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Ira Glass Host and Executive Producer
Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.
This American Life is an award-winning critically acclaimed weekly program describing and documenting contemporary American life. Each week a theme is chosen, and host Ira Glass and a variety of writers and performers share stories in a range of styles: monologues, documentaries, short radio plays, "found recordings," and original works for radio. Music underscores many stories. From PRI.
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Growing up in Detroit in the '60s, composer and pianist Jeff Haas' home was a very musical one—albeit limited to the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Jeff enjoyed playing and absorbing the classical stuff, but when he asked his dad about the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and his father told him that rock 'n' roll would ruin the needle on the record player, Jeff went rogue. Soon after, he stumbled on a 1963 Motown revue at the Michigan State Fair, and then discovered a clandestine copy of Monk and Coltrane "Live at the Five Spot" under his sister’s mattress. He never looked back.
After logging untold hours at the piano and on stage, writing more than 150 original compositions, and hosting more than 1,000 community radio shows, Jeff created The New Jazz Archive: a radio series exploring jazz's often unrecognized place in American life. What better way, he thought, to open people’s hearts and minds to jazz than through compelling stories and colorful conversations that connect the music to everyday life in America? After all, the universal struggles and triumphs of the likes of Monk, Miles and Mingus parallel our own.
In addition to hosting and co-producing The New Jazz Archive, Jeff is a proud and very involved father of a tween, a keeper of two cats, and the founder of yet another world-saving passion: Building Bridges with Music.
Composer/pianist/bandleader Jeff Haas has over 100 compositions in his book of original music including 5 major commissions. Check out recordings by Haas & Friends and order your own sheet music (available for any instrumentation) on the Second Street Music section of the website.
Jeff performs in a variety of formats; solo, trio, quintet with trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave, tentet with Marcus and saxophone master George Benson and double quartet (jazz and string quartet) featuring the Phoenix Ensemble String Quartet. Jeff and his bandmates perform in concert venues, clubs & festivals, schools, colleges & universities, synagogues, temples, churches & community centers.
Haas & Friends also regularly conduct performance workshops in K-12 public schools. These engaging workshops use Jeff's original music as a springboard for interactive discussion about gaining more awareness and understanding of people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Created for jazz fans and non-jazz fans alike, this weekly radio series exploring the stories and sounds behind jazz's often unrecognized place in American life.
The show uses a storytelling-based approach to make sure that jazz's vitality and diversity aren't lost on a new generation of listeners.
Each hour-long episode is a collection of stories, interviews, and music that relates jazz to other aspects of American life, including pop culture, social issues, art, history, movies, and even other forms of music.
TNJA is hosted by composer and musician Jeff Haas, son of the legendary Detroit radio host Karl Haas (host of the award-winning "Adventures in Music"), and is produced by Interlochen Public Radio in northwest Michigan.
Sundays are unique to the week.
And for many, Sunday mornings hold a special place as a time to reset, reconfigure, and reevaluate.
Sunday morning is also a time that people establish traditions – routines involving newspapers, coffee, sunrises, family, breakfast, and of course, music.
Fitting then is that WEMU’s traditional music program, the Sunday Best, is broadcast every Sunday morning.
Hosted since February, 2012 by Nik Thompson, the Sunday Best is a program devoted to honoring traditions, while striving to start new ones every week.
Roots Music Project
The Roots Music Project, WEMU's newest locally-produced offering, is hosted by Jeremy Baldwin on Saturdays from Noon to 2 p.m.
The show focuses on the creases and intersections between genres, styles and influences in music and features everything from folk to country, from blues to roots rock, from rockabilly to bluegrass and just about everything in between.
Larry Groce has been host and artistic director of West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage since its beginning in 1983. His taste and personality have helped set the tone of this long running radio and television series.
Larry was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1948 and attended Adamson High School in the Oak Cliff section of that city. It was apparently fertile ground for aspiring singer-songwriters at the time as Michael Martin Murphy ("Wildfire"), Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers") and the late B.W. Stevenson ("My Maria") attended along with Larry. Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn and Edie Brickel also grew up in Oak Cliff.
Larry made his first commercial record album in 1970 for Daybreak Records, a division of RCA. In all, he's made 22 albums, ranging in style from Americana to gospel to children's music. In 1976, his Warner-Curb top ten hit, "Junk Food Junkie," led to radio and television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, The Rich Little Show, Nashville Now, a Disney Channel special, Doctor Demento and A Prairie Home Companion.
Of the nine Disney albums he has recorded, five went platinum. In all, 36 of his songs have been included on Disney recordings. In 1976, he was Grammy-nominated for Disney's Children's Favorites Volume I.
Larry has performed in 48 states, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Belgium, England, Italy, Greece and Russia. He has also composed music for two film documentaries and played a leading role in Paradise Park, a feature film made in West Virginia. From 1972-86, he was involved in National Endowment for the Arts sponsored "musician-in residence" programs in 20 different states. One of those residencies brought him to West Virginia in 1972.
In 1991, Larry produced, directed and composed music for a radio version of "Gauley Mountain," a book of poetry by the late West Virginia Poet Laureate, Louise McNeill. In 2003, he produced an audio version of five short stories written by Louise's father, G.D. MacNeill.
From 1980-85, Larry owned The Morgantown School of Ballet and, from 1992-2004, he was co-publisher of West Virginia's only alternative tabloid, Graffiti. In 2005, he became Executive Director of FestivALL Charleston, a ten-day arts festival, and was awarded a West Virginia Governor's Art Award for Leadership in 2008.
Mountain Stage: Enjoy an intimate, relaxed evening of live performances from some of the world's greatest artists.Since 1983, "Mountain Stage" has showcased over 1,500 musical legends and rising stars that cross all genres and traditions. REM, Lyle Lovett and Joan Baez have all graced "Mountain Stage." Host Larry Groce welcomes a handful of guests each week in a forum of time-honored traditions and original, influential voices. It's the place where musicians go to play. Produced by West Virginia Public Radio.