Dallas Jazz radio stations

August 11, 2017

Radio resurrection: A little

Vicki MeekVicki Meek hosted the first full-length jazz program produced by WRR Radio and one of the few available anywhere in the nation at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 7on 191.1 FM and worldwide at wrr101.com. Subsequent shows will feature interviews, music and live performances by jazz musicians from Dallas and around the world. Each month will feature a particular jazz style or period in history influenced by jazz music and musicians.

"I am so thrilled to be able to continue promoting jazz by hosting WRR’s newest show, I have been committed to sharing this music which Chamber Music America includes in the American classical music genre and what better place to do that than on Dallas’ premier classical radio station. I hope all those classical jazz fans will tune in on Sundays to hear some great music because that’s what I promise to bring them.” said Meek. Jazz at Fair Park will feature nationally recognized jazz musicians but will also showcase the plethora of talented local jazz artists. The showwill be produced and broadcast from the historic WRR studios in Fair Park.

Meek grew up in a house of jazz. When asked who she remembered hearing in her household Meek responded, “Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia and Billie Holiday’s Dem Dere Eyes. But I also had a healthy dose of Duke Ellington and Count Basie which were two of my dad’s favorites.” The current Director of The South Dallas Cultural Center has always sought to support the musical genre through programming at the center like JamminAt the Center, which was designed to support Dallas jazz musicians, and by creating The Listening Room which supported local musicians like Shelley Carrol, Jason Davis, Lyles West, and Jonathan Fisher.

WRR 101.1 FM is a 24-hour classical music station; only one of its kind in Texas and the oldest same-owner station in the United States. WRR is also the first licensed broadcast station in Texas and one of the nation's five inaugural stations. Owned by the City of Dallas and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs, the station was licensed in August 1921.

Source: www.dallasweekly.com
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