, he has served on the Board of Directors and executive committee of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of Directors for The Framingham University Foundation, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and Danforth […]