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June 12 , 2006

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WEMU receives nominations for national jazz programming awards

YPSILANTI —89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station has once again been nominated as "Jazz Station of The Year in a Major Market" by JazzWeek Magazine readers. Readers also nominated WEMU's music director, Linda Yohn, has also been nominated as "Programmer of The Year in a Major Market.” 

Other nominees for Station of the Year include, KCSM, San Mateo, CA; KUVO, Denver, CO; WDUQ, Pittsburgh, PA; and WGBH, Boston, MA.  Yohn’s fellow nominees for Programmer of the Year include Arturo Gomez, KUVO; Shaunna Morrison Machosky, WDUQ; Chuy Varela, KCSM; and Gary Walker, WBGO, Newark, NJ.

  The awards will be given out at the end of  the annual JazzWeek Summit June 13th through the 17th in Rochester, NY.  JazzWeek is  the most comprehensive publication dealing with jazz radio and  is available online at www.jazzweek.com

         Yohn has also been nominated for the "Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Journalism" by members of the Jazz Journalist's Association which will be given out at the annual ceremony June 19th at BB King's in New York City.  Other nominees include Dick Buckley (WBEZ-FM, Chicago), Eric Jackson (WGBH-FM, Boston), Leigh Kammann (Minnesota Public Radio, Saint Paul), Oscar Treadwell (late of WVXU-FM, Cincinnati), and Jim Wilke (KPLU-FM, Seattle).  Among previous winners are respected jazz journalists Neil Tesser, Marian McPartland, Dr. Billy Taylor, Phil Schaap, Michael Bourne, Kenny Washington, Alyn Shipton, Steve Schwartz, and Rhonda Hamilton.

         "Being nominated by true jazz buffs as one of the country's best jazz stations is an honor.  To be so honored from one year to the next is humbling," said WEMU General Manager, Art Timko.

 "The rest of the country is becoming aware of an on-air talent whose program we enjoy every weekday morning,” he continued.  “As is evident from the rest of the nominees, who all represent major market public radio stations, Linda Yohn is truly among the best ." 

In addition to serving as WEMU’s music director, Linda Yohn also hosts 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

WEMU is a listener-supported NPR/PRI affiliate with a primary format of jazz, blues, roots music, local news, and NPR/PRI 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 (OH) and webcasts live 24 hours a day at wemu.org.


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