A graduate of St Thomas University with a Communication Arts bachelor degree, Jeanette started her broadcasting career in public radio as a volunteer for WLRN Radio Reading Service in 1999. Crediting her development not only to strong determination and ambition, but also to the support of her co-workers, she developed her unique radio personality. She was introduced to the South Florida public as the weekend announcer while filling in for the late Clint O'Neil on Sounds of the Caribbean.
Today, Jeanette produces and hosts the Soca edition of Sounds of the Caribbean and brings the Caribbean together during the early hours on Saturday mornings, when she blasts the airwaves with a Caribbean mix of reggae, dancehall, Soca, Benna, Zouk, Kompa, Cadence, Salsa, Junkanoo and all the other unique genres of the Caribbean basin. She aims to educate the public of the region's diversity and similarities, while adding to the diverse sounds of WLRN. She perceives herself as a product of the godfather of reggae, Clint O'Neil, and is affectionately known as the "Duchess of Sounds" of the Caribbean.
Adding a small island flavor, Jeanette hails from the tiny Caribbean island of Antigua, where she received her high school education at the Christ the King Catholic High School and attended the Antigua State College achieving the college diploma in Commercial Studies before migrating to Florida to pursue an associate degree in merchandising at the International Fine Arts College in Miami.
Richard Davis joined the WLRN team in April 2007. He hosts Sounds of the Caribbean Wednesday and Friday mornings, 1:00am to 5:00am, and Saturday, midnight through to Sunday morning at 7:00am.
Rich Davis has been working as a freelance broadcaster and is the voice behind numerous radio commercials heard on the airwaves throughout the Caribbean community in South Florida.
A graduate of The Connecticut School of Broadcasting - Davie, FL campus, Rich Davis got his first stint in the broadcast industry 1991 as an intern at Radio Waves (now HOT 102FM) in Jamaica.
Although working in the hospitality industry, law enforcement and corporate security for quite a number of years, Rich Davis continued to contribute to the broadcast industry by doing voiceovers for radio and hosting events.
Since 2003, Rich Davis has accepted fully the reality that it was destined for him to pursue a career in radio broadcasting. Passion, thrill, and satisfaction are a few words to describe his feelings about a career he has been in love with all his life. He is truly enthused to be working with some of the best broadcasters in the industry and hosting Miami's longest running Caribbean radio program.
Every Sunday evening from 8 to midnight, Ted Grossman hosts one of WLRN's most distinctive programs, Night Train. Since 1977, Ted has devoted himself to collecting and popularizing the jazz and big band music of the '30's and 40's. Over the past twenty years, he has accumulated an enviable collection of vintage performances including WWII recordings, Glen Miller concerts and Armed Forces Radio Services broadcasts. Listeners can tune in to Night Train each week to hear performances by the artists and ensembles that shaped jazz along with Ted's anecdotes and knowledgeable commentary. But Ted's musical interests don't end there. You will also find him playing selections from classic modern recordings.
Because of the resurgence of interest in big band music and the work of early jazz composers, Ted finds that his audience comes from a surprisingly broad cross-section of the South Florida population. When they listen to Night Train, older fans recall the music of their youth, he asserts, and younger listeners, when they take the time, are surprised that the past can be so enjoyable. To hear four hours of some of the most exciting and vital jazz performances ever put on record, just set your dial to WLRN 91.3 FM Sundays from 8 pm to midnight for Ted Grossman's Night Train.
Every Monday through Friday night from 9:30 PM to 1 AM Tracy Fields presents some of the most diverse new and classic jazz anywhere on radio.
Although her training is in communications and journalism, Tracy's first love has always been jazz. She first started listening to jazz when her father played old 78s of the Count Basie Orchestra and LPs of Gloria Lynne, Arthur Prysock and Ray Charles.
Her brothers and friends soon turned her on to more modern artists like Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, and Gary Bartz.
