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April 10, 2003

Program Host will present lecture to Honors? Students

Darren Johnson
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WLIU's jazzmaster Ed German will share his story of the influence Jazz has had on his life to Southampton College students on Saturday, April 12, 2003, at 3 p.m., in the college's Rathskeller, located in Wood Hall. Through his own words and musical selections of Jazz releases from the 60s, Ed will explain how the genre has influenced his life's direction through his professional and military career. Ed's presentation, "My Jazz Walk", is part of the college's Honors Lecture Series. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

"The 60s were such a tumultuous time for this country and its people. Music from that era reflects the social and political upheaval we experienced, and yet there's still a message in it for us today," Ed acknowledges. He adds, "In particular, Jazz played a huge role during my tour in Vietnam with the Marines. Since then, Jazz has inspired me to pursue painting, and has ultimately led me to my career in radio and a personal mission to help develop a new generation of Jazz enthusiasts among today's young people."

German's Jazz programming can be heard on WLIU 88.3 FM and WCWP 88.1 FM: ?The Urban Jazz Experience,? airs Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 to 11 p.m. and "Saturday Night Soul," airs on Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m. WLIU 88.3 FM and WCWP 88.1 FM are full-service public radio stations, members of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI), and are supported primarily by contributions from subscribers and by underwriting grants from businesses and individuals. For more information, please visit