WICN Press Releases
Worcesteria: Spirit of radio lives on in community, internet stations
By Vincent D. Infante – Feb. 16, 2022
I have to confess, I don’t much listen to music on the radio anymore, which might seem odd for someone who most professionally identifies as a music journalist, but there you are. I have a short commute to work, wherein I usually listen to NPR or a local community radio channel, and if I have a longer drive ahead of me, it’s usually a podcast.
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Jazz at Sunset series announces summer concerts
Telegram & Gazette
By Richard Duckett – June 3, 2019
WORCESTER — The revamped Jazz at Sunset is back with two outdoor concerts this summer featuring Dwight & Nicole July 12, and Michael Dutra and the Strictly Sinatra Band Aug. 2.
The concerts will be held at 6:30 p.m. behind The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts and are presented by 90.5 WICN Public Radio and the Theatre District Alliance.
Noah Preminger: Preminger Plays Preminger (Newvelle)
By Ken Micallef – Feb 20, 2019
Prolific tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger is also a film buff-cum-history-twisting trickster. Turning his keen lens on the work of the director and namesake Otto Preminger, Noah generally de-arranges the scores to some of Otto’s greatest films. Accompanied by Jason Moran on piano, Kim Cass on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums, Preminger works his chosen material like a master conjurer.
WICN host, Vincent Lombardi & Director of Audio Journal recently featured in Oprah magazine
By Joshua Lyford – Jan 31, 2019
Audio Journal has been broadcasting for the blind and visually-impaired since 1987. Based out of Worcester on West Boylston Street and utilizing special equipment, the team reads local newspapers, books, and magazines to those with vision impairments with the idea of keeping them connected to the community and local goings-on. With a recent feature in Oprah Winfrey’s “O, The Oprah Magazine,” the organization had the opportunity to reach a much broader audience.
Troy Gonyea, Hard At Work
By Jim Perry – Jan 10, 2019
Troy Gonyea was one of the lucky ones who knew his path in life at a very early age. When he first heard the sound of the blues as a teenager, he knew it was for him. And he’s still going strong. One of the most respected guitarists in the blues world, Troy is still hard at work on his legacy.
3D Glasses Transform Worcester Mural
By Paula Ebben – October 9, 2018
A new mural in Worcester is attracting a lot of attention, but you need a little help to see every perspective.
It’s part of an outdoor art project, this one is on the side of the Hanover Theater.
And for people walking by, it’s well worth stopping.
Prolific pianist now hosts ‘Jazz Matinee’ on WICN 90.5 FM
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor – November 2, 2018
Pianist, composer, and broadcaster Pamela Hines of Holliston continues exploring ways to share her love for music. In addition to performing at venues throughout central and eastern Massachusetts, she now hosts “Jazz Matinee” every Saturday noon to 4 p.m. on Worcester’s National Public Radio station WICN 90.5 FM and streamed live on wicn.org.
“I’ve always had an interest in music naturally,” she said. “I was 11-years-old and in seventh grade when I wrote a book report on Judy Garland. At that time there were at least three AM radio stations playing big band music. Of course, nobody else my age was listening to that music, but I couldn’t get enough of it. It led to my lifetime of loving and participating in music.”
Celebrity Club remembered, Johnny Rotten celebrated
Doc Talk | Peter Keough – September 20, 2018
The Shawna Shea Film Festival (Oct. 3-6 ) takes it name from a bright and promising 16-year-old who died in 1999 in an automobile accident. It will be screening two feature documentaries that shouldn’t be missed.
Tom Shaker and Norm Grant’s “Do It Man: The Story of The Celebrity Club” (Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, 111 Main St., Southbridge) celebrates the Providence music venue of the title, the first interracial club in New England, founded by the visionary impresario Paul Filippi. In the segregated 1950s, it hosted such greats as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Billie Holliday, and Fats Domino. The big names drew in white audiences, which indirectly helped ease racism in the city.
A Radio Exec Talks Submitting Music for Airplay & Breaking into the Broadcasting Industry
Careers in Music
By Tom Stein – September 18, 2018
Amanda Carr is Executive Director at radio station WICN, a National Public Radio member station in Worcester, Massachusetts, broadcasting commercial-free, 24 hours a day to an audience of about 50,000 listeners. They offer 140 hours weekly of live on-air jazz programming. Amanda is also a professional musician, with an active career performing as a vocalist and pianist, and Composer of “Strong: A Boston Anthem.” Amanda performs throughout New England and internationally and is widely acclaimed in the press. She has performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
Meet Darlene Hayes of WICN Public Radio
Boston Voyager – September 11, 2018
Today we’d like to introduce you to Darlene Hayes.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Darlene. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been involved with sales and fundraising as long as I can remember. I am the past recipient of several ABC (Always Be Closing) corporate awards., I look at finding an opportunity in meeting a client’s / employer’s needs and leading it to success is a rewarding challenge, enjoyable like playing a game of chess trying to look at potential connections, build relationships and leverage to growth within an organization I am supporting.
Reviving folk music on the air and online
By Fifty Plus Advocate -July 26, 2018
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Writer
Southborough/ Worcester – Nick Noble has known that he loves folk music since his childhood. However, it never occurred to him until after relocating to Worcester in 2007 that he would host “Folk Revival,” Thursdays from 7 to 11 p.m. on the primarily jazz National Public Radio station WICN 90.5 FM and streamed live on wicn.org.
“Within weeks of my 50th birthday, I started doing a radio show and have been doing it ever since,” he said. “It’s not something I would have envisioned myself doing, but I’ve really come to like it a lot.”
Jazz at Sunset outside Hanover Theatre to return with Zydeco Cha Chas, James Montgomery
By Richard Duckett
Telegram & Gazette – April 30, 2018
After returning for a performance in 2017, Jazz at Sunset will feature two outdoor concerts this summer featuring Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas on July 13 and The James Montgomery Band Aug. 3.
The concerts will be held behind The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts and are presented by radio station WICN-FM (90.5) and the Theatre District Alliance.
‘Jazz at Sunset’ showcases vocalist Grace Kelly’
By Richard Duckett
Telegram & Gazette – June 28, 2017
It’s a new dawn for “Jazz at Sunset.”
Radio station WICN-FM (90.5) and The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with The Theatre District Alliance, will present “Jazz at Sunset” featuring jazz vocalist and sax player prodigy Grace Kelly July 21 in an outdoor concert.
The area behind The Hanover Theatre will be transformed into a picnic-style venue for the 6:30 p.m. concert. There will also be food trucks, cash bars and Theatre District Alliance exhibits promoting neighborhood businesses and organizations.