For release: May 27, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
WUMR, the radio voice of the University of Memphis, will wrap up its eight-day “Jazz
in June” Radiothon with a tribute to the late Dr. Bob McDowell, who served as the
station’s general manager for 25 years. “An Evening of Jazz with Bill Easley and Friends”
is set for Sunday, June 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Owen Brennan’s, Poplar at Ridgeway.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Davis-Kidd
Booksellers, 387 Perkins Extended.
Easley, a renowned jazz saxophonist, released his latest CD, Business Man’s Bounce,
in 2007. Also on the lineup is Owen Brennan’s house band, featuring Lanny McMillan
on saxophone and keyboard. Special musical guests will include U of M Associate Professor
Jack Cooper, saxophonist and head of jazz studies at the University’s Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music; Tony Thomas, Tom Lonardo, Billy Gibson, Chris Parker, and Kelly Hurt.
The Jazz in June Radiothon on WUMR (U-92) will run June 22-29. Donations will help
fund operating expenses at the station.
McDowell, who died in March, was an associate professor of communication at the U
of M as well as general manager of WUMR. He is remembered for his contributions as
an educator and adviser, as well as lending his familiar voice to countless radio
and television commercials. Proceeds from the evening will help establish a fund in
McDowell’s memory to support WUMR. Those who are unable to attend may make a memorial
donation by sending a check, made payable to the University of Memphis Foundation,
to Patty Bladon, Development Director, Room 232 CFA Building, University of Memphis,
Memphis, Tennessee, 38152.
Dr. Bob McDowell
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 is staffed
almost exclusively by students and volunteers.
The station serves the area with educational, sports, and community service programming.
It also functions as a learning laboratory for students, providing them experience
in announcing, news reporting and writing, talk-show hosting, and sports broadcasting.