by Molly Motherwell, Published August 14, 2014
YPSILANTI – Linda Yohn, music director at WEMU 89.1 FM, has been named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market. She was honored at the JazzWeek Summit’s annual awards dinner, Aug. 8, in San Jose, Calif.
WEMU is the National Public Radio station at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
This is the fifth Programmer of the Year award for Yohn. She previously won the honor in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In addition to serving as music director, Yohn also hosts 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn, which airs on WEMU from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
WEMU, one of six nominees for Jazz Station of the Year in a major market, was a runner up to KSDS in San Diego. JazzWeek’s major market consists of 27 stations across the country.
“It is touching, humbling and extremely gratifying to once again receive JazzWeek’s ‘Programmer of the Year’ award for major markets,” said Yohn. “I feel that the award does not belong to me only. I work with one of the finest, most passionate and deeply committed public broadcasting teams in the country.
“The WEMU listener knows good music and we must deliver it to them. To be recognized in such a fashion illustrates the unique and special nature of the communities WEMU serves.”
“Linda is an exceptional steward of the past, present and future of jazz,” said Patrick Campion, WEMU program director. “I’m honored to have her as a co-worker and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor. Keeping jazz alive is an important mission of WEMU and no one leads us to this goal better than Linda Yohn.”
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WEMU 89.1 is Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, with a format of jazz and blues - that includes nine locally hosted programs - local news in addition to NPR news information and cultural programming. The station broadcasts to an eight-county area that includes all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe and Lucas (Ohio), webcasts live, twenty-four hours a day at wemu.org. and via a free mobile app for iPhone and Android.