Wendy Wright

Host

Wendy Wright has been on the radio at WEMU since April 2000. She served as host of 89.1 Jazz, Sunday mornings from 5-8 a.m. from 2000-June 2007 when she was asked to host From Memphis to Motown.

An Ann Arbor Native (Dicken, Slauson, Pioneer), Wendy holds a BA from U of M in Theater and History and has worked towards a MA in Arts Management from EMU.

Although her voice has been gracing the airwaves for some time, her face has been seen on the stages of Washtenaw County for even longer. She has won multiple awards for her acting and directing and was the Administrative Manager for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater in the 1990’s , as well as President of the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater.

Her love of jazz and blues is the direct result of her exposure to WEMU. After taking several classes from such luminaries as George Klein, Linda Yohn and Michael Jewett at the now defunct Depot Town Center, she was asked to join the board of the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival on which she served from 1998-2002. After pestering Linda Yohn for about a year, she was asked to join the staff of WEMU in 2000 and she was soon subbing for Linda herself. With her extensive onstage experience, Wendy is frequently the go-to girl to emcee events on behalf of the radio station.

Although she loves jazz, her heart belongs to the blues and she truly has a passion for sharing new blues artists (especially the women) with the WEMU audience. Some favorite jazz artists include Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Eric Reed, Javon Jackson and Melvin Sparks. Some favorite blues artists include Howlin’ Wolf, Susan Tedeschi, Tab Benoit, Eric Bibb, Ruthie Foster and EG Kight. These lists are of course are never ending and ever changing.

Highlights during her time at WEMU have included interviewing Javon Jackson, emceeing at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, subbing for Linda Yohn during her extended leave, being called a “Blues Babe” by NPR Correspondent John Burnett, getting to create a new program from scratch, and meeting countless musicians and WEMU listeners throughout the years.

Oh, and she still reputedly makes the worlds best chocolate chip cookies.

Community
9:21 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Historical Snapshots of Ypsilanti: 190-Years and Counting

Inspecting of landing wheel of the transport planes at Willow Run
Library of Congress

The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend.  It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.


Arts and Culture
7:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Special Feature: The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival marks its 30th Anniversary this year. The annual celebration of music and entertainment is now in its final week for 2013. As this year's event winds down, we thought it a good time to look at the past, present and future of the festival. As WEMU's Wendy Wright discovered, the common thread has been, and will continue to be, a sense of community.

Arts & Healthcare
9:34 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Bringing the Holiday Spirit to Hospital Patients

Sarah Zambrowski watching the carolers from Arbor Consort.

The holidays are upon us, and most of us are making plans to celebrate with family and friends. For those afflicted with illness it can be  difficult to tap in to the sentiment of the season. However, at the University of Michigan Hospitals, there is a concerted effort to give the patients some holiday spirit. With music as a centerpiece, many patients are not only smiling, but they're also healing.

Wendy Wright reports on the sounds of holiday cheer ringing throughout in halls the Uof M Health system.

Live theater
1:07 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

From Rehearsals to Opening Night

The Glass Menagerie
http://www.performancenetwork.org/

Go behind the scenes with WEMU's Wendy Wright with the cast and director of the Performance Network's production of "The Glass Menagerie."

From Memphis to Motown

Blues that are a little less electric and a little more eclectic!