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U of M's 'Jazz Lover' Radio Station WUMR Will Host "Jazz in June" Radiothon June 13-20 University News
For release: June 10, 2010

For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson, 901-678-4164

WUMR will host its week-long “Jazz in June” Radiothon beginning Sunday, June 13, and running through Sunday, June 20. Volunteer jazz lovers will take pledges by phone, while music by jazz greats and new artists entertains listeners. Pledges can be made by calling locally 901-678-4000 or toll-free 877-955-5299.

Closing out this year’s Radiothon on Sunday, June 20 will be “An Evening of Jazz” at the Majestic Grille, 145 Main Street in Downtown Memphis. The 6-9 p.m. event, open to the public via ticket sales, will feature distinguished jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm. Also performing will be local jazz artists Alvie Givahn, Tom Lonardo, Lanny McMillan, and Sam Shupe, as well as Jack Cooper, associate professor of jazz and jazz studies coordinator at the University of Memphis.

Tickets for “An Evening of Jazz” are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at Davis-Kidd Booksellers (387 Perkins Extended, 901-683-9801) through June 19. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Bob McDowell Fund, established in memory of WUMR’s longtime general manager. The fund supports station operations.

WUMR is the only jazz station in the Mid-South. Known as “The Jazz Lover,” the 25,000-watt station serves listeners within a 60-mile radius of Memphis. Its playlist blends contemporary and traditional jazz with a touch of fusion, Latin, and New Age music.

WUMR, staffed almost exclusively by students and volunteers, serves the area with educational, sports, and community-service programming. It functions as a learning laboratory for students, providing them experience in announcing, news reporting and writing, talk show hosting, and sportscasting. In addition to on-air positions, students serve in management roles in various departments, including music, production, traffic, news, and sports.

More information about WUMR is available from General Manager Malvin Massey, 901-678-2560, and online at www.memphis.edu/wumr

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