Big Band Boulevard highlights MSPR's new Sunday Night Jazz lineup

Oct 1, 2018

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
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Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) has announced the addition of two new, locally-produced music programs.

Big Band Boulevard and Live From The Jazz Lounge will be heard on a rotating schedule Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and repeating Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. In addition, Jazz Happening Now will move to Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Big Band Boulevard and Live From The Jazz Lounge will replace Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, which is ending national distribution after 42 years. McPartland passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. Distributed by National Public Radio (NPR), it was announced earlier this year that the producers of the Piano Jazz program would retire the celebrated series. 

Hosted by Greg Jenkins, Big Band Boulevard invites listeners to stroll down memory lane. Enjoy an hour of the finest swing and big band recordings from the 1920’s through the 1950’s including celebrated artists and bandleaders Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and many more.

Greg Jenkins
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“I’ve always been a fan of the music from the Big Band era. I’m sad that Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz is leaving the national airwaves, but it’s provided me an opportunity to showcase music from the greatest period of American popular music,” said Jenkins.

Greg Jenkins has served as MSPR’s Operations Director since 1999. He is a two-time graduate of Morehead State University with a BME in Music Education in 1996 and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Technology in 2008. Jenkins can also be heard hosting Classical Music and the MSU Recital Showcase weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Live From The Jazz Lounge will feature live jazz performances recorded at historic and prominent venues throughout the United States, Europe and the world including the Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York City; Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.; and Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s in New Orleans, among others.

Serving more than twenty counties throughout eastern Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) broadcasts at 90.3FM from the campus of Morehead State University. MSPR’s website features news headlines, community events, live web streaming and archived audio

Questions or comments can be directed to Paul Hitchcock at (606) 783-2001. Additional information can be found on MSPR’s website at: www.wmky.org