In our northern hemisphere, April is special for spring and rebirth. It is also special in the United States for “National Poetry Month” and “Jazz Appreciation Month”. In 2012, we have another commemoration: April is “Public Radio Music Month”.
As a WEMU listener, you know that music – jazz, blues, world, Latin and roots – is an essential element of our sound. In April, we hope that you will think about how rare and special WEMU’s programming is. Hosts who live and work in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor choose music that reflects our locale, supports regional promoters and venues, spans decades, crosses cultural divides, reveres past masters and recognizes the new musical voices who will lead listeners in discovering new musical styles.
In March, WEMU received the “2012 Award for Broadcast Excellence: Best In Category – Local Music Programs” and in March we reached our highest on-air spring fund-raising goal. So, in April we are reaching out to you to spread the word about WEMU’s musical spirit, enthusiasm, variety and commitment. In April we can build on the positive musical momentum we began in March.
WEMU appreciates jazz day in and day out, but April gives us the opportunity to call attention to our culture with “Jazz Appreciation Month”. All month long you will hear greats born in April such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Ray Baretto, Avishai Cohen, Tito Puente, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. You will also continue to hear the best new artists as we sort through the barrage of new music to bring you the best – reflective of the unique WEMU listener. We hope you will join WEMU on Friday, April 13th for “National Jazz Day” as established by the National Conference of Mayors and throughout the lovely month of April. Whether you are a jazz enthusiast, blues lover, world music fanatic or roots-rocker, there’s good music for you on 89.1. Please join WEMU in two very important events this April: “Jazz Appreciation Month” and Public Radio Music Month”.