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September 26, 2017

WGBH Jazz Programs Pick Up Top JazzWeek Honors

“Eric in the Evening” and Jazz 24/7 named the year’s best


BOSTON, September 26, 2017 – WGBH was recognized with top honors at the JazzWeek industry summit, held last month in San Jose, CA. At the conference's awards ceremony, WGBH was named 2017 Station of the Year, in the Fewer than 40 Hours Per Week category, an award accepted by Eric Jackson, host of 89.7 WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening.” Jazz 24/7 was named 2017 Non-Terrestrial Station of the Year, an honor accepted by producer and program director Tessil Collins.

This is Jackson’s 40th year as an on-air host at WGBH, 36 years of which he has hosted "Eric in the Evening,” a weekend show on 89.7 WGBH that features the best in classic and contemporary jazz. Every show, Jackson presents in-depth coverage of artists and their music, including exclusive interviews and live performances. The so-called "Dean of Boston Jazz," Jackson is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, where he teaches a course in African-American music.

Jazz 24/7 is a digital music stream and service programmed by Collins and hosted on WGBH.org. Along with providing listeners with an extensive music library, Jazz 24/7 features the latest interviews with today’s jazz stars and featured “Live from Scullers” shows, broadcast from the legendary Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Prior to his tenure at WGBH, Collins worked for Beantown Music, Atlantic Records and WBZ radio and has held adjunct faculty positions at Wheelock College, Emerson College and the Art Institute of New England, teaching courses in new media production and computer technology literacy.

"Jazz has been a programming high note throughout WGBH's history,” said Phil Redo, General Manager of WGBH Radio. “These JazzWeek recognitions honor that legacy, while also highlighting our commitment to making the best of jazz accessible to the public in the digital age.”

“This award means a lot to me because the people who vote are my peers — radio announcers and others who are involved in the business side of the jazz world,” said Jackson. This is his third JazzWeek award.

"This award from JazzWeek is validation from jazz artists and radio industry peers that what we're presenting with Jazz 24/7 is on the right track,” said Collins.

The bi-annual JazzWeek summit provides an opportunity for radio programmers, recording company promotion and marketing representatives, broadcasting and streaming technology managers and artists to meet and discuss best practices in jazz music selection and rotation, playlist reporting, social media, mobile applications, specific trade concerns and award recognition.

“Eric in the Evening” airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on 89.7 WGBH. To stream Jazz 24/7, please visit: http://www.wgbh.org/support/jazz247.cfm.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, ArthurCurious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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