Here’s the line-up for Radio Free Athens January 13

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Radio Free Athens (RFA) is broadcast Saturdays on WOUB 1340 AM and allows community volunteers and Ohio University students to present music and interview content through a format-free, host-driven program. Find the schedule and details about Saturday’s programs below. Listen to 1340 AM at this link.

An image detailing the schedule for Radio Free Athens January 13, 2024.

SCHEDULE: January 13, 2024

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. DJ Grumpy Grandma 

Curious about my setlist? Check it out – in it’s entirety on my Instagram, @djgrumpygrandma

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Doug

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. pLOWOHIO

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Excursions: Jazz Motifs w/ Dr. Art Cromwell 

An image of a fountain in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, due to its geographic location, was an early contributor to the emerging art form soon to be known as “Jazz”. During the first decades of the 20th century this river city was not only significant in steamboat commerce, but was also a central railroad transfer point for Jazz bands traveling to Chicago and Detroit, as well as points east(Pittsburgh or Washington DC), and west (St. Louis and Kansas City). Thus the Queen City became known as an early Mecca for Jazz in the heartland.

Equally important to the growth and proliferation of the music, Cincinnati was located only 70 miles south of the historically important recording studio, Gannett Records in Richmond Indiana, which distributed some of the earliest recordings of this music.

In addition, Cincinnati was a significant contributor to a newly emerging media, broadcast radio. Crosley Broadcasting’s WLW, known as the “Nation’s Station”, was a clear channel 50,000 watt station, capable of reaching both coasts, Canada and Mexico. Among the talent heard on WLW in the early 30’s was Fats Waller, the Mills Brothers, and other regional artists.

Tune to Excursions, Saturday Jan. 13th for a historical appreciation of the artistry that emerged from this midwest Jazz mecca.