Last January we began a yearlong celebration of 40 years of broadcasting jazz on 89.1. And what a year it's been. We celebrated with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and at the Detroit Music Awards with a distinguished service award. With Laith Al Saadi at our Blues Barbecue and onstage at the Detroit Jazz Festival with a special tribute. And even with a halftime show by the EMU Marching Band.
A year of celebration.
We also have honored the remarkable 30 year career of Music Director, Linda Yohn, as she prepares for retirement in December. No one has been a better ambassador for jazz and public radio than Linda.
So much to celebrate.
And today we invite you to celebrate with us by participating in Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving. We hope to raise $50,000 by 7:00 p.m. and you can help by making your gift now. An anonymous donor is matching all gifts and pledges up to $10,000 this morning; you can make yours go farther by giving right now.
Bonus: All gifts of $100 and above made this Giving Tuesday are entered into a drawing for a Fender Squier Bullet Strat signed by Bill Frisell!
Then stop by our open house and live jazz jam session from 10:00 to 5:00 in King Hall on the EMU campus. Bassist Kurt Krahnke, pianist Duncan McMillan, and drummer Jesse Kramer will be joined by jazz and blues artists from across southeast Michigan, all jamming in support of WEMU. Plus cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, and station tours.
Whether it's for 40 years of jazz, NPR, or WEMU's strong local news content, you know why you listen and what WEMU means in your life. Please make your gift today.
And celebrate with us!
General Manager and WEMU sustaining donor