Hello California! Hello Illinois and Wisconsin!

August 31, 2010

September is shaping up as a busy month for the airing of Still Singing the Blues. On Sept. 8, San Francisco’s KALW (91.7 FM), an award-winning station affiliated with the city’s Unified School District, will broadcast the documentary at 11 p.m., immediate following its Fog City Blues program. KALW has an interesting history: Its roots go back to the 1939-40 San Francisco International Exposition on Treasure Island, where the station was part of a demonstration of the newfangled “frequency modulation” (better known today as FM radio). The station received its FCC license as a “teaching aid” at Samuel Gompers Trades School, and even today it’s used to train students in radio.

Then, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., WNIJ (89.5 FM), the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University, will air our program. So will three other Northern Public Radio stations that share WNIJ’s programming: WNIW (91.3 FM, LaSalle), WNIQ (91.5 FM, Sterling) and WNIE (89.1 FM, Freeport).

WNIJ, which serves Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, broadcasts nine hours of local blues each weekend, including a fair amount of music from Louisiana-based artists. The station reserves the 6 p.m. hour each Sunday for Free Range Radio, featuring documentaries and other specials from around the world.

As we mentioned previously, kicking off September’s broadcasts will be WNCU (90.7 FM) in our hometown of Durham, N.C., which will air the show Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. WNCU announced its plans at this link.

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