WBOI's Behind The Mic WBOI's Julia Meek interviews the volunteer hosts who bring you the diverse music heard on 89.1 WBOI. From the Blue Plate Special to a serving of Tossed Jazz Salad, we'll hear more about each host's unique style and contribution to a full menu of great music and programs.
WBOI's Behind The Mic

WBOI's Behind The Mic

From 89.1 WBOI

WBOI's Julia Meek interviews the volunteer hosts who bring you the diverse music heard on 89.1 WBOI. From the Blue Plate Special to a serving of Tossed Jazz Salad, we'll hear more about each host's unique style and contribution to a full menu of great music and programs.

Most Recent Episodes

WBOI's SideTracks Host Enjoys Derailing Listeners With Freeform Mix Of Eclectic Music

WBOI's volunteer host, Bruce Grimm, developed a love for music, and local record stores at an early age, and that's what drives his present musical passion every Saturday night. That's when he and his co-hosts, Brad Etter and George Seymour invite listeners to climb aboard, for a two hour, freeform, eclectic musical mix called "SideTracks." As WBOI's Julia Meek looks "Behind he Mic," she managed to derail Grimm into the studio, to discuss the scope of his musical interests, and the audio routes they cover.

WBOI's SideTracks Host Enjoys Derailing Listeners With Freeform Mix Of Eclectic Music

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe, unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe." Forsythe's turns in the air studio alternate with those of his long time co-host, Bruce Reidenbach, and their mission is to present, as they call it, three hours of music that is easy to listen to, but definitely not "easy listening." As part of her monthly "Behind the Mic" series, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Bill into the studio to learn how a "college crush" led to his burning passion for the genre, and how sharing it over the public radio air waves keeps that fire going strong.

Keeping It Classical: Behind The Mic With WBNI Host Stan Whippo

Classical music is alive and well here at Northeast Indiana Public Radio, and volunteer host Stan Whippo shared in the form of a live, four hour "Matinee," every weekday afternoon on our classical station, 94.1 WBNI for over 20 years before retiring in October 2018. A Pennsylvania native, Whippo is proud to be a Hoosier now, and also spent his time volunteering for Allen County Public Library's Audio Reading Service, and participating in member activities at Trinity English Lutheran Church. As part of her ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stan into the studio to learn what the genre means to him, and how it drives his passion for public radio.

To WBOI's Freeform Radio Show Host, Its All About The Burnt Toast

WBOI's Burnt Toast Show is an eclectic mix of great, non-mainstream musical styles and genres, modeled after freeform radio shows of the '60s and '70s. It's on the menu every Sunday night from 8:00 to 11:00, served up live by volunteer show host, Todd Harrold. A full time musician, and music teacher here in Fort Wayne, Harrold is gratified to be doing "exactly what he wants to do," and feels that he's been training his whole life for this very purpose. WBOI's Julia Meek, as part of her ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, invited him into the studio to discuss where his passion for music all began, and how sharing it in this fashion satisfies his own musical appetite.

WBOI Host Explores Astronomy To Zoology Over The Airwaves

Martin Fisher, Executive Director of Fort Wayne's Science Central, has been the host of 89.1 WBOI's "The Weekly Experiment" segment for nearly six years. A self-proclaimed science geek, Fisher is dedicated to explaining the science of our everyday world in a way that informs and entertains, and the show's 300th episode will be airing in May. WBOI's Julia Meek, as part of her ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, invited him into the studio to share the secret of his scientific formula.

WBOI Host Puts "Tossed Jazz Salad" On The Weekly Menu

WBOI's "Tossed Jazz Salad" is a tasty mixture of that genre's styles and forms, served up every Tuesday evening by volunteer host, Bob Mayer. Mayer's teaching and performing background adds extra spice to the experience, and WBOI's Julia Meek, as part of her ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, invited him into the studio earlier this week, to discuss how his musical passions have helped him perfect this secret recipe.

WBOI Host Shines Light On Obscure Music In All-Vinyl Format

WBOI's weekly "Black Light Radio" focuses on the greatest and most obscure Psychedelic, Progressive, and Avant Garde Jazz titles of 1968 to 1974. To complete the mood and stay true to that era, volunteer show hosts Bob Wagner and Morrison Agen present the show in an all-vinyl format. As part of Julia Meek's ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, she invited Wagner, a self-proclaimed "vinyl junkie," into the studio, to discuss why this musical addiction is impossible to kick.

WBOI Host Connects Audience To Wide World of Latin American Music

As volunteer host for WBOI's weekly Connexxion Latina, El Salvador native, David Calderon has been sharing his musical and cultural passion over the airwaves here in northeast Indiana for the past 16 years. Calderon's show is WBOI's exclusive Hispanic language program, and showcases a wide variety of music styles and genres from all of the Latin American countries. He is gratified to have developed a broad fan base, including many listeners that don't speak a word of Spanish. As part of Julia Meek's ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, she sat down with David earlier this week to learn when, where and why those passions, and his drive to connect. all began.

WBOI's Own "Father Christmas" Shares His Passions Over The Air

For the past five years, volunteer show host, Rob Martinez, has been sharing his musical expertise and his audio production skills over the WBOI airwaves, most notably, with his weekly "Movie Music Spotlights" and annual "Nights Before Christmas" music specials. As part of Julia Meek's ongoing "Behind the Mic" series, she coaxed Martinez away from his extensive record archives, and into the studio, to discuss how his pop culture sensibilities drive his deep passion for public radio.

WBOI Host "Sidetracks" Live Show With Eclectic Musical Journey

Fort Wayne native Brad Etter has a seemingly unquenchable thirst for music he shares every Saturday night on 89.1 WBOI, with co-host Bruce Grimm, on Sidetracks. Serving up this weekly, two-hour sampler of eclectic musical genres and performers has been a part of Brad's life since 2012, and he regards sharing music in this way as an honor and privilege. As WBOI's Julia Meek continues to take her monthly looks "Behind the Mic." she managed to derail Etter into the studio, to discuss the roots of his musical passion, and the routes they take, on and of air.

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