WNIJs Saturday Blues turned 10 years old this past weekend. On July 4, 1992, Dan Klefstad played his first blues song on the radio, beginning what he calls a decade of broadcasting real music. Klefstad says the blues hasnt become corporatized like the rest of the music on the radio. Blues songs arent formulated to capture the widest possible market share, so theyre free to express complex emotions and opinions. Theyre about joy, pain, protest and the difficulty of human relationships. Try marketing that!
From its inception, Saturday Blues mixed old school players such as B.B. King with modern players Jonny Lang and the North Mississippi Allstars. I want to keep it current, Klefstad says. The music has to evolve, or itll fade away. That means I spend a lot of time listening to new blues. And it keeps coming.
Klefstad also interviews artists during the program. Guests have included Mavis Staples, the North Mississippi Allstars and Savoy Brown. The Saturday Blues airs every week from noon to 3 p.m. on 89.5 FM WNIJ.