For immediate release
June 27, 2000
Laura Gross

NPR® Names Tim Owens as Executive Producer for Jazz Programming

Washington, DC-National Public Radio® (NPR®) has appointed Tim Owens as the new Executive Producer for Jazz Programming. In this position, he will be responsible for supervising all NPR jazz endeavors for broadcast, including current and future program development. He will also direct NPR Cultural Programming's participation in online jazz activities and in jazz programming for the new Sirius satellite radio service. Owens will work closely with the producers for NPR's jazz programs and services, which include Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Jazz From Lincoln Center, JazzSet with Branford Marsalis, Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson, Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and Jazz Riffs to bring the American public high quality jazz programming.

"No one in the history of American public broadcasting has done more than Tim Owens to provide first-rate jazz programming to the nation. His appointment is proof of NPR's continuing commitment to this essential American art," said NPR's Vice President for Cultural Programming, Murray Horwitz.

Owens brings over thirty years of experience to this new position. As Senior Producer for NPR Jazz Programs (1993-2000), he helped make NPR a national leader in jazz by co-creating and producing Jazz Profiles and Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center since 1995.

Owens past productions as a producer include Jazz Smithsonian for Public Radio International (1993-2000), hosted by singer Lena Horne; the nationally distributed radio companion programs for Ken Burns' PBS miniseries Baseball (1993); NPR's Jazz Summit series (1985) hosted by singer Joe Williams; the Jazz Legacies birthday tributes (1985-94); and the Peabody Award-winning Jazz Alive! series for NPR (1977-83). He co-produced the PBS Jazz in America series (1982) and has produced news and cultural programs for NPR, CBC, and BBC, as well as jazz concerts for Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, UCLA's Royce Hall, Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York, and numerous clubs throughout the country.

Owens was director of programming at WETA-FM in Washington, D.C., for nine years (1984-1993), and in 1993, left the station to form his own production company. Owens joined NPR as a full time Senior Producer for Jazz in 1998. His productions have earned him the distinguished Peabody (1980) and Gabriel (1986) awards and the Gold Medal from the New York Festivals' International Radio Awards.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information, and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 625 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR WorldwideSM, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.