With her training in journalism and love of jazz music, Tracy always found herself gravitating toward radio stations. During summer breaks from college, she worked at WKEW and WQMG-FM in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. She joined WLRN in 1995 and ever since has graced our air with her trademark selections of eclectic jazz.
Looking back on her years at WLRN, she says what she has most enjoyed is the rapport she has developed with her audience: "My listeners vary widely in chronological age, but are still young at heart. They say they like the wide variety of music on my show; tunes bring back memories for some, and give others a taste of something new and different. I've learned a lot from them, too, by playing their requests and hearing their stories. Mostly I'm honored that they let me into their cars and homes to keep them company."
Ms. Carline M. Faustin is Director of Haitian Affairs, and the official translator for the Miami-Dade County Public school system. Ms. Faustin has worked in the Office of Public Relations, for the last eighteen years and part of her job is to host Radyo Lekòl. She has served as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College teaching translation, and she is particularly proud of her translation skills. She came to the United States from Haiti in 1968, resided in New York, and then moved to Miami in 1979.
Ms. Faustin started working for the school system in 1986 as a teacher. She has years of experience working closely with communities, parents and students as a media and public relations representative. She has served as a parent-outreach coordinator, guidance counselor, teacher and social worker to promote education and cultural awareness, where her goals are to foster positive relationships among diverse communities. She holds various degrees such as a Specialist in Education Leadership, a masters¹ degree in Guidance Counseling and a Bachelor¹s degree in Social Work. She enjoys sharing information and being an advocate for underprivileged children.
Michael Stock's Folk and Acoustic Music has been a mainstay of the South Florida airwaves since 1981, bringing listeners the best of traditional and contemporary folk music every Sundays from 2 to 5 pm. The show's uniqueness lies in its avoidance of the trite fare so common on commercial radio, a characteristic born of Michael's affinity for the heartfelt and original songs of folk musicians and his aversion to playing the same music that is already repeated countless times daily on other stations.
Folk and Acoustic Music is a natural outgrowth of Michael's concert promotion activities in the late '70's. The first acts he booked were local groups, but soon nationally known artists like Sally Rogers and Tony Trischka approached him to appear in his concerts. At one point, Michael even opened a folk music night club called Deco Gecko at the Shelborne Hotel and hosted a couple of cable television series featuring folk musicians. He is also deeply involved in the efforts of the South Florida Folk Club and the Broward Folk Club to promote the work of South Florida's artists.
It's easy to see what makes Folk and Acoustic Music so special. Michael Stock combines a dedication to playing songs ignored by other stations with a profound knowledge of the national and local folk music scenes. And each Sunday Michael will surprise you with selections from some of his other favorite musical genres including acoustic music from around the world, blues, gospel, western swing, and protest music. To hear this remarkable program, just tune in each Sunday to Folk and Acoustic Music WLRN's weekly three-hour respite from the repetitive, saccharine grind of pop and commercial radio.
For information on songs played on Folk & Acoustic Music, as well as archived interviews and video of studio performances, go to Michael's web site www.folkandacousticmusic.com
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Wanda was born and bred in Baltimore, Maryland. As a graduate of St. Paul's School for Girls, she then relocated to Elkins, WV to attend Davis and Elkins College. After graduating she began her career in radio at WELK in Elkins. In 1990 she moved to Sarasota, Florida to join the staff at WCTQ. Now, after living and working in Orlando and Tampa Bay, she's thrilled to call South Florida home. Her pleasures include time with her family and friends, and her pet dog and cat, Duncan and Bippy. Also, "the ongoing search for a good laugh, anything spiritual, quantum physics, discovering new music and indulging in the old, as well as performing onstage for karaoke or as a 'Drag King.'" Add to that, "dancing 'til the break of dawn" and waking every weekday morning to host Morning Edition on South Florida's NPR News Station 91.3 WLRN.
