WNIJ’s Saturday Blues celebrates 15 years July 7

DEKALB—Public radio announcer Dan Klefstad wants to make some noise to celebrate his 15 years of hosting The Saturday Blues on WNIJ. Klefstad broadcasts a special anniversary edition of The Saturday Blues from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 7, on 89.5 FM.

Support from devoted blues fans contributes to the longevity of the music on the station, which is why the anniversary special encourages plenty of audience involvement in advance. A dedicated, 24-hour “Comment Line” has been set up at (815) 753-9300 to record listener feedback and blues tune requests to be featured in the special broadcast July 7.

With limited knowledge of the genre, Klefstad put his first blues show on the air in July 1992. “I knew that Led Zeppelin played bluesy stuff on their first two albums,” Klefstad said. “So I looked at the album credits, and noticed names like Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson. I listened and liked it!”

His expertise and appetite for the blues has steadily grown since then. “To this day, it’s my favorite kind of music,” Klefstad admits. On his weekly show, you’ll hear songs with “great riffs and lyrics that relate to everyday situations.”

The Saturday Blues airs every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., with additional hours of blues programming Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m. For a complete list of WNIJ programs, information and events, visit www.wnij.org. 89.5-WNIJ is the news/talk service of Northern Public Radio, the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.

from the July 5-10, 2007, issue

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