As we warm ourselves by the radio and fireplace, waiting on Groundhog Day to ease our winter woes, WAMC presents special programming, a Fund Drive, an award announcement, and a temporary replacement for a much-loved program.
Throughout the month of February every Friday at 1 p.m., WAMC will broadcast a special from NPR and WXPN. Hosted by Cece Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a four-part documentary series illustrating the influence of Black gospel on early rock and soul music. The Moth will return in March in its standard 1 p.m. timeslot.
Mark your calendar as the Fund Drive kicks off February 11th. You can help shorten the Fund Drive this year by visiting wamc.org and clicking on the donate button.
A special announcement: Our own Wanda Fisher will be inducted into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame on Wednesday, February 13th in Montreal at the International Folk Music Awards show. The Tennessee-born, Boston-raised host, has hosted the folk music program, The Hudson River Sampler, for more than 36 years here at WAMC.
Originally celebrated as George Washington’s birthday, President’s Day this year falls on February 18th. To start off the holiday programming at 9 a.m., WAMC will air Presidential Essentials 2019. Then at 10, it’s Lincoln’s Team of Rivals with historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s time to go Back Home Again with John Denver, a special from Charlie Warren looking back on one of the most creative and popular performers of the late 20th Century. Later at 2 p.m., the BBC World Service celebrates Black History Month with a special hour-long edition of Witness, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience in America. The newsroom will be staffed all day, so make sure to tune in for Morning Edition, Midday Magazine, and Northeast Report.
At the beginning of the month, listeners will have another chance to hear WAMC-produced music show, Live At The Linda. Due to a recent contractual change between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its musician union, WAMC won’t be able to continue airing the BSO on Sundays at 8 p.m. Until negotiations have concluded, recorded-as-live shows from The Linda can be heard in its place.