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This Year's WUMR Radiothon Will Feature Tribute to Bob McDowell University News
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. 

Bill Easley
Bill Easley
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.

Dr. Bob McDowell
Dr. Bob McDowell
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.

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.

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