By Annmarie Dean
As I mentioned on Tuesday, it has been quite busy around WNED for the past month with the addition of WBFO. Our NPR programming has gotten a little facelift and we’ve also welcomed the Blues to our AM airwaves. While I do not know a whole lot about Blues music (and I won’t pretend that I do), it is definitely a genre of music that I respect and enjoy. Luckily, we have two knowledgeable people bringing you the Blues Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. and Sundays, 7-midnight on WBFO/AM-970.
Jim Santella, Saturday Blues host.
In his own words:
“My job title, ‘blues host,’ is not found in the unemployment rolls that are so popular with news networks and red, white and blue politicians at the end of every economically challenged month. No, I toil deep in the ebony shrouded night whispering words of nocturnal ennui. Yes, I ride the airwaves at night coaxing insomniacs for the Blues to channel ancient share-croppers with beat-up old guitars to turn rock and roll back into deep blues. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, making sure there’s enough Muddy Water to drink, giving Chester Burnette something to Howl about and teaching everyone how to pitch a Wang-Dang-Doodle. Borrowing from the Buddha, ‘It is what it is, but it ain’t what it used to be.’”
“As to the houses of WNED and WBFO, unlike those of fair Verona, they will produce such an era of good feeling together that it will make Romeo and Juliet’s devotion to one another seem as innocent as puppy love. In closing, the words of Buffalo guru Marv Levy seem to predict the future success of such an ambitious joining of forces: ‘Where else would you rather be?’”
Anita West, Sunday Blues host.
In her own words: “Air talent/host of ‘The Anita West Sunday Blues Show’ 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. ‘DJ pickin’ the tunes, live’ radio.”
I know that we are all excited to welcome the new opportunities that will accompany the addition of Blues to the WBFO/AM-970 schedule.