Local radio show celebrates 10th anniversary

WNIJ’s 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 hasn’t become corporatized like the rest of the music on the radio. “Blues songs aren’t formulated to capture the widest possible market share, so they’re free to express complex emotions and opinions. They’re 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 it’ll 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.

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