WNIJ plans to triple hours of blues in February

WNIJ plans to triple hours of blues in February

By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer

Every Saturday, blues fans count on Dan Klefstad to bring them the best of their favorite music, but sometimes three hours of blues just isn’t enough! Well, a musical prayer has been answered for WNIJ radio listeners and will be put into effect next month.

This February, WNIJ will triple the hours of blues per week. Starting Feb. 1, in addition to the “Saturday Blues,” which airs every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., WNIJ will air blues music on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight. That’s an increase of 200 percent!

All hosts will broadcast these shows live. Dan Klefstad, who has been hosting “Saturday Blues” since July 4, 1992, will continue to host the Saturday afternoon slots. A new member to the WNIJ team, Paula Garrett, will begin hosting the evening shows.

Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Garrett is an experienced blues radio show host. She spent many years in Sydney, Australia, hosting a blues show on 2NSB (a community radio network heard access the country). Garrett will also fill in for Klefstad on Saturday afternoon when he takes vacation or is not available.

Another change for WNIJ is the host training on Sunday nights. In conjunction with the new slot for blues music, two new hosts will be trained during the airings and will later rotate and eventually fill in for both Garrett and Klefstad.

Two more great changes for WNIJ radio are that they will carry the AAA music program “World Cafe,” Monday through Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Sundays, from 7 to 9 p.m.; also, popular radio show “Echoes,” which features the latest in contemporary jazz and new age, will be moved up an hour earlier from its regular airing at 10 p.m. due to these changes.

More changes means more music for WNIJ fans, so turn your dials to the station that provides more of the best blues in the area.

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