Ed Bell produces and hosts South Florida Arts Beat, bringing over thirty years of experience and networking within the South Florida performing arts community to his exciting and informative show. There are few names in the media more supportive of South Florida's cultural arts organizations than Ed Bell.
He has been involved in the local music scene since getting his start on the air at the University of Miami's WVUM in 1971. In the years that followed, he co-produced Jazz legend "Symphony Sid" Torin's show on the all-jazz WBUS, Miami Beach. Bell hosted live broadcasts of Jazz concerts on WTMI from the Airliner Jazz Club and worked as a sound designer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Since starting at WLRN 91.3 FM in 1977, Ed has spearheaded many initiatives in support of South Florida's jazz and blues artists, especially in his work as a promoter and concert series producer. One of Ed's most distinguished efforts as a jazz producer was his role as a principal co-founder of the Hollywood Jazz Festival. From 1983 to 1986, Ed turned the festival into a memorable weekend of television and live radio broadcasts of top locally, nationally and even internationally known jazz musicians.
In his first twenty years at the station, Ed was instrumental in making WLRN South Florida's premier jazz and blues station. Soon after coming to WLRN, he began his Lunchtime Miami program featuring a broad history of great American music, jazz, blues and R&B. Each Friday, he produced a half-hour segment called South Florida's Own that highlighted the work of the best local jazz, blues and R&B musicians. Interspersing his music presentations with intelligent interviews featuring international, national and local musicians and cultural arts leaders, the show became a unique presentation on the South Florida radio dial. In June, 1995, local news magazine New Times deemed Ed the Best Local Jazz Advocate in its best of South Florida issue.
He brought his broadcast production expertise in January, 1999, to a new program called Topical Currents broadening his radio presentations to include diverse cultural arts activities all over South Florida. That show is now called South Florida Arts Beat, broadcasting regionally to four counties in South Florida (from Jupiter to Key West) and worldwide on WLRN's Internet site every Friday at 1:00 pm, EST.
South Florida Arts Beat is a unique radio presentation on the South Florida airwaves featuring interviews, reviews and live musical performances. The show's executive producer is Adrienne Kennedy, special projects manager for WLRN. Contributors include humorist Buzz Fleischman (columnist for the Community Newspapers and The River Cities Gazette), Richard Pachter (book reviewer for The Miami Herald's Business Monday section), Leila Cobo (Miami/Latin American Desk for Billboard Magazine) and Chris DeAngelis (pop culture reviewer), Charles Greenfield and Judith Bishop among other fine producers. Each program wraps up with an entertainment calendar filled with arts events and features contributors associated with various arts councils from a four county region, Deborah Margol (Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs), Michael Aller (Chief of Protocol/Director of Tourism and Conventions for Miami Beach), Jody Horne-Leshinsky (Marketing Director for the Broward Cultural Division), Bill Nix (V.P./Chief Program Officer for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council) and Andy Newman (Fla. Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council).
The South Florida arts community is now being heard each week on a worldwide basis, and South Florida Arts Beat on WLRN is leading the way!
A native of Bristol, in the South West of England, Andy has lived and worked in Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Russia, as well as spending 10 years with the BBC World Service Radio in London.
It was a 3 month assignment for the BBC that brought him to Miami in 1999.
"I love to travel," says Andy, "and I intended to use Miami as a jumping off point for the Caribbean, Central and South America, instead, I ended up staying!"
Andy likens the NPR/PRI ethos to the closest the US has to a brand of journalistic integrity, balance and depth that he was used to. So WLRN was an obvious choice when he decided to leave the BBC and remain in North America. "I've grown to appreciate the NPR "style" of news presentation, and am being given a chance to expand my radio experience and do something I hadn't done before - namely on air presentation."
A keen swimmer and cook, Andy also enjoys music, cinema, and is an avid reader when not following the ups and downs of soccer team Leeds Utd.
In previous (life) times he has been a telephone engineer in the British Army, a factory worker, a Greenpeace activist, a gardener, and a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. He has also made countless appearances on CCTV.