National Initiative Honors Connection between Public Radio and Artists
KUVO/KVJZ announced today that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month-long project in April 2013 that celebrates public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.
Public Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States. Stations and their partners are featuring exclusive interviews, performances, and more throughout the month. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has issued a proclamation declaring April to be Public Radio Music Month in the Mile High City.
KUVO/KVJZ plays a substantial role in the nationwide jazz music scene. The station ranks 8th in total hours of local jazz programming among the top 25 markets, presenting 125 hours of locally produced jazz programming every week, for a total of 140 hours of jazz programming per week.
“KUVO/KVJZ is an integral part of the local music economy,” says KUVO Program Manager Carlos Lando. “We provide a unique and increasingly rare platform for new and emerging artists and serve as a staging ground for musical discovery and a hub of activities for the local jazz community. Public Radio Music Month is an opportunity for us to showcase the diversity of the music found on KUVO today, and the work that stations like ours do every day in preserving America’s musical traditions and fostering and nurturing the development of music talent.”
KUVO/KVJZ will mark Public Radio Music Month with special performances and interviews.
- Johnny O Band featuring vocalist Shay Jones We’ll get a jump on the month on Friday, March 29, when this hard hitting blues and soul outfit performs live on the air from the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio at 3pm.
- Around the World in April During April, KUVO/KVJZ is taking listeners on a journey. Each day we’ll highlight a geographic location, playing the local music, exploring the music and social scene and otherwise “transporting” listeners around the globe.
- Mayor Michael Hancock On Tuesday, April 2 Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will join First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about jazz, creativity and the local music economy.
- Colorado Musicians Throughout the month, we’ll be airing locally-based musicians as they talk about public radio and how it impacts the local music scene and affects them as musicians. Listen for the voices of our Colorado musicians!