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Saturday Morning Jazz Program Celebrates 25 Years on UAlbany's WCDB

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Bill McCann

April marks the 25th anniversary of the "The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz," hosted by Bill McCann on UAlbany's WCDB, 90.9 FM.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2010) -- April 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the "The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz," hosted by Bill McCann and heard on UAlbany’s WCDB, 90.9 FM.  The UAlbany community, students and alumni will celebrate this longest running radio show in UAlbany history on Saturday, April 17, noon-9:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall, with free performances of live jazz hosted by McCann.

McCann started the show, heard Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon, in April 1985 as a UAlbany junior. After graduation in May of 1986, he continued the show through graduate school at UAlbany, graduating in August of 1987. McCann continued the show through June of 1992, when he went to work at a law firm in Rockland County. The show continued each year during the summers of 1985 through 1991, and during the intersession between semesters during those years.

From June of 1992 until November of 1994, McCann came to Albany whenever he could on Saturday mornings to do the show, and has hosted it every Saturday since late 1994.

In 1998 and 1999, McCann was named "Best Jazz DJ" by the local news and entertainment weekly Metroland.

On April 17 the UAlbany community will celebrate the "The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz" with free, live performances by:

* University at Albany Jazz Ensemble (noon)
* Peg Delaney Quintet (1 p.m.)
* Troika (2:15 p.m.)
* Colleen Pratt & Friends (3:30 p.m.)
* Brian Patneaude Quartet (4:45 p.m.)
* Lee Shaw Trio (6 p.m.)
* Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble (7:15 p.m.)

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