Saturday Morning Jazz Program
Celebrates 20 Years on UAlbany's WCDB
Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 14, 2005) -- April 2005
marks the 20th anniversary of the "The
Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz," hosted
by Bill McCann and heard on UAlbany’s
WCDB, 90.9 FM.
McCann started the show, heard Saturday mornings
from 8 a.m. until noon, in April 1985 as a
junior at UAlbany. 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 as well.
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
the show every Saturday since late 1994. In
addition of this month's 20th anniversary of
the jazz show, December of this year will mark
the 20th consecutive year of the Annual Saturday
Morning Edition of Jazz Christmas Show. The Christmas show features classic
holiday songs done by artists in a "jazzy" way.
In 1998 and 1999, McCann was named "Best Jazz DJ" by the local news
and entertainment weekly Metroland.
"I can't believe 20 years of Saturday mornings have gone by. God willing,
I hope they will let me continue my four-hour Saturday morning therapy session
on WCDB for at least another 20 years," McCann said.
A 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. open house will be held
at WCDB on Saturday, April 16, to celebrate
the anniversary featuring refreshments and
T-Shirt and CD give-aways. WCDB is on the uptown
campus on the third floor of the Campus Center,